‘I’m really pleased that the Swimathon Foundation were able to help so many members of the swimming community through last year’s Covid-19 Relief Fund, where we distributed £50,000 of grants to those most in need. But unfortunately, the hard times have not gone away.
There are going to be lots of young people who will not be able to learn to swim unless we get pools back open and fully operational as quickly as possible. We are lauding Adam Peaty and his success in the pool, especially as we approach the Olympics and await to see what he can do in Tokyo. But imagine if the most talented swimmer that ever lived is watching that, and he never gets the chance to learn how to swim.
Swimming pools are national treasure, and we are a nation of swimmers – we have to do something about that right now.
Whilst we await the Government’s roadmap, the Swimathon Foundation will continue to support the swimming community as best we can.
Earlier this month we launched our second Covid-19 Relief Fund earlier, pledging an additional £30,000 in grants to those in need. Applications are open until the 26th February, so we are encouraging local swimming groups who are struggling as a result of the pandemic to apply for financial support. Almost all swimming clubs and organisations are run by a few individuals who put in an immense amount of voluntary time and are unable to access funding. These people remain the unsung heroes of the sport and it’s so important that the Swimathon Foundation continues to do all it can to help them get through this and ensure that we are able to get back in the water as soon as safe to do so.’
Swimathon Foundation President Duncan Goodhew