2020 Thank You

Plymouth Swallows
Blunts Lane
Derriford PL6 8BE

Registered Charity Number 900367                            
Tel: 01752 782345        

29th December 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, Gymnasts and Staff

With 2020 now drawing to a close I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank-you to everyone for the support and commitment you have shown us during this incredibly difficult year.

Our staff have spent many hours producing Zoom sessions and training videos; gymnasts have grasped these opportunity and have strived to not only maintain their fitness levels but to develop their skills.

So many parents have supported us by on-line fund raising and by continuing to pay fees and supporting their gymnasts as they train via Zoom. The combination of these fees, HMRC’s Furlough scheme and the financial support from Plymouth City Council means that we finished our financial year (the end of July) with a deficit of only £10k – it would have been significantly worse without this network of support. Our current financial year will be extremely challenging, I am sure.

We have had to say a sad farewell to a number of staff this year, some moved on to experience new opportunities but for others, we were sadly unable to offer them any hours due to the reduced numbers permitted in the gym at any one time.

We hope that 2021 will bring better times with a return to some form of “normality” – whatever that will mean!  Unfortunately, I do believe we have more difficult times to weather before we see any real stability.

We will continue to provide the best training we can; we will continue to be as adaptable as necessary and continue to be extremely grateful for all the support we get from our colleagues, gymnasts and parents.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2021.

With very best wishes

Jeanine Caley