Wyre Forest Swimming Club - COVID IMPACT FUND

Wyre Forest Swimming Club profile

Project by Wyre Forest Swimming Club

We did it
On 31st January 2022 we successfully raised £10,690 ( + est. £1055.00 Gift Aid ) with 81 supporters in 56 days

We are raising funds to replace the income we in 2020/21 to help secure the club's future. Our target is £10,000

New stretch target

we will donate 50% of the over achievement to local charities and use the remaining over achievement to help us purchase

- A app for our learn to swim programme to ensure we can improve our communication with parents of our little acorns on their progress

- New t-shirts for our volunteer - Red Army (Breathable T-shirts)

Wyre Forest Swimming Club has been up and running for 23 years and in 2018 was awarded Wyre Forest District Junior club of the year. 

Our clubs strap line of: Be safe, have fun and be fast sets the scene for the wide range of opportunities our club provides to our 200 swimmers: 

  • Learning a vital life skill and becoming safe in water by learning to swim 
  • Enjoying the thrill of competition  
  • Joining a training programme that will help physical and emotional health and resilience and  
  • Building a network of tight friendships 

The Club is proud of our swimmers achievement over the years as we have developed. We like to celebrate  achievements whether that be our Olympians or the achievements of our  children in their learn to swim sessions. The club strives to add real value to the lives of our swimmers as well a sense of community to everyone involved.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant negative impact on our club's finances, as we were unable to host our own swimming galas. As per other clubs the funds we raise from our galas are a significant part of our overall income and help us pay for our pool hire and coaching. And the future of galas with current COVID levels remains uncertain, putting our sustainable income at a continuous risk.

We are raising funds to replace this lost income and help secure the future of our club.  Our target is to raise 10K which is around half of what we would have raised from our galas in 2019.  We have applied for additional match funding from Sport England to contribute to target.

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Please help us to reach our target, by either making a donation or buying one of the great rewards we have on offer, many of which are at discounted prices. Many of our rewards relate to swimming, but there are plenty which will interest people who are not involved in swimming.


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Who we are?

From little acorns to big healthy trees, our Wyre Forest Family currently consist of 130 families, with a total of 211 swimmers who range from age 7 through to a 18 years old.  Members come from across Worcestershire County 

We provide structured, coached training sessions to 5 squads which include those just starting swimming training and through to those competing at a national level.The majority of our swimmers compete regularly in local, regional and national galas.   

In 2018 we were awarded Wyre Forest District junior club of the year and for good reason as we have raised our profile regionally and nationally over the years with producing no less than two Olympic Swimmers in Amy Smith and Claire Cashmore (Paralympian) and showing promising signs of producing a number more over the years to come. 

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Our swimmers, led by Head Coach Brian McGuinness and his team, moto of ‘Fear Nothing, Fear No-one’ has driven their commitment to the sport and has led to some  significant achievements in the last couple of years including: 

  • 2020 at the Worcestershire County Championships we had 44 swimmers in 265 events in . The club brought home 3 senior and 6 junior county titles and won an amazing 115 medal in total.  
  • In 2019 we had 12 swimmers competing at regionals level 12 in 36 events, we were set to increase this significantly in 2020 but unfortunately due to COVID19 this event was cancelled.  
  • In 2019 we also had three swimmer competing at national junior level, swimming 5 events, with 3 medals and 4 top 8 places. 
  • In 2019 we were promoted to the first division of the  Arena  league. 
  • In 2021 our Junior Team won the regional Nuneaton League and were also highest placed club in the region in the new Junior Arena League. 

This achievement has been reached through the sheer determination and dedication shown by our swimmers.  On a weekly bases our competitive squads spending between 5 hours and 15 hours in the pool.   

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The competitive aspect is important, but we also enable all our swimmers to develop their confidence, independence and self-discipline as well as their swimming skills.  We also help swimmers develop a strong team ethic and a love for the sport.  

It’s not just the swimmers, we are passionate about supporting and developing our Red Army - volunteers too, they play such an important part in our club and often stay involved with our club family for many years ... they are vital to our success and we provide financial support to those pursuing coaching and teaching qualifications. 

