Since 1980 the Bridgend Lions Annual Charity Swim Gala has established itself as a way for community and charity groups to raise funds for themselves. It’s a fantastic fun event with great team spirit and very popular with young people who love swimming with their friends.
Our Charity Swim Gala is usually held in May or June, at Ynysawdre Swimming Pool.
2024 Date: TBC
Many local charities, community groups, Guides, Scouts, PTAs, Sports Clubs etc raise funds for their projects by entering a team of swimmers.
How to raise funds for your group
To start fundraising all you need to do is find some reasonably competent swimmers (we recommend a minimum of 8). You can involve family and friends as well as group members. There is no age restriction. Your team swims for one hour in a 25 metre lane, in relay, so the swimming is shared, everyone gets a go and no-one gets tired or exhausted.
Swimmers get themselves sponsored for taking part or for the total number of lengths achieved by the team in the hour (normally 100-160 lengths, depending on ability). To increase income, we encourage non-swimmers in the group to participate by also seeking sponsorship. Each group receives from Bridgend Lions a commemorative plaque and all swimmers/fund-raisers receive a certificate.
An entry fee of only £10 per lane covers the Lions pool charge and admin costs. Teams keep all the rest of the funds raised for their own cause or project.
In addition to the funds raised, significant social and health benefits are gained by the mainly young participants who enter enthusiastically into the spirit of the event and enjoy the experience of swimming with their friends for the good of their group.
Find Out More…
If you have a team who would like to participate, or would like any further information then use our Contact page to get in touch with us.