Persimmon Homes makes a splash with sports donation

A successful Lancashire swimming club has been selected as the first regional group to benefit from a new funding scheme targeting youth projects.

Leyland Barracudas Associated Swimming Club will receive £1,000 from the Persimmon Homes Building Futures initiative, launched in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association.

John Roocroft, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “This fantastic new funding scheme aims to support community groups across three categories: sports, education & arts, and health.”

“We are delighted that the first organisation to win is a club that has been serving the communities of Leyland, Bamber Bridge and Penwortham for more than 40 years, providing swim development and competitive swimming opportunities for hundreds of local young people.”

Leyland Barracudas is a successful family-orientated club which aims to provide an environment where swimmers can develop their potential – whether that be working towards national and international competition, or simply enjoying swimming within the club.

Persimmon’s £1,000 donation will help to fund Level 1 teaching qualifications for some of the club’s Young Aquatic Volunteers, swimmers aged 15 or over who have gained an introduction to volunteering and event organisation.

The club welcomes swimmers aged from five, offering a Swim England learn to swim programme, and has teams competing regionally, nationally and internationally. For more information about the club visit Leyland Barracudas Swimming Club

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation and is aimed at community projects for people aged under 18, targeting grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues or awareness, as well as community arts and education projects.

Monthly grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery of vital grassroots community projects.

In addition to the £1,000 monthly awards, three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.

In each sector – sport, education & arts, and health – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

To find out more about or to apply Building Futures visit Persimmon Homes Building Futures initiative