£21,804

£30,000 stretch target 7 days left
109% 335 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 21st April 2021 at 5:54pm

To raise funds - to cover the losses we have incurred during the lockdowns for our swimming club, so we can keep Portsmouth swimming.

by Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club (PNSC) in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

INITIAL £20,000 TARGET REACHED AND NEW £30,000 STRETCH TARGET SET 

We've done it!!!   Thank you all for your incredible support and hard work to help us reach our initial £20,000 Crowdfunder target.  This means that the £8000 pledged by Sport England is now ours to keep.  Every penny raised is going to help us to get the club back on its feet after such a long period of lock down. However this fundraising campaign is not quite over...

Deadline Extended to 7 April

As the deadline for our 'March Fish out of Water Challenges' is 31 March and we want to give all those undertaking challenges enough time to collect their sponsorship, the nice people at Crowdfunder have agreed we can extend our deadline to 7 April.  So don't panic, if you are still running, scooting, doing burpees or flying press ups  - complete your challenge by 31 March and you have a few more days to collect your hard-earned sponsorship and submit it.

Stretch Target - £30,000

As we are able to keep going, we've set ourselves a 'stretch target'of £30,000.  We've now got 12 days left to try to reach this target.  £20,000 is amazing and anything extra will really help us to make up the losses we incurred due to the pandemic and ensure that we can keep growing and developing our club. 

Extra Funding 

Now that we have reached our initial target and have been able to extend our deadline, we have the opportunity to apply for a few extra grants - so we are busy doing this and will let you know how we get on.

Community Support

We have been overwhelmed by support from our swimmers, coaches, parents, families, friends, local community, businesses and the media.  Every penny you help us raise will be put to good work and go towards putting the club on a more secure footing, allowing us to take advantage of the easing of lock down, pools re-opening and swimming starting in earnest again. 

These funds will help us to:

  • Support families and swimmers who are finding it hard to afford swimming fees.
  • Build resources for our swimmers that have found lockdown hard and might find a return to the swimming pool a mental challenge. 
  • Develop our coaches and volunteers so they are best placed to support our swimmers.
  • Pay our bills for pool time and coaching staff.
  • Cover the additional costs incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Ensure we are here for future generations of swimmers in the region.

PORTSMOUTH NORTHSEA SWIMMING CLUB 

We are Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club and have been operating since 1927 and we are determined the pandemic will not leave us high and dry.  We are a not for profit organisation run by an elected committee of volunteers.  During lock down our 250 swimmers aged from 7 to 74 have managed to keep training in their homes, gardens and during their outdoor daily exercise - but it has not been easy. With our pools shut for many months we have been hit hard mentally, physically and financially by the pandemic.  Our amazing coaches and volunteers have worked hard to keep our swimmers physically and mentally fit and now we need to need to ensure we are also financially fit.

Never has exercise and sport been more important for our physical and mental health and we need your help to ensure we continue to be financially stable as a swimming club. 

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Olivia PNSC Swimmer "I love swim training with my squad and I really miss all my swimming friends - I can't wait to get back in the pool".

WHY ARE WE CROWD FUNDING?

Normally we raise the majority of our income via our membership fees and by hosting swimmer competitions - but both these income streams have been hit hard, so now we need to FUNDRAISE to ensure that we can keep Portsmouth swimming and we need your help.


Sport England has launched an initiative called 'Active Together' to combat the impact of  the Covid-19 pandemic on sports clubs and community activity groups, by match funding through Crowdfunder.

Our initial crowdfunding target is £20,000 and to receive the match funding from Sport England, our club needs to do a few things:

  • Raise at least 25% of the initial target
  • Raise this from a minimum number of 100 supporters
  • Sports England will then consider match funding up to 50% towards our initial crowdfunding target – up to a maximum of £10,000.

We intend to run a series of Crowdfunder initiatives in order to reach our target and secure the extra Sport England funding. Please join in and support our club as much as you can, either by donating or by sharing our campaign with families and friends. We really do need your support to help PNSC survive the financial impact of the pandemic.

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Austin PNSC swimmer "We've had to find new ways to train! Which is OK - but I'm looking forward to training with my friends again soon".

