Club History

About Potters Bar Swimming Club

PBSC was formed in 1968 and trains at the Furzefield Centre in Mutton Lane and at The Venue in Borehamwood. The club is a competitive club with around 250 members that caters for swimmers from five years upwards of all abilities, from learn to swim to those competing in national events. The club also merged with Hertsmere Flyers in October 2016 (see link for the History of Herts Flyers). Wray Shewell-Cooper is our Head Coach and he has been involved with the Club for over 25 years. Wray is still a keen swimmer and still competes for the Club and in masters events. Wray’s drive and commitment to the Club is a great inspiration for our swimmers.

Every year we have many swimmers that qualify for the County Championships as well as swimmers that have attained qualifying times for ASA East Region, British, Scottish, Welsh and Irish National Championships too. We have a strong masters section that enjoy competing, training and a good social. Our Masters compete up to World Championship Level.

The club is affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the ASA East Region and the Herts Amateur Swimming Association.  The club is also a member of the Herts Swimming League and The National Arena Swimming League. We compete in the National Arena League Division 1 (London) as well as swimming two teams in the Herts Major and Peanut Leagues each year 

We have always been one of the leading clubs in Hertfordshire and have produced many quality swimmers who have gone on to win titles at county, regional and national events.  The most notable amongst these being Caroline Cooper, who whilst a PBSC swimmer won Commonwealth gold in the 100m butterfly and Sarah Price, Olympic finalist, commonwealth double gold medalist and world record holder, who started her swimming career at Potters Bar. The Club is proud of John Cunningham, one of our masters swimmers who became World Masters Champion in 2010 having won the 100m Butterfly in Sweden, and 50 & 100 Fly in 2012. John is also the holder of numerous Irish National records, and a former European record holder. 

Training or teaching sessions take place seven days a week, current times are on the website and the noticeboard on the balcony at Furzefield.  Occasionally it is necessary to vary these during school holidays, bank holidays, pool closures or to fit around galas.

Swimmers are divided into squads and groups based on ability and fitness, movement between these is decided by the coaching staff.  

We are always on the lookout for new members so why not contact us to come along and see us at the Furzefield Sports Centre on a Friday evening at 7.15pm or at the Venue on another evening for a trial. Whether you are a club member, a prospective new member just trying to get a feel for this great club or someone looking for information on one of our popular meets, we hope you find what you are looking for