Newcastle Swimming Club, Small Club, Big Ambitions

by Newcastle (Staffs) Swimming Club in Newcastle, England, United Kingdom

£10,354

raised so far

155

supporters

We're looking beyond the pandemic at how we can provide more opportunities to a greater number of young swimmers in our local community.

by Newcastle (Staffs) Swimming Club in Newcastle, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 26th March 2021 we'd raised £10,354 with 155 supporters in 48 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

We would like your help to enable us to deliver 3 major programmes that will provide the following benefits to local youngsters:

  • Open a Swim Academy so that 6-10 year olds in the local area can access high level coaching programmes that will ultimately see them develop excellent technical swimming skills (not to mention essential survival skills) whilst having great fun. This will be led by our Head Coach who is a former GB swimmer and also Head Coach for Staffordshire.

Funds needed - to buy new equipment, pay for and train new coaching staff and pool hire fees.

  • Equip our young people with wider life skills, to enable them to become more rounded individuals, not just technically excellent swimmers. We will do this by being the first small club in the UK to introduce the Optimum Athlete Development Framework (OADF). This is a framework which is already in place in many of the largest and most successful swimming clubs in the country, as it seeks to describe the characteristics that swimmers will need to possess in order to be successful at the highest level.

Funds needed - to develop a suite of educational materials which swimmers, parents and coaches can access, as well as funds to pay for a reward scheme to support this framework.

  • Launch an elite performance programme right here in North Staffordshire, which will give hundreds of young talented swimmers the opportunity to join a pathway which could see them represent England or GB in world championships or even the Olympic Games. There are currently no performance programmes in Staffordshire so this will mean local talent can follow an elite programme without enduring a long commute. This will ultimately mean more talented swimmers from the local area will make it onto national elite pathways, to join the likes of Staffordshire’s very own Adam Peaty. 

Funds needed - to hire more pool time, gym time and classroom time to deliver a comprehensive programme of education to support the swimmer’s journey. Equally, we will need to pay for ‘experts’ in nutrition & hydration, strength & conditioning, sports psychology and goal setting plus funds to run swim camps for both talented youth swimmers and aspiring talent. 


"Help us give North Staffs youngsters the opportunities they deserve to make up for lost time"

For years, our small club has had big ambitions. We've been planning to expand and set up our own academy and performance programme but have not been able to due to lack of pool time in our local pools. 

Then, out of the blue, a local school approached us with an offer of unlimited pool time in exchange for creating a swim academy alongside their own learn to swim school programme for the benefit of all local school children. 

It was the opportunity we'd been waiting for, but then the Pandemic hit. Almost overnight our income was dramatically cut and pool hire costs shot up as our local pool sprung a leak and we were forced to look further afield to train. 

Even on a normal month our expenses exceed our income but we plug the gap with funds from our annual "Yule in Pool" swimming gala. Naturally, that got cancelled last year. So, to survive, the clubs used all its reserves meaning that we don't have the funds to launch our new initiatives and that bring us nicely to our Crowdfunding Project!

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We'd need your help to deliver 3 important programmes that will help all our local youngsters get back into the pool and be the best they can be.

Open a Swim Academy for 6-10 year olds so that children in the local area can 1615635715_nssc_club_champs_2019--455.jpgaccess high level coaching programmes that will ultimately see them develop excellent technical swimming skills (not to mention essential survival skills) whilst having great fun. This will be led by our Head Coach who is a former Olympic and Commonwealth trialist and also Head Coach for Staffordshire.

Funds needed - to buy new equipment, pay for and train new coaching staff and pool hire fees.

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  • Introduce the Optimum Athlete Development Framework (OADF) to equip our1615635863_ncss_land_training_session_at_4fitt-2.jpg young people with wider life skills, to enable them to become more rounded individuals, not just technically excellent swimmers. We will be the first small club in the UK to introduce the OADF. This is a framework which is already in place in many of the largest and most successful swimming clubs in the country, as it seeks to describe the characteristics that swimmers will need to possess in order to be successful at the highest level.

Funds needed - to develop a suite of educational materials which swimmers, parents and coaches can access, as well as funds to pay for a reward scheme to support this framework.

