Our community swimming club is looking for your support!
The Covid19 pandemic has had a major effect on swimming clubs and pools across the UK, creating financially difficult situations. At Tiverton Swimming Club, we stopped training on 17th March and locked down, leaving our pool and the friendships and sport that we love. Our parent-run community club caters for children and adults, with weekly swimmers, early morning swimmers, late night swimmers and some who love to train six days a week in the pool. We are an inclusive community club and actively support swimmers with a variety of different needs, so they can engage in regular activity and create friendships whilst enjoying swimming too. With our home pool shut, the friends and teams were separated, and we lost opportunities to maintain our health and fitness together - it has been hard for our swimmers during the lockdown. From the five year olds in the "Learn-to-Swim" section, the youngsters in the junior skills & development squads, to the teenage competition swimmers plus the young adult and Masters squads - we support a passion for swimming for everybody across our Mid Devon community. Our home at Exe Valley Leisure Centre is one of only two pools available in Mid Devon, so our members travel across a wide rural area to be a part of this thriving local swimming club. We now have a chance for our pool to reopen and are excited to get our club restarted and the swimmers back in the water in late summer. Swimming as a sport delivers more than just benefits for physical and mental health, it provides a focal point for community engagement and a sense of normality for us all.
"We can’t wait to get back in the water and be with our friends, we really miss the pool and everyone there"- Jodie national swimmer
Why are we crowdfunding?
We have not collected funds since April, which has had a major impact on our club finances- and now Covid 19 has cancelled our September 'Tiverton Sparkler' Open Meet, where we invite over 200 swimmers from different clubs all across Devon and Somerset to compete in races at our lovely home pool. As a volunteer run community sports club and a non-profit organisation, we rely on the fundraising from the Sparkler every year to keep our club financially secure. Without the Sparkler we are looking at money difficulties for the club and possibly the end of the annual club open meet we run for other swimming clubs across Devon & Somerset. We now urgently need to raise funds for the club to continue to offer swimming in a COVID secure pool for our local community and keep us all healthy, active and engaged with sport
How will we spend the money raised?
The monies raised will be used to get the club up and running again in the wake of the pandemic. Covid19 has meant we need to organise our swim sessions in a different way as we follow our governing body Swim England’s ‘return to the pool guidance’. As we start back, we will have reduced numbers of swimmers in our pool due to social distancing, so need more pool space for the club to use and more pool time to accommodate our swimmers in the water. Our swimmers safety is our top priority and we will make the club a Covid secure environment and need to cover costs while restrictions are imposed- we will need hand sanitisers, cleaning equipment, antiviral wipes, sprays and masks. The club has increased training needs for our volunteer workforce, and funds will be used to support their skills and development too. The club is organising appropriate signage and equipment to keep our swimmers safe in the pool and we also see that Covid19 has caused financial hardships for some, and want to support those who are finding it hard to get back to the pool.
“I really miss coaching and competitions” Micah- young volunteer and swimmer
Rewards are available with crowdfunding!
One exciting aspect of the Crowdfunder initiative is the opportunity to select rewards for your donations. We have a range of rewards available to appeal to both club members and our wider supporters too!
Club specific rewards
- · A month’s free swim at Tiverton swimming club for one lucky member!
- · Two orange club t-shirts are available too- with your name on the back!
- · Five “hot heats” goody bags with treats, water bottle, bag, pens & more!
Rewards available for everyone to enjoy including
- · A month’s FREE Gym membership at Exe Valley Leisure Centre- kick start your fitness at our fantastic Mid Devon facility!
- · A Devon Cream Tea for Two at Bakehouse Café- the best in Cullompton!
- · A Fish and Chip supper for Four at Friar Tucks- delicious food from Tiverton!
- · A Fantastic Chocolate Hamper crammed with family favourites!
- · Hand car washes- get your car cleaned at home - 3 available!
- · Free Wellness evaluation from vitality online nutrition club!
- Personalised training program written by vitality online nutrition club!
- · Corporate sponsorship deal - be a club supporter and we will shout out your name across our club and social media platforms!
Just click the ‘select a reward’ section on our page to choose your reward!
“It’s important to get back to swimming for our physical and mental health”- Harry Senior Club Captain
So, what do we do at Tiverton Swimming Club?
Tiverton Swimming Club was created in 1913 and has enabled swimmers to develop a vital life skill in the Mid Devon community for the last 107 years. Fun and friendships, fitness and memories are made at the club with training sessions running 7 days a week at Exe Valley Leisure Centre. We have a session or more to suit everyone across our local community from children to adults. We want to continue this ethos for our 158 current members and can offer this fantastic activity for people who now want to start swimming following the impact of Covid19. Swimming is so important for physical and mental health and is a great way to introduce activity for everyone to enjoy. The government has a plan to increase health and reduce obesity, and we can contribute to achieving this in our local community.
