We were delighted to accept a cheque last week for £100 from the Sincerity Lodge of Master Masons in Sheffield. The donation will be used to provide STA water safety booklets this summer which will be given to young people attending our ongoing open water safety training sessions. Cheque presented to swimyourswim by Tim Hendra and Dr JHF Smith … Read more →
3 disciplines 3 costumes 1 great charity fund raiser. This morning started off at 06.15am with our coached lane session at Armthorpe Leisure Centre in Doncaster where team member Tracy Mistry usually starts her week off with a 3k swim. Not content to settle at that Tracy has completed a 5k triathlon challenge this morning with a 5k swim,… Read more →
A big bobble hat THANK YOU to everyone that wore their bobble hats and donated yesterday, special thanks to Julie Downs for the delicious Pudsey cakes and to Stuart Rogers and Jude Handley for their kind donation, also to John the @UlleyRanger for braving the bobble . We raised £68.50 on the day and SYS will round it up to… Read more →
Big Bobble Hat Bonanza It’s that time of year again…. if you’d like to help us raise money for Children In Need all you need to do is wear your big bobble hat to one of our Saturday swims this weekend and donate a £1, it’s that simple. In addition… Read more →
Good teachers have a huge impact on children’s lives, sometimes that positive influence lasts a lifetime but rarely receives the acknowledgement that it deserves, which is why we we’re delighted to hear this morning and share with you that Julie Taylor has received an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List for services to education and charity. Julie swam… Read more →
We are extremely excited to announce our intention of completing a world record attempt swim of Windermere next month. The attempt will start on the 2nd of September 2019, with the team consisting of six SwimYourSwim members, Barry Jones, Chris Greenwood, Fiona Woods, Jane Mintoft, Tracy Mistry and Angela Davison. All are accomplished swimmers with a combined history of long… Read more →
Double Charity Appeal We’re collecting presents again!. The presents are for looked after children in the Rotherham area, if you’d like to donate a gift to be opened on Christmas morning please drop them off at one of our sessions or bring one with you to our Christmas Party on the 20th. They’ll all go to good homes and will be… Read more →
Last week the team from Swimyourswim teamed up with Thomas Noblett and Andrew Tighe of the Langdale Chase Hotel, Windermere to host the Gladmiral kids for a day of water-based fun and adventure up in the Lake District. Gladmiral is a small charity, started by the management of the Langdale Chase (a non-tipping hotel), which aims to inspire disadvantaged children… Read more →
Here at Swimyourswim (SYS) we are so excited about our partnership with Gladmiral – a charity whose passion is to inspire young people through swimming. We have just launched our first swim-scheme with them which saw seven young people – two of whom had NEVER been to a swimming pool before – take to the water and start their pool to open water journey. Here is a report from Sally, one of the SYS team present over the weekend:
People often ask me why I swim and I often give various reasons, but the simple answer is ‘because I can!’ I was very fortunate that when I was growing up I learnt to swim from a very early age. It was one of those things my parents always believed kids should be able to do!
When I’m not swimming, my day job involves working with children whose parents often have different priorities than to teach their children to swim. The majority of the children I work with spend much of their lives learning skills that are often more about survival than fun. They are often isolated, lacking self-esteem and suffering from neglect, and sometimes don’t have the basics of life provided, you know, the things that you and I might take for granted.
So, when Alistair and Leon told me about Gladmiral and how they were offering free swimming lessons to children from disadvantaged backgrounds I jumped at the chance to get some of young people I work with involved.
Last Sunday, we had our first session with seven children having lots of fun with the SYS coaching team, and it was a joy to watch!
Believe it or not, one of the children did not even know what a swimming pool was prior to the session, but by the end of it every child came out of the water with a huge smile on their face and a whole lot of confidence and new ability. It was great to witness!
Everyone is looking forward to the next session – you never know, we may just be creating our next generation of open water swimmers!
We are excited to announce a brand new partnership that will see children and young people from disadvantaged and difficult backgrounds given the opportunity to learn to swim. The partnership, between new charity ‘Gladmiral’ and Yorkshire-based open water swim coaching company ‘Swimyourswim’, will bring the joy of swimming to children based in Yorkshire and the Lake District, Cumbria, the home… Read more →