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  • Launch an Elite Performance Programme right here in North Staffordshire, which will give hundreds of young talented swimmers the opportunity to join a pathway which could see them represent England or GB in world championships or even the Olympic Games. There are currently no performance programmes in Staffordshire so this will mean local talent can follow an elite programme without enduring a long commute. This will ultimately mean more talented swimmers from the local area will make it onto national elite pathways, to join the likes of Staffordshire’s very own Adam Peaty. 

Funds needed - to hire more pool time, gym time and classroom time to deliver a comprehensive programme of education to support the swimmer’s journey. Equally, we will need to pay for ‘experts’ in nutrition & hydration, strength & conditioning, sports psychology and goal setting plus funds to run swim camps for both talented youth swimmers and aspiring talent. 

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Why do we need your support?

We want to turn the negative impact of Covid-19 into a positive. Unfortunately, Covid-19 will use up the Club’s reserves so there will be no funds available to launch these exciting new ventures.

What will your support mean?

Implementing our ambitious plans will be a game changer for our small club. We will be able to secure our financial future by significantly growing our membership and associated fee income. 

Our ambitious team of volunteers has been working alongside our highly skilled coaches to develop robust plans, all we need now is the financial support to make them a reality.

The opportunities we will be able to offer will make a real difference to aspiring young swimmers such that, ultimately, more swimmers from Staffordshire will represent GB on the world stage. 

We can do it, together!

We feel strongly that, being able to offer such exciting opportunities to local youngsters is so important as so many doors have been closed for our young people during the pandemic. With your help, we can offer them the chance to not only ‘dream big’ but, equally, to bring their dreams to life. 

Check out some of the great rewards on offer...

WOW - The raffle prizes keep rolling in!

Generous local businesses are being so supportive. Many of them are struggling themselves but are keen to get behind our fundraiser.

Remember, when you enter any of our raffles you're in with chance to win these goodies. 

Go on, it's worth a £5 for you a strip of tickets!

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Delicious Mornflake Hamper Raffle

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Mornflake, the Millers of Mighty Oats Since 1675 have kindly donated 2 gorgeous hampers and 2 lovely gift bags to help our club raise funds.

Each hamper and bag is bursting with tasty oaty goodies. Whether you're a  fan of the Crunchy Hawaiian Granola or like your oats a little simpler, there's something for everyone.

Buy a £5 strip of virtual raffle tickets to be in with a chance of winning one of these 4 delicious prizes!

Garden Lovers Hamper Raffle, worth over £70!

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This delightful hamper is the perfect prize for any garden lover. It contains, Sophie Conran everyday gardening gloves, Sophie Conran for Burton and Ball hand weeder, 10 Blackboard labels with white oil marker, Pair of storage sacks, Spool of jute twine, 2 hanks of raffia, Leaf sack, Seed storage envelopes, Seedling labels and an Oak diblet.

Aerial Acrobatics or Pole Dancing Experience!

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If you live life on the adventurous side, then how about a taste of Aerial Acrobatics or Pole Dancing. We'll make this bespoke prize perfect for you. Whether it's for a group of adults or children, we'll make sure it's an experience you never forget.

It's a great way to improve strength, flexibility, stamina, posture and grace. And let's not forget, it's an experience you will never forget. You never know, next year you could be on stage taking part in the annual show in the Victoria Hall in Hanley!

£5 buys you a strip of raffle tickets that could be your key to the exciting world of aerial acrobatics!

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£175 or more

Williams F1 Exclusive Jacket

If you're an F1 Racing fan, this is the reward for you! The Williams F1 Racing Team have very kindly donated a Williams 2020 Season Rain Coat in mens size L. Perfect for the pit lane or the school run. If you'd like to claim this exclusive jacket a donation of over £175 will seal the deal. This reward can be claimed immediately.

£5 or more

£5 Adam Peaty Water Bottle & Signed Photo Raffle

£5 buys you a virtual strip of raffle tickets with a chance of winning this Adam Peaty Race Clinic Water Bottle & Signed Photo. This attractive black and gold drink bottle will make a stylish addition to any swim kit bag.

£5 or more

£5 Adam Peaty Swim Cap & Signed Photo Raffle

£5 buys you a virtual strip of raffle tickets with a chance of winning this Adam Peaty Race Clinic Swim Cap & Signed Photo. This attractive black and gold swim cap will make a stylish addition to any kit bag.

