Merthyr Tydfil Swimming Club
Merthyr Tydfil Swimming Club is a voluntary organisation that coaches swimmers of all ages in competitive swimming and is at the heart of the community
MTSC is run by dedicated volunteers both at the poolside and behind the scenes, this includes a youth committee. The club is strongly supported by families and local people in the community. The club coaches swimmers from in and around Merthyr Tydfil and strives to train them to the highest standards. The club provides 7 swimming sessions a week in the community as well as long course training once a month in Cardiff, an annual fun training session in the outdoor lido in Pontypridd and fun activities in the summer months. Successes are recognised and celebrated at award evenings.
Swimming helps with well-being both mental and physical and swimmers are encouraged to swim competitively at area, county, regional and sometimes even at national level.
We have young dolphins the newest swimmers, who are supported and coached to improve their strokes and taught the fundamentals of competitive swimming which includes, diving, tumble turns, strength and timing. There is a progression route for swimmers in the club, D squad which is Development, then as they develop further through C and B to A squad.
The club aims to provide a high standard of coaching and a strong ethos of volunteering. Young swimmers are encouraged to participate as volunteers as a member of the Millennium Volunteering Award. All volunteers, including young volunteers are offered training opportunities in coaching, time keeping, young leader’s awards and safeguarding.
We are members of Sported and Sportlot, they have supported us to ensure that we have a high standard of child welfare, trained safe guarding officers, are approachable, and fit for purpose committee and a long term plan for sustainability.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
The club operates locally and is very successfully in recruiting members and parental support despite the fact it is in a community that falls within the top ten percent of multiple deprivation in Wales.
Merthyr Tydfil Swimming Club is affiliated to and works under the Swim Wales governing body. A swimming club is expensive to run, the main cost being the everyday hire of the leisure centre swimming pool. Much of this is covered by membership fees, in order to make swimming inclusive and accessible to all we endeavour to keep fees affordable. We therefore need to ensure a sustainable method of fund raising to upgrade equipment and maintain qualified coaches. Training is expensive and several of the young volunteers have requested training as swim teachers. We have a grow your own culture ethos and want the young people to learn transferable skills that will help them as they move through life. These courses are very costly and not affordably by 16 year olds. This year we would like to offer the training to a least two young people who give up so much of their time to support other young people.
"'This funding will make a huge difference to Merthyr Tydfil Swimming Club, and will help us to support our fantastic young volunteers by offering them training and skills to benefit themselves and others.
Kathryn Hughes "Chair""
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