Durham city aquatics

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

Durham City Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club applied for the grant as part of Swimathon Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund, announced last month, to pay coaches and sustain club finances in the coming months.

The County Durham-based club was established in 1861 and is the second oldest club in England. They have a diverse membership of 158, catering for both able bodied and para swimmers and ordinarily would host a number of fundraisers and swimming galas each year to fund sessions, coaching and support their members. 

Calum MacGregor, Head Coach of Durham City Aquatics said:

“It’s fantastic news, it’s really going to help the club move forward after the Covid-19 and continue to help all of the members and provide water polo and swimming alike and helps the club stay alive. Every little helps and we are all very grateful that we got the grant and it’s going to help considerably towards getting the club back on track. 

“Myself and my colleague have both been furloughed, and the clubs added in the additional 20 percent to give us a full wage. So, they’ve committed to the coaches and it’s time for the coaches to commit to the club when we go back and show everyone how grateful we are. 

“As we are a reasonably sized club and we’ve got quite a bit of overheads being one of the biggest clubs. So it helps a great deal.”