Bromley Swimming Club Fund Raising Appeal

by Bromley Swimming Club in West Wickham, England, United Kingdom

£5,838

raised so far

+ est. £778.25 Gift Aid

86

supporters

To raise funds to help our club survive the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to keep our sport affordable to all.

by Bromley Swimming Club in West Wickham, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 8th May 2021 we'd raised £5,638 with 85 supporters in 74 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

Extra money would enable us to acquire more pool time to help us get our squads back to their former training hours (most squads were operating at a severely reduced level upon our return after the first national lockdown). 

It would also enable us to run extra S&C sessions for more of our swimmers either online or in person when restrictions are lifted. 

It would help us to boost our hardship fund to help those who have been personally affected by the pandemic to continue with their training. 

We would also be able to top up our reserves ahead of what looks like it might be an equally difficult 2021. 


Bromley SC is a highly successful swimming club in South East London.  We are home to over 200 members ranging from those who have only just learnt to swim, all the way up to those competing at a junior international level, as well as offering a home to 28 Masters swimmers. 

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Over the last 10 years Bromley has transformed into a nationally recognised club and what we saw of the 2019/2020 season was our most successful year to date. As a team our athletes pushed the club to new heights by qualifying for the National Arena League A Cup Final for the first time in the club's long history. We finished as the 8th best team in the country. We also scored enough points to achieve the Top Club in Kent at our County Championships for the first time ever, as well as having two swimmers selected to represent GB at the Junior European Championships and the European Youth Olympic Festival. These selections in 2019 led to further accolades in 2020 as Bromley produced its very own British Record holder. Keeping the home fires burning we also had many swimmers selected for the National, Regional and County talent programmes. It was a fantastic start to the season and we were looking forward to seeing nine of our swimmers compete at the Olympic Trials in April 2020 before its obvious cancellation.  

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The achievements above are the result of a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication from our coaches, our athletes, their parents and the many volunteers who give up so much of their time to help us operate. Much of this same spirit has powered us through the pandemic and helped keep our club glued together even when there was no water in sight! We were all so happy to be back under one roof again in August following the initial National Lockdown, and the uptake for our summer sessions showed us just how important swimming is to the lives of our athletes and our Bromley family as a whole. Even through the November lockdown, followed by tier 4 and then the renewed National lockdown introduced just after Christmas, our team has stuck together and remained dedicated to their fitness, health and goals, and the wellbeing of their teammates. 

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The effects of Covid-19: 

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a hugely detrimental effect on all swimming clubs, and at Bromley we have seen pool hire costs double, a reduction of pool time available, our membership decreased, and a reduction of our operating capacity coupled with increased coaching staff in order to ensure we are following Covid-19 guidelines. 

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In our bid to continue to provide as normal a service as possible to our members at minimal cost during this time we have vastly depleted our reserves. This, combined with the fact that the lockdowns clashed with what would usually have been some important sources of fundraising for our club (namely our Open Meet competitions, club championships and other opportunities created by hosting league galas) has meant we have been unable to secure the funds we need over the past season. 

 

We hope to use this campaign to raise money in order to ensure we can keep all costs to our membership low, and help swimming remain a sport that is accessible to all. 

 

Any money raised will go towards: 

  • Helping to cover the additional costs incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic to limit the need to pass these on to our membership. 
  • Funding our S&C sessions which have been and are being provided online during lockdowns. 
  • Paying our coaching staff who are providing what services they can during lockdowns. 
  • Increasing our hardship fund to enable those who are struggling financially to continue to access the sport. 
  • To help us safeguard against any future restrictions. 

 

Sport England Funding:
Sport England have launched a funding stream called 'Active Together' which we would be eligible to apply for should we raise 25% of our target from 50 different donations. If successful Sport England would potentially match 30-50% of our total target (up to £5000) which would be a huge help to our campaign.

 

We intend to run a series of crowdfunder prize draws (T&Cs in 'Updates') and other activities in order to help us 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 far and wide. We really do need your support to help us keep Bromley running for all our members, both current and future.

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£30 or more

Rituals Gift Set

Pledge £30 to receive a Rituals Ayurveda Gift Set (worth £39.90) and pamper yourself or a friend. Includes: shower foam, body scrub, body cream and mini fragrance sticks. A lovely gift to yourself or someone who deserves a treat. Kindly donated by Gill Hayes.

£1 or more

Easter Raffle

Purchase a ticket (or two!!) to be entered into our Easter Raffle for the chance to win a lovely Easter hamper filled with goodies ranging from an afternoon tea voucher, top quality wines and as much chocolate as you could possibly need this Easter! Draw to be made on Saturday morning and the winner will be announced at our Presentation Evening!

£5 or more

1-to-1 with Sports Psychologist - 1 ticket

Pledge £5 to be entered into a prize draw (1 x ticket) for a chance of winning a 1 hour online 1-to-1 sports psychology session with Matthew Cunliffe worth £100 (https://www.sportpsychologykent.co.uk). Matt has a huge range of experience in working with a variety of athletes and teams including Team GB and Paralympics Great Britain. Time to be mutually arranged. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended.

