Swimming: Adwick ASC kicking on after Open Day

Members at Adwick ASC are pictured with Olympic swimmers Jo Jackson and  Grant Turner, during the club's open day at Adwick Leisure Centre.
Members at Adwick ASC are pictured with Olympic swimmers Jo Jackson and Grant Turner, during the club's open day at Adwick Leisure Centre.
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Adwick Amateur Swimming Club is kicking on after celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Olympic bronze medallist Jo Jackson recently attended the club’s successful community open day event and gave swimming lessons to young members.

The occasion came off the back of recently acquired new funding from Provident Financial, who helped the club to replace their Home Championship trophies.

Adwick ASC vice chair Johanna Butterworth said the open day increased interest in the club.

“On the Friday evening after the open day we had nine new children, so we helped to find their level,” said Butterworth.

“We had lots of people getting in touch by email for taster sessions.

“We have 350 members from age three all the way to our oldest member in their eighties.

“We do competitive swimming and we’re currently top of the Barnsley League which is a pretty big achievement as we’re just a community club.

“We’ve competed at Yorkshire finals and nationals, and we put our heart and soul into giving the children opportunities by training swimming teachers and parents.”

The club also won the right to hold the 200m Home Championships this month which will be followed by the 50m and 100m Home Championships in October.

“We celebrated our 40th anniversary last year and we were deciding what to do next,” added Butterworth.

“For our open day this year we raised money so that we could get Jo Jackson along to coach.

“We had cake stores and t-shirt design competitions and tried to get the community to join in.

“It was an amazing day.

“Everyone involved was a volunteer, the swimming coaches, the parents, they’re all so dedicated.”

The club is particularly looking to encourage anyone that has achieved Level 6 in DCLT swimming lessons.

For more information about Adwick ASC visit www.adwickasc.co.uk.