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Launch of COVID-19 Relief Fund


The Swimathon Foundation is today (Monday 4 May) launching a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help the swimming and aquatics community deal with the impact and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Foundation will seek to allocate grants of between £250 and £1,000 to small swimming and aquatic organisations experiencing short-term financial hardship from the effects of COVID-19, especially where access to financial support is not otherwise available. These range from National Governing Body Affiliated Swim Clubs, Aquatic Clubs and Swim Schools to Independent Swimming Organisations.

Swimathon President and Olympic gold medallist, Duncan Goodhew MBE, said:

“I’m thrilled that we’re able to support members of the swimming community at this difficult time. Almost all swimming clubs are run by a few individuals who put in an immense amount of voluntary time to keep clubs afloat. Now that hard times have hit, they may be really struggling with all of the costs associated. These are the unsung heroes of the sport and it’s so important that we do all we can to help them get through this tough time.”

The Swimathon Foundation was founded in 1997 to bring together the swimming community and spread the joy and benefits of swimming whilst raising money for some of the UK’s most deserving charities. The Foundation organises ‘Swimathon’, the UK’s biggest annual recreational swimming event. It takes place over one weekend at over 600 pools across the UK and 750,000 people have taken part since the first event in 1986, raising over £50 million for charities in the process. This year’s event has been rearranged for 16-18 October.

Swimathon Chairman, Anthony Kendall OBE, said:

“Swimathon has been raising money for good causes for 33 years, and this fund is a crucial part of its plan to give back to those in the swimming community who are struggling to make ends meet at this time.”

To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants should either be a registered or affiliated club or swim school with a National Governing Body or a small, local swimming organisation that may not be a traditional swim club/school but is working on local level to provide swimming or aquatic activity in their communities. Applicants are welcomed from all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

For more information about the Swimathon Foundation and to apply for the COVID-19 Relief Fund grant, visit

Click here to apply for the COVID-19 Relief Fund


About the Swimathon Foundation

  • The Swimathon Foundation, a company limited by guarantee, is the independent UK registered charity (charity number 1123870) which owns the annual national Swimathon and certain other swimming activities and events (“Swimathon Events”).

  • The Swimathon Foundation was formed to protect the long-term future of the Swimathon Events and is the owner of those events.

  • The Swimathon Foundation:

  • selects the Swimathon's principal charity partners, which receive the majority of the fundraising income;

  • operates a community scheme under which grants of between £300 and £2,500 are made to local pools, operators, clubs, community organisations and charities that can demonstrate how funding will allow them to help more people participate in and enjoy the benefits of swimming.

  • For further information visit the Swimathon Foundation website at:

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