Hackney Aquatics Club COVID-19 Appeal

Hackney Aquatics Club profile

Project by Hackney Aquatics Club

We did it
On 6th April 2021 we successfully raised £25,450 with 243 supporters in 37 days

We need to raise £20,000 to keep the club running and support those families hardest hit to continue to be able to swim.

 New stretch target

Any extra money we raise will be ring-fenced as following:

  • £500: Post Lockdown HAC Community Day 
  • £4,500: a hardship fund for anyone affected by the impact of COVID-19 and who is struggling with their membership fees. Families, but also our young members and older swimmers who have lost their jobs and trying to get themselves back on track and who rely on HAC for their physical and mental well-being.

We Are

Hackney Aquatics Club (HAC), an inner city East London Swim Club that prides itself on its strong community, welfare support and the diversity of its swimmers. We have a thriving Para squad of 10 swimmers, over 20% of swimmers are from black and ethnic minorities and we have a strong Masters squad with swimmers from 18 to 80 years.

We swim at local pools, Clissold Leisure Centre, London Fields Lido, Kings Hall, West Reservoir and the iconic London Aquatics Centre, home of the 2012 Olympic Games.


Hackney Aquatics Club (HAC) is an inclusive, encouraging and enjoyable competitive swim club, serving some of the most deprived London boroughs: Hackney and its surrounding areas – Islington, Tower  Hamlets,  Newham,  Waltham Forest and Haringey. We believe that every young person in East London should have an opportunity to swim and our bursary scheme supports 1 in 5 of swimmers each month helping them towards their training costs, travel and gala entry fees.  


HAC has a Young Volunteers Scheme, a mentoring pathway for young swimmers to become coaches. We also offer the opportunity for children to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

We also give to our community and have successfully raised money for the North London Hospice and Homerton Hospital with our community event challenges.

Our Achievements

The Hackney Aquatics Club swimmers successfully compete on National, Regional and County level. In 2019 HAC swimmers won 5 medals at the British National Swimming Championships, 5 medals at the English National Championships and 29 medals at the Regional Championships.                          1612961955_copy_of_img_2540.jpg

HAC was awarded Hackney Club of the Year and Coach of the Year at the Hackney Sports Awards as well as awarded an inclusion award at the Hackney Youth Games. Our disability squad was invited and took part in the IPC World Para Swimming Championship.


Pre COVID-19 HAC was a self sustaining and thriving not for profit swim club run entirely by volunteers. Unfortunately lockdown has severely impacted our community as well as swimming costs and we will struggle to keep the club going.


Photo: James Shearman [email protected]

Swimmer numbers have fallen by more than 25% since March 2020. Many of our families have been hard hit financially, and we will lose more members if we are unable to offer support and concessions. When we were able to swim in the last year we had significantly reduced access to our pools and were unable to offer swimming to our whole membership, which further impacted our fee income. At the same time, social distancing requirements have significantly increased our pool and lifeguard costs. We expect this to be a similar situation when the pools open again. We have also not been able to run any swim galas for over a year, which generate vital income for the club.


Photo: James Shearman [email protected]

How This Crowdfunder Works

We need to raise £20,000 to keep the club running and support those families hardest hit to continue to be able to swim.

If we raise £5,000 (25%) then Sport England will pledge £10,000 (50%) leaving us to raise a further £5,000 (25%) in order to secure the match funding. We have to raise the full amount and get a minimum of 100 donations. Or for £1 you donate, Sport England will give another £1 until we reach our target. 

Please help us to achieve our target so we can continue to support our community and keep everyone swimming. Or in the words of our swimmers (see video): 'We swim to stay fit', 'feel free and calm', 'gather our thoughts', 'be myself', 'socialising', 'for my mental health', 'if we can’t swim we miss friends', 'the feeling of the water', 'staying fit', 'competing', 'training', 'pushing myself'.






How You Can Help

Our swimmers represent one of the most diverse swim clubs in the UK: they are resilient, talented and determined. Our coaches are dedicated to keeping these relationships going but like all youth organisations, we’re facing a frightening gap in our income. We need our partners, funders, parents/carers and local communities to work with us. If we work together, we will survive.

You can help by spreading the word on social media, ask your family, friends, and neighbours. Any donation no matter how small or large will help.

Are you a local business that wants to help your local community? If so please get in contact with us on [email protected].

For press/media enquiries please contact [email protected].


