Swimmers across the district are set to benefit from Hambleton District Council’s ‘Making a Difference’ fund.

Northallerton Amateur Swimming Club (NASC) has been awarded £3,500 to help develop their ‘Step into Swimming’ project which aims to give swimmers access to specialist equipment, further training, workshops and most importantly, an introduction to competitive skills for new swimmers.

The community-based club has topped up the grant with money from its own 2019 fundraising efforts, to buy state of the art starting blocks – the first of its type in Hambleton.

The blocks which have been custom built for Bedale Leisure Centre will be used at ‘step into swimming’ training workshops hosted by the NASC coaching team, once restrictions in the sport are eased under Swim England’s guidance.

Greg Ient, Head Coach of the club, said: “The council’s support during the COVID-19 pandemic has been exemplary. The grant allows the club, and indeed swimmers from across the district, to have access to the facilities needed to progress in the sport. We are looking forward to offering training workshops as part of the ‘Step into Swimming’ programme to swimmers actively participating in the district’s clubs and those considering the step. We hope the improvements made to the facilities will help retain people in the district for the sport.”

Cllr Mrs Bridget Fortune, portfolio holder for Leisure who supported the grant application said: “Over the past 10 years the club has significantly developed, and this project will allow them to extend that development across the district. Local swimmers will now have access to training and competition  facilities usually reserved for larger venues. In turn, the club will be able to support future generations of young talent. It is great to be able to support a club like this with one of our council grants that will make a real difference.”

The start of the scheme which was applied for in January 2020 has been delayed due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, but it’s hoped there will be opportunities for swimmers from clubs around the district to sign up to the workshops at Bedale Leisure Centre as restrictions ease.

• The cash for the ‘Making a Difference’ scheme comes from ongoing cost savings
that councillors are reinvesting into the local community. Each scheme must meet
one of the council’s key priorities – driving economic vitality, enhancing health and
wellbeing, caring for the environment and providing a special place to live. And each
must show that there is community involvement and represents value for money.

Members of NASC Daniel Barron and Amy Parker getting ready to try out the new equipment.

Alison Oldfield (Communications Officer) on 01609 767243 or
Greg Ient on 07427 789 610

10 August, 2020

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Notes to editors
• Northallerton Amateur Swimming Club (NASC) provides swim training to youngsters aged 6-18.
• Established in 1961 to improve the swimming abilities of our town’s young people, NASC has a reputation for the fantastic development of swimmers in a very friendly and supportive environment.
• Our main objective is to help maximise the potential of every individual.
• Based at Northallerton Leisure Centre, we offer a range of opportunities for group coaching sessions throughout the week, to help swimmers of all abilities to develop technique and talent.
• Club members have the chance to compete in regular open, friendly and league galas throughout the year, to encourage personal improvement and progression. Many of our swimmers go on to compete at county and regional levels.
• As well as high quality training and competitions, we run regular team residential trips in the UK and swim camps.


Article written by Hambleton District Council in conjunction with Northallerton Amateur Swimming Club