Keep Guisborough Amateur Swimming Club swimming

by Sara Buckworth in Guisborough, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 11th January 2021 we successfully raised £5,295 with 81 supporters in 56 days

Help Guisborough Swimming Club raise funds to survive the COVID-19 pandemic for current and future swimmers in Guisborough.

by Sara Buckworth in Guisborough, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any additional money raised will go towards the training and development of our volunteers and coaches and the maintenance and provision of equipment.

About GASC


Guisborough Amateur Swimming Club is registered with Swim England and is a not for profit organisation, run 100% by volunteers. The club operates at Guisborough Pool, a 4*25m pool, and has around 70 members. It was founded around 40 years ago and over the years, hundreds of young people have had the opportunity to improve their swimming and enjoy the fun and friendly atmosphere. 1605603967_moors_league_image.jpgIt is a much loved and popular club in Guisborough, supporting swimmers at all levels, from beginners to National competitors. As well as the health and fitness benefits, the children are able to socialise and make friends. The majority of the members are resident in Guisborough and the surrounding Boroughs of Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough in the district of Teesside in the North East of England. 1606055937_peaty_raffle_prize.jpg

The club culture of volunteering extends to the teenage members and many of them regularly turn up and help with the coaching of our younger swimmers. They show a great deal of dedication and commitment, passing on their enthusiasm for swimming and the club, while gaining valuable work experience. 

Why are we fundraising?     1605536387_photo_silver_cap_cropped.jpg                                          The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closure of Guisborough Pool for the second time this year. The club has now missed 6 months of swimming in 2020 which has impacted on the current and future membership numbers. The usual cycle of younger swimmers coming through to the join the club from swimming lessons has been disrupted, as swimming lessons were cancelled due to the pool closure. Swimmers were able to swim on a reduced basis during September and October, when the pool briefly reopened.  Despite the fall in member numbers, the club still needs to hire the pool for the same amount of time, to comply with social distancing regulations. The children have to swim in smaller groups, which has reduced the number and duration of sessions available to swimmers. 

1605536173_photo_gasc_.jpgThe pandemic has restricted the fundraising options for the club and the annual sponsored swim and other social and celebration events were unable to take place. The annual club championships gala and our local Moors League were cancelled and our swimmers have not had the opportunity to participate at local and regional galas. Unfortunately this has coincided with increased costs to implement COVID secure procedures, including PPE and providing safeguarding training for the COVID Liaison Officers.

The club runs on a not for profit basis and sets fees to cover costs in order to remain affordable to families. As such the temporary drop in numbers has had a devastating financial impact.

December 2020 Club Challenge Event - Virtual Cleveland Way


Each of our squads has been challenged to walk the length of the Cleveland Way return journey - 218 miles from 1 December 2020 to 31 December 2020. It's also the same distance as the return journey to Ponds Forge Pool in Sheffield. Gala's at Pond's Forge are a popular annual event - sadly cancelled this year, due to COVID we even missed getting up at 5am to get there on time! 

1606078451_luke_trophy_background_gone_(2).jpgWe will post some updates throughout the challenge and provide details of the up to date number of miles recorded and which squad is in the lead. If the squads walk even further - there will be a prize for the most miles walked.                                                                                                                               If you would like to sponsor our swimmers, you can click donate and sponsor the whole team. You can leave a message in the comments section if you would like.               If a swimmer has asked you to sponsor their squad, you can do this by selecting a sponsorship reward from the rewards section of the page. To sponsor higher amounts than £1, please select multiple reward quantities.

Having missed all their galas this year, GASC swimmers are ready for this challenge and we can't wait to see how many miles they can complete - Good luck team!    


Visit from Simon Clarke MP - Friday 11 December 2020

After hearing about our crowdfunding campaign, Simon Clarke MP visited the pool to talk to me, Andrew Young (head coach) and Jon Walton (COVID lead) about the challenges facing pools and swimming clubs. Watch the story here:

Click here to view the news story!

How will we use your donations?

All donations will go towards covering the costs of running the club, including hiring the pool, training volunteers, insurance costs, Swim England Fees, maintaining equipment, such as lane ropes, and complying with COVID regulations.

1607798475_fh_&_jh.jpg2021 is looking equally as uncertain as 2020, however we are hopeful for a return to normal operating in 2021. The committee and coaches are looking forward to getting back to training and welcoming existing and new members. It's vital that we do all we can to keep fees at an inclusive level to minimise the financial impact and harm already caused by COVID. It is so important the kids can enjoy their sport and leisure time again. While we appreciate the devastating impact of the pandemic and the ongoing Tier 3 restrictions in the Tees Valley, the committee of GASC asks for your help and support at this difficult time.

Membership and Further Information


If you are interested in getting involved or becoming a member, please have a look at the website and get in touch.

Corporate Sponsors & Corporate Donors

Thank you to our reward sponsors and corporate donors from all at GASC.

Please get in touch if you would like to sponsor our campaign.

Rewards may take a few days to appear available to purchase, so please check back soon. 

Our Fabulous Sponsors - Check out their pages!