WFSC is more than just a swimming club, it is a family. It grows our little Acorns into big healthy trees…. and we hope to still be here for many more years as an integral part of the local community.  

The financial impact of the pandemic on our club:

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit our club hard, our swimmers were out of the water for about 12 months in 20/21, this took a toll, not only on their physical fitness but also on their mental health – swimming is a hugely social event for both the swimmers and their parents. 

During the first lockdown our coaches organised zoom catch up sessions and outdoor land training sessions, to maintain engagement with their swimmers. The coaches soon became aware of the impact that closure of the pools was having on our swimmers physical and mental wellbeing.  The absence of their favourite sporting activity, together with the inability to meet with their friends from swimming, led to many swimmers experiencing a lack of motivation and a sense of social isolation which was having a negative impact on their mental health.   

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vital income has been lost as a result of not being able to  host our regular 4 Open Meets (galas) since March 2020 and being unable to provide swimming lessons due to all pools being closed.

With the wonderful success of Team GB swimmers at the Tokyo Olympics, it is important to remember that each one of these Olympians started as a child learning to swim at their local swimming pool.  

But the Club is not just about swimming ...  it is about much broader personal development. Through their sport and commitment to the club, our swimmers  build resilience, teamwork and perseverance.  The past year has been an incredibly difficult time for young people. We believe WFSC has an even more important role to play than ever to provide the best opportunities for the young people in the Wyre Forest area, now and in the future. 

What will these funds be used for? 

WFSC is pro-actively working to mitigate against the loss of income over the past 18 month and have hosted the first licensed open meet gala in the whole of the West Midlands in September with a  further gala is planned for November. These galas provide good competition for the participants as well as each resulting in much needed income. 

However we need to still plug the gap the income loss last year has left in our club finances to ensure we can move our club forward in a sustainable way. 

We have therefore set our Crowdfunding target at £10,000, which is half the amount we generated from the club’s galas in 2020. 

This money is needed to be able to continue to swim safely, be able to continue to afford the hours of training the swimmers need to achieve their potential.

We are a ambitious club and always looking forward, the money received through this campaign will help us in developing our future plans to grow the club.  this includes: 

  • Work in partnership with our local leisure centre’s and private learn to swims providers to encourage children to continue to swim as a sport beyond learning a vital skill.  This would include implementing an academy lane where swimmers from the learn to swim can begin to try out the club swimming and join an academy session, alongside their usual learn to swim sessions. 
  • Focus on growing the members from under-represented communities including offering financial and practical support 
  • Offer regular opportunities for children to have a taste of competitive swimming through fun school and learn to swim gala’s
  • Offer regular nutritional and mental well-being sessions for all our swimmers provided by professionals.
  • Offer opportunities of an accredited swim leadership programme, followed by a swim teaching programme to our teenage swimmers to develop leadership skills to assist their Club in assisting the learn to swim programme and mentor younger swimmers to build confidence. 

Why are we crowdfunding? 

Crowdfunder and Sport England have teamed up to make £2.5m of match funding available to help the sport sector through the COVID 19 pandemic crisis, and we applied for match funding through this scheme.   

To unlock this pledge from Sport England, we need to initially raise a significant proportion ourselves and get at least 100 unique supporters.  if approved, Sport England’s pledge will then be added to our fundraise. 

Spreading the word 

To help us reach our target of £10,000 please share our page with your family and friends via your social media apps and encourage them to support us.   

Making a donation 

You can make a donation to the fund at the top of the page by selecting the amount you want to donate and clicking on the donate button.  

Buying a reward 

You can also purchase one or more of the rewards that are shown on the right-hand side of the page.  

Many rewards have been donated by someone associated with the club, either by offering up their time for free, or by donating an item that someone else may wish to buy at a discounted price.   Lots of other rewards have been donated by local businesses who wish to support the club. 

Many of the rewards will be of particular interest to swimmers, but we have also included a lot of rewards which will be of more general interest to parents, family and friends.  If you would like to buy a reward, please click on the relevant “select reward” button.  


