Crewe Swimmers raise £4k for Cancer Research

By Everybody Sport May 12, 2016

Crewe Lifestyle Centre Lifeguard organises sponsored swim


A lifeguard from Crewe Lifestyle Centre and fellow swimmers from Crewe Flyers have managed to raise £4,177 for Cancer Research in memory of Crewe Flyers Coach Andy Coutts.


Original article published in the Crewe Chronicle


Crewe Flyers have raised £4,177 for charity by doing a sponsored swim in memory of a much-loved coach who passed away last year.

More than 70 Flyers took to the water to raise cash for Cancer Research as part of a tribute to Andy Coutts, who lost a brave battle against the disease aged 54 towards the end of 2015.

IMG_0491They staged the event at the baths on Flag Lane just before they recently closed, because that was where Andy taught the club-mates.

Club spokesman Dave Mears said:

“Andy was very popular and outgoing and inspired many youngsters to reach their own personal goals.

“He was a proud and passionate supporter of all swimmers at the club – he taught and coached while wearing his heart on his sleeve. He is deeply missed by all of us.”

Andy, dad to Angus, Scott and Stuart, was also a keen hockey player for Alsager-based Triton. He lived in Congleton but joined the Flyers in 2010 from local rivals Dane Valley.

Scott and Stuart followed him to the club and the family were instrumental in an excellent period of growth and success.

The Flyers wanted to do something in his memory, and swimmer and Crewe Lifestyle Centre Lifeguard Bethany Moore organised the sponsored swimming event. With £300 received from cake sales alone, and a donation of a trophy in honour in Andy, it proved a super success.

Lifeguard Bethany, who has been with the Flyers for more than a decade, said:

“I’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed and took part in what was a fantastic night, and a massive achievement by all.

“I hope we can make this an annual event so we can continue to celebrate how much-loved Andy was.”

For more information on the Flyers, based at the town’s new Crewe Lifestyle Centre, can call Chris Pugh on 0796 7032941 or email