We are proud to partner with Swim England in their campaign to champion the fight to protect the long-term future of pools and aquatic sports.
The recognised national governing body for swimming today unveiled three new packages which have been created to give the public the opportunity to help Swim England in its continued fight to save our pools and join its 200,000-strong family.
From as little as £1.25 a month, people can help fund the battle to ensure swimming, diving, artistic swimming and water polo don’t become leisure’s forgotten activities – and financially support all of Swim England’s inspiring work to help a nation to safely enjoy the water.
Those who sign up to their 'Campaigner' package will receive a quarterly Outdoor Swimmer mini magazine, along with other incentives such as a Swim England water bottle, exclusive event invitations and monthly prize draws. Those who opt for the 'Champion' level package will receive a printed Outdoor Swimmer magazine on sign up.
Hundreds of swimming pools across the country are at risk of permanent closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the future of clubs in grave danger, the risk of recreational swimmers missing out on the physical and mental health benefits of aquatic activity and a generation of youngsters facing the prospect of being unable to learn a vital life skill.
Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, said the Supporter, Campaigner and Champion packages are vital to aid the organisation’s work in all areas of aquatic activity.
While Swim England receives some Government funding, it has to generate income to support many of its programmes including learn to swim and its lobbying work.
Jane said: “As a registered charity, we rely on our members, our partners and pools for revenue as much of our income is self-generated.
“Every single penny we raise is put back into our work – whether that be participation in the sports we love, helping our affiliated clubs, our health and wellbeing model or learn to swim programmes.
“However, these challenging times have also put a massive strain on our own finances which will impact on our ability to achieve that.
“By joining the Swim England family, your annual contribution will be crucial to assist us in our on-going lobbying for financial support for the sector and ensure we remain the vocal champion in the #fightforpools.
“It will also help assist our clubs, protect the sports we love and ensure we can achieve our goal of a nation swimming and enjoying the water and it’s many physical and mental benefits safely.
“Our much-needed community facilities and the sports we love are sadly under real threat in many parts of the country.
“We’ll continue to stand up on behalf of all swimmers, divers, water polo players and artistic swimmers – and our voice will become even louder and harder to ignore with your support and backing.”
For more information about the three packages and to sign up, visit: https://support.swimming.org/supporter-packages/