Scuba group is buoyed by £10,000 grant

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

THE town’s sub aqua club is able to buy some much­needed equip­ment thanks to a £10,000 sports grant.

The East Cheshire SubAqua Club (ECSAC), which is based at Lower Bank Street, has been awarded a grant of £9,997 from Sport Eng­land un­der its small grants scheme.

The grant will fund a new set of scuba equip­ment for pool and open wa­ter use and two de­fib­ril­la­tors. One is a fully func­tional unit which can be used in real res­cue sit­u­a­tions and one is for train­ing.

Kevin Phillips, div­ing of­fi­cer at the club, said: “We are de­lighted to have this grant as it will al­low us to ex­pand our com­mu­nity work and also sup­port the club in grow­ing its ac­tiv­i­ties over the com­ing months.

“We are hop­ing for a great year of div­ing with the club.”

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley, who wrote to Sport Eng­land sup­port­ing the club’s grant ap­pli­ca­tion, said: “I am very pleased to have been able to sup­port the club’s suc­cess­ful grant.

“I know that the club has big am­bi­tions and want to ex­tend their pro­gramme across the com­mu­nity, to in­tro­duce more peo­ple to the ex­cit­ing world of scuba div­ing.

“I look for­ward to fol­low­ing the progress of the club with in­ter­est in the months ahead.”

East Cheshire Sub Aqua Club is a Mac­cles­field based scuba div­ing club.

It was formed in 1960, mak­ing it one of the old­est sports div­ing clubs in the UK, and forms part of the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Bri­tish Sub Aqua Club.

It meets on Thurs­days in a pur­pose built club­house in cen­tral Mac­cles­field and de­liv­ers scuba train­ing at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre.

With 100 ac­tive mem­bers they reg­u­larly dive around the UK and also ar­range trips fur­ther afield to places such as the Azores, Malta, Lan­zarote and even Oman.

The club con­tin­ues to grow and is ac­tively seek­ing new mem­bers.

If you are in­ter­ested in learn­ing to dive or if you are al­ready qual­i­fied and would like to join them on trips, then get in touch via info@ecsac.org.uk.

●● MP David Rut­ley (cen­tre) with East Cheshire Sub Aqua Club mem­bers Ni­cole Santos, equip­ment of­fi­cer Steve Wel­ton, div­ing of­fi­cer Kevin Phillips, chair­man Paul Ty­ers and Eve Ma­son

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