There are hundreds of swimming clubs in the UK. Virtually any small town has a pool where people can swim to unwind or train for competitions. The question is which clubs have the best results? There are certain factors to take into account when assessing a club:
How good are the coaches?
How many great swimmers trained at the club?
How good is the equipment?
How well maintained is the pool itself?
What are the locker room conditions?
These are the main questions you should ask when looking for clubs. Until you get to this step, let’s see 5 British swimming clubs where many Olympic athletes are training.
This club describes itself as “probably Britain’s foremost competitive swimming club.” Their facilities meet the Olympic standards and they have gained the ASA’s Swim 21 Performance Accreditation. The club is looking for new members, both adults and children, with the condition that the parents or legal guardians of those who are under 18 years old must become Associate Members. You can also sign up as a volunteer to help with day to day tasks at the club. In the last years, their athletes have broken more than 30 records thus constantly making the headlines of national swimming press.
Stockport Metro SC
This is one of the most acclaimed and competitive swimming programmes in the country. It was established in 1974 and it currently has around 230 members. The club has one 50m long pool with 8 lanes and 2 additional 25m pools. There also is a strength and conditioning gym located above the pool. As for achievements, the club has given 14 athletes who qualified for the Olympic Games. Kerianne Payne won the silver medal at the 10k open water marathon at Beijing, followed by another club member Cassie Patten. Steve Parry and Graeme Smith took the bronze at Athens.
Nova Centurion Swimming Club
This club has members on national teams and one of them has actually won 2 gold medals at the Olympics. We are talking about Rebecca Adlington who won in 2008 at Beijing and 4 years later at London. Many swimmers from Nova Centurion won medals at the Paralympics in 2012 and 2016.
Millfield Swimming Club
This club had a swimmer at every Olympics since 1968. This is where champions like Duncan Goodhew and Mark Foster trained on their way to glory. The club has several international level coaches and Olympic standard facilities. There is a 50m pool as well as a 25m pool to suit any training needs. There’s also a gym where athletes can do their strength and cardio training.
The City of Cardiff Swimming Club
This is a privately owned club affiliated to Swim Wales. They regularly take part in both national and international competitions. In fact, their members represented Great Britain in the Olympics many times since it was founded. David Davies won the silver medal in 2004 and again in 2008. In 2014, the club celebrated its 40th year anniversary.