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Norfolk swimmers gain fresh wave of funding

Few sports were impacted more than swimming during the coronavirus pandemic with many swimmers struggling to retain technique and fitness while pools remained closed.

From News & press - 14 July 2021 12:00 AM

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West Norfolk Swimming club was among those impacted by restrictions preventing time in the water that was virtually impossible for its members to recreate while staying at home.

Lewis Wells, a club committee member, has been involved in swimming for almost two decades and has had the added setback of his sons Joe and Nathan’s competitive progress being hampered by lockdowns.

A personal consolation is that he has been able to secure a £250 Team Sport award from his company, UK Power Networks, to put towards new training equipment.

Lewis, who works out of the King’s Lynn office for the company who distribute electricity across the East of England, said: “At West Norfolk, we have, like many other clubs, been impacted by the pandemic so we would like to thank UK Power Networks for running this scheme.

“The money will be used towards resistance training aids for the swimmers which will help hugely as everyone tries to make up for the lost time in terms of building back up their stamina again.

“My youngest son Joe, 21, is team captain of the club now and studying to be a swimming coach while working full-time at a school, while his brother Nathan, 23, has completed a University degree in chemical engineering.

“Nathan was hit by pool closures from the turn of the year and because of that missed out on the chance to try and qualify for a place in the British Olympic team in any of the eight events he was eligible to try for so that was hugely disappointing.”

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks 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. During 2020, more than 60 teams benefitted to a combined sum of £15,500.