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Support Boldmere Swimming and Water Polo Club Crowdfunding Appeal

Help us to raise £5,000 starting Monday 13th July 2020

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The aim of the Crowdfunding Appeal is to raise funds to support the re-opening, growth and development of the club. Take part and you could win our Top Prize: Free membership for one year including one swim session per week. All donations over ?6 will qualify for entry into the Boldmere Duck Race which amongst other prizes, offers a range of Boldmere Merchandise and £50 of John Lewis & Waitrose Vouchers.

Why is fund raising so important now?
The government has announced that pools can re-open from Saturday 25th July and we need to be ready to meet this challenge when our pool providers indicate they are ready to open. Traditionally, the first weekend in July has been the Water Carnival when we celebrate the end of the season and generate income for the club. This year we were forced to cancel. Suspending normal sessions has meant the club stopped collecting session fees and since March we have been unable to recruit new members. This has depleted our reserves.

Due to social distancing with fewer swimmers in each session, we expect to pay for increased swimming pool hire costs when we return to training. If the club can raise £5,000 through Crowdfunding then Sport England will donate a further £2,500 which will help us re-open the club.

How can you help?
1. Make a donation to help us get match funding from Sport England With over 500 members a £10 donation from each would achieve our target. Fill in your name to enter the Duck Race or donate anonymously if you prefer.
2. Donate a prize or experience, that may inspire a larger donation. Our appeal will last for 4 weeks, so we can add additional prizes for the Duck Race.
3. Promote our cause on your social media. Please send the link to friends and family, especially those who know how much enjoyment your child gets from swimming/water polo. You may still be in touch with former club members who would like to support us. By drawing in donations from outside the club we can maximise our fundraising total. Please follow the link on our Crowdfunding Profile Page and then share with as many other people as you can.

11th July 2020 Update from the Boldmere Committee

Dear Member
I'm sure that, like us, you are both extremely happy and relieved that swimming pools have been told that they can reopen from Saturday 25th July. We welcome this Government announcement.

Our Working Group is working very hard to make sure that our swimmers and players can return to the pool as soon as possible. However this return is dependent on the pool operators being in a position, financially and organisationally, to reopen. We will continue to work with them to ensure this can happen.

We would like, once again, to thank you all for the patience and support you have shown during this lockdown. We still need that support as much as ever. A Club the size and complexity of Boldmere cannot function without many dedicated volunteers and we urgently need a Treasurer in order to return to the pool. If anyone feels they can take on this important role please email our Development Officer at

In other news we will be launching a Crowdfunding campaign on Monday 13th July. This will help us to be more financially secure as we come out of lockdown. Look out for details over the coming days.

And finally a reminder that it is our AGM on Wednesday of this week, 15th July. (You should have been sent a notice of this and details are on the website). Please support your club by attending. We look forward to seeing you there and, hopefully, back in the pool in the next couple of weeks.

The Boldmere Committee

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday 15th July 2020, 8pm, Zoom


The successful operation of any club is based on the contributions made by its volunteers, and the AGM is the occasion when the club?s organisation for the next 12 months is agreed. There are many opportunities where members and parents can contribute their time and/or expertise towards the running of the club. It is only through this ongoing support that the club continues to be one of the largest and most successful clubs in the West Midlands.

If you are interested in standing for one of the committee posts and would like to talk to someone about what is involved, please contact Natalie Andrews at before the AGM.

Letter from chairman

2020 AGM Notification

The New Hall Valley Trail Challenge

This next challenge - is a whole family activity - it's The New Hall Valley Trail, we have put together some interesting questions to answer as you walk or cycle along the lovely New Hall Valley, between Coleshill Road and Wylde Green Road. Have a go at the walk and the questions (a good one to two hours with two or three areas for picnics!).

please print the attachment here

Boldmere take the Biscuit!

Take a look at the winners and their winning biscuits

Boldmere Fundraising

Hi there! We can help Boldmere Swimming Club WIN a £500 donation in the easyfundraising Refer to Win competition!

They'll get a FREE entry each time a new supporter signs up before the 19th May! It only takes a moment and it's completely free, so please get involved if you haven't already!

Visit: HERE

Pullbuoy Challenge

Click HERE to see the pullbuoy challenge video

Castle Vale Refunds

4th May 2020

Dear Club Member,

We hope that you and your family are healthy and staying safe. The committee would like to thank you for your positive messages and continued support in these strange times.

