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Oswestry Otters Need Your Help To Stay Afloat
Oswestry Otters is a friendly Shropshire swimming club charity founded in 1976. Despite it being one of the smallest swimming clubs in the county, before Covid19 it was a thriving swimming club participating in many galas and competitions with ever growing success. It currently has swimmers of all ages from 8 year olds to masters age ranging from recreational to triathlete, county, regional and national qualifiers and medalists. At the 2020 Shropshire County championships held earlier in the year, the Otters amassed a staggering 63 medals and finished in the top 4 of the county. Furthermore four new County Championship records were achieved by the Otters and club members placed first, second and third in the top overall rankings in the 8-11 age category. This meant the Oswestry Otters was one of the two most improved swimming clubs in the county.
Coronavirus and Covid19 restrictions have suddenly put a stop to all training for the Otters - both in the water but also on land. The three pools (Oswestry School Pool, Morton Hall School Pool and Oswestry Leisure Centre Pool) used by the club are all shut indefinitely and their land training facility is closed for group sessions (Oswestry Open Space Studios CIC). With pools and gyms not being in the list of facilities due to open in England on 4th July as a result of lockdown easing, it is having huge negative repercussions on the club and its swimmers. The club is now surviving on a shoe string and urgently needs help.
The swimmers have had to put all their swimming aspirations on hold. Two Otters were training for the Tokyo Olympic trials. These have been cancelled together with all foreseeable 2020 galas such as The Arena League, which the Otters would have taken part in, till Swim England gives the go ahead. To make matters worse, in order to save the club, Head Coach Tim Hastie has had his hours reduced by the club’s committee team to avoid the club using all its contingency reserves. Tim Hastie has been a force of inspiration during lockdown providing the club with over 100 instructional, informational and inspirational videos on the Otters home page. These are open for everyone to see on https://oswestryotters.club/otters-home-training and would benefit anyone interested in sport fitness. However with the reduction of his hours these videos have now stopped. Tim and the Oswestry Otters committee have worked tirelessly behind the scenes during lockdown and have prepared detailed “return to swimming” guidelines for the Otters. The club is poised ready to swim in a Covid19 safe manner, but with lack of funds and no date announced yet on when pools can reopen, this may never happen.
A fundraising plea has begun to help keep the Otters afloat. The Otters were going to hold their first ever yearly gala this July in Liverpool. This would have generated the necessary revenue to keep them going but now the event has been cancelled due to Covid19. Anyone who is interested in donating please use the link https://oswestryotters.club/justgiving/. Any donations big or small will provide a lifeline for the club who will be eternally grateful says Oswestry Otters Chairperson Laura Seddon. Anyone who makes a donation will receive should they wish a free Otters swim cap as a “Thank You!” token from the club.
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Sep 1, 2020
Stay strong otters
Jul 13, 2020
I am glad to support the team at Oswestry Otters - what an amazing club.
Jul 9, 2020
Jul 9, 2020
Hope you can get going soon.
Jul 8, 2020
Hoping you reach your target and Oswestry Otters continues to thrive. Happy memories!
Jul 8, 2020
Please keep our swimming club open, I can’t wait to be swimming again with Otters and doing what I love. Please help us if you can 🤞
Dec 6, 2019
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I'm the Head Coach of Oswestry Otters ASC. Sport opens up the opportunity for friendship and memories for youth athletes. Our appeal ensure we can continue to give to the community and giving swimmers a home in Oswestry.