Polly Holden On Track For Olympics After Success At British Swimming Championships

By Everybody Sport May 16, 2018

For Immediate Release


Polly Holden On Track For Olympics After Success At British Swimming Championships


Polly Holden, 18  from Nantwich is a national level swimmer and was recently awarded £355 from the Everybody Foundation to pay for her travel and entry to the British Championships in Edinburgh in which she came third in 800m freestyle; her first senior medal!

Polly commented, “I found out about the Everybody Foundation grants through the Everybody Talented Athlete Support Scheme. I have been supported by the programme with a membership to use Nantwich Swimming Pool and Gym for training as well as physio and nutrional workshops and was excited at the prospect to compete in Edinburgh if awarded the funding grant.”

Polly has now qualified for British Nationals in July as she is ranked 3rd in the country for the 800m freestyle which puts her on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

She continued, “It was an amazing experience and the main event of my season this year. The 800m is my best event and I was ahead of the competition by 15 seconds; even Rebecca Adlington commented on my performance! I got to meet so many inspirational coaches and swimmers which has given me the push to work hard to get to Tokyo in 2020.”

Everybody Sport and Recreation has set up the Everybody Foundation, a new charity which helps to fund individuals and groups who promote active and healthy lifestyles in Cheshire East.

Organisations and Individuals applied in January 2018 to receive up to £500 to help deliver projects that encourage people to be active and healthy and achieve personal goals in sport.

Eight were successful and have used the grants to deliver healthy eating programmes in schools, reach national and international sporting trials and purchase new sporting equipment.

Peter Hartwell, Chairman of Everybody Foundation commented, “It was a pleasure to meet Polly and very exciting to hear that she achieved a senior medal in Edinburgh. We will continue to follow her progress and support her training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”

He continued, “We would not be able to award these grants without the support of our fundraisers and kind donations, so thank you to everyone who has supported the Everybody Foundation. We will be opening a new round of grants in August 2018!”

The Everybody Foundation is looking for volunteers to join a fundraising committee to help co-ordinate a range of fundraising events in and around Cheshire East. If you would like to help raise vital funds to help athletes and local organisations email: [email protected]

For more information and to apply for a grant from the Everybody Foundation visit www.everybody.org.uk/everybodyfoundation or email [email protected]


Notes to Editor

Everybody Foundation

The Everybody Foundation is a charity (Registered Charity No. 1174873) that raises funds to support individuals and groups to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

The projects that the foundation may decide to fund are endless providing the application meets the Everybody Foundation’s aims. Examples could include:

  • Organising a family fun day in a local park.
  • Helping a sports club to develop a new session for a hard to reach group.
  • Supporting a young athlete to access specialist training facilities.
  • Operating a subsidised walking football group.
  • Offering a free sports hall to a charity fundraising activity.
  • Assisting the purchase of a table tennis table for a community centre.

Who can apply and how much can be applied for?

Applications can be made by anyone on behalf of themselves, another individual or a group / organisation. Each individual / group can apply for up to a maximum of £500 per year.

For more information visit www.everybody.org.uk or email [email protected]


Everybody Sport & Recreation – Everybody Sport and Recreation is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. As a Health and Wellbeing Charity, Everybody Sport and Recreation aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by changing lives through healthy recreation. The charity operates 15 leisure facilities across the Cheshire East region as well as a range of Health, Leisure Development and Outreach programmes and the new Everybody Academy, providing local training and career opportunities. For more information please visit: www.everybody.org.uk or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.

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