City of Bristol Aquatics Club COVID Appeal

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Project by Sarah H

City of Bristol Aquatics Club COVID Appeal

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Project by Sarah H

£18,771

£20,000 target 30 days left
93% 201 supporters

To contribute towards lost income from cancelled Open Meets and additional costs of returning to the pool due to COVID-19.

Who Are We?

City of Bristol Aquatics is a non-profit club, with 3 sections providing outstanding swimming, water polo and artistic swimming teaching, coaching and competition to nearly 600 members.  These members are drawn from diverse backgrounds, who live throughout Bristol and the surrounding areas.  We cater for athletes of all abilities who wish to develop and improve their performances through athlete focussed and structured coaching.  We have swimmers / athletes as young 8 or 9 through to adults, continuing to support their swimming aspirations through university and beyond.

The opportunities in our club are wide.  We provide a pathway for our swimmers / athletes from learning and developing basic / core skills through to Olympic competition and everything in between.   The club aims to meet all these needs, providing the opportunity for youngsters to excel and for many, to reach for their dreams.

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The Impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 brought an abrupt end to training and competition for the club and its members. 

At the point of lock down our swimming squads were just preparing for our April National Qualifier Open Meet, one of 4 annual Open Swimming Meets run by the club, that bring in funding to help with running costs so fees are can be kept accessible.  Coming off a very successful Country Championships, with 88 swimmers (who train with CoB) competing across 2 counties and picking up 212 medals (1st-3rd places);  our members had been training hard for this event. For our faster swimmers this event also presented an opportunity to qualify for Regional and National Events, including this year, for some, a combined British Championships and  Olympic Qualifier. For 2020, very sadly, it was not to be.

Water Polo were just starting their local league season; with 2 Junior, 3 Men’s and the Women’s teams all denied valuable competition, which serves as the preparation for the British League competition.  Our international junior and senior athletes have also sadly lost opportunity to prepare and take part in European competition.

Artistic Swimming members were also mid training in preparation for a number of events, not only to compete as representatives of our club but also for some to represent Britain at Senior and Junior events, including the 2020 Olympics. Opportunities we profoundly hope will be available in 2021.

The club and its coaches have worked wonders keeping the members engaged. Within days, online land training was up and running, Youtube videos were created for anybody who wished to use them to help keep fit and strong ready for when swimming pools could reopen.  Group chats were set up to ensure the younger members were well and coping. Friday morning became online cooking classes and social events like bingo and quiz's helped keep everybody entertained. 

When it was allowed, for some, land training commenced face to face in social bubbles. Friends used to spending significant time together, seeing each other for the first time in many months was emotional, and their energy palpable as they got to work getting ready for the day pools opened again.

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Our Pool Is Reopening

On Tuesday 1st September one of our pools (Hengrove) reopened, and we were straight in, 6am sharp, the first morning. This is amazing news, but there is a long way to go. Costs of returning to the pool have gone up significantly, as the pool operator looks to cut costs, the burden of providing lifeguarding to all our sessions has fallen to the club and numbers allowed in the pool at any one time has been considerably reduced to allow for social distancing  ...  but we are back in the water. 

Sadly, other pools that we use have yet to re-open increasing the difficulty in reorganising squads to fit into the reduced pool time.


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Why are we Crowd Funding?

With the loss of revenue from this seasons swimming  Open Meets and the additional costs of returning to the pool, the clubs present income does not cover the costs. As with so many sporting clubs, the impacts of COVID are presenting many challenges to resolve.

It is important to the club to ensure membership is accessible to all. We wish to avoid meeting all of the additional costs borne from the impacts of COVID through increasing membership fees, as we believe this could discourage new members and may not be viable for all. Additionally, we wish to be able to support all our members through this difficult time, which includes those financially impacted by this crisis, to ensure that all members can return to the pool and joining City of Bristol Aquatics remains open to all swimmers. It is also important that the club remains financially secure in the long term so as to continue to grow and provide the very best opportunities for swimmers to train in the Bristol and surrounding areas.

We have set a target and hope that Sport England will match fund half of this through the Activity Together scheme. This is a massive target and very ambitious, but we are an ambitious bunch. The club and all its members are looking to the future, when competitions can restart and dreams can remain alive.

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Who will you be helping?

