Who are we?
Romford Town Swimming Club are a friendly and inclusive club based in Havering. We have been part of the community since 1900 and have taught hundreds of local children to swim. Some members are third generation swimmers to the club.
Currently we have approximately 200 members ranging from 4 years old to adults. Our aim is to develop swimmer’s confidence and skills in the water, regardless of their ability. Our club offers children the opportunity to learn commitment and dedication, and to keep fit and active in a safe environment.
We encourage children to pursue their swimming careers with us and most are invited to swim competitively for the club. We have many County, Reginal and National competitors.
We are a well-known and valued part of the local community and hope to continue to provide swimming opportunities for local children for many years to come!
Why are we raising funds?
This fund is designed to help Romford Town Swimming Club get back to swimming as safely as possible within the government and Swim England guidelines.
Since March our swimmers have been unable to train due to the Covid-19 crisis. For our young people who train with their friends up to 6 days per week this has been a truly difficult time.
We are keen to get our 200 swimmers back to doing what they love as soon as possible, but our operating costs have increased due to social distancing measures and limited pool time.
We are a volunteer run club and simply don't have the financial reserves needed to see us through a crisis of this duration. We had to cancel all our Galas for this year,losing £10,000 of expected income, and all of our usual fundraising activities that keep our club afloat have been curtailed by the ongoing crisis.
Our club has been helping children learn to swim and compete since 1900 and we need your help so we can keep doing this for many more years!
How will we use the money raised?
We are looking to build up reserves to support the club with increased pool costs during a club rebuilding phase, to retain the services of our coaches, and to support members who are experiencing financial difficulties. It is really important to us that, as a local club, all our members are supported to keep swimming, and in doing so retain their friendship bonds with squadmates, through these difficult times.
Our swimmers' safety is our top priority and we are committed to following all guidance laid down by the government and by Swim England. Social distancing measures mean that we now need more pool-space and more pool-time to accommodate the number of swimmers we have - and that costs money! We have been able to support our swimmers fitness with Zoom led land-training sessions but, again, this is an expense we are paying out for. We have been excited to this type of training virtually and it has become a much used resource.
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Partner funding can increase the total we raise!
We are applying for Sport England 'Active Together' matchfunding. If successful Sport England will add the monies raised to make our total even bigger! This will mean that any donations are worth more to us when donated through this Crowdfunder - so please do help us if you can!
We hope that the local community, ex-swimmers and sportspeople will all feel able to donate our cause and help us to keep our young people swimming!
"Long may it continue. As an ex swimmer coming back to the club with my children has been something I am very proud of." - Laura Scannell-Wood
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