YOUNGSTERS part of a Skegness swimming club will benefit from ‘double’ the amount of time in the water, thus aiding their chances at success in competitive competitions, thanks to a generous donation.
Charitable members of the Skegness Inhabitants Sporting Pastimes Association (SISPA), gave £14,252,52p to the Skegness Amateur Swimming Club (SASC) last Thursday, at an evening presentation, held at the Embassy pool, which marks the end of SISPA’s long existence but the start of promising things to come for the young people involved in the SASC.
Since 1974, many sporting clubs, youth clubs, play groups and more, in and around Skegness, have benefited from donations from SISPA who originally formed to help get a swimming pool built for the town.
Some time later, the pool was built by the council and the money originally raised, was put into an account and clubs were then able to benefit from the interest incurred on the account.
Pat Phillips, treasurer and secretary for SISPA, said: “We made so much on the interest that we were able to give donations out to several groups over the years but in today’s current economic climate, there isn’t a lot of interest being made, so we felt that the money should go to the swimming club to help them grow and become even more successful in the future.”
Much of the money raised over the years was achieved by holding fund raisers, raffles, rummage sales and more.
The swimming club was formed just over three years ago and the money will help the team pay for double the amount of time in the pool, attend competitive competitions, fund transport and more.
Phil Vickers, chairman for SASC, said: “We are looking to enter swimming competitions, spend more time in the pool to aid our chances in these competitions and subsidise transport costs to events. This is quite a sum of money and we are delighted and I know it will help the young people very much.”