Members of Arbroath St Thomas Swimming Club have been kitted out in new training gear, thanks to oil services provider Petrofac.
Eager to give his daughter’s club a more ‘professional’ look, Steven Smith, ERP Engineering Lead at Petrofac Offshore Projects & Operations in Aberdeen, applied for charitable assistance from his employer’s Community Involvement Group which supports community fundraising efforts by members of staff. As a result, Petrofac donated funds for new team tops, as well as caps with their names on them, meaning that the items were available at a much more affordable rate.
Steven said: “Members were turning up to competitions and getting their photographs taken in their own clothes so we needed to give the club a far more professional look and feel, but without a hefty cost for parents. Competing nationally, on top of membership rates, means it is very expensive.
“Now we have an ‘outfit’ that our team is extremely proud to wear and the feedback has been fantastic. We wore the tops for the first time at a Premier League competition and it was great for the swimmers and coaches to have a renewed identity – they didn’t want to take them off!”
Arbroath St Thomas Swimming Club was established back in 1897 with member numbers currently sitting at around 80, ranging from seven year old learners to master swimmers in their 40s from Arbroath and surrounding areas.