GOOD NEWS AND NOT SO GOOD NEWS

With no access to the pools our swimmers normally train in, our swimmers have been focusing on land training and are now plugged into a series of Zoom sessions with our amazing strength and conditioning coach.  THE GOOD NEWS is that pools should re-open on 12 April 2021; the NOT SO GOOD NEWS is we have not been able to maintain our regular income due to reductions in both membership fees and income from the swimming competitions we normally host.  

So, we are embarking on a crowdfunding campaign to help us ensure we can continue to do the following:

  • Support families and swimmers who are finding it hard to afford swimming fees.
  • Build resources for our swimmers that have found lockdown hard and might find a return to the swimming pool a mental challenge
  • Develop our coaches and volunteers so they are best placed to support our swimmers.
  • Pay our bills for pool time and coaching staff.
  • Cover the additional costs incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Ensure we are here for future generations of swimmers in the region.

To kick off our fundraising we have set our swimmers and members a challenge that we'd love you all to take part in and support.

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Jeremy - PNSC swimmer "Since I joined the club last year - my swimming has not only improved due to the excellent coaching but I have made friends for life.  I can't say I miss the early starts at the moment - but I can't wait to get back in the water".


HOW YOU CAN HELP US?

There are many ways in which you can help us to reach our £20,000 target - it's as big number but it's what we need:

  • Make a Donation
  • Set yourself a March Challenge and raise Sponsorhsip 
  • Share this  page with your family, friends, work colleagues and local businesses
  • Share our campaign with businesses that might like to sponsor our club
  • Set up a multiplier crowd funder - with your own fundraising activity and pledge for your donations and supporters to our Crowdfunder campaign
  • Offer a prize or reward for our campaign

FISH OUT OF WATER CHALLENGE  - PNSC MARCH FUNDRAISER!

We want all our swimmers, members and supporters to take up this fun, motivating and healthy challenge, whilst fundraising for the club!    Please join in and support our club as much as you can, either by donating or by sharing our campaign far and wide. We really do need your support to help us keep PNSC running for all our members, both current and future.

We will be running a number of fundraising activities and to kick off, before the end of March we challenge you to run, cycle, walk, swim, skateboard, scooter, or any other means of self-powered transit your way through any of the distances below:

  • 3km
  • 5km
  • 10km
  • Personal Challenge* 

* You could set your own personal challenge - this could be a longer distance, a number of pull ups, press ups, sea swimming distance or a lap of the park.  You don't need to complete your challenge in one go - but you can if you want to! 1615539527_swimmerschallenges.jpeg 

Once you have selected your challenge ask friends and family if they will sponsor you to complete it and once you've finished your challenge they can transfer their donation via this webpage - by hitting the Support Us or Donate buttons and transferring their donation. Let your coach know as soon as you can what your challenge will be and then keep them updated of your progress.  We will be posting regular updates to see how you are all doing.  Good luck to James and Ollie from our National Squad with their challenges :-)

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

If you are still reading then a massive thank you!

We are appealing to anyone who loves swimming and our club, to please take a look at our fundraising page and help us if you can. Swimming is a sport for life, it can be competitive, fun and rewarding.  It is a vital life skill for all children and especially for those living on an island like Portsmouth and it's great to see many of our swimmers have taken to sea swimming during lockdown. 

During the lock downs we have worked extremely hard to keep our costs as low as they can be for our swimmers and their families and  our coaches and volunteers continue to give their time to help keep the swimmers motivated and the club going.

Any money we would have raised through our own competitions and events has been made impossible this year and this looks set to be the case for the coming months.  SO THANK YOU IN ADVANCE for anything you can donate to support us  - every pound will really make a difference and we will put it all to good use.1614687015_whatsapp_image_2021-03-02_at_12.04.07_(1).jpeg

 "Swimming at Portsmouth Northsea - has really helped me to not only keep fit but to de-stress and keep everything in perspective". Ollie PNSC Swimmer.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

2 of 16 claimed

PNSC Tracksuit Bottoms - Adult

Blue club tracksuit bottoms. Extra Small (3 available), Small (3 available), Medium (6 available) and Large (4 available) Available for collection from Mountbatten pool on return to swimming or free local delivery available.

£25 or more

1 of 2 claimed

PNSC Junior Sized Hoodie

Club Hoodie 7-8 years or 11-12 years (one of each only) Blue with PNSC logo. Available for collection from Mountbatten pool on return to swimming or free local delivery available.

