King's Lynn-based club will put cash donation towards new starting blocks
A Lynn swimming club has received a cash boost in its fundraising for new starting blocks after a donation from UK Power Networks.
The power company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across the East of England, London and the South East, has given West Norfolk Swimming Club a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award scheme.
Employee Lewis Wells is on the club’s committee and his sons Nathan, 21, and Joe, 19, are long-standing members.
Nathan won his first British Bronze medal at British Nationals last summer and has won eight English National Gold medals since 2015.
Both first learned to swim at the club when aged five and Lewis, who first joined UK Power Networks back in 1979 and now works on overhead power lines, has been involved with the swimming club for the past 16 years.
Lewis, who works out of the company’s Lynn office, said: “Everyone at the club is very grateful for this donation from UK Power Networks which will help go towards funding to improve our existing starting blocks which the club swimmers use in galas and competitions at the pool.
“The award will help towards the cost of paying for our competition starting blocks, which we hope to get modernised or replaced in the near future.
“The average price of one modern starting block, however, can be as much as more than £1,000 each.
“Our Lynn pool has six lanes with six starting blocks and they all need updating, so this could take some time to achieve.
“Our personal involvement with the club is something that we as a family have really enjoyed over the years.
"It’s been a huge commitment, but well worth it and it’s pleasing for me to be able to give something back to the club through my company.
“It has been a great journey and a pleasure to see our sons develop into the confident accomplished swimmers they are today.
"We have all made some great friends through swimming and West Norfolk Swimming Club.”
West Norfolk Swimming Club has a large membership of swimmers, ranging from the very youngest beginners in its development swim programme, to some of the most accomplished competitive swimmers in the UK.
The club is affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association and has been awarded ‘Swim21 Performance Club’ status recognising its level of excellence at every stage of the programme, from learn to swim through to high performance swimming.
The Team Sport Award scheme encourages staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.
Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up.
Last year £18,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.