A local swimming club is looking for people to help on its committee and poolside.

Cardenden Amateur Swimming Club are currently trying to get a coach, poolside helpers, and more people on its committee to ensure that it can keep running.  

Currently, there are 30 members who train at Bowhill Swimming Pool. The club is approaching its 70th anniversary, and there are concerns that it may have to close without more people to support it.

Speaking on the impact that the loss of the club would have, Nicola Robertson, chairperson and membership secretary for the club, said: “It would be a loss.”

Local miners actually paid to have the pool built as she explained: “The miners put something like a penny of their wages away a week.”

This year actually marks the 40th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike. As previously reported in the Times, there will be a march to commemorate the anniversary in Benarty in June.

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Anyone who is interested in being a poolside helper does not need to have any experience or qualifications to do so. Nicola added: “What we can do is put them through the teacher’s course.”

She commented that what a person needs is: “Just a willingness to come in and be involved. Obviously, they have to get a PVG done.”

The club aims to teach children of all abilities to swim, and their swimming lessons run inline with Scottish Swimming’s ‘Learn to Swim’ programme. “In Fife, we are one of the longest serving clubs.”

Members used to take part in swimming competitions. “We could get back there again if we had a coach. It’s just really a club for fitness at the moment, but there is an opportunity.

“We could start competing again, which we used to be quite a big club for competing.” Nicola commented.

She has been involved with the club on and off for about 40 years, she commented: “I enjoy it, it’s in my heart.”