Anything you can spare will help us ensure that CoB Aquatics remains the great club it was before COVID, to be financially accessible and to help us continue to build and develop so as to provide the best opportunities for our present members and those of the future.

Your donations will help all of these people:

  • Young children looking to take their swimming / water polo / artistic swimming further
  • Children starting out competing
  • Children and Young adults competing at County, Regional, National and International Level
  • Swimmers / athletes with disabilities
  • Opportunities for swimmers / athletes from other clubs to receive additional training with a performance squad
  • Swim specific training for children taking part in multidisciplinary sports such as triathlon
  • Life saving Skills

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£3 or more

Raffle: Festive Hamper

Festive Hamper, beautifully presented, all generously donated by the parents of Age Performance and Skill Development Squads. Content includes 1lt Bottle Baileys, Bucks Fizz plus a Selection of Chocolates and Other Treats. Full content and photos on update section, 7 Oct. Each minimum donation receives a ticket for the draw to be held after the campaign closes.

£5 or more

Raffle: Food and Wine Lovers Hamper

Wicker Basket packed full of Wine, Chocolate and Other Treats, all generously donated by the parents of Age Performance and Skill Development Squads. Full content and photos on update section, 7 Oct. Each minimum donation receives a ticket to the draw to be held after the campaign closes.

£6 or more

Club Branded Swimming Hats

Club Branded Swimming Hats. If you require this reward to be posted, please add an appropriate amount to the minimum donation.

£7 or more

75 of 100 claimed

Club Branded Sports Bottle 750ml

Club Branded Thirst Grip Sports Bottle with Pull-Push Lid 750ml. Photo on update post from 2 Oct 2020. If postage is required, please add appropriate cost to the minimum donation. NB. This reward is subject to a minimum order quantity. Should this not be achieved, your donation/pledge will be cancelled and funds returned.

£9 or more

29 of 50 claimed

Club Branded Americano Travel Mug with Grip

Club Branded Americano 350ml Travel Mug with Grip Band. Picture included in update post of 2 October. If postage is required, please add appropriate cost to minimum donation. NB. This reward is subject to a minimum order quantity. Should this not be achieved, your donation/pledge will be cancelled and funds returned.

£24 or more

29 of 40 claimed

Bespoke Bristol Aquatics Big Bobble Hat

Just for this appeal, The Big Bobble Hat Company have designed us a bespoke Bristol Aquatics Bobble Hat. Perfect for those cold winter nights due to its thick wool to keep you warm and cosy. Picture included in update post of 8 Oct. If postage is required, please add appropriate cost to minimum donation. Orders by/Closing Date COP 29 Oct (to ensure they arrive for Christmas)

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Jose Ferrer 'Estudiante' Guitar (3/4 size)

Kindly donated, and once played by Age Development Squads Loic T, this nearly new (4 years old, one careful player) Jose Ferrer 'Estudiante' 3/4 guitar would make a great gift for a 8-10 beginner. It comes with a handy case. Photos on update 14 Oct.

£40 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Family Portrait Gift Experience Voucher

Family Portrait Gift Experience Voucher worth £160 with award winning photographer Martin Wise at his exclusive Studiowise studio in Bristol (part of the nationally acclaimed Barrett & Coe network). Voucher includes 1 hour photography shoot, personalised viewing experience and framed 8" image of your choice.

£50 or more

Corporate Donation - Bronze Package

We will acknowledge the support your business has kindly provided on our social media channels.

£100 or more

Corporate Donation - Silver Package

In addition to acknowledging the support your business has kindly provided on our social media channels, we will also acknowledge this support in our next (produced) Open Meet Programme. (Nb. Acceptance of Corporate Donors is at the Bristol Aquatics Boards discretion and must align with Swim England Sponsorship guidelines)

£10 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Homemade Cupcakes by Bobbi

Feeling like a treat, with this reward you will receive 6 scrumptious homemade cupcakes, baked just for you by Age Performance Squads very own Bobbi C (and quality checked by brother Ben)

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Cookies Homemade by Hannah G

Fancy a sweet treat? Age Performance Squads Hannah G can help by baking you some homemade cookies. Milk or White Chocolate, or perhaps smarties, the choice is yours. (recipe states 8-10 cookies)

