Help keep Bolton Metro Swim Squad afloat!

by Bolton Metro Swim Squad in Bolton, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th April 2022 we successfully raised £5,770 with 63 supporters in 28 days

We're appealing to our local community, friends and businesses to help raise vital funds to ensure the future of Bolton Metro Swim Squad.

by Bolton Metro Swim Squad in Bolton, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We've hit our initial target, and we appreciate all the donations we've received. But it's not over. Let's see if we can raise even more. We have set a stretch target of £8000. Let's see if we can hit this as well. Every penny raised goes towards our squad and helps pay for pool hire.


Who are we?

Bolton Metro Swim Squad are 30 years old this year. We have been part of the local community since 1992.

We are a not-for-profit, entirely self-funded, not council subsidised, fully inclusive performance swimming squad for Bolton and the surrounding community - supporting and developing young athletes to enable them to fulfil their potential.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have inevitably lost our primary funding source, our galas. Our regular bag pack fundraisers in partnership with local supermarkets have not happened. Our three annual galas would have provided the squad with an income of £4000 per gala, and our bag pack fundraiser would have brought in a further £800 per event.

Since the coming out of the pandemic, all of our costs have sored:

  • Our pool hire costs have gone up, and this will continue to rise
  • Swimmers numbers down from 96 members down to just 71
  • Additional charges of Duty Managers due to enhanced risk assessment by Bolton Council
  • No longer able to do our Bag Pack fundraisers

Our only source of income is the swimmers' monthly fees. Due to rising pool hire costs and lower membership numbers, we are now struggling to keep afloat (no pun intended).

We urgently need help to secure this squad's future. Let's hit our target and keep current future swimmers and swimming!

Rossall Swim Camp 2021

How will funding be used?

Funding would enable Bolton Metro to continue as a Performance Squad for the 2022/2023 season until such a time where we can secure our galas. Funding will be used to pay for the pool hire and our fantastic coaching staff whilst we have no additional income from galas - so that all swimmers can continue their training.

Our primary aim is to survive. Then we can look to grow the squad with the next generation of swimmers.

How you can play your part?

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

  • Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!
  • 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.
  • Offer rewards yourself. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!
  • If you're a local business and wish to sponsor your local squad please get in touch with [email protected]

Our Squad

Since the pandemic, we've gone from 96 members down to just 71. We've lost some of our older swimmers who lost motivation without the routine of squad swimming. We've also not had the natural progression of swimmers joining from lessons or clubs, resulting in a 2-year deficit of new members.

Our squad ranges from school Year 5 through to Year 13, plus 3 members who continue to train while at College and University.


We have two excellent full-time coaches, Richard Howard (Head Coach) and Antony Evitts (Assistant Head Coach), both from Bolton and both experts in their field.

Our squad consists of 4 levels. We aim to deliver a complete programme to develop them as swimmers and individuals. We have a long-term plan for each swimmer and train them within the suggested zones from our governing body (Swim England), which aims to coach a swimmer through different phases of their physical, emotional, and psychological development.

The mental health impact on our swimmers not being able to swim and see their friends was immense. The support from the coaches to our swimmers was terrific during the various lockdowns we suffered in Bolton. This led our Head Coach to undertake Mental Health Training to tackle any ongoing issues any swimmer may have.

Success of the Squad

By taking care of each swimmer and adding the expert swimming knowledge of our coaches, we have been able to build a successful competitive squad.

At least 85% of the squad compete at county standard, gaining and exceeding county times. We've been ranked within the top 5 squads in the county. We have consecutively increased our medal tally and top 10 finishes for the last three years. We set a target of 60% of the squad reaching a regional level, and we have increased that number over the previous three years and seen greater success. We aim to have 15% of swimmers competing at a national level, which we achieved in 2019 and had our best year in terms of qualifiers, finalists, and medallists for five years. We are also delighted that we've had swimmers represent the county of Lancashire in the national inter-county competition for the past three consecutive years.

As an inclusive squad, we are also proud to have a junior multi-national medallist para swimmer. This swimmer is on the national programme for swimmers identified as future Paralympic hopefuls and has recently won gold medals at events on the international circuit and the many junior and open titles.

Recognition

Over the last few years, the squad's success has led to swimmers being selected development camps that range from county to national level, both on an able-bodied and Para-swimming.

Our head coach has been identified to participate in the mentor programme for the North West. Only a small number of coaches in the region are invited to share ideas and work with them to improve the standard of swimming.

Our recent achievements show that we as a squad are bringing success to the local area at every level, and we are placing Bolton amongst the best in the region for swimming. We want to continue to attract more members from the local area to give future generations from every background and ethnicity.

Our squad needs your support!

Our swimming squad is our swimming family. We do not want our current swimmers or any future swimmers to miss the opportunity to swim, train and develop with us.

We're asking for any donation, big or small, to help us reach our 5K target.

We urgently need help to secure this squad's future. Let's hit our target and keep current and future swimmers swimming!

Want to join?

Bolton Metro are an inclusive squad open to children with disabilities, whether hidden or visible.

If you're interested in joining the squad, then please get in touch with [email protected]


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

4 of 4 claimed

2 x tickets for Bolton Wanderers vs Fleetwood

Enter the Prize Draw for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Bolton Wanderers vs Fleetwood on Saturday April 30th, KO @ 12:30. Seats located in the home area main stand. RRP £46, you could win for as little as £5! Kindly donated by Bolton Wanderers FC. Free local delivery or can meet at the ground before the match. Prize draw will be drawn Wednesday 27th April using a random name generator at 7pm.

