Falcon Swimming Club to splash London 2012 Olympics cash

HUCKNALL LEISURE CENTRE, where some of Falcon's special swimming sessions will be held.
HUCKNALL LEISURE CENTRE, where some of Falcon's special swimming sessions will be held.

Swimming is to make a big splash in Hucknall -- thanks to the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The long-standing FALCON SWIMMING CLUB has received funding to promote the sport from Sportivate, which is a National Lottery-backed legacy project.

More than £56 million has been pumped into Sportivate across the country to give 14-to-25-year-olds, who are not particularly sporty, access to up to eight weeks of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sports.

Falcon, who have more than 90 members, have been given a share of the cash to run swimming sessions at the pools at Hucknall Leisure Centre and the Ken Martin Centre in Bulwell, starting next month.

“We recognise the huge benefits that swimming can bring to the physical and mental wellbeing of young people,” said Falcon chairman Adam Connor.

“Swimming can be fun but also challenging, helping young people to set personal targets and to get coaching assistance to achieve them, so feeling better in themselves and improving their fitness.”

Through the sessions, Falcon hope to recruit new members, particularly at the older end of their squad, which could even lead to the formation of a ‘masters’ team.

The eight sessions will cost just £1 each, followed by free membership of the club for a year. And all swimmers will be given personal development plans to set out their goals and how they might achieve them.

“We believe in adding value and achievement to all our swimmers, whatever their level,” said Connor. “Our club offers a fun and friendly environment.”

Falcon, which has also received welcome financial support from the Active Ashfield and Sport Nottinghamshire organisations, has been part of the sporting scene in Hucknall for more than 50 years.

Sessions will be held at Ken Martin on Mondays from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, starting on 7th April, and at Hucknall Leisure Centre on Fridays from 9 pm to 10 pm, starting on 11th April.

If you are interested, please go along or ring Connor on 07813 489596 for more details.

Alternatively, ring Falcon’s head coach Ian Melvin on 07970 714888 or contact Falcon via their Twitter or Facebook accounts.