£5 or more

1-to-1 with Personal Trainer Prize Draw

Need a boost to your fitness or the confidence to return to the gym after so long away? Why not pledge £5 to be entered into a prize draw for a chance of winning a 1-to-1 session with personal trainer James Andrew (https://www.jamesandrewpt.com/personal-training) and get your fitness off to a good start once restrictions are lifted. Time to be mutually arranged. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended.

£5 or more

Sports Massage Prize Draw

Feeling tense or looking to reactivate your muscles after the lockdown slump? Why not pledge £5 to be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a sports massage with former Bromley swimmer Louisa Knight. Time to be mutually arranged once restrictions are lifted. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended.

£5 or more

£250 Amazon Voucher Prize Draw - 1 ticket

Pledge £5 and be entered (1 x ticket) into our prize draw for a chance of winning a £250 Amazon voucher. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended.

£5 or more

LG Xboom Bluetooth Google Assistant Speaker

Pledge £5 to be entered into a prize draw for a chance of winning an amazing LG Xboom speaker with built in Google Assistant worth approx £100. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended. Kindly donated by the Knight family.

£5 or more

Beautician Voucher Prize Draw

Looking forward to some pampering once restrictions are lifted? Why not pledge £5 to be entered (1 ticket) into our prize draw for a chance of winning a £100 beautician voucher? Prize available when restrictions allow. Draw to be made when crowdfunder ends. Kindly donated by the Davis family.

£10 or more

1 ticket into Membership Prize Draw

Pledge £10 and you will be entered (1 x ticket) into our prize draw to be in with a chance of winning £500 off your Bromley SC membership fees. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended.

£10 or more

1-to-1 with sports psychologist - 5 tickets

Pledge £10 to be entered into a prize draw (5 x tickets) for a chance of winning a 1 hour online 1-to-1 sports psychology session with Matthew Cunliffe worth £100 (https://www.sportpsychologykent.co.uk). Matt has a huge range of experience in working with a variety of athletes and teams including Team GB and Paralympics Great Britain. Time to be mutually arranged. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended.

£15 or more

£250 Amazon Voucher Prize Draw - 5 tickets

Pledge £15 and be entered (5 x tickets) into our prize draw for a chance of winning a £250 Amazon voucher. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended.

£20 or more

2 x tickets to Hever Castle Gardens

Fancy a trip out now that restrictions are allowing? We have 4 pairs of tickets to Hever Castle Gardens. Normally worth over £30, get your day trip off to a good start by pledging for this prize and getting a decent discount!

£25 or more

£250 Amazon Voucher Prize Draw - 10 tickets

Pledge £25 and be entered (10 x tickets) into our prize draw for a chance of winning a £250 Amazon voucher. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended.

£30 or more

5 tickets into Membership Prize Draw

Pledge £30 and you will be entered (5 x tickets) into our prize draw to be in with a chance of winning £500 off your Bromley SC membership fees. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended.

£40 or more

Back to training kit bundle!

Has your child grown in the last year? Or lost their swimming hats? We have 10 back to training kit bundles to pledge for. These include an Arena Blue Shirt, Arena racing hat (can't wait to race again!), a training hat and a Badger drawstring bag! Normally retailing at £45- make a saving and get ready to be back in the pool! (N.B. Arena T-shirts come in sizes XXS, S, M, L).

£45 or more

10% off materials at Ammonite Flooring Prize Draw

Looking to redecorate or finish off that lockdown project? Pledge £45 for a 10% discount on materials with any supply and fit job at Ammonite Flooring (https://www.ammoniteflooring.com). Kindly donated by Nicola Bowling.

£50 or more

10 tickets into Membership Prize Draw

Pledge £50 and you will be entered (10 x tickets) into our prize draw to be in with a chance of winning £500 off your Bromley SC membership fees. Draw to take place once crowdfunder has ended.

£250 or more

Corporate/Business Sponsorship

Pledge £250 to get your company logo on our website, as well as promotion via our social media pages and on all newsletters for the remainder of 2021. Sponsorship would greatly help our club, whilst also marketing your business to our 200+ members and the wider community. Thank you for your support!

£15 or more

Family entry to Great Dixter House and Gardens

Looking forward to a change of scene once restrictions are lifted? Why not pledge £15 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children- worth £41.50) to the beautiful and historic Great Dixter House and Gardens, Rye, East Sussex. Valid until November 2021. Kindly donated by Su Kirdar.

£15 or more

£20 National Garden Gift Vouchers

Looking to get the garden sorted before summer? Why not pledge to receive this £20 voucher kindly donated by Eden Park Garden centre.

£45 or more

Afternoon Tea for 2

Looking for a way to celebrate restrictions easing with a friend? Why not pledge for this Afternoon Tea for 2 voucher at Langley Park Golf Club? Kindly donated by Brian Smith.

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