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Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club (WCPSC, Registered Charity No. 1153439) has a clear vision for aquatics provision in Winchester. The WCPSC strategy sets out its goals as a community club, which include helping to ensure that all children in the City of Winchester leave primary school able to swim. The WCPSC Community Programme seeks to achieve this goal, and to support the widest possible participation in aquatic sport, through a range of initiatives delivered with local partners. 


 Winchester Primary Schools Gala 

Funding partners: the University of Winchester; Winchester City Council; Hampshire County Council; Michael Austin Harlick Memorial Fund; Balthup Kitchens; Sainsbury’s, and other local businesses. 

Delivery partners: 20+ local primary schools; River Park Leisure Centre. 

Every year, with sponsorship from the University of Winchester and local businesses, WCPSC organises a Primary Schools Gala. This hugely successful and popular event, now in its 13th year, is held during June at River Park LC. Each year, over 300 children from 26 local schools participate. WCPSC is now planning the first Inclusive Gala for local school children with disabilities, to be held after the Primary Schools Gala. 


Swim for the Future 

Funding partners: Winchester Round Table; Winchester Town Forum; Michael Austin Harlick Memorial Fund; Winchester Rotary (pilot funding). 

Delivery partners: four Winchester primary schools; Kings School; Prince’s Mead School.

The Swim for the Future programme consists of free annual swimming courses for children in target primary schools serving communities with high levels of socio-economic deprivation. It ‘tops up’ any swimming instruction provided under the school PE curriculum, providing additional, intensive support to weak and non-swimmers in Years 5 and/or 6. 


Swim for the Future Playscheme 

Funding partners: TBC. 

Delivery partners: Activ8 holiday club; Winnall Community Association; Kings School. 

The Swim for the Future Playscheme provides swimming lessons and other activities for children at the Activ8 holiday club run by Winnall Community Centre in Winchester. The children who will benefit most are identified by Activ8 staff and encouraged to take part in the Playscheme, which is offered free of charge. 


WADSAD Swimming 

Funding partners: Winchester City Council; Hampshire County Council. 

Delivery partners: Winchester and District Sports Association for the Disabled (WADSAD); MENCAP.

WCPSC is partnering with WADSAD to offer swimming supported by qualified coaches and teachers, in a safe and sheltered environment, for adults and children with disabilities and their families. 


Winchester Fit for the Future 

Funding partners: N/A – delivered through pro bono efforts by local volunteers and businesses. 

Delivery partners: 20+ community sports clubs and groups and local schools; the University of Winchester; various national governing bodies for sport, including the ASA. 

Winchester Fit for the Future is a community initiative that works to secure a lasting Olympic and Paralympic legacy for the Winchester area. WCPSC has played a central role, particularly in efforts to secure a new sports and leisure centre with a 50m community pool. 


Kings School Pool Improvements 

WCPSC is working with Kings School, with ASA support, to improve the environment and user experience at the school’s swimming pool. The club raised almost £2000 to help refurbish the pool changing areas. 


WCPSC also provides swimming instruction to local institutions on request, such as coaching for the University of Winchester swim team and PE curriculum swimming programmes for schools.

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