Swimming - An essential skill for all children

NZCT awarded $4,944 to the Feilding Amateur Swimming Club towards the costs of lane hire at the Makino Aquatic Centre.

Grants Officer and Coach Jason Hills says, “Each term our club requires funds to cover the costs of lane hire from the Makino Aquatic Centre. We utilise the facility four days a week. This enables our members to participate in regular competitive swimming carnivals in Manawatu and other regions.”

“Lane hire is a cost that must be fulfilled for our club to operate. These costs are applicable to all members of the club, including learn-to-swim, confident swimmers, and competitive racing team swimmers. These fees make up a high proportion of our overall club costs and are essential for our members to thrive.”

“Swimming is an essential life-long skill for all children. Our club is made up of volunteers and provides these skills to our members in a learn to swim capacity and preparing skills for competitive racing events. FASC takes pride in preparing our children for events ranging from school swimming sports and events hosted by other clubs, as well as regional and national competitions where Swimming NZ official qualification is required.”

As well as our annual swimming carnival, our club hosts events such as the long running Penhey Cup Inter-school Swimming Carnival which invites swimmers from over fifteen surrounding schools comprising over ninety entrants. This event has been run eighty-one times.”

“Our members come from the surrounding schools both rural and within Feilding.

The NZCT grant funding will ensure that our club members are able to continue to operate from our local pool. This will ensure we have the necessary facilities required to maintain and potentially increase our current membership. The grants will go a long way towards keeping our subscription costs as affordable as possible for our member families.”

“The club prides itself on building strong relationships between members. It is a family orientated team environment that encourages senior swimmers to be good role models for the younger members
Grants Officer and Coach Jason Hills

"We work hard to prepare our swimmers, developing the necessary technique and mental fortitude that is required to compete at these levels. We strive to foster a love of recreational and competitive swimming, using swimming for fitness and teaching the basics in order to develop confidence in the water.”

FASC is a family club, established in 1908 and operating out of the Makino Aquatic Centre in Feilding. It is a non profit, registered charity organisation dedicated to teaching, promotion, and development of the sport of swimming in the Feilding area run by volunteers and parents. It follows the Rules of Swimming NZ, including the SNZ Member Protection Policy, for children from beginner swimmers through to competition level school leavers. Open season runs during school terms, as well as squad training for competitive swimmers year round, with a current roll of fifty-five, supported by six volunteer coaches and a committee of seven volunteers.

FASC holds regular 'race nights' every Monday as well as ad hoc 'fun nights' where children mingle and foster new friendships. Its swimmers regularly compete in swimming meets held both locally and regionally. This year one swimmer competed in the National Division II competition held in Dunedin, qualifying in two events.