£30 or more

8 of 10 claimed

PNSC Zip Up Hoodie - Adult

This stylish Swimzi club blue, red and white hoodie has your name on it! Pledge now to be owner of this great looking top. Available for collection from Mountbatten pool on return to swimming or free local delivery available.

£250 or more

Sponsor our Club

Companies can pledge £250 today and not only help to Keep Portsmouth Swimming, but have their company name and logo feature on our website, newsletters, competitions promotions and fundraising correspondence. Our members come from all over Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and surrounding areas and with over 250 members that's great publicity! Valid for 1 yr. For more info email [email protected]

£1,000 or more

£1000 Sponsor a Squad

With 12 Squads to choose from Juniors to Seniors and Masters – we have the squad for you!! Each squad has a name and if you chose to pledge £1000 then you can have a Squad named after your company i.e. Dolphins – ‘Your Company Name’ Squad. Your company will also feature on our website, newsletters, competition promotions and fundraising correspondence. Valid for 1 year.

£5 or more

12 of 12 claimed

Portsmouth Northsea Blue, Blue, Blue Swimming Hat

Blue club swimming hat featuring the red, white and blue colours of the club and logo. 1 x size. Collection from Mountbatten on return to swimming. Only 16 left in stock - don't miss out!

£5 or more

7 of 7 claimed

Signed & Framed Adam Peaty Swim Hat -Raffle Prize

Kindly donated by one of our members - this signed swimming hat is a piece of history. Pledge £5 to buy a virtual raffle ticket for a chance to win this prize. All entires will be given a number and a number generator used to pick the lucky winner. Perfect prize for an avid swimming fan. One of a kind... Once the drawer has taken place, prize can be collected from Mountbatten when pool is open or free local delivery.

£5 or more

12 of 12 claimed

3 course meal at the Horse & Jockey

Enter our virtual raffle - £5 per ticket to win a 3 course meal for two at the Horse & Jockey, Curbridge by the river Hamble. Perfect for a quiet date or bring your paddle board and enjoy one of the most beautiful spots of the river Hamble and then have lunch! The Horse & Jockey brings a taste of the Mediterranean to the table - with superb tapas, Italian and English dishes. THANK YOU HORSE & JOCKEY

£6 or more

7 of 7 claimed

Water Bottle

Club Water Bottle - keep hydrated and help to #KeepPortsmouthSwimming! 750ml of PNSC branded hydration.. Collect on your return to swimming or local socially distanced deliveries in Portsmouth.

£7 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Local Honey Honey

Delicious local honey from small supplier - kindly donated to us a couple of pots of the amber nectar. Perfect on toast before or after that early morning swim. Available for collection from Mountbatten Pool on return to swimming.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Breakfast for two at the Boat House - Gosport

Enjoy a delicious breakfast for two at the Boat House, Gosport. Unfussy, freshly cooked fare in a casual, dog-friendly eatery open all day, overlooking Gosport marina. Will be it be the full fry up for you??? Breakfast served 0900 to 1130. Indoor and outdoor seating available. www.theboathousegosport.co.uk. Thank you Boat House for this great reward!

£10 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Southsea Deli - 2 hot drinks and 2 sweet treats

Southsea Deli have been so generous and given us 5 x vouchers for 2 x hot drinks + 2 x sweet treats - that can be redeemed at their wonderful cafe on Elm Grove or at their Deli Truck next to Eastney Swimming pool. Why not buy this voucher then - run or bike to the Truck and claim your treat. Thank you Daniel and team at www.thesouthseadeli.com

£10 or more

5 of 5 claimed

PNSC Shorts - Junior (11-12years, 13 years)

Get ready for the return to the pool and summer! Blue, white and red club shorts are what you need. Available for collection from Mountbatten pool on return to swimming or free local delivery available.

£12 or more

2 of 2 claimed

PNSC Bullet Hats - white

More hydro dynamic than a normal swimming hat - these bullet hats should keep you wrinkle free when racing or training.

£15 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Club Towel

Portsmouth Northsea branded towel - don't go home dripping wet - go home dry! Collect on return to swimming or local delivery available.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

The Portsmouth Puzzle

1000 piece jigsaw puzzle of Portsmouth - featuring the Mountbatten Leisure Centre and many other Portsmouth landmarks! Keep busy with this 'Rachel Lowe' puzzle. Donated by a club member -thank you. Collection from PO5 or local free delivery available.

