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Local swimming club makes a big splash after airport donation

25 August 2009

A local swimming club received a much-needed cash boost by Edinburgh Airport.

Ferry Amateur Swimming Team (FAST) were overjoyed to receive a £1000 cash donation from Edinburgh Airport's BAA Communities Trust Fund. The funding will go towards much-needed swimming equipment and training.

The swimming club, which was established in 2005, caters for young people aged seven to 17 living in the South Queensferry and Kirkliston area. The club, which is run entirely by volunteers, gives young people the opportunity to develop and improve their swimming techniques.

Speaking about the funding, Huw Thomas, Chairperson for the Ferry Amateur Swimming Team, said: "As a local swimming club we are thrilled to receive this very generous donation from Edinburgh Airport.

"The funding will go towards purchasing new equipment such as starting blocks and other essential training kit. It will also allow the club to finance ongoing training courses for our dedicated team of local volunteer coaches. By doing so, we can continue to support the development of our 'home grown talent' and therefore ensure the long term future of FAST in the community."

Attending the cheque presentation, Councillor Norman Work said: "Edinburgh Airport has a fine tradition of supporting local groups in the area I represent, and I'm delighted that it's the turn of Ferry Amateur Swimming Club to be the beneficiary of BAA's generous donation."

Kevin Lang, Head of Communications for BAA Scotland, said:  "We are delighted to support the Ferry Amateur Swimming Team. The club volunteers do a fantastic job in providing young people with a great opportunity to develop and enhance their swimming skills.

"As a local employer,  Edinburgh Airport is committed to developing relationships with the local community, and despite the economic climate continues to support local charities and community groups working in the fields of sport, environment and economic regeneration."