Hats off to Halesowen’s swimmers

Halesowen Swimming Club members may have been sidelined during lockdown, but that hasn’t stopped them splashing out for charity.

With swimming activities suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, two of the club’s officials came up with a way of raising cash for a good cause.

Junior club coach and team manager Ryan Coley provided the idea and committee member Jo Hill the design for a unique swimming hat that swimmers are able to wear now they have been allowed back in the pool for training sessions.

The design encompasses the Halesowen colours alongside a rainbow, which has become a symbol of hope throughout lockdown.

The hats have been supplied by local supplier Swim Hat Company and so far sales have raised over £800, which will be split between three charities – Dudley Carers, Black Country food bank and Acorns.

The club is a non-profit organisation and is run solely by volunteers, who went above and beyond throughout lockdown, running nightly land training activities on zoom for all swimmers, as well as bingo sessions and a weekly family quiz.

Anyone wishing to join the club should contact enquiries@halesowensc.org.uk

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