Wycombe District Swimming Club Covid-19 Appeal

by Wycombe District Swimming Club in High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th March 2021 we successfully raised £32,888 ( + est. £6310.50 Gift Aid ) with 253 supporters in 69 days

Without our ability to host competitions our very existence is under threat. We need your help to keep our swimmers active and happy.

by Wycombe District Swimming Club in High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Help us achieve our stretch target and deliver benefits to the people of Wycombe District through:

  • Supplementing the bursaries we offer to lower income families to remove the financial barrier to participation
  • Running an outreach programme in the community via schools and other organisations to promote the physical and mental health benefits of swimming. Through this we want to attract under represented groups and thereby increase the diversity of the club to be more reflective of the Wycombe population.
  • Giving more support to our Enable squad, encouraging more disabled swimmers  to experience the joy of swimming

Our Organisation
We are Wycombe District Swimming Club (WDSC) - a successful community swimming club with a long history in High Wycombe and the surrounding district. We celebrated 110 years of swimming in August 2020 and are a club of 600 members, aged 6 to 84, unique in that we provide aquatic activities for performance, competition, fitness and fun for all ages, ability levels and aspirations.

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Why are we Crowdfunding?
WDSC relies on our Open Meets (competitions) that we host in the state-of-the-art 50m pool at Handy Cross in Wycombe. We have been unable to host these competitions since Covid-19 arrived in March 2020 and are unlikely hold any more  before late Spring 2021. This loss of income has left a sizeable hole in our finances.

The money we raise here will enable us to:

  • retain the professional coaches that deliver such a successful programme
  • deliver online training sessions for all squads
  • offer mental health support to members through the coaching and welfare teams
  • continue to buy pool time for our sessions such as water polo and development squads. These give members of the wider community the chance to be part of a club, keep fit and have fun without the pressure of competition
  • provide opportunities for young people to gain valuable leadership and life skills through teaching younger swimmers. Over recent years we have given over 50 volunteers the chance to develop their confidence and communication skills, through D of E and other initiatives, that will help them in their future careers
  • produce confident swimmers able to provide water safety for everyone. 
  • subsidise the fees of our members aged 80 and over.

If we achieve our stretch target we will:

  • supplement the bursaries we offer to lower income families to remove the financial barrier to participation
  • run an outreach programme in the community via schools and other organisations to promote the physical and mental health benefits of swimming. Through this we want to attract under represented groups and thereby increase the diversity of the club to be more reflective of the Wycombe population.
  • give more support to our Enable squad, encouraging more disabled swimmers  to experience the joy of swimming

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Effects of Covid-19
Over our history we have coached swimmers to the highest levels and managed to get through two World Wars, yet now the modern-day threat of Covid-19 could close the Club for good. Covid-19 hit our sport and club harder than most, yet through the hard work of the coaching team, committee and an army of volunteers we have managed to keep our swimmers engaged, fit and ready to race.
During the lockdowns we have been held quizzes, online cooking sessions, 1-2-1 and "virtual lounge" events where members can socialise together if they are feeling lonely or overwhelmed by the situation.
Our younger members are also missing out on important physical education at school, the online fitness sessions offered by WDSC may be the only exercise these children are able to access.

Before the first lockdown we retained the Top Club Trophy at the 2020 County Championships for the 6th year in a row and we were all ready and set to take 21 swimmers to the Olympic Trials in April 2020 – sadly this event was cancelled. Our other recent achievements include:

  • In 2019 we became the Top Club in the South East through topping the South East Regional Medal Table and securing a historic WIN in the Final of the Arena National Premier League, Southern Final.  
  • Our adult (Masters) swimmers also secured the Top Masters Club Trophy in the County for the 2nd year running.
  • Two of our disability squad swimmers earned International selection. 
  • Record numbers qualified for the English and British Summer Championships with our swimmers earning 20 medals at the British event.
  • One of our Juniors also achieved a Silver medal at the 2019 European Junior Open Water Championships while her teammates helped the Club achieve Top Club at the National Open Water Championships.