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

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Win a GB Raceskin donated by Clare Cashmore

Clare Cashmore Paralympic swimming and triathlon champion –Raceskin (size UK23) Enter our Prize Draw for a chance to win one of Clare’s GB swimming racesuits. This is brand new with the tags still on, a Speedo fastskin in black and royal blue, emblazoned with the Union Jack, this is a Speedo UK size 23. Kindly donated by Clare Cashmore. Draw to take at our annual celebration evening on the 8th January.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Spare us a tenner to help a club you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way and you will receive a special thank you message from our swimmers.

£30 or more

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Angus Hoare Golf Academy individual experience

improve your golfing skills by buying this 30min individual golfing experience by Professional Golfer Angus Hoare. This experience has a normal retail price for £40 and is donated by Angus Hoare Golf Academy based at Churchill and Blakedown Golf Club.The Academy offers state of the art teaching with launch monitor data and video analysis, all delivered within a friendly professional environment.

£35 or more

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£50 Full Bike Service

Full Bike service voucher donated by Bewdley Outdoor Bike Servicing to the value of £50 www.bewdleyoutdoors.co.uk/bike-repair-services 01299 266601 [email protected] Callow Hill, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY14 9XQ

£40 or more

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£50 voucher for Luisa Butera Creative Hair

£50 voucher to spend on Louisa Betera Creative Hair. Offmore Road Kidderminster DY101SL 01562824900

£50 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Silver Corporate Sponsor Package

Entrance level Sponsorship award for any businesses who wants to show support to the Our Swimming club. You will receive acknowledgement on our crowdfunding webpage for the length of the campaign with links to your business website/facebook pages. An advert/Logo) will appear on our sponsors column on the WFSC website for 3 months after the campaign ends.

£100 or more

2 of 3 claimed

West Midlands Safari Park Tickets

This will entitle you to a family entry to the park includes admissions and wristbands for 2 adult and 2 children. This is a great rewards as would normally costs £149

£250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Gold Corporate Sponsor Package

Are you a local business who wants exposure across multiple swimming communities? Gold Level sponsorship gives you everything of the silver corporate package plus An advert on our Open Meet programme to be distributed at our next Open Meet in March. WFSC open meet will have local swimmers and families as well as other clubs from West Mids.

£500 or more

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Platinum Corporate Sponsor Package

Platinum Sponsorship gives you sponsorship everything of the silver and gold corporate package plus - A race of your choice at our next Open Meet, with announcer acknowledgment throughout the Meet! Our open meets attract clubs from all over the Midlands. Also an Advert in the meet programme, to be distributed at the Meet. - An Advert (logo) in our sponsors column on WFSC website for 1 year

£5 or more

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WIN a Wyre Forest Swim cap Signed by Adam Peaty

Enter our Prize Draw for a chance to win a Wyre forest swimming cap signed by Adam Peaty. Purchase your ticket for your chance to win this unique memento from this iconic Swim hero . Kindly donated by one of our swimmer Lillie Grover who met Adam in August. Draw to take place at our annual celebration ball on Saturday 8th January

£5 or more

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WFSC Annual ball Ticket (child)

Each ticket will give a child entry to our event of the year - our Wyre Forest Swimming Club - Annual Ball. Ticket also inlcude Chips in a bun. This event will take place on the 8th January 7.00pm till midnight at the Treetop Pavilion (west Midlands Safari Park). more info at our Wyre Forest Website

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Eco friendly cool Water bottle (500ml) and lunch b

These cool ‘Myga’ items retail at around £20 and make great items for kids to take to school. Would make a great Christmas stocking gift for any child. Kindly Donated by one of our Swimming moms, Isabel Vanderheeren.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

AT Hair&Beauty £15 voucher

£15 voucher towards any hair service at AT Hair&Beauty Kidderminster. https://www.facebook.com/athairandbeauty/ [email protected]

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

At Hair & Beauty £15 voucher

£15 voucher from At Hair & Beauty in Kidderminster towards any beauty service. [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/athairandbeauty/

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 voucher for Load Street Deli in bewdley

A £15 voucher donated by Load Street Deli in Bewdley to spend i the shop. 70 Load St, Bewdley DY12 2AW https://www.loadstreetdeli.com/ We will send this to you as soon as claimed

