Save Tonbridge Swimming Club

by Tonbridge Swimming Club in Tonbridge, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st December 2020 we successfully raised £8,886 with 153 supporters in 56 days

During COVID-19 Tonbridge Swimming Club is making significant losses due to the increased costs of leisure facilities as a result of COVID.

by Tonbridge Swimming Club in Tonbridge, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Let's keep going and continue to raise money for this great club.


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About Us

Tonbridge Swimming Club is a non-profit community club providing swimming teaching and coaching to over 200 members. The club caters for swimmers of all levels from Learn to Swim to Olympic hopefuls and everything in between. There is also a strong Masters contingent. Our members are a diverse group, who generally reside in and around the Tonbridge area. Founded in 1911, the club held its Centenary Year Celebrations in 2011.

Pre-lockdown the club was going from strength to strength with representations at Junior International level, National, Regional and Kent Age Group Championships as well as a strong Masters section which regularly compete in the Kent, Regional and National Masters Championships. We had just begun an exciting partnership with Swim England by piloting their Start-Para Program. This program was to form a key stepping stone in introducing swimmers to the para-swimming pathway. 

We provide a strong development pathway through both competitive and  development squads. The club aims to meet the needs of these individuals through structured coaching from a basic water skills level, right through to elite competition.

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COVID-19 has had a severe impact on the club. When pools closed suddenly in March the swimmers had just come off the back of their most successful County Championships ever with a 2nd place finish in the Girls medal table and 5th overall. For some of our faster swimmers this was meant to be the start of an important year with the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Trials in April. Instead, pools were closed and as a club we were forced to adapt. 

Coaches and volunteers immediately set about keeping members engaged and trying to maintain their fitness/activity levels. Land training was offered every weekday over online video calls as well as extensive weekly Land Training, group chats were created so swimmers could share their lockdown experiences and aspirations for when pools reopened. Sunday evenings became club quiz nights where previously they had been pool nights.

The pools reopening at the end of July meant a welcome return to the water. however in order to stay financially viable, some pools have had to put up their pool hire costs and in order to keep our  members COVID-safe due to government guidelines, the club has had to reduce the number of swimmers in the pool. In order to try to allow swimmer the same opportunities as pre-lockdown we were fortunate to be able to secure some small amounts of extra pool time, this has resulted in further costs to the club. This combination of reduced swimmers in the water and increased pool costs means the club is making significant losses each month. Which your donations will help cover.

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Community Matters

The Club provides a vital community service and feel it is important that the benefits of membership are available to all. The Club does not want to pass on these significantly increased costs to its members, as we believe this would not be viable for many. It is important the club remains financially secure long term and that it can continue to support the community  and all our members, including those financially  impacted by the crisis. Tonbridge Swimming Club has been a staple in the community including making national headlines in 1920 by being one of the first institutions to push for mixed bathing.

Your financial help will ensure that Tonbridge Swimming Club can survive and can continue to provide opportunities for our members, both current and future, to grow and develop. All monies raised will go directly to covering the shortfall caused by increased pool fees.

Your donations will help:

  • Young children learning to swim, a vital life skill
  • Children developing competition skills
  • Swimmers with disabilities
  • Our members of all ages continue to train so they can compete at County, Regional, National and International Level
  • The club survive and continue to be an important part of the Tonbridge Community
  • Contribute towards the increased costs of pool hire

Tonbridge Swimming Club is open to new members further details can be found at www.tonbridgeswimmingclub.co.uk/register-for-trial/ 

Tonbridge Swimming Club 100 Years Apart

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We will be having a series of challenges alongside the fundraiser that will be updated as we go along.

The 1st challenge will be a Chairman Vs Head Coach race. £270 is the target for this challenge. If you want to see this challenge happen leave a comment with your name and #ChairmanSwimChallenge. The largest donor will get to choose the event.

There will also be a sponsored swim towards the end of the campaign. Full details will be announced soon...

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Christmas Raffle Ticket

A ticket for our Christmas raffle. Top prize is a Fortnam and Mason Hamper and many other fantastic prizes.

£3 or more

Junior Raffle

A ticket into our junior raffle, full of great prizes to be announced.

£20 or more

4 of 5 claimed

1hr Tennis Coaching with Richard

Fun hours tennis coaching at Bidborough tennis court with Richard Parton

£20 or more

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Limited Edition Swimming Hat

These unique two colour swim hats feature the Tonbridge logo in gold and blue on a white hat. They were created especially for our fundraising campaign. Wear your hat to show your support.

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1-2-1 CrossFit Session

A 1-2-1 CrossFit Session at their Tonbridge gym with their head coach.

£3 or more

28 of 28 claimed

Cinnamon Square Voucher

A snap draw for a £25 voucher for The Cinnamon Square restaurant in Hildenborough. Will be drawn on 20/11/20 The Cinnamon Square is a premier out of city Indian restaurant and bar. Their menu boasts a great balance of popular offerings and a notable selection of exclusive preparations for the more seasoned diner.

£3 or more

18 of 18 claimed

Runninghub snap draw

Enter the draw for a £25 voucher at the Runninghub, Southborough. Runninghub is local independent retailer specialising in running. They also have a wide selection of tech and recovery aids from GPS watches to massage guns. The draw will be made on 27/11/20

£3 or more

11 of 11 claimed

£25 Voucher at Philpots Allotments Snap Draw

Be entered into a draw to win a £25 voucher for Christmas Trees at Philpots Allotments. Will be drawn on 4/12/20 at 5pm.

£6 or more

2 of 2 claimed

London Roar face masks (child)

London Roar ISL children’s face masks

£7 or more

2 of 2 claimed

London Roar face masks (adult)

London Roar ISL adult face masks.

£9 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Swimzi Drink Bottle

A swimzi branded drink bottle

£10 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Clue Cracker Online Escape Room

We are offering an online escape room experience for £10. Fun for the whole family. Choose one of their three brilliant Escapes: Escape from Extinction Island, Fairground Felony or The Haunting of Harlequin House. All of the games are all suitable for all ages - and excel in story, character, design and humour. The games use audio, video and images to create mind bending puzzles of mixed difficulty! http://cluecrackergames.co.uk/

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Christmas Themed Swim Cap

A festive swim hat

£20 or more

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Herd Bag

Reusable shopping bag kindly donated by HERD bags. HERD designs stylish and hardworking bags for stylish and hardworking people. We all HERD. The commute, the school run, the shops, the picnic, the festival, the sports field. HERD bags are long lasting, versatile and made from recycled materials.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Athlete Toolbox

A mini set of a roller, massage balls and stretch bands. Perfect for taking to training and competition.

£20 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Amazon Voucher

A £25 Amazon voucher

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Afternoon Tea for Two

A tea box for two including, sandwiches, pastries, baked goodies + scones and jam. Courtesy of Shenley Moore Professional Chef

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Eleanor Victoria Skincare Gift Certificate

A gift certificate for either one 30 minute Eye Revive of Mini Facial Treatment. Valid until 30th June 2021

£40 or more

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Stand-up Paddle boarding on the Medway for 2

A Stand-up Paddle boarding session on the River Medway for 2. Will be organised for when the weather improves

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Clue Cracker Voucher

A £50 voucher for use at Code Cracker escape room in Tunbridge Wells.

£50 or more

7 of 7 claimed

Memorial Swimming Hat

As a token of thanks we will send you a special one off TSC Swim Cap

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