Cleveland Cascades Limited1608031608_cleveland_cascades.jpg

1607639599_tnt-logo-re-bd_1.pngTNT Fitness - Gym & Fitness Centre 

1606928842_dicemen_black_white.jpgThe Dicemen - Live Band

1606987288_logowateringcan.jpgLongbeck Nurseries - Garden Centre

1606053756_top_to_toe_teepees_logo.jpgTop To Toe Teepees                                                        Party planners          

1607960577_ea_logo.jpg Guisborough Swim and Fitness Centre

1606053620_fletcher's_farm_logo.jpgFletchers Farm - Farm Shop and coffee shop

1606055038_yorkshire_cycle_hub.jpgThe Yorkshire Cycle Hub - Cycle hire, repairs, shop & cafe               

1606055404_1606055403833.pngMorrisons Guisborough

1606075571_cropped-flowermaiden-large-logo.jpg Flowermaiden                                                   Florist flowers for all occasions                         

1606150472_the_chase_logo.jpgThe Chase - Slapewath Tearooms    Eatery, Takeaway, Ice cream Parlour

1606414846_b29cc099-5737-4ce2-a3b6-4d5ab1259ac7.jpegSaks Hair & Beauty Guisborough

1607508952_boyes_logo_new_updated_(1).png Boyes Department Store

Sport England Match Funding


Our application to Sport England for 50% match funding has been successful.

If we raise 50% Sport England will grant the remaining 50%.

It is vital we raise at least £2500 as a club to benefit from the matched funding pledged. 

Big thank you to Sport England for supporting GASC!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

GASC personalised keyring

GASC keyring can be personalised with your name. Tag colour may vary. After purchase please email [email protected] with the name required. Example picture uploaded on the GASC page.

£1 or more

Sponsor GASC Cleveland Way Challenge - Squad 1

This reward is a sponsorship category - If you wish to sponsor a swimmer in squad 1, to participate in the GASC Walk challenge please do so here. Pledges start from £1. Higher sponsorship can be pledged by selecting multiple quantities.

£1 or more

Sponsor GASC Cleveland Way Challenge - Squad 2

This reward is a sponsorship category - If you wish to sponsor a swimmer in squad 2, to participate in the GASC Walk challenge please do so here. Pledges start from £1. Higher sponsorship can be pledged by selecting multiple quantities.

£1 or more

Sponsor GASC Cleveland Way Challenge - Squad 3

This reward is a sponsorship category - If you wish to sponsor a swimmer in squad 3, to participate in the GASC Walk challenge please do so here. Pledges start from £1. Higher sponsorship can be pledged by selecting multiple quantities.

£2 or more

67 of 250 claimed

£2 Raffle Entry - Signed Adam Peaty GASC cap/photo

This £2 reward is a single entry to a raffle to win a framed and signed GASC swimming cap & photo. Adam Peaty is an Olympic & World champion and world record holder in 50m & 100m breaststroke. Donated by one of our fabulous members. The draw will take place when full or at the close of the crowdfunding page, scheduled for 11.1.2021. Enter as many times as you like! A great piece of sporting memorabilia!

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Fletcher's Farm Coffee Shop - Cream tea for 2

Kindly donated by Fletcher's Farm, near Great Ayton A voucher for a Cream tea for 2 including fruit scones, cream & jam. For use when COVID restrictions allow the coffee shop to be open. RRP £9.50

£9 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Gift voucher £10 value for The Chase @ Slapewath

Voucher has a face value of £10 and is valid for 6 months from 1-1-2021 for The Chase Eatery @ Slapewath. COVID rules will need to be complied with. There are some other promotional offers with the voucher, such as one free afternoon tea if four are dining and a large breakfast for the price of a regular. In hand and can be delivered or collected in time for Christmas.

£9 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£10 gift voucher for Longbeck Nurseries

£10 gift voucher for Longbeck Nursery/ Garden Centre at Marske.

£9 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£10 Boyes Voucher

Voucher donated by Boyes Stores in Guisborough.

£10 or more

30 of 30 claimed

£10 GASC Silver Swimming Cap

Show your support for GASC with a special edition silver GASC swimming cap. These will be the same as the popular Basildon tour caps.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 Box set of Anthony Horowitz books

Brand new box set of Anthony Horowitz books, including 5 "The Diamond Brothers" stories and The Switch, Groosham Grange, Return to Groosham Grange, Granny, The Devil & His Boy. Available for delivery or collection in time for Christmas.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Brand New - Box set of Roald Dahl books

Brand new box set of 15 Roald Dahl books, BFG, Matilda, Esio Trot, George's Marvellous Medicine, Fantastic Mr Fox, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator, Danny the Champion of the World, The Magic Finger, The Twits, The Witches, Giraffe, the Pelly & Me, James and the Giant Peach, Boy, Going Solo. Available for delivery/ collection in time for Christmas.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

3.5l Slow Cooker donated by Morrisons

Slow cooker donated by Morrisons in Guisborough 3.5 litre capacity Brand "Morrisons Cook" Available for collection/ delivery in time for Christmas - in Guisborough and surrounding area.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Cut and Blow Dry @ Saks Guisborough

Voucher for a cut and blow dry at Saks Guisborough Valid until 30-4-2021. In hand and available for collection before Christmas.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Teepee Sleepover for 2 from "Top To Toe Teepees"

Pick your own theme from rose gold, football, Fortnite or movie night theme. Date to be arranged with Top To Toe Teepees and subject to availability. Please check with the company for availability for specific dates and requirements before purchase at their business web page.

£85 or more

1 of 1 claimed

TNT Fitness Gift certificate

Gift Certificate donated by TNT fitness to include all the following RRP £139 1 x £50 voucher for TNT fitness 1 month gym membership TNT Fitness hoodie 1 hour PT session If you are already a member you can combine and add in. In hand and available for delivery/ collection in the local area in time for Xmas. Start the new year fitness campaign in style!

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Voucher to book the Dicemen - Live Band

A voucher to Book The Dicemen for a night for your venue or event. To be used when COVID restrictions permit. Local bookings in the Guisborough area only. Queries about terms & conditions, available dates etc should be directed to the band via their website before purchase.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Annual Membership - Guisborough Pool & Gym

Annual Membership of Everyone Active @ Guisborough Pool and Fitness Centre. RRP £200. GASC will provide details of buyer to EA and membership will be arranged between buyer and EA.

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