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About

About Staines Swimming Club

 

Introduction

Staines Swimming Club strives to promote swimming in the boroughs of Spelthorne, Runnymede and the surrounding area. Its aim is to provide its members with a structured programme, ensuring that they fulfil their potential whatever their ability.

 

Teaching Pool

 

Staines Swimming Club has its own purpose built teaching pool based at Matthew Arnold Secondary School. Qualified swimming instructors teach the fundamentals of water confidence, skills and stroke technique. This valuable asset provides a reservoir of talent as swimmers progress from our unique ‘learn to swim’ programme into the main pool.

The Matthew Arnold School is opposite Warwick Avenue on the Kingston Road, see the map.

 

Main Pool

The main pool swimming comprises the following groups:

    •    Black Hats

    •    Advanced Teaching 3

    •    Advanced Teaching 2

    •    Advanced Teaching 1

    •    Junior/Senior Development

    •    C Squad

    •    B Squad

    •    A Squad

    •    Elite 4

    •    Elite 3

    •    Elite 2

    •    Elite 1

    •    Junior Fitness

Senior/Master groups include:

    •    Master 1

    •    Master 2

    •    Master 3

 

Swimming times vary from 1 to 16 hours per week, depending on the group or squad. All groups are coached by a team of qualified teachers and coaches, including a full time professional Head Coach.

The club has pool time at Sunbury Leisure Centre, Spelthorne Leisure Centre, Lady Eleanor Holles School, Bishop Wand School, Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex, Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre, St John's Beaumont School, Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, as well as using it's own teaching pool at the Matthew Arnold School.

 

The Management Committee

The Management committee, governing Staines Swimming Club, consists of an Executive Committee comprising a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and other members. The Management committee meets on a monthly basis

 

Fees and Membership

The membership fee and pool time fees are combined and divided into 12 monthly payments, which should be made by standing order before the 1st of each month. In addition, all members must pay an annual A.S.A. registration fee to the Club who, in turn, pass it on to the A.S.A. This is collected annually in January of each year. Members are expected to meet all open, championship and other competition fees. The club contributes to team entries for the appropriate galas.

 

Costume and Equipment

Club colours are black, red and white with the Staines logo of a swan. Hats, track suits, t-bags, polo shirts, sweat shirts and T-shirts are available to buy from the club shop. Swimmers should have fins, zoomers, kick board, pull buoy, bands and paddles according to which group they train with and these are available as new or second hand.

 

Fixtures

Annual club championships, Level 1, 2 and 3 galas, novice events, graded county meets, county age groups and championships, designated open meets, south east regional, national age groups and national championships; there are fixtures on our list to accommodate every level of swimmer within our club, as long as they meet A.S.A. regulations. The fixtures secretary and open meet secretary work closely with the chief coach to plan a full and worthwhile fixtures list. Training camps both international and domestic are another successful addition to the fixtures list.

 

Communication

E-mail is the main communication channel, we send notifications, announcements, forms, etc. to the email address/es provided during registration to the club and updated annually with the ASA membership form

This website is also a focal point for communication, notices and news are located in the home page for quick access. There is also a notice board situated upstairs in the viewing gallery at Spelthorne Leisure Centre.

 

Social

An appointed social secretary organises events, including an annual awards evening.

 

Contact

Should you require any further information about the swimming club or wish to come along for a trial please contact Assistant Head Coach Rob Crofts via email at  maintrials@stainesswimming.org.