The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 to enable young people, to achieve
their potential by inspiring, investing in, developing and promoting activities that increase their personal, social, emotional and physical development. Since its inception £85 million has been invested to support this aim.

Jack Petchey was born in July 1925 in the East End of London. He had few advantages when he was growing up. He joined the Navy during the Second World War. In 1945, at the end of the war, he became a clerk.

Whist there the personnel officer of his firm said to him: “You’ll never make a businessman”. This comment spurred Jack on and he became a property developer and one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Britain.

In 1999 he established The Jack Petchey Foundation which gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11 – 25.

For further information see – www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk

In July 2008 Bromley Swimming Club was accepted as part of the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award Scheme and is part of the Gold Scheme for organizations with over 100 active youth members.

Nine times per year one young person is nominated to receive an Achievement Award Certificate and a cheque for £200 made payable to the Club to be spent on equipment and projects other than the normal running costs of the Club. The Award is to recognize either personal achievements or doing something really positive for other people. The decision on how the money is spent is taken in consultation with the winner. The award winners can only receive one award during their time at the Club.

An annual presentation of boxed medallions takes place for all winners. The awards are made either by a representative of the Foundation, or another VIP. The presentation of the Leader Award and cheque of £1000 is also presented at this event.

Alice Leng – June 2014’s winner – “making huge headway towards being a fantastic swimmer” – spent her money on land training for junior squad and money towards the summer social.

Bromley SC goes bowling – subsidised by a Jack Petchey Award.