A SWIMMING club that teaches more than 170 Hartlepool children how to swim is on the look-out for sponsors.
Aqua Force Swimming Academy was set up by a group of fully-qualified volunteers in June last year to cater for youngsters in the town and the surrounding areas who want to learn to swim.
The classes – which are held at The Avondale Centre pool, at the Dyke House School site, off Mapleton Road, and Mill House Leisure Centre pool, off Raby Road – have proved extremely popular and the nine coaches now have a waiting list of budding swimmers wanting to join up.
One of the volunteers, Bryan Littler, 44, dad of Aimee Littler, 11, and Joshua Littler, six, said the group now wants to hold a gala in the summer to give the children an aim.
But the academy needs help in buying shields to give the kids as prizes and create some history for the group.
They are appealing for businesses, groups, families, or individuals to sponsor the winning shields, which will be inscribed with the sponsor’s name.
A one-off payment of £50 will guarantee sponsorship for 10 years, and will also see the sponsor’s name appear in the gala programme and links to them through the Aqua Force website.
Bryan, of Hart Village, who works as a senior operations technician, said: “Any sponsor would be helping us out in a massive way. Their money would be used to buy the shields for different age categories which in turn gives the kids something to aim for throughout their swimming journey.
“It would give the kids something to aspire to and be proud of, and the shields would form part of the history of the academy.
“The sponsors would also be buying in at the start and they would become part of the academy’s history.”
He added: “Hopefully we are here to stay. Our values and everything we do is for the kids. It’s so child orientated. It’s for the youth of the town, as opposed to us getting anything out of it.”
Bryan said the fees paid for swimming lessons cover the cost of pool hire and none of the teachers gain financially.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Aqua Force swimming Academy should contact Bryan on 07847315075. Those interested in swimming lessons should telephone 07835586471, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to their website here