The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of British small businesses, clubs and organisations, making it challenging for them to survive. Together we can help them.
Please help save our diving club and let our children dive for years to come.
Covid has significantly affected everybody, including having a huge impact on our diving club. Crystal Palace Diving Club has now been closed since March, for 186 days and counting. Long term, as we begin reopening, we have to adjust to a new way of operating, placing incredible financial strain on our club, and its ability to operate.
As if reopening during these new and unpredictable times was not hard enough, we were devastated to be delivered the news that during draining, a fault meant the diving pool required urgent repair, and will now remain closed until April 2021.
So we are now also faced with finding alternative facilities for our children, away from our home club. As not all pools in the UK are now open, this is no mean feat!
We want to provide for all our members - over 400 in total, who range from the once-a-week beginner learning pencil jumps to our bubble and harness kids, from development, regional and national standard kids in Skills and Age group to Elites, from British and European champions to current Tokyo 2021 candidates.
All of our children are important to us. The devotion and love they all show for the sport shows no bounds, and the commitment shown by our kids cannot be ignored.
Because of this, we urgently need help. Our increased expenditure will include:
Further diving equipment for use in alternative facilities
Pool hire at multiple venues which due to Covid has increased because of increased demand
PPE as well as thermometers and sanitisation expenditure
Increased coaching costs and expenses as a result of travel to alternative venues
Increased costs as a result of capacity constraints imposed by social distancing
Subsidising fees which have therefore increased, incl for low income families who are unable to afford incremental costs, particularly those who have been hit hardest by COVID-19.
Funding will help Crystal Palace Diving Club maintain a future for all of its children and staff, and keep this unique South East London club alive.
Sport delivers proven physical and mental benefits. Our children's past carefree lives are almost forgotten, Please, by supporting our Crowdfund you will provide immeasurable benefits to our children's health, wellbeing and long-term happiness!