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Powerful cash boost for swimmers

Young swimmers will have new training aids thanks to a £250 grant from UK Power Networks, the company that delivers electricity to eight million customers across the South East, London and the East Anglia.

From Press releases - 4 July 2014 12:00 AM

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Young swimmers will have new training aids thanks to a £250 grant from UK Power Networks, the company that delivers electricity to eight million customers across the South East, London and the East Anglia. 

Shiverers Swimming Club, based at the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove, has already got plans to spend the money on bands for land training, rings to produce drag in the water and kick boards to promote leg muscle development.

Stephen Tucker, an electrical engineer with the company, who is based in Crawley, applied for the money under the company’s Team Sport Awards programme which provides funds to support community groups and clubs where staff are involved.

“We are so grateful that UK Power Networks has provided us with the money,” said Stephen, who has worked for the organisation for more than 15 years and lives in Hove.

He has been involved with the club for a couple of years, since his nine-year-old son Hayden joined. His wife Debbie is one of several volunteers who help with poolside coaching and fund-raising.

He said: “This award will allow us to buy enough equipment to share across our 400 active junior members.

“Shiverers, which was founded in 1920, is one of the most successful clubs in Sussex. In 2014 so far, our boys have finished first in the age group competition at the Sussex County Championships with the club finishing third overall.”

Mark Cannon is chair of the club. He said: “Thank you so much to UK Power Networks for this very generous award. It will be put to very good use to support our swimmers achieve their swimming ambitions.”

UK Power Networks’ Team Sport Award scheme is designed to encourage 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 nearly £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff. There is also a new Power of Giving scheme which gives grants for community projects. See www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for more details.