Investment project code: 82
Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): West Dunbartonshire Amateur Swimming Club is a non-profit community swim club with squads training at the Vale of Leven Pool and Clydebank Leisure Centre. Established since 1914, we have a rich history of success, with members competing at every level from Mini League through to the Commonwealth Games. Our vision is to inspire individuals to be the best they can be creating an environment focusing on excelling, enjoyment and lifelong participation. We provide a strong development pathway through our development and competitive squads. The club aims to meet the needs of our members through structured coaching, led by our full time Head Coach and his coaching team. Our members cover a broad age range from our development swimmers of around 8 years old to our over18s Masters squad. Members compete on a regular basis at local and national level competitions, both as individual swimmers and as a club squad. The Club holds an annual Club Championship weekend of swimming which is followed by our annual Club presentation evening where swimmers achievements are recognised and the whole Club can celebrate together. The Club is run by an elected Committee of volunteers.
What will you use the money for?: We would like to establish an under 18s fitness squad and a water polo squad following our return to the pool post Covid restrictions (Tier 3 or lower). Unfortunately Covid restrictions have had a significant impact on the Club's finances and we are hoping to be awarded grant funding to allow us to progress to these next stages in our community programme. Our fitness squad will train under the supervision of a coach to improve and maintain their technique, and work towards maintaining and improving their fitness. We intend to hold our sessions at the Vale of Leven Pool initially. Any funding awarded to the Club will be used to fund coaching and pool time. To establish our water polo squad, we will require funding for equipment, coaching and pool time. The Vale of Leven Pool would be our home pool for water polo. If we are awarded funding for coaching and pool time, it will allow us to provide taster sessions and subsidised training to encourage participation from young people across the whole community to improve physical and mental wellbeing.
Who will benefit from this money?: Our project is targeted at young people who wish to become involved in water sports for fitness and to be part of a club community. Community swimming in a club environment for young people is limited in the West Dunbartonshire area once swimmers complete the Learn to Swim Programme. The purpose of our community swimming programme is to encourage young people to keep fit and well, to make friends through participation in a team environment and to hopefully encourage a lifelong participation in sport within their community. Swimming offers physical and mental health benefits. Regular swimming is known to be effective at lowering incidences of stress, depression and anxiety, and improving sleep patterns. Swimming releases endorphins, giving participants a greater sense of happiness and wellbeing. It is a great way to meet like minded people and share experiences together. The sense of being part of a team can develop a resilience that will advantage young people in their day to day life. Participation in sport and the benefits it offers our young people should not be underestimated.
Proposed on behalf of: West Dunbartonshire Amateur Swimming Club - £2000