Our Club
We are a Club for all ages and a Club that is successfully achieving at all levels of the sport we love.

Our coaching team, led by our Olympic Level Coach Kevin Brooks, is highly qualified and experienced and many of our coaches have been recognised through selections at County, Regional, National and International Camps and Competition.

  • Coach Kieran and George were selected to coach on the County Camps
  • Coach Joe and Gemma were both selected to coach on the Regional Camps
  • Our Lead Disability Coach Patrick was selected and invited to attend Swim England Para Swimming Camps and Forums
  • Coaches Kevin, Josh and Gemma were all selected to coach on various National Camps
  • Head Coach Kevin was selected most recently to be the Head Coach of the GB European Junior team and the Swim England Performance Squad – the highest English squad selected for camps

The Club is one of the top performing UK clubs, boasts a successful performance program that ranks highly in the UK and is proud to have been selected as a Swim England National Performance Centre in Partnership with Bucks New University.

Our Impact on the Community
It’s not just about performance. We also believe that sport is about your own personal achievements. We aim to be an inclusive welcoming club and are proud of our #oneteam ethos. Wycombe District Swimming Club aims to develop swimmers of all abilities and ages to reach their maximum potential.

We offer:

  • Stroke improver sessions for adults and younger swimmers that want to progress their swimming beyond "learn to" lessons.
  • An academy programme for younger swimmers wishing to train for competition and fitness. 
  • Performance, development and competitive sections for youth and a strong adult (Masters) programme.
  • Water confidence that contributes to the water safety of the district with many lifeguards in the district have been members of our club.
  • Water Polo sessions once a week.

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To ensure we can keep our members swimming, and able to achieve their sporting and fitness goals into 2021, we need our members, their families and our wider support network to contribute to this fundraiser.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£40 or more

82 of 200 claimed

110 Year Celebration T-Shirt

Limited edition club t-shirt designed to commemorate the club's 110 year anniversary. Design to be confirmed. Please add a small donation to cover postage.

£2 or more

2 x Bobble Hat Raffle

Enter the raffle for a chance to win 1 of 2 hats. Stay cosy and warm with these funky Beechfield fleece lined bobble hats. They are super insulated making them perfect for post swim recovery. The thermal band around the heavy cuff helps to prevent heat loss and feels great against the skin. The hat is topped off by a luxury giant pom pom. Winner picked once the crowdfunder has ended. Images available at www.swimsecure.co.uk

£2 or more

2 x Towel Raffle

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 towels. Dry yourself in record time with this super absorbent microfibre towel. The material is quick drying - up to four times faster than a regular towel. The towel is a large 130cm x 80cm making it the size of a beach towel. It is very lightweight, packs down small. The fabric is soft and comfortable on the skin. Winner will be selected once Crowdfunder ends. See www.swimsecure.co.uk for images.

£4 or more

Raffle for Rebellion Beer 4 Bottle Gift Pack

Each £4 donation will give you entry to the raffle of a 4 bottle Rebellion Beer gift pack. The winner will be pulled from a hat once the Crowdfunder ends. The winner will collect the reward from the brewery shop in Marlow Bottom.

£6 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Dyna-Band Pink - Light Strength

Dyna-Bands are the easiest and most effective fitness equipment to begin using. Light Strength - For after injury the mature exerciser & young sporting athletes. Resistance bands can take you through a full body workout. They require minimal space and are cost effective. Thanks to Jane Lomas for providing this reward.

£6 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Dyna-Band Green - Medium Strength

Dyna-Bands are the easiest and most effective fitness equipment to begin using. Green - Medium Strength - For beginners, new to resistance exercise & sports warm ups, agility & flexibility training. Resistance bands can take you through a full body workout. They require minimal space and are cost effective. Thanks to Jane Lomas for providing this reward.

