Help New Earswick Swimming Club

Total raised £6,337

raised so far



Help New Earswick Swimming Club

We're still collecting donations

On the 29th September 2023 we'd raised £13,717 with 131 supporters in 111 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Who are we?

Established in 1967, New Earswick Swimming Club are proud to have served York for over 55 years! We are a small, friendly, competitive swimming club, run by a team of dedicated hardworking volunteers. As a close team we work together to deliver high quality swimming lessons and competitive coaching to children of all abilities.

Our established Learn to Swim programme accepts children from 4 years old and upwards. We teach our swimmers through 7 progressive stages, providing each with the required skills to swim all four swimming strokes to a high standard (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle).

In our Competitive Coaching programme, we take those swimmers who have completed Learn to Swim, and we train them to compete. Through carefully structured swimming sets, delivered in a challenging and competitive way, we support our swimmers so that they can successfully reach their individual potential. Our swimmers regularly take part in swimming galas at local, regional and national level.


Why are we crowdfunding?

We are incredibly proud of our history, and of our achievements to date. Our journey is by no means complete, and we know that we can do so much more. Our wish is to continue on our journey, giving more back into the local community, and to continue being able to grow our swimming family. We have big dreams, and lots of ideas. Your help and support is essential for us to achieve our goals, and to surpass them far into the future.

Since Covid we have faced falling numbers in our membership, increased fees for pool hire and a gap in children joining us because of the impact of Covid. The cost of living crisis continues to have a negative impact on the club. Our pool hire fees have increased across the venues that we use in York. GLL Better who operate Yearsley Swimming Pool and Energise, increased their pool hire fees by 10% (April 2023). Friends of New Earswick Swimming Pool increased their pool hire fees by 30% (January 2023). Unfortunately they have increased their pool hire fees again by an additional 20% (April 2023).

Presently, and because we understand that everyone has been affected by the cost of living crisis, we have held off increasing our club membership fees. New Earswick Swimming Club has been taking the pain, by using our bank reserves to support our Learn to Swim and Coaching schemes. Since January 2023 New Earswick Swimming Club has spent over £9,000 of its reserves.

We all want New Earswick Swimming Club to do well, and for us to continue delivering high quality swimming lessons, that are affordable and accessible to all. Simply put, we cannot continue to sustain the increasing costs. New Earswick Swimming Club is the cheapest club in York by some margin. This is made possible by the fact that the vast majority of our operation is run by volunteers, and because we want to ensure that we remain affordable to all, and family focused.

New Earswick Swimming Club is already working extremely hard to raise essential funds. We have lots of ideas, and our swimmers are committed to putting in the time and effort to help the club that they love. In April our Bake & Craft Sale Fundraiser successfully raised £746.20. This amazing achievement was down to the hard work of our swimmers, parents and the local community. Thank you all.


As a Community Sports Club this crowdfunding campaign will also be applying for match funding from the Sport England 'Active Together' fund. Should we be successful in our application, we could receive a pledge of up to 50% of our target. This will only be secured if we hit our target and do so through a minimum number of unique supporters stipulated by Sport England – so please, please support us by donating to our campaign.

We hope that all our extended swimming family, ex-swimmers and supporters and local community will be able to help us and donate towards keeping our current swimmers in the pool and provide opportunities for future athletes for years to come. 

We must succeed in this challenge. It is essential for both the local community, and for the health and mental wellbeing of our swimmers.

How we’ll spend the money raised

This fund is designed to enable New Earswick Swimming Club to continue to operate through our current period of financial hardship. It will help us achieve the following goals:

  • support us with the increased pool hire costs
  • establish a hardship grant for swimmers of families who are affected by the cost of living crisis
  • keep fees to a minimum to ensure we are affordable and that we retain our current swimmers
  • provide on-going training for our current volunteer base, including teaching assistants, teachers, coaches, team managers, swimming officials and committee members
  • help subsidise coach travel to the Scarborough and District Swimming Association league galas. Unfortunately we had to stop competing in the league due to the travel costs incurred. Our swimmers will be ecstatic if we were able to resurrect this again.
  • provide training for our new volunteer base, including teaching assistants, teachers, coaches, team managers, swimming officials and committee members

Community impact

Swimming is an essential life skill, and it's also a great way to keep fit. But it's so much more than this. For our members swimming is a way of life. Being part of the New Earswick Swimming Club Family is essential to our swimmers physical and mental well being.