Community engagement opportunities
In December each year we hold our annual "Santa Splash" charity event which in 2019 raised £440 for Children's Hospice South West as our swimmers raced in a fun gala with floats, woggles, antlers, balloons and ducks in six teams, all organised by our junior volunteers at the club. We are actively involved with supporting the Regional Young Volunteers aquatics award at TSC, available for youngsters aged 15 and over to learn about different aspects of community support and develop their skills and experience each year. At TSC we also encourage the development of volunteers for swim teaching, coaching, officiating, team managing and timekeeping roles, regularly supporting people to achieve these skills with both financial and practical support. We engage with the local schools and support schools swimming teams, particularly for the Devon County relays - one team winning the county relay cup in 2019 and English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) relays, with another team racing at the ESSA national finals in London in 2018. TSC continually offers volunteer opportunities for young people undertaking the D of E awards, as well as the physical fitness elements of the awards too. We have a strong partnership link with Dawlish swimming club, working together with their club and ours for the regional level swimmers to hold training sessions in a 50m pool at Mount Kelly Swim Centre in Tavistock each year- this joint club venture, works really well for all involved in this initiative. Links to swimming clubs in North Devon means we organise junior team fun galas with Barnstaple, Torridgeside and Illfracombe as a series from Jan to May each year, plus invite Crediton, Honiton, Wellington, Exeter and Exmouth junior swimming teams to race in fun team galas with our club too. The biggest event we run for the community is the annual Sparkler open meet, which attracts 200+ swimmers from across Devon and Somerset from 18-20 different swimming clubs to a junior level gala each year.
Some of our 48 Junior squad swimmers receiving their "flash award" trophies following a club Race Night where they put their skills in to practice, diving from our blocks and racing in all four strokes- fly, free, back and breast over 25m or 50m against their own previous best times! A fun packed evening with parents and siblings watching too. This is a great introduction to swim racing for our juniors.
Success at Devon Counties for 2020 in Jan & Feb before the lockdown!
The club runs a full competition programme for its members each year, with local Junior team gala's, County relay galas, National Arena League series, Devon Intercounties and Interclub, Devon Development and Sprint galas and the North Devon Mini League. We support open meets at clubs across Devon and Somerset and enjoy success at Devon Counties, South West region, English, Belgian and British Championships each year- for both the adult and child swimmers in our club. Our young swimmers have also been selected to attend swim camps across the Swim England Talent pathway, including County, Regional and National camp selections this season.
In 2019, TSC were delighted when three club swimmers qualified and raced at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow, and then four club swimmers also qualified and raced at the English and Belgian National Championships in the summer too- bringing home two silver medals after some brilliant racing and really exciting opportunities for the swimmers who took part!
We are based at the fantastic six lane 25m pool in Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Tiverton, and have held the 'Sparkler' for the last 13 years- this will be our first year without the annual open meet we love running for the club! Covid19 has stopped so many opportunities for sports, but we want to get back to the pool and continue our swimming legacy for the local community and its swimmers to enjoy themselves and stay fit and healthy whilst having fun with good friends.
Our Head coach Lucy Walton is so excited and wants to get the club back in the pool after all of this time away, she is looking forward to getting back on the pool deck with our fantastic team of volunteer swim teachers and coaches.... "it's hopefully not too long now everyone!"
Masters swimmers including our Olympian club member & official Sue Haigh, the adults are a competitive bunch of swimmers in our club too! At TSC we provide training programs from Learn to Swim through to Skill Development, Competition, Performance and adult Masters squads at our inclusive community sports club and we want this to continue for the swimmers in the future.
Partner funding can increase the total we raise!
Crowdfunder is making it 100% free for community and charity crowdfunding projects during the coronavirus crisis. We are also applying for Sport England ‘Active Together’ match funding. If successful Sport England will add to the monies raised to make the total even bigger! This will mean any donations are worth more to us when donated through Crowdfunder. We would really love to be one of the projects selected by Sport England, so are looking for support from our local community of swimmers and supporters to each donate a small amount to enable the club to grow. Together our community can work together and crowdfund to enable swimmers to access the sport for the future in Mid Devon.
Our Club Mascot- the Tivvy Blue Shark as designed by Cadie last year!
Can you Support Tiverton Swimming Club following the pandemic? If you can you have many thanks from us all at TSC and beyond.