A long-standing local swim club is facing closure.

The Tornadoes of South Dorset, known as Thornlow Tornadoes during the 1980’s and 90’s and now based at Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland, faces the real prospect of closing due to a lack of people to run the teaching, coaching and administration at levels required by Swim England.

The club’s ethos is about helping children to be water-safe and to progress to competition if they wish. Hundreds of swimmers have gone up through the ranks over the almost 40 years that the club has existed, from toddlers taking their first dip right up to the many who went on to county, regional and national levels, ably coached by memorable names such as Marion Greenstreet, Chris Esmond, Phil Daniels and Chris Beal.

The current committee hopes there will be people in the area who have fond memories of The Tornadoes who might be interested to put something back into it, to help the small band of volunteers who do all the running of the club now. Equally, there may be people who have not heard of TTSD until now, but would be interested to help within swimming.

For more on the voluntary roles and to contact the club, please see the website https://uk.teamunify.com/swrtornadoes.