Lions Club of Bridgend

Charity Swim Gala


Since 1980 the Bridgend Lions Annual Charity Swim Gala has established itself as a way for community and charity groups to raise funds. It’s a fantastic fun event with great team spirit and very popular with young people who love swimming with their friends.

Our next Charity Swim Gala was to be held on Sunday 17th May 2020 at Ynysawdre Swimming Pool. However this has now been postponed as a result of the current situation.



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 from this event

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 £50 per lane covers the Lions pool charge and admin costs. Teams keep the rest of the funds for their own cause or project. The support of local businesses has enabled Bridgend Lions to keep the charge to a minimum. A full list of the event sponsors are shown at the bottom of this page.

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.

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.

We thank the following local businesses for their generous support of this event







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The Lions Club of Bridgend incorporates The Lions Club of Bridgend Charitable Trust Fund (Charity no: 1143349)


Please be advised that we will never ask anyone seeking a donation from the Lions Club of Bridgend or from Lions Clubs International to make any payment to secure a donation.
Anyone contacting you by telephone, by letter or online and offering a Lions donation in exchange for a fee or advance payment to secure a Lions donation is doing so fraudulently, and you should not proceed with the matter.


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