PLYMOUTH Diving are going to be clocking up the miles in an attempt to raise vital funds to help pay for training equipment.
The club, that has helped produce Olympians like Tom Daley, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow, have not been able to train since March and have missed a season-worth of competitions.
Indoor swimming pools and gyms are allowed to re-open from July 25, but Plymouth Diving know that social distancing restrictions might apply for a while and so will need more equipment and staff to be able to coach all their athletes of all ages and abilities.
Sport England are offering to match money raised via crowdfunding and so Plymouth have decided to set a challenge.
The divers propose to walk, run or cycle the miles the club would have travelled to National Skills competition in Corby, the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield and The Roma Junior Diving Cup in Rome, which they were going to attend. That is a total of 3,758 miles and they are aiming to raise £2,500.
Despite only recently launching their crowdfunding campaign they are already halfway to their target.
In their Crowfunder page statement, the club said: “With thoughts of returning to training the Plymouth Diving coaches anticipate a shortage of equipment due to new government guidelines.
“It will be necessary for the club to purchase additional equipment in order to comply with social distancing rules which will be in place.
“We may have to use outside space and split our squads into smaller groups which will mean longer days and higher costs to our club.
“We may have to train more coaches to accommodate the increase in coaching time and we can open this opportunity to Plymouth residents.
“The next few months ahead will be full of challenges which we will overcome with your help. Our aim is to continue the success of the club prior to Covid-19 and give every opportunity possible to our divers to achieve their true potential whilst enjoying a great sport.
“Any amount of money that you can donate towards the costly expense of equipment will be truly appreciated. Also, some of the money will be added to our fundraising account for members whose families have been affected by Covid-19 to ensure all divers at the club can attend competitions and camps who would otherwise be unable to due to financial restrictions.
“We could just ask for donations but we thought we would set our divers a challenge to get everyone involved in trying to raise some money for the club.
“The divers propose to walk, run or cycle the miles we would have travelled to National Skills in Corby, National Age Groups in Sheffield and The Roma Junior Diving Cup in Rome totalling to 3,758 miles. We are aiming to raise £2,500.”
The club say there are two ways for people to support their challenge. One is for people to just pledge an amount for nothing. However, Plymouth Diving have said that anyone who does that will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win Adrenaline Quarry tickets, a Swimzi onesie and a Swimzi water bottle. Alternatively, people can choose a reward, which will come out of the club.
Their statement added: “Plymouth Diving has been an integral part of Plymouth for many years. We believe diving benefits the local community by getting children of all ages active, helping them overcome fears, build confidence and help them to believe in themselves to perform spectacular dives.
“We work alongside Swim England to recruit and train children from schools across Plymouth and give them the opportunity to become a part of our team. We involve inactive teenagers to give them something to focus on and encourage health and fitness and we actively reduce accidents in Devon by educating people to dive safely.
“During lockdown we have kept in contact with our divers and have engaged families who haven’t been able to get out providing online workouts, live zoom workouts and even been available for the children to talk about their mental health. We have kept the sport going in the city by keeping our community together.”
Their Crowdfunder page can be viewed HERE.