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    TEMPORARY CLOSURE - Woodside & Thornton Heath Swimming Club

    To all parents and guardians,

    By now you will have heard that the government has told all leisure centres to close, both South Norwood and Thornton Heath closed as from yesterday and therefore we have no choice but to cease all lessons with immediate effect. There will be no more lessons nor training sessions, until we receive external advice to the contrary. This is in line with most other, if not all, swimming clubs. Although we have not heard from St Joseph's, there will be no training there either. We will continue to monitor government advice to ensure the health and well-being of our members, coaches, families and the wider community.

    As you will be aware Woodside & Thornton Heath Swim Club is a non-profitable club run by volunteers and in order to benefit the communities that we serve, we obviously wish to resume our full training and teaching schedules as soon as the situation allows. We want to retain the services of our existing teaching and coaching staff who have continued to deliver a high class of instruction and retain our pool time with our providers, so that we can restart training and teaching schedules as near normal as possible. To this end, the club must remain as an on-going concern and continue to cover financial overheads to ensure that we have a strong and viable club for all to come back to.

    After careful consideration, we therefore kindly ask you to support the club by maintaining a small contribution of £10 per month for each squad member and £5 per month for each teaching class member. This will allow us to provide a small retainer to our existing teachers, to cover other overheads and allow us to pay upfront costs when we restart. As you all appreciate, this is an evolving situation and we will be reviewing this position carefully and constantly to assess the effects on our continuing viability and ability to restart.

    Lastly, we therefore ask you all to review and amend your standing order payments with effect from 1st April 2020 to reduce the amounts sent to us. Standing Orders are only amendable by yourselves, we have no control over them whatsoever. However, any over payments made for April will be refunded along with any gala entry fees paid upfront for forthcoming galas.

    We are grateful for your support as without it the club would not be here for the swimmers. We will keep you updated as the situation progresses.

    Stay Safe
    WTHSC

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