Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club 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
Every year WCPSC organises a Primary Schools Gala. This hugely successful and popular event, now in its 13th year, is held during June at River Park Leisure Centre. Each year, over 300 children participate in a morning of fun and competition.
WCPSC Inclusive Gala for local school children with disabilities
The Inclusive Gala provides an annual opportunity to work with mainstream and specialist schools to provide a fun gala for children who wouldn’t typically be able to participate in either the Primary Schools Gala nor Novice Galas due to their additional needs.
Swim for the Future
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
The Swim for the Future Playscheme provides swimming lessons and other activities for targeted children who will most benefit from the opportunity. The children are offered the playscheme free of charge.
WCPSC is partnering with Winchester and District Sports Association for the Disabled (WADSAD) to offer weekly swimming supported by qualified coaches and teachers, in a safe and sheltered environment, for adults and children with disabilities and their families.
Provision of teachers and coaches is funded by WCPSC and the pool time by Places for People.