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Can you help fund new diving blocks for swimming club?

Swimmers from Driffield are springing into action as they launch a fundraising campaign to fund new diving blocks.

Driffield Junior Amateur Swimming Club needs to raise £10,000 to purchase new diving blocks after four out of their six blocks were condemned as unsafe for use as a result of being sat unused during the lockdowns.

Last week, a fifth block broke, leaving the club no choice other than to find the funds to replace all six.
The club has already managed to raise £4,000 from funding bids and fundraising by members of the club, and has now launched a GoFundMe page to help raise the remaining money.

As a result of being sat unused during the lockdowns, four out of the six blocks were condemned as unsafe to use and a fifth one has just broken last week.

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Coach and committee member Karen Cartwright told the Wolds Weekly: “Before COVID hit, we had six useable diving blocks that were in good condition.

“As a result of being sat unused during the lockdowns, four out of the six blocks were condemned as unsafe to use and a fifth one has just broken last week.

“We have managed to secure £2,000 from the Two Ridings Communities Foundation for training young coaches which has enabled us to put some monies towards the blocks.

“We were also successful in the Tesco community grants scheme before Christmas, receiving £1,500 and some of our swimmers took part in a sponsored walk, raising £400.

“The blocks cost over £1,600 each and so we need almost £10,000 in total.

“Having already secured £4,000, we still have some way to go to reach the full cost.

“We have launched the GoFundMe page to help us reach our target so that our swimmers can reach their full potential.”

Driffield Junior Amateur Swimming Club, formed in 1984, aims to improve the swimming techniques of its members to a high standard and to foster their competitive spirit by involvement in regular galas with other swimming clubs.

The club has 49 members aged nine to 18 years, with swimmers who compete at National Para-Swimming level and swimmers who represent Driffield in the North East region and Yorkshire championships.

Members compete as a team in Friendly, Borders and Ridings Galas and there are also opportunities to compete as an individual.

The diving blocks are an essential part of the swimmers’ training to ensure they are able to compete to a high standard.

In just a matter of days after being launched, the fundraising page had reached £260.

Karen added: “Every pound donated will help and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far.”

If you can support Driffield Junior Amateur Swimming Club with its fundraising please visit the fundraising page at gofund.me/629b414c

The club is always looking for new swimmers to join. If you are interested, please visit the website: driffieldjasc.co.uk and click on the contact us page.

The club trains at Driffield Leisure Centre on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7pm and on Saturday from 5-6pm.

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