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Swimming club splashes out on a gala thanks to sports award cash

Competitive swimmers from Norfolk have enjoyed taking part in a swimming gala with a little help from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 29 December 2014 12:00 AM

Competitive swimmers from Norfolk have enjoyed taking part in a swimming gala with a little help from UK Power Networks.

The electricity distribution company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East through its vast infrastructure of overhead power lines, underground cables and substations, gave Diss Otters Swimming Club a £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award programme.

The power firm donated the money following an application from employee Simon Rice, a contract manager based at the company’s office in Bury St Edmunds. Simon is also chairman of the swimming club.

The club, which meets at Diss Swimming Pool most evenings, used the money to help hire the state-of-the-art 50-metre pool at the University of East Anglia in Norwich for a gala with other local swimming clubs for swimmers aged between nine and 30 years old.

Simon said: “We’re really grateful for the grant from UK Power Networks as it helped us secure the booking for the 50-metre pool at the UEA for the gala and we could attract a larger catchment of swimmers, use the competition as a qualifying meet to compete at future higher standard galas and promote our swimming Club.”

The 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 £10,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.