A SWIMMING club has been awarded thousands of pounds to fund state of the art equipment to boost performance.

Sedgefield 75 Swimming Club bought new diving blocks thanks to a grant funded by the Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership (GAMP). The club received £7629 as part of the area budget project callout.

A spokesperson for the club said swimmers welcomed the new additions and hope they will improve performance during training sessions.

The swimmers were previously using blocks which had been on site for over 40 years.

John Moore, head coach at Sedgefield 75 said: “The original diving blocks were old with flat tops that made the track start difficult to practice.

"The new state of the art blocks have adjustable back stops meaning each swimmer can set the blocks to their own requirements. Final positions are often decided by a fraction of a second meaning a good start is of paramount importance.

"Despite only having a membership of 60 swimmers we were the only club in County Durham who had a swimmer representing Great Britain in Europe over the past four years. We are looking to achieve good results at county, regional and national level in the coming year."

The swimmers celebrated the new blocks and are keen to the put them to use after qualifying for the Northumberland and Durham Championships in February.

All of the club members made the finals at the championships which were held at Sunderland Aquatic Centre.

For more information on the club please visit sedgefield75.com or call 078363-85487.