Photo: James Shearman [email protected]

What The Swimmers Are Doing To Help

Our swimmers have passion, determination and the hunger to succeed. During both lockdowns the HAC swimmers have done their best to stay fit - doing land training in their rooms, on patios and in small gardens and local parks - and to keep engaged with the sport they love, through zoom calls with their swim friends and their coaches. And check out the video entirely made by our swimmers, featuring our swimmers. 

In the first lockdown they raised money for Homerton Hospital with a drive and passion. And we’re ready to go at it again. This time each squad will set a group challenge and raise money together for their club/the Crowdfunder. 

RP will organise a quiz night, AD1 has a tent/den building challenge, AD2 and Bronze, Silver, Gold have set themselves a weekly 'beat the distance' challenge (cycling or running). 

NP squad cycles the distance from London to Tokyo (9,556km / 367km per swimmer) in the fundraising month. 

The Masters will run a distance challenge (cycling, running or walking) from 15th until 28th March – setting a team distance of 600km in the first week and beating this distance in the second week. See Masters fundraising page here

The aim is to raise money together as a community but also to have fun with our swim friends behind the closed pool doors. 

We will be posting regular updates and photos about the challenges. Watch this space.


Photo: James Shearman [email protected]


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£100 or more

STRETCH TARGET: Sponsor A Swimmer

Sponsor a swimmer. This amount will be ring fenced to sponsor a swimmer.

£5 or more

1 of 9 claimed

Speedo Endurance Swimsuit

Speedo Endurance Swimsuit. New without tags. Available in different colour/size: blue size 8/30, black size 8/30 and size 10/32. Costs new £12.00. Please note we cannot exchange or offer refund.

£5 or more

RAFFLE 17 prizes up for grabs

Get lucky in the HAC Raffle. Up for grabs are: 2x Arena Fast Swim Bags, 1x Arena Towel, 1x Mesh Bagpack with Batman print (45cmx65cm), 5x HAC race Hats, 5x HAC Training Hats, 1x Half hour 1:1 private lesson with HAC Coach of your choice, 1x Cushion from Stitched, 1x £25 John Lewis voucher. For details see individual description rewards on offer. The Draw will take place on 09.04.2021 by HAC Chair Chris Ogden. No cash alternatives available.

£6 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Arena Fast Swim Bag

Brand new cool nylon easy to use swim bag with cord closure. Complete with eye-catching colour contrasting Arena branding. Size: 35cm x 46cm.

£35 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Full Manicure and Choice of Nail Art

Full manicure and choice of nail art by qualified nail artist Shevonne at the comfort of your own home post lockdown. This would normally cost £80.00. Kindly donated by Shaded Nails @shadednails

£45 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Healthy Back Bag Voucher

Claim your £100 worth voucher to spend with Healthy Back Bag. Every Healthy Back Bag combines in equal measure, versatility, practicality, and style. A single strapped bag that doesn’t kill your back. In fact, it actually feels rather good. Kindly donated by www.healthybackbag.com

£85 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Arena Powerskin Carbon Air 2 Racing Trunks

A pair of size 26 Arena Powerskin Carbon Air 2 Racing Trunks. Brand new in box, complete with all tags. Cost new £185.00. Kindly donated by Head Coach David.

£200 or more

Become a Friend Of Hackney Aquatics Club

You will automatically become a Friend Of HAC if you donate £200 or more. As a friend you will be listed (unless you wish to stay anonymous) on our 'Friends Of Hackney Aquatics' website page, in every gala booklet and you will have free entry to all the HAC galas. Your donation towards the bursary fund will help those families hardest hit due to COVID-19 and support our mission to give every person in East London an opportunity to swim.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

3 Training Days At Brand Consultancy

Unique opportunity to have 3 training days with a global award-winning live marketing agency Lively this summer, run remotely. This is your chance to see how an agency works, working alongside an experienced marketing team. They’ll set a brief, work with you to create images and copy, help you share it and engage influencers. All ages welcome, all you need is enthusiasm not existing experience! Website lively.agency and Insta @lively.agency

£500 or more

2 of 8 claimed

Become A HAC Sponsor

Become a HAC Sponsor and choose from 4 options: Gold, Silver, Bronze or Medal/Trophy. We have tailor made packages for each option. Please contact us on [email protected] for details.

£6 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Arena Towel

The Arena cotton towel is perfect for home, holiday or the local pool. Available in plain black with logo and in blue featuring Marvel Wonder Woman. Size: 75cm x 150cm. Material: 100% Cotton. Costs new £15.00.

