Thirsk White Horse Swim Team


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Thirsk White Horse Swim Team coaches swimmers of all ages in competitive swimming.

Group introduction

TWHST strives to coach swimmers from in and around Thirsk to the highest standard, providing training seven days a week, for swimmers who wish to swim competitively or just for fitness or fun. Our young swimmers swim at area, county, regional and occasionally even national level, and our aim is for more and more of our young athletes to achieve this. The club is run by dedicated volunteers, both poolside and behind the scenes. Our Tadpole squad caters for children under ten, introducing them to the fundaments of competitive swimming, from where they progress to Development, and then A and B squads. We also have a masters squad for adults. The club has achieved Swim 21 accreditation, which assures a high standard of both teaching and child welfare and safeguarding.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

A swimming club is an expensive thing to run, as we hire the pool every day. While much of this is covered by squad fees, we try to keep these to a level that the sport remains accessible to as many of the swimmers of Thirsk as possible. Therefore, to provide additional training for the teachers, or new or upgraded equipment, there is the need for sustained fund raising. This year we would like to pay for training of two new lifeguards. This is a good role for some of our older swimmers, and both gives them a qualification they can take with them, and opens up new avenues within the sport. Providing funds for the older swimmers to train as lifeguards or swim teachers is a key part of our strategy to encourage teenagers to stay in swimming. The courses are fairly costly and not generally affordable by 16 year olds without help from the club.

"This funding will make a huge difference to Thirsk White Horse Swim Team, and will allow us to provide further training for our teachers and lifeguards

Anne Norton, Chair"

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