Partnership with Dunfermline Amateur Swimming Club
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
In December 2020 Dunfermline Amateur Swimming Club members raised money to donate to FYC to help support families in need at this time, the committee looked at ways in which they could support young carers within Fife to access some additional respite and enjoy the sport of swimming.
It was agreed DASC could fund the place for 2 Young Carers to attend training sessions, be supplied with kit and have the annual membership to Scottish Amateur Swimming Association (SASA) paid. DASC worked with FYC to identify 2 young carers from the Dunfermline area who have expressed a keen interest in swimming and would be able to attend the sessions without additional pressures being placed on the young people, such as additional washing, traveling to the training.
One young person, who had previous swimming club experience so did not need any kit provided, has joined the silver squad and is enjoying training twice a week, she has noticed an improvement with her fitness levels and enjoys feeling free and refreshed whilst in the water.
A second young person has joined the learn to swim programme, she has had a full swimming kit provided for her, she will progress her way through the learn to swim programme learning basic swim skills before moving through the squads within the club.
Swimming is a life skill that many young people do not have the opportunity to learn, swimming also benefits young people’s health, keeping their hearts and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and improves balance and posture.
DASC are going to work with Scottish Swimming to see if other clubs within Fife are able to offer the same opportunity to young carers within different areas of Fife and see what additional support Scottish Swimming can provide to Young Carers.
We would like to say a huge thank you to DASC for this fantastic opportunity - these Young Carers will really benefit from this.