A MEETING to help save a well-used sports club is being held next week.

Derwent Valley Amateur Swimming Club, which is based at Derwent pool in Norton, is in danger of folding unless more volunteers come forward.

Helen Robinson, chair of the swimming club, said: “We are having a meeting on October 21 and we would like to reach out to anyone in the community who may be prepared to become involved.

“Without more volunteers we are at risk of the club folding which would be a great shame.

“We are looking for more volunteers for the committee.

“This doesn’t involve teaching or coaching but just attending meetings.

“There are roles on the committee we need to fill including secretary, Swim Mark co-ordinator, communications officer and merchandise officer.”

Helen said that most importantly, the club really needed more swimming instructors to teach on a Tuesday night in particular.

“We need a level one swim teacher and if possible a level two teacher too.

“We have undergone a lot of change as a result of Covid. Long-established volunteers are no longer able to assist and our head coach recently left due to other commitments.”

Helen said Jess Clark had recently taken over as their head coach.

“She is excellent, very motivated and just what the club needs to move things forward. But we won’t be able to if we don’t get the volunteers to help.

“There is a real risk that we will have to stop our ‘learn to swim’ programme and just run the club sessions for the older swimmers without more volunteers.”

The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 21, at 7.30pm at the Scout Hut in Norton.

Anyone who would like more information should contact Helen Robinson or Jess Clark via Facebook.