We are the area's
longest-established club. Reading Swimming Club was formed in 1885
and is a member of the South East Region ASA and in the Berks &
Bucks sub-region (the County association). We offer a
structured teaching programme, squad training and competition from
within the club up through county and regional level, with a rising
number of swimmers competing at national level.
Reading Swimming Club has
been awarded the Swim21 accreditation. Swim21
is an ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) benchmark for
athlete-centred, safe and effective environments, allowing the
swimmers to achieve their full potential within the principles of
long term athlete development.
The Club Handbook,
Policies and Procedures of Reading Swimming Club can be found in
the Club Policies folder
We offer lessons at
Central Pool, Kendrick School in Central Reading, Highdown School
in Emmer Green and Sonning Common Primary for children any age from
about three and a half upwards. They can join as complete beginners
or to improve their skills, and progress through a series of levels
graded via coloured hats. Our qualified teachers are assisted by
enthusiastic helpers from among our older teenage swimmers and
everyone working in the programme is police record-checked, as are
all our coaches.
Many swimmers join our
development squads from the teaching programme, but many come from
private swim schools or clubs or via Reading Sport and Leisure
lessons and school swimming. Or you may be new to the area, or
swimming locally and want to try your hand at a broader range of
events. Our youngest competitors are around nine, and ages in our
top squad run from 13 through to university. Progression through
the squads is based on careful assessment by the coaching team.
Training starts at two hours a week and tops out at just under 20,
calling at all points in between.
Our Masters section
caters for all abilities, from former swimmers returning to the
pool to swim socially to national champions. We also offer lessons
to adult beginners and improvers.
We run the only team in
Berks and South Bucks and compete in two
Central Pool is our base,
and we train at several other pools in and around Reading,
including Bradfield College and the Madejski Academy pool in South
Reading. Our top squad have a weekly session at the
Olympic-length Garrison Pool in Aldershot.
The Executive Committee,
elected at the AGM every year, manages the organisation and running
of the club. The members are: the chair, vice-chair, secretary,
assistant secretary, membership secretary, assistant membership
secretary, treasure, assistant treasurer, welfare officer, liaison
officer, trophies officer, 2 meets coordinators (home and away),
Website and communications, medical advisor, sponsorship
coordinator, swim21 coordinator. All the committee members are
Won't it take
over my child's life
Only if you want it to -
don't believe nonsense about club swimming automatically being a
pressurised environment! Probably more than most sports, it is true
that the more you put in, the more you get out – and if you
want to go all the way we can offer you up to 10 sessions a week
and competitions at some of the country's top pools – but we
understand fully that this isn't for everyone. We take just as much
pride in a 10-year-old swimming PBs in his/her first meet as we do
in a national champion. Many of our swimmers also take in another
sport, or more than one, and we also have several talented
musicians in our ranks. Many older teenagers maintaining other
interests scale down their training stay involved via our County
Squad, which concentrates on sprint events at 50 and 100
How about the
Swimming is an unbeatable
sport for making friends, and many lifetime friendships start via
the pool. It's much more a team sport than you might think from the
sidelines, and our swimmers tend to be well-organized,
self-motivating kids. Those attending single-sex schools mix with
sensible counterparts. It was probably put best by a Reading parent
who said when her teenager held a joint party with a school friend,
you could spot straight away which guests were the
OK, this sounds
good, what should I do now?
See for yourself! Come
along to Central Pool any Thursday evening around six to "try out"
for our teaching or training programmes. All our squads train one
after another and you will get a feel for the atmosphere at the
club. Your child will be assessed as to which level would be most
suitable, from absolute beginner to National Squad. Please send us
email to schedule an appointment.
We look forward to seeing you!