Bramley Mermaids Club
We are a community-run group for women and girls that combines synchronised swimming techniques and dance moves to create fun, musical routines in the pool. We offer a creative, low impact and non-competitive environment for accessible exercise that supports physical and mental well-being as well as our community.
“I never realized exercise could be so much fun, helps my lower back pain and always lifts my mood as we laugh lots while working out.”
COVID-19 has meant we can't meet in our historic pool
When our watery home, the historic, Grade II-listed, community-run Bramley Baths in Leeds was forced to close for lockdown, Bramley Mermaids Club moved our group sessions online to support our members' physical and mental health through the challenging period and ensure our Club's survival. We have met most weeks since the start of lockdown in March on Zoom - in our virtual pool. We have alternated between having a social (bingo, quizzes, crafting and mindful colouring, new member nights etc.) and practice sessions – yes, even without water! Our efforts have received press coverage and we even got some positive words of encouragement from the US Olympic Synchro Team’s coach when we shared one of our dry-land Zoom routines with the wider world via social media!
So we have been performing in our 'virtual pool'
But now we need your support
We have been advised that post-lockdown the costs of our regular community sessions back in our watery home at the historic and community-run Bramley Baths will likley need to increase. This is due to the extra cost of making the pool COVID-secure and the reduced income received due to a restricted number of users.
Here's how you can help
To ensure the Club's sustainability, support the upkeep of our beloved home at Bramley Baths, support our practice sessions and ensure we can share our performances in the future with the wider community, we are now seeking your help. Your generous donations will help us stay afloat and ensure we can swim and create our routines in the water again and maintain our Mermaid community in its home in Bramley.
Thank you from the Bramley Mermaids