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Ben Stanford has been appointed as Head Coach with effect from 1/8/2018

Introduction To Swimming Group


Teaching Groups

This section of the Club aims to provide progressive teaching to children from the ages of about four years upwards. Lessons are carried out in small groups of like ability. Teachers carry out continuous assessment of pupils and will recommend progression when they are ready. The Head Coach and Head of Teaching look out for swimmers who show potential, enthusiasm and a desire to participate in galas.

The teaching groups closely follow the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) framework and award certificates and badges for stages 1 - 7 as they are completed. For details of the content of the various stages, click here.

Competitive Squads

As a competitive swimming club, swimmers are expected to enter and attend competitions throughout the year. Swimmers compete as part of a team in league galas, as well as entering open gala meets as individuals. The majority of competitions are held in the West Midlands and surrounding areas.

We host two Trohpy galas each year which take place at Tudor Grange pool and swimmers/parents are expected to make their own way to these galas. A coach is hired for most “away” galas (venue dependent), where swimmers are encouraged to travel with the team.

Parents and spectators are encouraged to come along and support and are usually accommodated on the coach. A nominal charge is made for coach travel payable by both swimmers and parents/supporters.

The Club also runs sessions to gain the ASA competitive start award to learn how to dive safely at competitions.

Team Galas

These are where the Club competes as a team against several other clubs as part of a league or as a friendly event. In each age group, and sex, there tends to be four individual events (each stroke) and two relays (medley and freestyle). Some galas also have mixed relays or cannons.Galas are run n Saturday evenings and the coach, team manager and a number of helpers will be present on poolside throughout the gala. Swimmers are not permitted to leave poolside during a gala without asking the team manager. Swimmers returning home after a gala in their parents' car must inform the team manager.

The Club competes in three main leagues throughout the year.
  • Nuneaton & District Junior League / Leicester Junior League (ages 9 to 12).
    These competitions take place from April to September each year between all major clubs in the area. The competitions run parallel with round one in April, round two in May, round three in June and the finals taking place in September.
  • Mercian Summer League (Ages 10u, 12u, 14u, Open)
    This competition takes place between April and July between several local clubs.  Round one in April, round two in June and the final round in July.
  • Arena National League (West Midlands) (Ages 11u, 13u, 15u, Open).
    Part of a National league structure with three rounds held in October, November and December. The league is split into three Divisions and we currently have two teams in Division 2 and 3.

Open Meets

These are where swimmers compete as individuals against members of their own and other clubs. Target meets are selected by the Head Coach and displayed on the fixture list. Entry to open meets is advertised by and discussed with the Head Coach so that the appropriate level of support can be provided, e.g. poolside passes, which events (stroke/distance) to enter. There is a fee for each event as well as £2 to cover the cost of poolside passes. As a Club, we support the Warwickshire Championships (held in Coventry pool during March) and the Coventry & District Association galas (held at the Pingles pool, Nuneaton in May and October) as well as many other meets.

Masters Swimming

This section of the Club is mainly for the over 18's. Masters swimming is for adults who genuinely wish to improve their swimming and enter appropriate competitions. When competing in events, Masters swimmers are grouped in 5-year age bands, starting normally with the 25-29 band, in this way nobody is disadvantaged because of age. There are relay events too where the ages of all members of the team are added together and the teams placed into age-bands. If you used to be a competitive swimmer, or perhaps you never had such opportunities, then Masters swimming may be for you.

Please note that Masters training is not intended for “leisure” and “social” swimming.