A swimming club in Carnoustie has received vital funding from the Swimathon Foundation.

Carnoustie Claymores Swimming Club applied for the grant as part of Swimathon Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund, announced last month, to go towards coach salaries, subsidising membership fees where members have been financially impacted by coronavirus and training costs when the club is able to return.

The Angus-based club consists of 113 children and adults who compete in local leagues, individual competitions and at Masters level. The club prides themselves on their inclusive nature, taking swimmers who can swim one length of a pool to competitive athletes and everything in between. The club also works with the local council to support school children with their swimming. 

Carnoustie Claymores have continued to provide for their members whilst pools have been closed, running regular quizzes, land training via Zoom and art and baking challenges. They are hoping to use their funding for exercise instructors and sports psychologies to support their members at this time.

Nigel Robinson from the Carnoustie Claymores said:

We were delighted to receive the grant from The Swimathon Foundation. This £500 will help keep our swimmers engaged with the club by participating in different fun and fitness activities throughout lockdown. We were delighted to have a question and answer session with Hannah Miley (Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer) and four exercise sessions delivered via Zoom. We have also engaged a local Pilates instructor to give some classes online. In addition to this our club has been participating in quizzes, TikTok challenges, scavenger hunts, junk art competitions, Easter Egg decorating, dressing up competitions and our entertainment extravaganza, “Claymores got Talent”! 

“We are very grateful to accept this funding from the Swimathon Foundation to use in the future for engaging our swimmers and keeping them fit and interested in the club while we await lockdown to lift. We have many more ideas to keep the club busy, and now we have some money to pay for things that are extras!”