£15 or more

4 of 4 claimed

1:1 Lesson With Coach Dhaval/Isabella/Lara/Madison

An exclusive half hour 1:1 private lesson with Coach Dhaval, Isabella, Lara or Madison. This session will take place when there are no lockdown restrictions and you agree with the Coach on a date and time. The session will take place at Clissold Pool. Please make your choice of Coach from the options below.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

12 Delicious Cup Cakes

12 Custom design delicious cupcakes kindly donated by @shegotcake. To be delivered post lockdown. See also @shegotcake.

£19 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Arena Women's Track Pants

Part of Arena team line, these sweatpants have a regular, slightly tapered fit. Crafted from cosy unbrushed fleece, this pre and post swim basic has an elasticated waistband and convenient slash pockets. Finished with Arena logo, wear this sportswear basic as a cover-up or for dryland training. Size XXS. Brand new with tags. Kindly donated by a club member. Costs new £28.00.

£20 or more

3 of 3 claimed

1:1 Private Lesson With Coach Edmund/Harry/Tony

An exclusive half hour 1:1 private lesson with Coach Edmund, Harry or Tony. This session will take place when there are no lockdown restrictions and you agree with the Coach on a date and time. The session will take place at Clissold Pool. Please make your choice of Coach from the options below.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1:1 Private Lesson With Head Coach David

An exclusive half hour 1:1 private lesson with Head Coach David. This session will take place when there are no lockdown restrictions and you agree with David on a date and time. The session will take place at Clissold Pool.

£25 or more

3 of 3 claimed

John Lewis Voucher

John Lewis voucher kindly donated by a club member. Each voucher has a value of £25 and is valid for one year.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Hand-knitted Hat, Cosy Collar and Snuggly Scarf

Hand-knitted lime & turquoise hat, cosy orange woolly collar and snuggly long red scarf from Grandma Knits By Iris, a lockdown-beating collaboration between our AD2 swimmer Iris and her Grandma. Hat, collar and scarf usually cost £45.00. For images see Instagram @grandma.knits.by.iris

£29 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Arena Powerskin Goggles

Cobra Ultra Mirror hydrodynamics, stable fit black swim goggles. Costs new £36.00.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Haircut By Studio Ninety

A post lock hair cut from Madeline, founder of Studio Ninety offering a personal service using sustainable products. This hair cut would normally cost £66.00. Kindly donated by Studio Ninety www.studioninetylondon.com

£30 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Stitched Cushion

Emerald green velvet cushion 55cm x 55cm kindly donated by Stitched, handmade for homes with style and featured in Elle Decoration and House&Garden. Cost new £59.00. For more information/image www.stitched.co.uk/fabrics/wool?fabric_category=&fabric=211

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Reiki Massage

A post lockdown one hour Reiki Massage at your home by Kazyo Marriott.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Maiko Flowers Bouquet

A beautiful and unique bouquet of flowers by Maiko flowers. To be claimed post lockdown. For more information www.maikoflowers.co.uk

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1:1 Pilates class with Pilates On The Park

A post lockdown 55 minutes 1:1 Pilates studio session tailored to your needs. This would normally costs £70.00. Kindly donated by Pilates On The Park. www.pilatesonthepark.co.uk

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1:1 Pottery Class

Two 1:1 sessions with hobby potterist Ruth Giradet. First session making your pottery and second session finishing your pottery. Find Ruth's lovely creations on Instagram @rg.clay. Your session will take place post lockdown.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1:1 Fitness Session with MGFitness

A post lockdown one hour 1:1 session with MGFitness. The bespoke lesson will be tailored to your needs (fitness, nutrition). This would normally cost £70.00. Kindly donated by www.mgfitnesspersonaltraining.business.site

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bespoke Cocktail Making Masterclass

One hour zoom bespoke cocktail making masterclass by cocktail and flavour expert Zoe Burgess at Atelier Pip (clients such as Heston Blumenthal and The Standard Hotel). The class will be tailored to your personal tastes and can be just for yourself as a 1:1 or you can invite 4 friends to join you. An ideal gift or 'night out' during lockdown. To find out more www.atelier-pip.com or instagram @atelier_pip

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Interior Design Consultation

Thinking about renovating, updating your kitchen, bathroom, extending your home, or you are at the planning stage and need ideas/advice this 3 hour consultation is for you. Kindly donated by De Beauvoir Design www.debeauvoirdesign.co.uk

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Haircut Kazuyo Marriott

A post lock hair cut at the comfort of your home. Kazuyo is a stylist with Toni & Guy. This would normally cost £80.00.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sport Massage Shine Holistic

One hour sport massage by Becky from Shine Holistic post lockdown. This would normally cost £70.00. Kindly donated by www.shineholistic.co.uk

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