Our current fundraising goal is the purchase of the Dolphin Semi-Automatic timing system. This system reduces the effort required to run a meet and manage data whilst, most significantly, improving timing accuracy compared to manual stopwatches.
We have had 21 swimmers qualifying for the County Championships this year, up from 11 on 2018, and we are hoping to improve in last year’s amazing achievement of 6 swimmers qualifying for Regionals and 3 for Nationals. The Club was the most improved club in Cheshire in both club competitions and at the County Championships.
We are wanting to build on these significant achievements this year. None of this could be achieved without the tireless support of our Coaches and our swimming families and, as a non-profit organisation, we are completely reliant on fundraising to facilitate capital purchases, such as the new blocks, to improve our children’s swimming experience and support them in reaching their full potential and personal goals in competitive swimming, by achieving times that can be submitted to external galas within the comfort of their own swimming environment.
We are pursuing various grant schemes for contributions towards the Dolphin system but, even if our applications were successful, it would remain a significant period of time before we would be able to raise the full amount required. With this in mind, we are appealing for your support in fundraising – whether it be by hosting an event (coffee morning etc), doing a sponsored “something”, or just a simple donation. We have 165 Club members, so just a little support from the majority will help move us closer to our target.
We understand this is big ask and is not something we intend to do on a regular basis but If you feel you are able to help, and maybe even have a little fun in the process, it would be greatly appreciated.
If you plan an event/sponsored event, please let us know and take photos for our website – your pictures/stories will appear on this page!
An easy way to fundraise for the Club is via the Easy Fundraising online service. Shopping doesn’t cost you a penny more, but as you make purchases online shops make a donation to the club. All you do is register (it’s good to click the “Find & Remind” button) and start shopping. Please give it a go and encourage others to do so too – it’s effectively free money to benefit the members of our club! Thank you.
Please register by clicking the link below:
Keep checking bacjk here for our messages of thanks to thouse of you that are helping us to reach our fundraising goal!.
|Last updated||30 April 2019|
|Donation||Thanks go to Nicola R for a generous donation to the fund, most gratefully received.|
|Second Hand Kit Sale||Quite a few bargains were to be had at our second hand kit sale, again boosting the fund. Another second hand kit sale is planned for the future.|
|Hanover Insolvency||After holding a "dress down" day at work, Suzanne G made a significant contribution to the donations - well done Suzanne|
Old Starting Block
|Thanks to Emily I for her donation in return for one of the old starting blocks - an interesting addition to her bedroom!|
This year's Fun Triathlon will take place on Saturday 6th July 2019 as a sponsored event, to raise funds for the Dolphin semi-automatic timing system, which will benefit both the club and all swimmers greatly for the future.
Details for the event are as follows :
The fun triathlon has been a great success over the last five years so we will be running this again on the morning of Saturday 6th July. It would be fantastic if as many swimmers as possible could participate. It’s being run this year as part of our fundraising efforts for the new Dolphin semi-automatic timing system. We will also need parent volunteers to help to run the event. If any parents fancy participating you are more than welcome to enter – the more the merrier. We recognise that this is the morning after Club Champs, which is not ideal, but unfortunately there was no alternative weekend for this event.
How Does It Work and How Do I Enter?
Swimmers will either need to organise themselves into teams of 3 or you can enter individually and do all three events. Alternatively, you can enter as an individual to be put into a team on the day. You don't need to enter prior to the day - you can enter at 7.30am (prompt!) on Saturday 6th July on poolside at Altrincham Leisure Centre.
As it’s a fund-raising event for the Dolphin system, we would ask that all participants are sponsored and a suggested minimum sponsorship amount to enter is £10 (there’s no maximum, so feel free to get as many sponsors as you can!). Sponsor forms are available on the website here or on the desk on Sundays and will also be available at Pointscore on 23rd June.
Where and When Will It Take Place?
The event will start at Altrincham Leisure Centre. All those participating will need to be at the Leisure Centre for 7.30am on Saturday 6th July. The bike ride and run will take place on the Pennine trail, starting in Broadheath (at the top of Atlantic Street).
How Far Will We Swim/Ride/Run?
Swimmers aged 11 and under will swim 400 metres, and those aged 12 and over will swim 800 metres (any adults who fancy participating - don’t worry as you can start at a different time to the kids so they don’t show you up!). Once the swims have been completed we will travel to the Pennine trail for the bike ride and the run (we will need parents on hand to transport participants wherever possible). We then start the next leg all together, although there’s a staggered start (in the interests of safety).
Cyclists will cycle around 5k on the trail.
Once the cyclists have finished the runners will run around 3k.
The intention is that this is a fun event (it’s not a measured distance course (other than the swim) and there won’t be any chip timing!). We will endeavour to time the teams as accurately as possible but it is about participation rather than times.
How Much Will It Cost To Enter?
It’s free to enter, but as mentioned previously, a suggested minimum amount for sponsorship is £10. Sponsorship money can be paid in cash on the day of the triathlon or on the desk the following day (Sunday 7th July) or alternatively, you can transfer the money directly to the usual club account. If you do this, can you either put the reference ‘triathlon’ on the bank transfer or advise by email here who is donating and the amount, so that all sponsorship money can be allocated to the Dolphin funds.
Do I Have To Wear Fancy Dress?
This is optional, but encouraged – no theme - whatever you fancy.
How Can I Help?
We will need volunteers to time the swims, to transport swimmers to the Pennine trail and to marshal the cycle ride and run. We will need some marshals on bikes. Ideally, if your swimmer will be participating, please offer to help out.
If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to email here or ask at the desk on Sunday.