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About us

Introduction

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. 

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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.

Club Policies

The Club Handbook, Policies and Procedures of Reading Swimming Club can be found in the Club Policies folder

Learn to Swim

We offer lessons at 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. 

Competitive Squads

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. 

Adult swimming

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. 

Water polo

We run the only team in Berks and South Bucks and compete in two leagues. 

Pools we use

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. 

Organisation

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 volunteers.

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 metres.

How about the social side?

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 swimmers!

OK, this sounds good, what should I do now?

See for yourself! Come along to one of our monthly trials to "try out" for our teaching or training programmes. Your child will be assessed as to which level would be most suitable, from absolute beginner to National Squad. Please send us an email to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to seeing you!