Those of you who were able to listen to and participate in the online Open Forum a couple of weeks ago will already know that the Club has real concerns about how we will come out of the Covid-19 situation financially and with the personal and organisational resilience we need to remain a strong and viable club. We are seeking external funding but the simple fact is that funds are very tight and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

We remain committed to refunding members for sessions lost due to the closure of Castle Vale Pool in February and early March. This was a very regrettable situation and one for which we, once again, apologise unreservedly. The good news is that Castle Vale Pool boiler is now working well and reliably.

We would like to ask members to consider whether they want refunds. If you are able to NOT claim the refund this will be a significant help to the Club. These funds will go towards the training of our coaches / teachers in the summer so that we continue to provide a high quality of swimming tuition in the future. They will also help us to support the work that our coaches are providing at the moment (e.g. Zoom training sessions) which our swimmers are really enjoying and for which we are not charging.

However we are equally happy to pay refunds. Please complete this form if you would like to ask for a refund. This form does ask for quite a lot of information but providing us with this at this time should speed up the process. One of the questions will ask whether you want a refund or a credit to your account. The committee will do either but would prefer you to opt for a credit because this is administratively much simpler for the volunteers who organise membership and payments. Completed forms should be returned to Del Stanger at and should be with her by Monday 18th May 2020 at the latest.

Yours in swimming
Boldmere Swimming and Water Polo Club

Boldmere Swimming Club is pleased to announce Nova Express Ltd. has become the new Staff Shirt Sponsor

The agreement will see the logistics and storage company logo feature on the arm of the new Black & Red Poolside Staff shirts. Sponsorship has commenced with immediate effect with 60 Staff Shirts ordered, printed and distributed.

Patrick Holly, Boldmere head of Marketing said: "We would like to thank John Richardson MD from Nova Express for his continual support and positivity in getting the Shirt deal over the line, it?s great to see a local business supporting our fantastic Club"

Welcome to Boldmere Swimming Club Website

Boldmere SC is one of the longest established swimming clubs in the Midlands, with the largest number of active members of any sports club in the UK's second city. Currently we have over 500 members attending 17 sessions at 8 venues, with more than 150 regularly taking part in competitive swimming and water polo events.

The club was formed in the 19th century by a group of enthusiasts who swam regularly in the pools of Sutton Park (on the north eastern edge of the Birmingham conurbation) taking its name from the nearby village of Boldmere which today is one of several residential areas that make up the historic Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield.

Boldmere SC is currently one of the most successful competitive sports clubs in the Midlands, reaching the finals of the Arena National Swimming League in every year since 2009 - where its swimmers have competed successfully against other leading English swimming clubs and their Team GB swimming stars.

Help Boldmere Raise Money by using Easyfundraising

Please help the Club raise money by using the Easyfundraising website whenever you shop online

The site is very simple to use:
1) Go to
2) Click through to "Support this cause" and create an account
3) You don't need to provide any bank or debit/credit card details, just your name, email address and password for log in
4) Click through to the website you wish to purchase from and buy your items as normal. The cost will be the same but the club will get a donation - usually between 0.5% and 2.5% of the purchase amount.
There are 3,500 retailers on the site including Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Next, Boots, etc

Gym Membership Offer for Boldmere Swimming Club Members

Unique 1 Gym (1 Reddicap Trading Estate, B75 7BU Sutton Coldfield)

Swimmers /Water Polo Players*:
- 12-18yrs - half price gym membership (£15/month) (12–16yrs cannot use the weights section but can use all cardio and HIT training and core equipment).
- 18yrs+ - reduced rate gym membership (£22.50/month) Volunteers*: - reduced rate membership (£22.50/month)
- reduced rate membership (£22.50/month)
*Membership will be verified on joining

Swim Therapy Filming / Stroke Analysis Opportunity for Boldmere Swimming Club Members

Boldmere Swimming Club have a special arrangement with Swim Therapy to offer filming / swim stroke analysis opportunities to our competitive swimmers for a minimum of 1 session per season.

The sessions will enable the swimmer to observe what they are doing in the water & bring the filming back to implement corrective / developmental drills within their program (in communication with their head coach).

Timing this in pre to early season is ideal, so before or during the training phase over the first cycle (August to December).

These sessions will be at a specially arranged reduced rate (payment to be made at the Swim Therapy Head Office on the day of your session)

*Reduced rate* 90 minute 2 stroke session: £95-£110 (normal price: £165-00)**
*Reduced rate* 60-minute 1 stroke session: £70-£85 (normal price: £130-00)

To book your place contact the Swim Therapy Head Office on 01162325833.

** Please note those swimmers with 4 strokes to film will require 2 x 90 minute sessions

For more information on Swim Therapy visit