Thurrock Swimming Club & Covid-19
LIKE most organisations, Thurrock Swimming Club has suffered huge financial losses due to the pandemic. Our Crowd Funding Appeal is to secure additional funds to ensure that we can return to training once the government gives us the green light to do so, but also continue to support our swimmers and parents through these unprecedented times.
TSC has continued to support 500 strong memberships by providing them with online training and educational presentations. This has been so important with maintaining and developing the swimmers physical and mental wellbeing.
Since March 2020, TSC has lost in excess of £30,000. This has been due to not being able to run any swimming galas, no training fees and ongoing expenditure. The Club would like to raise £10,000 to help it continue to provide ongoing support to its members through the pandemic and help towards training fees.
Thurrock Swimming Club
TSC was formed in 1963. It is one of the most successful clubs in Essex and the East Region and boasts 500 members ranging from Learn to Swim up to National Squad level swimmers.
Thurrock is the only registered community based swimming club in Thurrock. We operate a fully inclusive programme open to all swimmers. Our Learn to Swim programme follows Swim England’s LTS pathway and we help teach and develop each child to the best of their abilities. As well as having a LTS base, Thurrock SC boasts a robust Academy and Squad systems which helps prepare swimmers for competitions. TSC currently boasts in excess of 60 County and 35 Regional swimmers plus many swimmers who have participated at National level. We are also very proud of our swimmers who have been selected for County, Regional and National training camps.
TSC’s fully inclusive policy has resulted in many of its swimmers competing internationally and we have had a lot of success with disability. We have swimmers with disabilities training in all sections of the Club, and we are also in discussion with some of Thurrock’s social care departments to increase our disability section. We are also looking to encourage more young carers into swimming.
We at TSC also believe that we have a duty to encourage young swimmers to develop their skills further and become qualified teachers and coaches. We implement a robust training programme and help many swimmers become qualified Swim England teachers and coaches.
TSC is made up of not only many swimmers and parents, but also a huge volunteer base. Our volunteers give up so much of their spare time to help the Club operate and function. We also have highly skilled and dedicated teachers and coaches who continue to help develop each child and provide high quality lessons.
Our Crowdfunding Objective
We are fundraising to help the Club continue to operate now and when the pools reopen. TSC is a non profit making organisation and all training fees and income from galas pay our expenses.
Our target is to raise £10,000 from a minimum of 40 supporters. Once we have raised 25% of our target, we can apply for Sport England ‘Active Together’ Match Funding of up to 50%. Once we get to 50%, we will receive the additional funds from Sport England.