£6 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Dyna-Band Purple - Heavy Strength

Dyna-Bands are the easiest and most effective fitness equipment to begin using. Purple - Heavy Strength - For those used to resistance exercise, Excellent for increasing sporting speed and endurance. Resistance bands can take you through a full body workout. They require minimal space and are cost effective. Thanks to Jane Lomas for providing this reward.

£6 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Dyna-Band Grey - Extra Heavy Strength

Dyna-Bands are the easiest and most effective fitness equipment to begin using. Grey - Extra Heavy Strength - For the strong and athletic, can build and strengthen muscles. Resistance bands can take you through a full body workout. They require minimal space and are cost effective. Thanks to Jane Lomas for providing this reward.

£10 or more

5 of 9 claimed

LUCKY DIP! - Various FEMALE SHORTS

LUCKY DIP! - Various FEMALE SHORTS (TEAM GB/OLYMPIC & BRITISH SWIMMING KIT) items accumulated by multiple Olympian Fran Halsall over her long and successful career. Grab a bargain and a piece of genuine elite swimming kit. Most of it is female size small but ranges from very small fabric shorts to long ‘surf’ shorts. Items will be selected at random by the club. Please add a small donation to cover postage.

£20 or more

1 of 24 claimed

Kinetic (kinesiology) elastic tape - 4 roll pack

4 rolls of Kinetic (kinesiology) tape, available in pink, light blue, black and union jack (1 of each supplied). Therapeutic Elastic Tape is used for Sports Injury Support & Compression. Thanks to 4 Minutes First Aid Training for the donation.

£25 or more

74 of 200 claimed

110 Year Celebration Hat

Limited edition swimming hat to commemorate our 110 year anniversary. Design to be confirmed. Please add a small donation to cover postage.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Female Blue Speedo Racing suit

Straps Knee length Good condition, barely used. Please add a small donation to cover postage.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

British Swimming Women's Costume

TYR brand Size 30 Navy with red straps

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Female London 2012 Olympic Training Suit

Straps and high cut, size 28” Good condition, barely used. Please add a small donation to cover postage.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Small/Medium British Swimming Tracksuit (2 parts)

Small/Medium British Swimming Tracksuit (Jacket & Bottoms) Small/Medium British Swimming Tracksuit (Jacket & Bottoms) Donated by Olympian Fran Halsall. Used, but in average condition. Blue with Flag and GBR insignia. Please add a small donation to cover postage

£40 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Weekend Gala Spectator Pass

Full access for one adult for the whole weekend of a Wycombe run gala.

£50 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Female England Commonwealth Games Racing Suit

Good condition, barely used. Size Arena 26” Please add a small donation to cover postage.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

4 Week Virtual Fitness Class Pass

Pyramid Health and Fitness are not just another 'keep fit' business. We pride ourselves on being a small friendly company who care about our members and like to give a little extra. Access to a wide range of live and on-demand classes including BodyBlitz, Fitness Pilates, Clubbercise, Kettlebells, Abs and HIIT. Full details on https://www.aliceramcharranpyramid.co.uk/ Contact [email protected] for more details.

£50 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Carve a Career Course: Presentation ++ Skills

Carve a career: Developing effective storytelling and presentation skills. The delivery of this workshop is interactive, inclusive and energetic. The aim is to challenge your existing ways of operating and help you to: What makes a good story? Explore story telling Do’s and Dont's Presentation techniques to help you make an impact Speed pitching practice. Thanks to Jo Beardsworth for donating. Contact [email protected]

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Fuse Female Openback Racesuit. Size 20, Hot Pink

Fuse Female Openback Racesuit. Size 20 in Hot Pink. RRP £150. New. Thanks to Matt Conrad-Jones for donation.