£15 or more

51 of 51 claimed

LIMITED EDITION #KeepPortsmouthSwimming Cap

One off special design to celebrate our return to swimming and incredible fundraising efforts (and to help us reach our target)! Don't miss out on our striking limited edition swimming hat!

£18 or more

3 of 3 claimed

PNSC Tracksuit Bottoms - Junior

Blue club tracksuit bottoms. 11-12 years (1 available) or 13 years (5 available) Available for collection from Mountbatten pool on return to swimming or free local delivery available.

£18 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Club Compression Leggings - small and extra small

Keep it all together with these compression leggings. Available for collection from Mountbatten pool on return to swimming or free local delivery available.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1 Day Childcare - Get Set Play Holiday Play

We have a one day voucher worth £25.50 for a day of fun for your little one at the Anchorage Lodge - Get Set Play Holiday Play Scheme! Date of your choice (subject to availability). THANK YOU GET SET PLAY.

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

JUNIOR OR KIDS #KEEP PORTSMOUTH SWIMMING T-SHIRTS

100% cotton, navy blue especially commissioned design to celebrate our return to swimming, support our fundraising efforts and to help us reach our targets. Don't miss out - order yours now! Range of sizes available. We will double check all sizing with you before we distribute the t-shirts. Size selection after you select reward.

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Harbour Lights Beefeater - Cosham Meal Voucher

£35 meal voucher for the meal of your choice at the Harbour Lights Beefeater. Take your pick - tasty grills, gourmet burgers, fresh fish dishes and a great kids menu. Thank you Louise - Junior 1 Squad Mum.

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£35 meal voucher at the Rusty Cutter - Havant

Once we can out and about again - enjoy a delicious meal at the Rusty Cutter! £35 meal voucher for the meal of your choice - take your pick - tasty grills, gourmet burgers, fresh fish dishes and a great kids menu. Thank you Louise - Junior 1 Squad Mum.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 bottles of fine wine from Un-Wined Experiences

1 x bottle of By Ott Rose - superb, fresh and elegant Rose 1 x bottle of Rapture Springs Sauvignon Blanc - Kiwi sensation Thanks you Un-Wined Experiences for these lovely Spring - Summer wines!! Over 18's only.

£25 or more

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LIMITED EDITION KEEP PORTSMOUTH SWIMMING T-SHIRTS

Adult - Limited Edition #Keep Portsmouth Swimming T-shirts. This one off design in navy blue has been especially commissioned to celebrate our return to swimming, support our fundraising efforts and to help us reach our targets. Don't miss out and a order yours now! Mens and Women's can be ordered in a range of sizes.

£28 or more

2 of 2 claimed

PNSC Adult Sized Hoodie - Large

Large size adult PNSC blue hoodie with club logo. Available for collection from Mountbatten pool on return to swimming or free local delivery available.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sports Massage by Jeni

60 minutes sports massage donated by the wonderful sports massage therapist Jeni. She'll find those niggles and ease away your aches and pains. Massage available in Portsmouth. Thank you Jeni :-)

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Portsmouth Gin Distillery Tour for 2 people

The Portsmouth Distillery Co. is a premium artisan spirit producer. Join a tour of their historic distillery - normal price £20 per person. Established 2018, they are located in the fabulous eighteenth century Bastian of Fort Cumberland at the southeastern tip of Portsea Island – surrounded by the sea and centuries of naval history. Thank you https://theportsmouthdistillery.com for this great Reward!

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Portsmouth Northsea ONESIE

Absolutely one of a kind and we only have one blue PNSC onesie! 11-12 years unisex - don't miss out!!!! Available for collection from Mountbatten pool on return to swimming or free local delivery available.

£60 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Expert 1-2-1 Coaching Session with Head Coach

Wow an hour long 1-2-1 coaching session with Head Coach Adam Parfitt. For this personalised coaching session swimmers can choose to focus on any area they are looking to improve on i.e. stroke technique, starts, turns or skills. Includes 1-2-1 coaching and a dedicated lane at the Mountbatten Centre pool. Valid until end 2021.

£110 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Underwater Camera Coaching Session

1-2-1 coaching session with Head Coach Adam Parfitt with second coach and live underwater camera analysis and footage to keep. In this personalised coaching session swimmers focus on underwater work. Dedicated lane at the Mountbatten Centre pool. Underwater camera footage and analysis to keep. .

Let's make 'Keep Portsmouth Swimming' happen

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