They train regularly with their friends to maintain a high level of skill and fitness, and challenge themselves to achieve their goals and ambitions. Learning to pick yourself up and try again when you don't succeed, is something that our swimmers know well. Our swimmers are amazing. Their dedication, determination and passion for their sport is inspiring.

Swimming is proven to be one of the best forms of exercise to help a child's physical and mental wellbeing. Our swimmers learn to never give up, and keep trying to achieve their goal. They learn about teamwork, build up their confidence, improve their communication skills and build friendships.


Swimming brings with it many other valuable life skills:

  • commitment
  • perseverance
  • dedication
  • confidence and self belief
  • organisation
  • coordination
  • volunteering (many of our swimmers give back to the club as teaching assistants, teachers and coaches)
  • timekeeping

How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out! Please email us at [email protected] and we will organise collection of your donations.

4. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

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This project offered rewards

£1 or more

Craft Planet Assorted Wooden Beads 100g RRP £3.49

A pack of assorted shape and size wooden beads in a variety of colours. Each bead has a hole through the diameter to allow easy threading. This pack contains 100g.

£1 or more

Paperback copy of Feeding Kids RRP £2.82

Feeding Kids with Judith Wills. 120 fool proof family recipes. Rated 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon.

£2 or more

Hardback copy of A Prince and a Spy RRP £6.53

A Prince and Spy by Rory Clements. A dramatic, twisty and intelligent spy thriller. Rated 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon.

£2 or more

Play-Doh pack of 4 pots 560g RRP £4

4 pots in different colours blue, orange, green, light green.

£2 or more

The Usbourne Kings and Queens Sticker Book RRP £4

Gloriously illustrated with portraits of British kings and queens. Rated 4.8 out of 5 on Amazon

£3 or more

NESC Learn to Swim Latex Swimming Cap RRP £6

White with 3 colour print of club logo to both sides.

£3 or more

Usbourne Famous Paintings Sticker Book RRP £9

This beautifully illustrated book is packed with stickers of some of the most famous paintings in the world, from da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Degas's Blue Dancers. Rated 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon

£4 or more

Little Miss Sunshine 250 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw puzzle in decorative tin. Puzzle size approx 42cm x 30cm.

£4 or more

Admission for two adults to Fairfax House, York

Admission for two adults to Fairfax House, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. Come and unlock the splendour within the finest Georgian town house in England. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York’s most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr. Valid for general admission Sun-Thu 11am-4pm

£5 or more

York Sport Village VIP Pass

Kindly donated by York Sport Village. Pass allows one adult over the age of 16 to access our facilities for one day: this includes our gym, swimming pool, fitness classes (subject to availability - can be prebooked), cycle circuit, and health suite (sauna and spa pool).

£5 or more

NESC Coaching Silicone Suede Swimming Cap RRP £10

Black with 3 colour print of club logo to both sides.

£5 or more

Hardback copy of Typhoon by Mike Sutton RRP £10

The thrilling account of the Typhoon FGR4s in the war against ISIS, from the RAF Wing Commander who led them into combat

£10 or more

30 minute 1:1 swimming lesson with coach Mark

This reward is valid for non members only. Session to take place at New Earswick Swimming Pool. Child must be over 4 years old. Lesson date and time to be confirmed. Medical and emergency contact details will be requested.

£10 or more

NESC Unisex Club Shirt V-Neck size L RRP £25

Current swimzi design. Size L. Sublimated club shirt. 100% polyester elastic and soft polyester fabric. Guarantees excellent wearing comfort and allows a rapid wicking of sweat and moisture.

£10 or more

Articulate Family Board Game RRP £19.99

Articulate, the fast talking description game. Bring everyone together with this fast-talking description board game as players try to describe as many card entries as possible within 30 seconds. Rated 4.7 out of 5 on Amazon.

£10 or more

Free films for 2 people for 1 year

Kindly donated by Film at the Folk Hall. This voucher entitles the holder plus 1 to any screening between September 2023 and September 2024.