£75 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Emergency First Aid at Work Day Course, Maidenhead

Emergency First Aid at Work Course. This 6-hour (1 day) course is for small and low risk Businesses. Suitable for instructors and trainers that run small classes. e.g. yoga, swimming and martial arts teachers. The Emergency First Aid at Work qualification (EFAW) is ideal for most businesses . Dates flexible and to be agreed. Thanks to 4 Minutes First Aid Training.

£400 or more

1 of 2 claimed

High Performing Teams Corporate Coaching

Motivational presentation from Olympic swimming coach Kevin Brooks delivered screen to screen. Fantastic opportunity for your team to receive an insight into the mindset and behaviours needed to be successful in the pool, and in the office!

£6 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Divine Milk Chocolate Hearts

Treat your loved one this Valentines Day with these chocolate hearts. Hand wrapped in foil and beautifully presented to make the perfect gift. Divine is a global social enterprise where the producers earn a share of the profits they help to create through growing Fairtrade chocolate. Please add a small donation to cover postage. 80g

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Beijing Olympic Hardback Book (“Britain United”)

Beijing Olympic Hardback Book (“Britain United” – Collection of Athlete Identified Biographies) Donated by Olympian Fran Halsall. Please add a donation to cover postage

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Team GB - Beijing Olympic Racing Swim Hat

Athlete issue GB swimmers hat, each featuring a competitors name. Please donate postage, if applicable to you.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Team GB Rio 2016 Olympic ‘Bucket’ Hat

Official athlete issue hat White Unused

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Fran Halsall Swim Kit Lucky Dip

Huge bag of various kit items accumulated by multiple Olympian Fran Halsall over her long and successful career. Grab a bargain and a piece of genuine elite swimming kit from British Swimming and Team GB. Most of it is female size small. Items will be selected at random by the club. Please add a small donation to cover postage.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward

Speedo Pool Bag Solid. Black Green Colour. New. Thanks to Matt Conrad Jones for the donation.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

White Great Britain swim training hat (GB Flag)

White Great Britain swim training hat (GB Flag & GBR text) Donated by Olympian Fran Halsall. Used, but in good condition. Please add a donation to cover postage.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Team GB – Olympic Red Drawstring Bag

Team GB – Olympic Red Drawstring Bag Donated by Olympian Fran Halsall. Used, but in good condition. Please add a small donation to cover postage

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Small British Swimming Tracksuit Jacket ONLY

Small British Swimming Tracksuit Jacket ONLY Small British Swimming Tracksuit Jacket ONLY Donated by Olympian Fran Halsall. Used, but in average condition. Blue Jacket with Flag and GBR insignia. Please add a small donation to cover postage

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

British Swimming Navy Hoody (Circa 2009-12)

British Swimming Navy Hoody (Circa 2009-12) Donated by Olympian Fran Halsall. Used, but in average condition. With large GBR insignia on chest. Please add a small donation to cover postage Medium

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

British Swimming Navy Hoody (Circa 2009-12)

British Swimming Navy Hoody (Circa 2009-12) Donated by Olympian Fran Halsall. Used, but in average condition. With large GBR insignia on chest. Please add a small donation to cover postage Small

£24 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Dyna-Band 4 Pack

Dyna-Bands are the easiest and most effective fitness equipment to Dyna-Bands are the easiest and most effective fitness equipment to begin using. All strengths from light to extra heavy included in this bundle. Resistance bands can take you through a full body workout. They require minimal space, are low impact and are cost effective. Thanks to Jane Lomas for providing this reward.

