WDSC and BNU chosen as an England swimming performance centre


WDSC and BNU chosen as an England swimming performance centre

High Wycombe has been selected as one of five national swimming Performance Centres by Swim England, the national governing body for swimming. Working in partnership with Wycombe District Swimming Club and Buckinghamshire New University, the Swim England Performance Centre will give talented young swimmers the opportunity to stay in the sport while continuing their education.

Dr Paul Morgan, Head of School for Human and Social Sciences at Bucks New University, said: “We are extremely pleased to be one of only five universities in the country selected by Swim England. Talented swimmers can now have the best of both worlds by receiving high standard training from WDSC and our support to help them reach their academic potential. We look forward to helping them to succeed both in and out of the pool.”

Grant Robins, Head of the Swim England Swimming Talent Programme, said: “We are delighted to be working with Wycombe District Swimming Club and Buckinghamshire New University on this project. The Performance Centre will help to expand and extend the Swim England Talent Programme by providing opportunities for swimmers to continue their training alongside their studies. “The close link between the Club and University will help swimmers to make the move from the junior to senior swimming ranks, and also make the transition to the British Swimming World Class programme more accessible.”

Sam Sansome, Chairman of WDSC, said: “This is a huge step for the club and district and cements the partnership between the club and Bucks New University and our strong relationship with Wycombe District Council and Places for People. 

“The swimming map of England is changing and we’re proud to be firmly on it and can’t wait to receive our first students.” 

High Wycombe was selected following an application process and uses a partnership model to ensure long-term sustainability. The Swim England Talent Team will provide support through funding, coaching, and technical advice.

Kevin Brooks, Head Coach of WDSC, said: “University-age swimmers from the local area, and nationally, can now reach the highest levels in their sport and go on to higher education in the supportive environment provided by Bucks New University. Performance drives participation, creates role models and promotes aspiration.”

The development has been welcomed by sports figures at Bucks New University and current and former students who have been supported in other ways to excel in sport. 

Catherine Lymer, Student Activities Manager at Bucks New University’s Students’ Union, said: “This is excellent news, with the link strengthening and improving our own swimming club and hopefully leading to success for our team too.”