£10 or more

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Wyre forest Annual ball Ticket (adult)

Each ticket will give a child entry to our event of the year - our Wyre Forest Swimming Club - Annual Ball. Ticket also inlcude Chips in a bun. This event will take place on the 8th January at the Treetop Pavilion (west Midlands Safari Park). more info at our Wyre Forest Website

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£20 voucher for a meal at the Land Oak

This voucher for £20 towards a meal r has been donated by the Land Oak Pub in kidderminster Birmingham Rd, Kidderminster DY10 2SA http://www.landoakpub.co.uk Voucher will be send to you as soon as claimed

£20 or more

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Retailing at £30 to 40 this brand new AXIski will get you ready for winter fun. it's many uses, the main one being this excellent thrill seeking standing position that will really get your juices flowing! could be a lovely xmas present for a trill seeking child. can be delivered to you as soon as bought - within Droitwich or Kidderminster area. This has been kindly donated by one of our swimming parents, Maria Stead.

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A dozen home-made cupcakes

A dozen cupcakes of your choice A dozen home-made cupcakes – choose from various options such as Jammy Dodger, Lemon Meringue, Oreo, Crunchie, Millionaires. Donated by Becki Rowley, a Committee member and will be able to be picked up from Stourport area or delivered to one of our swimming pools.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Court of Thrones and Roses Series by Sarah J. Ma

A Court of Thrones and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas (4 books collection set) This brand new set of 4 books are voted as ‘the one of the best fiction series and a must read for teenagers.’ by some of our gold swimmers. The set retails at £28

£20 or more

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Hopley Farm £30 Xmas hamper

Xmas hamper with your chosen ingredients to the value of £30. To be collected from Hopley Farm and Gift Shop, Cleabury Road, Bewdley, DY122QL 01299400112

£20 or more

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£30 meal out at the Sun and Slipper Inn

Enjoy a lovely meal out to the value of £30 donated by the Sun and Slipper http://www.sunandslipper.co.uk/ Mamble, Worcestershire, DY14 (JL

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Avon Beauty Hamper

Retail Value 60. This Hamper is Donated by one of our swimming parent, who is a Avon representative. The hamper will contain body lotion, aromatherapy hand cream,day cream, hand and body balm, skin oil, rouge lip stick, mineral powder foundation, anti ageing face cream. you could keep this to treat yourself or would make a lovely gift for someone at Christmas. basket will be delivered to you (within Wyre forest/Droitwich area)

£25 or more

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Belgium beer hamper

Get a selection of the best (selected by a true Belgian) Belgium Beers. Retail value of at least £40 this hamper will contain some favourites including Duvel, Hoehaarden and Leffe as some of the less know, but delicious beers including Rodenbach, Kriek and Jupiler. This has been kindly donated by one of our swimming parents, Isabel Vanderheeren

£30 or more

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WFSC Annual ball family Ticket (2adults, 2children

Each ticket will give a child entry to our event of the year - our Wyre Forest Swimming Club - Annual Ball. Ticket also inlcude Chips in a bun. This event will take place on the 8th January at the Treetop Pavilion (west Midlands Safari Park). more info at our Wyre Forest Website

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bewdley Auto Service £45 MOT voucher

Voucher donated by Bewdley Auto Services LTD for a worth £45 MOT [email protected] Cleabury Road, Bwdley, Dy12QJ 01299403300

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Christmas Turkey (value of £50)

£50 voucher for your Xmas Turkey donated by carter turkey Once you have purchased this we will send you the details on how to order your Turkey ready for Xmas. Carters Turkeys. FAR FOREST, KIDDERMINSTER, DY14. POULTRY FARMER

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Executive Corporate Sponsor Package

This package incorporates - Acknowledgement on our crowdfunding webpage for the length of the campaign with links to your business website/facebook pages - An advert/Logo) will appear on our sponsors column on the WFSC website for 12months after the campaign ends. - A race of your choice at our next Open Meet, with announcer acknowledgment throughout the Meet! - You will also get a VIP invite as a Club sponsor at our clubs celebration Evening

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