The Leatherhead Swans Club was established in 1975 to offer disabled people a range of physical and social activities to engage them in the community, providing a positive focus on their abilities and what people can do, rather than their limitations. With over 100 members and 60 volunteers, it is the largest multi-activity sports club for the disabled in the south of England.
40 years on and ‘The Swans’ continue to play a vital role in the community by providing sport and recreation for disabled people. The club engages people with a range of permanent or temporary disabilities in physically and mentally stimulating activities that have an incredibly positive and life enhancing effect.
The Leatherhead Swans’ primary activities are swimming, bowls and dry sports such as Boccia, new age Kurling and gym exercise. The Swans compete at Swimming and Bowls, and hold their own annual swimming gala to engage in friendly competition with other disability groups from the South of England. In addition to this, people coming to the Leatherhead Swans Club get to meet new people, make lasting friendships and be part of a thriving social scene that builds confidence and independence.
As ‘The Swans’ is a volunteer-led charity, the generous donation from The CareTech Foundation of £2,500 will help run our activities. The money has already been put to use to update the website, bringing the club into the digital age, and will help get our message out to the local disability community.