£10 or more

1 of 50 claimed

BMSS Swim hat

BMSS Swimzi Swim hat, can be worn training and at galas, will be passed on to the swimmer of your choice

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Empire Australia pure essential blissful sleep kit

Empire Australia pure essential blissful sleep kit gift set, lavender bath salts 200g, lavender pillow mist 100ml, soft cotton sleep mask, will be passed on to the swimmer

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1000 piece Harry Potter Jigsaw Brand New

1000 piece Harry Potter Jigsaw Brand New, will be passed onto the swimmer

£10 or more

Bolton Wanderers Team Signed Football Shirt

Enter the Prize Draw for the unique opportunity to own this Bolton Wanderers team signed football shirt 2022. Just £10 to stand a chance of winning this fantastic piece of local football memorabilia. Kindly donated by Bolton Wanderers. Prize draw will be drawn 1st May using a random name generator at 7pm. Free local delivery or will arrange free recorded delivery to a UK address

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Sunday lunch for 2 at the Spread Eagle

Sunday lunch for 2 at the Spread Eagle Bromley Cross, kindly donated by the Spread Eagle, check out their website here: https://ourlocal.pub/pubs/spread-eagle-bromley-cross/ Voucher valid for 6 months, can drop voucher off or send in the post

£250 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Bronze - Corporate Sponsorship Package

We will promote your business/company on our social media channels x3. (Please note: all squad sponsors need to be approved by Bolton Metro committee and need to be in keeping with squad values)

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Silver - Corporate Sponsorship Package

We will promote your business/company on our social media channels for 12 months with a minimum of 3 posts. We will promote your business logo on our website homepage as a sponsor for 12 months. We will promote your business/company on our homepage and dedicated sponsor page. (Please note: all sponsors need to be approved by Bolton Metro committee and need to be in keeping with squad values)

£1,000 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Gold - Corporate Sponsorship Package

We will advertise your business in our Open Meet programmes and at the venue (we aim to hold a minimum of 2 per year). We will promote your business/company on our social media channels for 12 months with a minimum of 3 posts. We will promote your business/company on our homepage and dedicated sponsor page. (Please note: all sponsors need to be approved by Bolton Metro committee and need to be in keeping with squad values)

£2,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Platinum Corporate Sponsorship Package

In addition to the Gold package benefits, we will promote your business/company on our homepage and dedicated sponsor page with detailed company information (including a link to your website). Your business would sponsor a race which will be announced over the tannoy (Please note: all sponsors need to be approved by Bolton Metro committee and need to be in keeping with squad values)

£5,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Diamond Corporate Sponsorship Package

In addition to the Platinum package benefits, your business/company logo will be added to our squad swim caps - worn at all competitions and training sessions by our swimmers. (Please note: all sponsors need to be approved by Bolton Metro committee and need to be in keeping with squad values)

£5 or more

3 of 3 claimed

2 x tickets for Bolton Wanderers vs Accrington

Enter the Prize Draw for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Bolton Wanderers vs Accrington Stanley, Easter Monday 18th April, KO @ 15:00 seats located in the home area main stand. RRP £46, you could win for as little as £5! Kindly donated by Bolton Wanderers FC. Free local delivery or can meet at the ground before the match. Prize draw will be drawn Friday 15th April using a random name generator at 7pm. https://www.bwfc.co.uk/

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Baylis and Harding shaving cream gift set

Baylis and Harding shaving cream gift set, Black pepper and ginseng, will be passed onto the swimmer

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 voucher for Simply Belle Clinic in Hindley

A £20 voucher for Beauty Clinic Simply Belle Clinic in Hindley, valid for 12 months, can be dropped off or sent by Royal Mail https://simplybelle.co.uk/index.html "At Simply Belle Clinic we understand the issues associated with ageing and body image. Our clinic offers a range of both aesthetic and beauty treatments to help address these problems, helping you to increase your self confidence." Kindly donated by Simply Belle Clinic

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Rokka Mediterranean Restaurant £20 voucher

Rokka Mediterranean Restaurant kindly donated a £20 voucher to spend at their restaurant, check out their website and menu here: https://www.rokkamed.com/ "We truly love Mediterranean food, we’re so passionate about good Mediterranean cuisine that we have dedicated our lives to perfecting all of our favorite recipes. Anyone that visits us at Rokka Restaurant is considered a true guest of ours."

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£20 voucher for Ciao Baby restaurant Bolton

Get a £20 voucher for Ciao Baby restaurant Bolton from £15, kindly donated to us by Ciao Baby there are 5 vouchers available to purchase. Check their website here: https://www.ciaobabybolton.co.uk/ Can drop of locally or send by post

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Cafe Italia Afternoon Tea for 2

Enjoy Afternoon Tea for 2 kindly donated by Cafe Italia Bolton RRP £24, served 12pm-4pm https://cafeitaliabolton.co.uk/

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Retreat Bromley Cross £25 Voucher

Retreat Bromley Cross kindly donated a £25 voucher to spend at their restaurant, check out their website and menu here: https://www.retreatrestaurants.co.uk/bromley-cross "The Bromley Cross restaurant has spacious dining with a huge mezzanine area. Our menus reflect our Head Chefs love of Modern British food."

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