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Beautiful Homemade Face Masks (Pack of 3)

Select this reward and receive a pack of 3 beautiful homemade pleated, cotton facemasks. You just can't have enough facemasks right now! Lovingly made by Nikki Cotterill.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Biscoff, Victoria or Coffee Cake baked by Holly B

Scrumptious homemade 8" cake lovingly baked by Youth Performance Squads Holly B. A choice of Lotus Biscoff, Victoria Sponge or Coffee. Which will be your choice? (example pictures posted in updates section)

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Indoor Karting Voucher

A voucher for 1 adult or child to a half hour indoor Karting session (2 x 15 minute sessions, with a break in between), valid until 30th June. Valid for any of 25 UK tracks, including Bristol (Avonmouth). This reward has kindly been donated by TeamSport.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Savoury Hamper in a Handy Basket

Savoury Hamper full of yummy treats presented in a handy white basket. Kindly arranged by Carrie T from swim parent generous donations. Photos on update section, 9 Oct 20

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sweet Treat Hampers

Sweet Treat Hampers, each is packed with a variety of family favourites; Chocolates, Biscuits, Sweets and other yummy stuff. Are you a Heroes or a Quality Street Family? The first to donate for this reward will get the choice. Photos on update section, 9 Oct 20.

£25 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Personnel Training Session with Paddy Noon

Adult or child Personnel Training Session with Age Development Squads very own lead Coach, Paddy Noon. Paddy is a Level 3 Personnel Trainer, and a real inspiration. Donation of £25 or more for a 1-to-1 session, £30 or more if you wish to bring a friend. Lace up those trainers and pledge for this award.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Wine Hamper Presented in Cotton/Linen Basket

Wine Hamper (6 mixed bottles), beautifully presented in a Cotton/Linen Basket. Kindly arranged by Carrie T from swim parent generous donations. Photos on update section, 9 Oct 20.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family Day Out to Wookey Hole Caves & so much more

Ticket for 2 adults and 2 children kindly donated by Wookey Hole. These tickets provide access to their famous caves and tunnels as well as many other attractions including animatronic dinosaurs, king kong, cave diving museum, fairy gardens, cave museum, vintage penny arcade, paper making museum and pirate crazy golf. Standard online booking £60.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family Games Night Package

Family Games night bundle containing a selection of new family friendly games, puzzles and trivia plus snacks for a fun family night in. Bundle was kindly donated by Ridley Games and arranged by Rachael C, and includes Throw the Burrito, Award winning party game Just One, Quizzoo Roulette, Matchstick Puzzles, The Potion, 1980s and 1990s Music Trivia plus a selection of snacks essential for a games night. Photo in update section 5 Oct 20.

£40 or more

3 of 3 claimed

1-to-1 Expert Swimming Session with Marc Williams

With this amazing reward, you will receive a 1 hour 1-to-1 swimming lesson with City Of Bristol's very own Assistant Head Coach and Age Performance Lead Coach Marc Williams. Marc's extensive knowledge and experience makes this reward suitable for those learning the basics of swimming through to those honing there skills in competitive swimming.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Birthday/Celebration Novelty or Drip Cake

Professionally crafted birthday, anniversary or other celebration novelty or drip cake, homemade by the very talented Leanne. (RRP £60 upwards)

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Beautiful Framed Original Water Colour

Framed Original Watercolour of British Butterflies painted by Paula Brand, Artistic Swimming Coach. This beautiful painting is presented in a lightweight frame with acetate layer rather than glass. Actual frame size 35cm x 43cm. A photo has been included in up-date section post of 8 Oct.

£50 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Christmas Skills Camp

Great opportunity to secure an early space on this years Christmas Skills Camp. Aimed at swimmers aged 10-14, and focusing on dive and backstroke start development. This camp will be held at Badminton School on Monday 21st December. Full price £60, yours for a minimum donation of £50. Full details and poster on update section 20 Oct.

£250 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Corporate Sponsor - Gold Package

In addition to acknowledging the support your business has kindly provided on our social media channels, your company website link will be included on our clubs website and an advertisement included in all Swim Meet programmes as a club sponsor for the 2020/21 season. (Nb. Acceptance of Sponsors is at the Bristol Aquatics Boards discretion and must align with Swim England Sponsorship guidelines)

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