Swimming club’s plea for help

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A SWIMMING club is facing closure unless more volunteers step forward to help run lessons.

Rutland Swimming Club has been teaching youngsters in the county to swim for 100 years but its twice weekly sessions at Oakham School could be cancelled if more people do not come forward to help out.

The club currently has six volunteers who teach children aged between five and 15 to swim but more people are needed to spread the load, including a qualified swimming instructor.

Volunteers Diane Coates and her daughter, Christine, 16, run the Monday night lessons while Thursdays are taken by long term instructors David and Chris White, are due to retire soon.

The club needs three people to run the sessions, which are popular with youngsters.

Mrs Coates, 49, of Wenton Close, Cottesmore, says that the club has cover until Easter and is hoping to attract at least three more people to join the rota or lessons may have to finish.

She said: “We are under the threat of closure.

“We need at least three people to run a session. We have got three at the Monday session but because it is myself and my daughter, if I can’t get there, she can’t. It means we have got to go every single week if we had other people to help out we could have a rota system.

“The club has been running for so long now it would be a shame for it to close.”

The club can teach up to 30 youngsters during the two sessions, which run between 7pm and 8pm, each night. Sessions are divided into half-hour slots for the older and younger children.

Mrs Coates says that the sessions are then split into three groups to teach youngsters.

She says that volunteers would get a lot out of the sessions as they follow youngsters’ progress.

Mrs Coates said: “When you have someone whose scared of water, the first time they swim a length or width it’s a great achievement. You get a real buzz out of it.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact 01572 755983.