£30 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Stroke Clinic

Two hours intensive technique coaching within a small group including video feedback.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Female TeamGB Flag Design Training Suit

Straps and high cut, Size 32” Good condition, barely used. Please add a small donation to cover postage.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Female London 2012 Olympic Training Suit

Straps and high cut, size 28” or 30", one of each available Good condition, barely used. Please add a small donation to cover postage.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Finis 40L Swimmers Backpack

Finis Team 40L Swimmers Backpack. Adult. Ultraviolet. New. Thanks to Matt Conrad-Jones for donation.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Speedo Deluxe Ventilator Mesh Bag

Speedo Deluxe Ventilator Mesh Bag. Yellow/Blue/Banana. New Thanks to Matt Conrad-Jones for donation.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Barbour Dog Collar

Genuine Barbour dog collar in the original tartan plaid brand new from John Lewis, never worn. It’s a size med and super nice.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Team GB Rio 2016 – Official Athletes Bag

Donated by Olympian Fran Halsall. Used, but in good condition. Please donate postage, if applicable to you

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Finis Tempo Trainer

Finis Tempo Trainer in Yellow. RRP £59.99. New. Thanks to Matt Conrad-Jones for donation.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

British Swimming (GBR) Rain Jacket (XL Size)

British Swimming (GBR) Rain Jacket (XL Size) Donated by Olympian Fran Halsall. Used, but in good condition. Please add a small donation to cover postage

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Divine Fabulous Flavours Chocolate Hamper

This scrumptious Divine chocolate hamper makes the perfect gift for any chocolate lover, with eleven bars all in different flavours. CONTENTS: 85 % Dark 70% Dark 70% Dark with Raspberries 70% Dark with Ginger & Orange 70% Dark Bar with Mint Crisp 60% Dark with Pink Himalayan Salt Milk Milk with Toffee & Sea Salt Milk with Tangy Orange White White Chocolate Bar with Strawberries Palm-oil free Fairtrade certified Contains nuts

£50 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Open Water Swimming Coaching - One Hour

1 hour coaching from highly experienced coach Participants ideally over 18. If under parents must give consent and stay during session Sessions can be parent and child combined (counts as 1 session) Participant must be able to swim 300m Will be held at Caversham Lakes or Marlow (if open) between 1st May to 30th September Wetsuits are optional but need to be provided by the participant To arrange session email [email protected]

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 Hour Consultation from HRH Interiors

HRH will produce a detailed written report on a room by room basis, full of advice, design tips, pictures and a potential shopping list based on your budget. They can help from design stage through to implementation, and can project manage throughout the process which eases the pain and stress involved with any house project. Service will be provided by www.hrhinteriors.co.uk

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 Voucher from Selkie Swim Co Clothing/Swimwear

A £100 voucher for you to select your own reward from SelkieSwim's distinctive range of sustainable clothing, swimwear, and accessories. https://selkieswim.com. Please email Tottie at [email protected] to redeem. Generously donated by Selkieswim.

£150 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Party Finger Buffet for Between 10 and 30 People

Hug Family and Friends again It has been a long time but we will soon be able to meet friends and family again. Why not celebrate this with a party! Premium Catering will help you celebrate by suppling a finger buffet for up to 30 people at your home. Please add a donation of £15 for each guest above quantity 10. For more info or to book please email [email protected] Delivery within 75 miles of either Wycombe or Shepperton

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Garden Design Voucher

Plan now, plant in spring and enjoy this Summer! Experienced garden designer to produce a plant scheme for new, re-shaped or current borders in your chosen style. 2hr would cover an on-site meeting, measuring of space and initial design. Plants, planting and any landscaping would be quoted separately. Available within 15 miles of HP11 1UP. Service provided by Lisa Tucker who offers landscape design, planting and garden styling.

£200 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Olympic Level Coaching 1-2-1

Up to 1 hour 1-2-1 pool session with our Olympic Level WDSC Head Coach, Kevin Brooks! Includes a 1 hour Goal Setting / Discussion Session before or after. Will be set up, once more certainty is known around access to pools. Suitable for swimmers 13 years and above, at any level, but wanting to progress. Pool location tbc.

£250 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Corporate Sponsorship

Include company name in meet programme, entry pack, session videos and option to have a presence at the meet. Company branding can be added to WDSC website and links through to your company site. (Selection of corporate sponsor subject to approval by club committee)

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