£15 or more

English Tutor 1 Hour Session RRP £35

1 hour English tutor session for a child in year 6-11. Session to take place at student's house (after school or at a weekend on an agreed day). Flexibility to focus on reading, writing, literature, or anything they'd like. Session to be delivered by experienced secondary school English teacher.

£20 or more

1 Month of Swimming Lessons for x1 Child RRP £35

This reward is valid for non members only. Sessions to take place at New Earswick Swimming Pool. Child must be over 4 years old. Assessment required to place child into correct group. x2 lessons per week. Session dates and times to be confirmed. Medical and emergency contact details will be requested.

£30 or more

Full Body Sports Massage Voucher

Kindly donated by The WholeBodyWorker, a sports and injury therapist based in Sutton on the Forest. Voucher is flexible, with date/time and no expiry date. Entitles you to one hour full body sports and remedial massage.

£50 or more

1 Month Family Membership at Roko York RRP £140

1 Month Family Membership at Roko Health Club York. Entitles 2 adults and 2 children to use the club. Full access for 1 month. Voucher must be activated by 31/08/2023.

£2 or more

Hardback copy of The Gladiator Mindset RRP £8.98

The Gladiator Mindset by Adam Peaty. Ten steps to push your limits and achieve the impossible. Rated 4.6 out of 5 on Amazon.

£2 or more

Paperback copy of 101 Recipies for Kids RRP £4.99

BBC Good Food Magazine 101 Recipies for Kids. Rated 4.2 out of 5 on Amazon.

£5 or more

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Prize Draw

Take part in our prize draw to be in with a chance to win a family ticket (2 x Adults and up to 3 Children aged 4-15) on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Valid in the 2023 season, this ticket entitles the winner to a Pickering to Whitby return journey along the NYMR heritage line.

£5 or more

£10 Deans Garden Centre Gift Voucher

Kindly donated by Deans Garden Centre

£7 or more

Haxby Bakehouse and Delicatessen £10 Gift Voucher

Kindly donated by Tina and Phil of Haxby Bakehouse and Delicatessen. Supplier of traditional artisan bread and pastries (including pains au chocolat, croissants, morning buns and pains au raison) to York since 2008.

£10 or more

30 minute 1:1 coaching lesson with coach Mark

This reward is valid for non members only. Session to take place at New Earswick Swimming Pool. Child must have completed stage 7 of Swim England Learn to Swim framework. Lesson date and time to be confirmed. Medical and emergency contact details will be requested.

£10 or more

York Teepee Adventures voucher for 2

Voucher entitles you to a free teepee adventure for 2! For further information visit York Teepee Adventures on Facebook. You must live within York/surrounding villages. Voucher valid for basic teepee package or discount off of higher package. Booking must be made before 1st September 2023.

£15 or more

Sarah Marie Beauty £25 Gel Polish Gift Voucher

Kindly donated by Sarah Marie Beauty. Gel Polish Gift Voucher to be redeemed at Glamour Tips Salon, 6 Boroughbridge Road, Acomb, York.

£15 or more

Girls Speedo Endurance swimsuit GB 10/32 RRP £30

Girls black speedo costume with fabric speedo logo to front and multiple pink speedo logo patterns to front and back.

£15 or more

Arena Unisex Air-Speed Mirror Goggles RRP £23

Arena Unisex Air-Speed Mirror Goggles (yellow/copper blue). Rated 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon.

£15 or more

Family Ticket for York Archaeology Attractions

Family ticket for 4 to York Archaeology Attractions. Ticket is valid to 30 June 2024. Booking in advance is recommended via website or email. York Archaeology Attractions have 4 attractions in York, JORVIK Viking Centre, DIG: An Archaeological Adventure, Barley Hall and City Walls Experience

£30 or more

Dean Court Afternoon Tea for Two RRP £60

Enjoy a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and/or wraps, scone with jam and cream, and a mix of sweet treats and desserts to finish off – with a choice of tea or coffee, there’s something for everyone

£40 or more

Zanussi 3-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Zanussi Positano 3-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set. Suitable for all types of hobs including induction, ceramic, electric and gas. 3-layer bottom, tempered glass lids, pouring rim, dishwasher safe.

£90 or more

Family Ticket to Flamingo Land RRP £135

Kindly donated by our friends at Hart Envrionmental ( Theme park and zoo admission, family ticket for 4 persons aged 4+.

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