Triathlon teams to help children’s charity in Buckingham

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Leisure centre staff are joining forces with a construction company for a fundraising triathlon early next month.

Staff at the Buckingham Swan Pool and Leisure Centre are joining forces with Balfour Beatty to take on a triathlon event to raise money for a local charity.

A group of more than 25 individuals will be taking part in the Buckingham Triathlon on Sunday, October 4 to raise £2,500 towards building improvements and a new sensory room for Clearly Speaking’s Children and Family Centre.

The centre, based next to the Swan Pool, supports children and young people with hidden special needs and disabilities such as Asperger’s, as well as their families. It offers a range of services including confidential advice and support, clubs and activities and respite care.

During their challenge, the triathlon teams will swim 400 metres in the leisure centre pool, cycle 20km through Buckingham and rural villages, and finish with a 5km run back to the Swan Pool.

Balfour Beatty is currently carrying out the £2.6 million redevelopment of the leisure centre, which will include a new multi-use activity area and an extended and refurbished changing village.

The company is lending its support to Clearly Speaking as part of a commitment to engage with the local community during the project.

Matt Davis, project manager, Balfour Beatty, said: “When the idea was first conceived at the beginning of this year, we could never have imagined the interest and excitement that has been generated by this event. So far, Balfour Beatty have four teams and five individuals registered to compete and we are pleased to be able to raise much needed funds for such a good cause.”

James Ewart, Everyone Active general manager, said: “We are excited to be hosting the Buckingham Triathlon at Swan Pool and Leisure Centre and supporting Clearly Speaking, who are such a fantastic charity and carry out great work in the community.

“Triathlons offer a great opportunity for people who love running and swimming to try something a bit different, as well as those who want to get fit and have fun, and we hope to see many people of all ages and abilities taking part.”

The Swan Pool redevelopment is being funded by both a £500,000 Sport England grant and Aylesbury Vale District Council’s capital programme and is expected to be completed by early 2016.

Councillor Angela Macpherson, Aylesbury Vale District Council cabinet member for leisure, communities and civic amenities, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the people who are participating in this event to raise money for Clearly Speaking. We would like to raise as much money as possible for the charity so please visit the fundraising page or pop along to the leisure centre to make a donation.”

Clearly Speaking director Janet Nicks said: “We are so excited about the triathlon and are watching with huge gratitude as the funds being raised slowly creep upwards, and to hear about the progress of those who have so generously entered the triathlon on our behalf.”

To make a donation, visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/BB-Tri-SPL?utm_id=2 or visit the main reception at the Swan Pool and Leisure Centre.

For more information about Clearly Speaking, visit www.clearlyspeaking.org.uk