SWIMMERS from Eastbourne Swimming Club can now concentrate on improving their personal bests as the club is now the proud owner of two new pace clocks which have been funded by a £500 donation from the NatWest Community Cashback Fund.
Ian Woodward, NatWest’s senior business manager in Eastbourne and Graham Wright, NatWest’s regional director for Business Banking for Surrey and Sussex are both members of the swimming club and help train the swimmers applied for the Community Cashback Award in recognition of their voluntary work at the club.
Ian teaches twice a week, and still competes for the club and Graham often acts as team manager at galas, as well as working with the club’s management committee.
The pace clocks will be mounted in the Gala pool and available for the club during training sessions and at all other times for the general public.
Eastbourne Swimming Club has more than 400 swimming members, making it the largest for 20 miles.
The NatWest Community Cashback scheme pays out awards ranging from £100 to £1,000 to individual employees and teams who make a difference to their communities by fundraising, helping and managing local organisations and charities.
Five hundred pounds is awarded to those who, like Ian and Graham, give up their time to support an organisation or charity.
Ian Woodward said, “It’s great that NatWest is supporting our community involvement in this way, and helping make purchases like this possible which benefit our competing swimmers.
“When you give up your own time it is nice to know that your employers are willing to give you a helping hand.”
Peter Wright, head of Eastbourne Swimming Club, added, “We’re delighted that NatWest has provided us with the funds to purchase the clocks.
“Kind donations like this make a big difference to us and enhance the opportunities, experiences and facilities that we can offer our swimmers.”