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

Rhyl Dolphins Amateur Swimming Club 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 sessions are unable to take place. 

The Denbighshire club has been at the heart of the community since 1896 – receiving centenary recognition from Swim Wales in 2018 and runs eight swimming sessions a week for their 111 members aged seven to 70+ years old.

 Fundraising is key to the club, hosting their annual Chris Clements Memorial Gala and taking part in regular bag packing. With both activities on pause due to the pandemic, the Swimathon Foundation grant will help cover the costs of outstanding pool fees and bridge the gap upon the club’s return.

Anita Barker from Rhyl Dolphins Amateur Swimming Club said:

 “In terms of the grant, we really appreciate the financial support because these are uncertain times at the moment and its one of those things that we were pleased to be considered for. It goes a long way to helping the club.

“Like every other club, I don’t suppose we know when we are going to go back into the pool because being in Wales its slightly different from government response in England so it’s just one of those things. This funding has enabled us to hopefully survive a bit more as a club really. Because we don’t know who is going to come back from our numbers. But we’ve been going 123 years now through thick and thin, so it’s all good news.”