£5 or more

£5 Garden Lovers Hamper Raffle

£5 buys you a virtual strip of raffle tickets with a chance of winning this delightful Garden Lovers Hamper. It contains a collection of tools and accessories that every keen gardener will find useful. With Spring round the corner, it won't be long till it's gardening time again.

£5 or more

Aerial Acrobatics or Pole Dancing Experience!

If you've ever wanted to try something different, then our "Aerial Acrobatics or Pole Dancing Experience" is definitely for you. We'll make this bespoke prize perfect for you. Whether it's for a group of adults or children, we'll make sure it's an experience you never forget. £5 buys you a strip of raffle tickets that could be your key to the exciting world of aerial acrobatics! We'll plan your special session a soon as COVID allows.

£5 or more

£5 Bormioli Italian Glass Raffle

Give your family and friends the 5 Star treatment, when they come for dinner, with this beautiful collection of 18 Bormioli Italian Glasses. Enjoy pre dinner drinks from the 6 elegant Ypsilon aperitifs glasses. Long drinks go down smoothly from the 6 classic Hosteria goblet glasses and when the party really starts, the 6 Dublino Shot glass are just what you need. £5 buys you a virtual strip of tickets. Cheers...

£5 or more

£5 Mornflake Hamper Raffle

Mornflake, the Millers of Mighty Oats Since 1675 have kindly donated 2 gorgeous hampers and 2 lovely gift bags to help our club raise funds. Each hamper and bag is bursting with tasty oaty goodies. Whether you're a fan of the Crunchy Hawaiian Granola or like your oats a little simpler, there's something for everyone. Buy a £5 strip of virtual raffle tickets to be in with a chance of winning one of these 4 delicious prizes!

£5 or more

£5 NHS Swim Caps

SportySwim.co.uk have really dived dive in at the deep end to support our club by donating 12 NHS Charity Swimming Caps. These colourful caps show everyone how much we cherish and support all our amazing NHS workers who have worked tirelessly through this pandemic. Usually £12 each, £5 seems like a great way to show your support. Go NHS!

£9 or more

£9 ZOELLA Lifestyle Travel Mug and Bobble Hat

ZOELLA Lifestyle Travel Mug and Bobble Hat Gift Set. Stay warm, look great an keep hydrated with the stylish Zoella travel mug and bobble hat gift set. This gorgeous gift set usually sells for £18 so someone is a going to get a stylish bargin.

£10 or more

£10 Limited Edition Water Bottle

Stay hydrated in style with one of our special edition water bottles! We've got 100 water bottles to reward the first hundred donations of £10 or over. They're great quality with spill proof, one way valves so you drink on the go. As soon as training resumes, you'll be able to collect your bottle from any of our training pools.

£10 or more

£10 NEW PINK MARU TRAINING FINS UK

Size 1-1.5 - These fantastic pink with black accent fins mean you can zip through the pool or impress in the sea. Complete with all their the original packing these normally sell for £18.

£10 or more

£10 ORNAGE AND PINK MARU TRAINING FINS

NEW ORNAGE AND PINK MARU TRAINING FINS UK - Size 2-3 These fantastic orange with pink accent fins mean you can zip through the pool or impress in the sea. The trendy two tone design adds a splash of colour. These normally sell for £18.

£10 or more

£10 Little Mix Mega Beauty Collection Make Up Set

LMX by Little Mix Mega Beauty Collection Make Up Set. Get the look with this iconic beauty collection. These pigmented shades are perfect for colouring your way, from a more subtle day look to a fuller, bolder evening look. This vegan friendly make up kit usual retails for £29.99.

£15 or more

£15 Ironing Basket

Flatty's Ironing team have been "pressed" into action ????! They've kindly offered to do a BIG basket of family ironing to support our club. This would usually cost around £25 so you can save money as well as time. We'll pick up and drop off within a 20 mile radius of Newcastle under Lyme.

£20 or more

£20 Land Training Family Monthly Pass

We want everyone to be working hard to keep up your fitness. so, we're putting on 2 x 30-minute land training sessions per week for all swimmers in all squads, starting this Monday 1st Feb. All the family are welcome to join in the fun. If you'd like to join us for these fun fitness sessions they are held on Mondays and Thursdays at 6pm each week. So you and the family get 8 sessions for £20 per month. Sorry, only open to club members.

