A swimming school in Telford will receive crucial funding from the Swimathon Foundation.

Duck n Dive Swim School applied for the grant as part of Swimathon Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund, announced last month, to mitigate loss of income whilst pools are closed and lessons are unable to take place.

The Telford-based organisation has been providing swimming lessons for baby, pre-school and school-aged children for the last 10 years. A significant amount of their lessons are one-to-one and focus on children with special educational needs or phobias.

The Swimathon Foundation grant will allow them to get back up and running once the pools begin to re-open, continue to pay their instructors and ensure every child gets the best possible opportunity to learn to swim.   

Andy Wilde from Duck N Dive said:

“Financially the fund is so helpful as Covid-19 has hit everyone hard. It can be a bit demoralising thinking about how we are going to go back and build up once again from a very different landscape.

“I was a bit resistant to look for funding initially because when this all happened in March, I was the same as most people and thought maybe we’d be back in the pool after Easter and was a bit naïve ploughing on and not overthinking things. As the situation progressed, we realised the situation was pretty catastrophic and we had to look at a few options. This fund is definitely going to help because we will have to show due diligence for baby lessons. We will have to set up hand sanitiser stations and will help us get back up and running. It put a bit of a spring back in our step to think that we aren’t alone and someone else has your back.”