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Historic Sports Club On Verge Of Closure

Monday August 5 2013

Barnsley Swimming Club coaches Geoff Pearmain and Susan Senior Barnsley Swimming Club coaches Geoff Pearmain and Susan Senior

ONE of Barnsley's oldest sports clubs is on the verge of closing following a decline in members.

Barnsley Swimming Club, a 134-year-old organisation which was formed in 1879, has scrapped all of its coaching sessions and its solitary activity now is running an adult water polo team.

The club originally met at the old York Street baths near Town End Roundabout but in recent years held weekly swimming sessions in Hoyland and Royston.

Toddlers, children and adults all benefited from coaching over the years and team members occasionally entered competitions and held swimming galas.

"We ended up with about 12 members in total which just wasn’t enough," secretary Geoff Pearmain said.

"It got to the stage where it just wasn’t paying for itself. We’ve written to schools and have been posting messages all over Facebook, but it’s not done anything.

"The water polo team is still going and competes in the Wakefield and District League, but that’s it at the moment. We’ve donated a load of our trophies to the Experience Barnsley Museum, and they date back to the 1930s, and there are loads more in boxes.

"Numbers have dropped and dropped over the years but we’ve finally hit a point where enough is enough."

Geoff says thousands of people will have benefited from the club’s classes throughout the years and was disappointed by the lack of volunteers.

"We would like to thank everyone who has helped us over the years though. There’s been some great volunteers and people come through the club and without them, 134 years of history wouldn’t have been possible.

"We’re also open to suggestions and newcomers getting involved so if anyone can help they should get in touch."

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Reply Posted by Paul c on Monday August 5 2013 at 15:31
Another nail in the coffin for things that put the great in Great Britain!

Reply Posted by Wedge on Monday August 5 2013 at 19:08
who cares realy

Reply Posted by Craig on Monday August 5 2013 at 19:13
decent people but their isnt many of us left.

Reply Posted by ...... on Monday August 5 2013 at 23:36
I used to have swimming lessons at these baths when I was younger, back in 1985/6. It's a shame it had to close. The swimming teacher was a wonderful teacher who pushed me to do my best and try everything once.

Reply Posted by Chris on Tuesday August 6 2013 at 09:55
Wedge - Who cares? Are you really that brainless? I visited Barnsley earlier this year. The number of obese people waddling about the town centre shocked me. So yes it is sad that this club is closing. Swimming is great exercise and keeps you fit.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday August 7 2013 at 17:18
What ever happened to the Olympic legacy.?? Sport is dying on its feet in this country if it weren't for foreigners the football leagues would have to fold up. Time to get competetive sports back on the agenda in schools like the old days.!!

Reply Posted by Steph on Saturday August 10 2013 at 21:46
Tbh i didnt really know u existed, or know what you provide. Someone commented on fb that u cant compete with Bpl lessons? My son has taken 2 years to learn to swim n it was us on a family holiday that made it click, everyone in his class r unhappy. If my sons spends 10min swimming he is lucky. I would love to find a better option n know lots more would too, but there isnt a decent one. Deffo an oppoutunity there

Reply Posted by butterfly on Saturday August 17 2013 at 22:40
Borough of Barnsley Swimming Club is a competitive swimming club in Barnsley. See the website www.bobsc.co.uk for further information or contact the head coach, Paul Braithwaite email: paulwilby1@o2.co.uk tel: 07718 741466

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