YOUNGSTERS are diving for joy after powering their way to a cash splash worth nearly £9,500.
The windfall has already made a difference at Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth Amateur Swimming Club, with members racking up a number of personal bests.
The boost of £9,419.88 was delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
The goal is to encourage more youngsters to compete at the Commonwealth Games.
The cash was used to develop a six-month pilot programme aimed at improving the training offered to the club swimmers, who are put through their paces at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre.
Morven Lees, treasurer of Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth Amateur Swimming Club, said: “We wanted to encourage swimmers to compete at a higher level, from district squads to national level, in an endeavour to encourage swimmers to think about
representing their country at the Commonwealth Games.”
She added: “To do this we needed to invest in the coaching capability of the club as we rely solely on volunteers.
“Our older swimmers were also aided to progress into a coaching career which in the long term will enhance their working capabilities.”
Aside from bringing in quality coaches, the money went towards equipment, pool hire and training courses.
Morven said: “Our goal is to allow our swimmers to reach their full potential whilst representing their local community.”
During the pilot, coaches devised a training plan and competition programme in line with squad ability and swimmers’ ages.
Now the club is reaping the benefits of the pilot with swimmers improving across the board – and continuing to break records.
Morven said: “The results of the programme have been fantastic.
“Swimmers from age eight up to 18 are producing personal bests on a consistent basis and a performance squad has been created.”
That squad includes Rachel Gilchrist (11), Amy Gulline (11), David Greechan (14), Heather Lees (12) and Emma Scobie (14).
Morven said: “Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth Swimming Club would like to give a big thank-you to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for providing the funding and support for this programme.
“We would also like to thank the coaches Hanifah Khan and Alan Scobie for their dedication to our swimmers, and to all of the club swimmers who have trained so eagerly over the past months.”
For more information on the club – who also swim in Kilsyth – visit www.kandkswim.org.uk
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