Keynsham swimmers' appeal success

November 27 2020
Keynsham swimmers' appeal success

The past month has certainly been a busy one, despite lockdown 2.0 forcing Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club back out of the water again.

Firstly, the club launched their Covid-19 appeal to help meet the financial challenge of increasing running costs and the loss of income from not being able to hold swimming galas.

The Crowdfunder project had an initial target of £12,000, half of which was a £6,000 match-fund from Sport England. It was a real team effort, with everyone getting involved. Evie W and Daisy O baked cakes, Sophie S and Alfie U (pictured) held a sponsored car wash, parents and friends pledged their money and they shared the campaign far and wide. 

At the time of writing, Keynsham Swimming Club are delighted to have raised a total £12,647!

This was achieved in just two weeks of launching the project, which is due to close at 2pm on December 3.

A stretch target of £20,000 has now been added. If you would like to donate, enter one of the draws or buy one of the rewards on offer. You can do so by visiting

Support from business

The club are delighted to announce that Travis Perkins have generously sponsored the county squad, as well as one of the new blocks at Keynsham Leisure Centre.

The junior squad are now sponsored by I. J. McGill Transport.

Adam Pope, of I. J. McGill Transport, said: “We are a Keynsham-based transport company and are proud to sponsor a local club like this that do so much for so many children of all ages.”

Kay Rex, the county squad head coach, has been sponsored by K9 Guss Dog Training ( who provide classes or 1-2-1 for puppies and dogs of all ages.

Spokesman Andy Gussey said: “K9 Guss Dog Training are proud to be sponsoring the amazing Kay Rex and very happy to be supporting Keynsham Swimming Club, which has played such an important role in the lives of the Gussey family.”

Knightsbridge Personal & Corporate Solutions LLP, based in Chippenham, are the new sponsors of regional coach Zach Derrick.

Four of the remaining five blocks have been sponsored by Western Power Steering, CASA Environmental Services (who are supporting Keynsham for a second year), LTC Financial Solutions, and Robbin Group.

The final block is sponsored by Bristol Balloons and Bath Balloons, in the memory of KASC swimmer Esme Berry, who was sadly taken away too early this summer.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email

Lockdown 2.0

The new guidance introduced on November 5 saw leisure venues across England closed again, which meant Keynsham were not able to swim.

However, an extensive Zoom schedule has been keeping the kids busy, with everything from baking challenges and quizzes for all ages, to colouring competitions for the younger swimmers, and goal-setting and mindset talks for the most competitive athletes in the club.

For the older swimmers there have been twice-weekly, live land-training Zoom sessions with Mike Uren.

Come and join us!

In the New Year, the club will be running trials for swimmers aged 6-8 years (school years 1, 2 and 3). But swimmers from all ages are welcome to apply for a trial, too.

If you think your swimmer has what it takes, contact to register your interest, or enquire via the club’s Facebook page.