Poole Swimming Club

Poole, Dorset

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We are a high performance local club catering for swimmers age 8-18 as well as running a competitive masters and open water program. Our motto is Preparing swimmers, Creating Winners - that neatly encompasses our vision and ambition.

Group introduction

Poole Swimming Club is a high performing club catering for local swimmers aged 8-18.
Since its creation in 1931, The club provides a platform to all local swimmers who wishes to reach their full potential of, in a friendly, competitive environment.
We enjoy and promote absolute equality between male and female members, coaches and committee positions and support disadvantaged, disabled and other minority groups at all times.
The club is run by dedicated parents and volunteers who work together to manage to the day-to-day administration as well as organising fundraising events, which are crucial for funding professional coaching development, safeguarding courses, strength & conditioning equipment and travelling costs.
Thanks to an excellent coaching team lead by Mr Barry Alldrick, the recent results have made the club one of the best in England.
Over 300 members swim for leisure and competitively at County, Regional, National and International Levels.
Just recently, 2 of our members have delivered superb performances whilst representing Great Britain at both the European Junior Championships and the World Junior Championships.
In May, Jacob Peters (just 17 years old) represented our country at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and came back with a silver medal!!!
The club is very proud of its recent achievements and successes and is attracting more and more interest from swimmers in the local area.
Our Club ensures all club members have a chance to fulfill their full potential, making sure more youngsters get active, and providing residents of Poole and surrounding areas a healthy activity.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

Thanks to an excellent coaching team lead by Mr Barry Alldrick, the recent results have pushed the club to the top of England. Currently we have 300 members swim for leisure and competitively at County, Regional, National and International Levels. Over the past decade,
due to press coverage of our National and International swimmers, we expect this number to greatly increase over the next few years
The club is run by dedicated parents and volunteers who work together to manage to the day-to-day administration as well as organising fundraising events, crucial to fund coaching development, safeguarding courses, strength & conditioning equipment and travelling costs.
From the age of 8, swimmers are able to enter local and regional competitions. With high quality, competitive starting blocks, ALL club swimmers would benefit greatly from the project; being able to practice main strokes starts and in the water for backstroke. This will
ensure all swimmers have a chance to fulfil their potential.
We have been very fortunate to have been awarded £2000 from the Tesco “BagsOfHelp Community Funds” towards some very needed Starting Blocks. We are currently looking to purchase one starting block and backstroke ledge and continue to look for further grants to
fund for another 5 starting blocks and backstroke ledges.
At present, the club uses Starting Blocks that date from 1970, which have been patched up and gradually being condemned one by one as unfit for purpose. Furthermore, they do not
have the most up to date wedge shape being used in competitions since 2008. The wedge provides a similar start position to that of Athletics. As a result, our swimmers do not have the opportunity to practice their swimming starts with modern, competitive starting blocks, which are now used at all competitions. From the age of 8, swimmers are able to enter local and regional competitions. With high quality, competitive starting blocks, ALL club swimmers
would benefit greatly from the project; being able to practice main strokes starts and in the water for backstroke. This will ensure all swimmers have a chance to fulfil their potential.
The sought after funding will allow us to run regular "star gala" for the 7 to 12 years old age group, raise the standard of local school and scout galas we support, as well as providing enhanced coaching opportunity for the high performance athletes in our 12-18 years old
performance squads and our masters performance squads. The club will keep promoting the health and well being of the local population. Any financial grant, allows more permanence in
the training available to Club members allows us to increase participation in the junior club and reduce waiting lists we currently forced to impose.

"Head Coach and British Team Coach Barry Alldrick “The support from Skipton Building Society has enabled Poole Swimming Club and the local aquatic community which the club supports to enjoy safe, modern equipment required to further improve the conscientious young athletes chances of success at all levels of competition from
novice to international level.""

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