14th November 2009

Atlantis, Horsham’s competitive swimming club, has received support from Southern Water in advance of its critical National Arena Swimming League Division 1 Gala against three of the division’s current top four teams – East Grinstead, Dover Lifeguards and the Orpington Ojays.  The gala on Saturday is being held at Atlantis’ home base at the Pavilions in Horsham and is the second in a series of three galas.

Southern Water has donated to the Atlantis squad 40 swimming towels carrying the Southern Water logo.  Southern Water supplies fresh and quality drinking water to more than 1m households across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The company has 16 years’ association with swimming in the region.  Covering an area with 1250 kilometres of coastline, Southern Water has recognised how important it is for youngsters to learn to swim and be safe in the water.  The company currently sponsors the Learn to Swim scheme for children between the ages of 4 and 12 in the area covered by the company’s activities.  This involves 70 centres across the region – including currently the Pavilions in Horsham – and 1000 ASA-qualified instructors and helps more than 40,000 children each year to learn to swim.  Former Olympic swimming gold medallist Duncan Goodhew is a keen supporter of the scheme and says: ”The more children who learn to swim, the more likely we are to produce champions at the 2012 Olympics”.

Helen Sparkes, organiser of Southern Water’s Learn to Swim scheme said: “We are always happy to support events like this.  Swimming is a vital skill that not only provides people with a fun way to keep fit and healthy but one that could also one day prove a life-saver.  The swimming gala was a great opportunity for the children to show off their skills to their friends and family and Southern Water was delighted to be able to provide towels to those who took part”.

Atlantis Chairman Andrew Dunlop said: “We are very grateful to Southern Water both for the company’s commitment generally to swimming in the region and for this very generous donation.  We look forward to exploring further with Southern Water other opportunities for working more closely together”.    

Further Information:  Andrew Dunlop: 07710 352023