Alongside many others, I continue to watch with absolute awe the incredible medal winning performances of Team GB in the pool at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. But as I roared home Adam Peaty, Tully Kearney and co from my front room, I couldn’t help but think about the huge difficulties that recreational swimming has faced over the past 18 months and will continue to face across the UK.
A nationwide shortage of 8,000 swimming teachers is preventing more than half a million youngsters from learning a vital life skill, warns Swim England.
Swimathon Foundation has today announced the launch of the Swimathon Festival 2021, set to take place between the 10th and 12th September of this year. The Festival will see Swimathon and Open Water Swimathon events taking place on the same weekend for the first time, in a major celebration of swimming across the country.
Having awarded £50,000 of grants from the Covid Relief Fund to over 100 organisations and individuals last year, Swimathon Foundation realised additional support was required this year, and released a further £30,000 to aid the swimming community this year.
Swimming has returned – how wonderful. I do hope you’ve had a chance to get back in the pool now that outdoor and indoor facilities alike can reopen across the country.
The Swimathon Foundation has today awarded a total of £30,000 in grants to 148 swimming and aquatic clubs, swim schools and independent swimming and aquatic organisations from its 2021 Covid-19 Relief Fund.
The Swimathon Foundation has today launched a second Covid-19 Relief Fund to help the swimming and aquatics community cope with the ongoing impact and effects of the pandemic.