Scuba group is buoyed by £10,000 grant
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 email@example.com.
●● 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