West Norfolk Swimming Club celebrates grant

The West Norfolk Swimming Club has received a grant which will help to buy new equipment and give swimmers the chance to swim in Olympic-size pools.

Lewis Wells, 47, successfully applied for a grant from his company UK Power Networks on behalf of the club, which his sons Nathan, 13, and Joe, 11, compete for.

Mr Wells, who works to maintain and upgrade overhead power cables, is also a club official helping with time keeping and other poolside duties.

Under the company's Team Sport Awards scheme, employees can apply for grants to help out local sports clubs they are involved in.

The �250 grant will be used to buy equipment to help club members train and to maintain the safety of equipment they use such as lane ropes.

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The Gaywood resident said: 'We are hoping to use the money to invest in digital technology to assist the coaches in analysing individual's techniques and also give the children some training in 50 metre pools, which is the size of Olympic swimming pools.'

The swimming club, which is based at St James Pool, Kings Lynn, offers opportunities for anyone aged six to 80 to enjoy the sport.

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Mr Well continued: 'We might not have the facilities of big clubs like Norwich but we do very well for a small club with swimmers achieving success at county, regional and occasionally national level.'

Since 2005, UK Power Networks has awarded more than �80,000 in individual donations to hundreds of clubs and charities staff are involved with in the East of England, South East and London.

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