£20 or more

Large Medal Display Boards

Are your sports medals hiding in a draw or hanging on the back of a door? ???? Our kind friend, Phil Butler at MedalDisplayBoards.co.uk , has donated 2 of their Large Medal Display Boards, complete with engraving. If you or one of your family is an aspiring sports person, make sure their proudest moments are on display. When you donate, let us know what you would like engraved on the board. This reward can be claimed immediately.

£20 or more

£20 SWIMZI ONESIE

PRE-WORN SWIMZI ONESIES - Size 9/10 Unique all-in-ones, allowing you to stand out on deck and chill with your team mates. Made from super soft, premium cotton-rich jersey, this is a must-have for travelling to meets, throwing on between races… indoor or out, or just eating pizza on the sofa. Fabric: 70% cotton, 30% polyester – 320gsm luxury peached premium cotton-rich jersey – 45mm herringbone polyester twill arm tape. Usually £65.

£20 or more

£20 Connoisseur Corkscrew with Stopper and Stand

Connoisseur Corkscrew with Stopper and Stand. It won't be long till we can invite family and friends around for dinner once again. Make sure your ready to impress with this Connoisseur Corkscrew with Stopper and Stand. Easy to use and elegant to look at, this will make a welcome addition to any sommelier's collection.

£250 or more

£250 Silver Gala Sponsors

"Yule in the Pool" is "the" annual event for our club. This is your chance to get great coverage for your name or company message in all the gala literature and even to have you name up in lights on the poolside display board during the gala.

£500 or more

£500 Gold Gala Sponsor

This is the big one! "Yule in the Pool" is "the" annual event for our club. It's well know within the swimming world as an excellently run event. You have a chance to take top billing with your name or company message used extensively on all literature and programs and even to have you name up in lights on the poolside display board during the gala. For full sponsorship details please contact Robert Pearson

£500 or more

£500 Coach Kit Sponsorship

Make a real difference to the club and have your brand displayed on the board shoulders of our superb coaching team at every pool and competition session (when they start again!). As well as having your company logo on the back of our coaches tops and hoodies we'll feature your band on our website for 6 months, and in our winter gala programme.

£12 or more

£12 Rymans Games & Stationary Bag

Ryman have been the leading name on the high street since 1893 for all your stationary needs. Now they're supporting our Swimming Club! They have donated a very generous goody bag containing a number of games and lots of colourful stationary. This collection has something for school days as well as some fun the weekends.

£25 or more

Williams F1 Team Merchandise

The kind folk at Williams F1 Racing Team have donated a fun merchandise bundle. If you or one of your friends or family is a F1 fan, this is your chance to scoop up a Williams F1 Water Bottle, Sunglasses and Rubber Duck. That's right, it does say Rubber Duck! You can claim this reward immediately, but be quick, there's only one.

£45 or more

£45 BigBoyAir Bag Lounger

BigBoyBeanBag.co.uk have kindly stepped up to support our club with the donation of a BigBoyAir. These air filled loungers are ideal for the garden, on holiday or even beside the pool. When you're not using it, it packs away into it's own colour matched rucksack. These look as cool as they are are comfortable! These retail for £69 but you can get this one for only £45. But be quick!

£60 or more

£60 Wavelength Stroke Analysis Video Session

A personalised, 1 to 1, video analysis session from Wavelength. A lot of the time you find swimmers think they are doing the correct movements, but it's not until they see themselves swim that they truly realise what movements they are actually making in the water. Using underwater cameras and stroke development technology, we are able to identify key strengths and weaknesses to improve technique.

£60 or more

£60 Wavelength Stroke Development Session

A personalised 1 to 1 session with Wavelengths head coach Sam Holland. Swimmers of all standards will find this detailed coaching session invaluable. The 1 hour session will be tailored to your specific stroke requirements. A valuable reward for any aspiring swimmer.

£60 or more

£60 VIP package for our Yule in the Pool Gala

Free entry for 2 adults, free gala programme, reserved front row seats, free strip of raffle tickets, complementary continental breakfast and tea/coffee on arrival, free buffet lunch, goody bag with drinks and snacks to keep you going all day, special 'thank you' message in our programme.

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