A CASH donation is helping set the pace for young swimmers at Redditch Swimming Club.
Persimmon Homes South Midlands has donated £1,000 from its Building Futures scheme to support the swimming club looking to fund portable pace clocks, heart rate monitors and pace trainers.
The Building Futures initiative aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health and sport.
Paul Wilkes, club captain for the swimming club, said: “Most of our swimmers are children in the 6 to 17 years age range, although we also have small numbers of younger children in our learn-to-swim classes.
“As a club we would like to evolve our training methods and are always looking at ways we can improve our sessions.
“The addition of portable pace clocks, heart rate monitors and tempo trainers, would help our swimmers enormously during workouts and we are delighted to have been awarded funding from the team in South Midlands.”
Russell Griffin, director in charge of Persimmon Homes South Midlands, said: “Young people are at the heart of all our futures, and we are fortunate to be able to provide support and help create positive outcomes through our Building Futures campaign.
“We will make donations from £1,000 to £100,000 to grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues, as well as community arts and education projects.
“Persimmon already donates £768,000 each year to good causes through its Community Champions funding programme and through Building Futures, we are dedicating help exclusively to the younger members of our society.”
Building Futures is delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association, and the company enlisted the help of Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Dani Rowe to launch the scheme.