Stourbridge Swimming Club is affiliated to the Worcester County in the West Midland Region of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). Established in 1901, the Club has around 350 members and is one of the largest in the area. Swimmers currently train in six different pools including Dudley and Stourbridge leisure centres and a number of school pools. The main club session, when we look at new swimmers interested in joining us, is between 4 and 6 every Sunday at Dudley Leisure Centre.
Teaching and Awards
Our highly qualified and experienced staff are up to date with the latest techniques used worldwide in the development of competitive swimming and all have current ASA teaching and coaching qualifications.
We teach from beginners, improvers to intermediates and advanced. Coaching spans from junior to senior at County, Region and National standards. There are a variety of incentive schemes to keep swimmers enthusiastic and motivated. These include awards, trophies and team competition.
Fitness and Learning
The Club sessions run six nights a week with Saturday set aside for team competitions. We run a complex training programme which incorporates land training and nutrition for swimming. Time and commitment is needed as swimmers progress into the competitive section with each training squad having a minimum number of weekly sessions to attend.
Two very successful teams compete in leagues and friendly galas and boast excellent results. Our annual championships allow even our youngest members and parents a chance to show off their talents! The annual Crystal Open and B Grade meets attract swimmers from all over the country and, with the help of local sponsors, are great successes. Team competition is exciting and memorable. Dressed in team kit and excelling in performance make us a force to be reckoned with.
Many of our very talented swimmers, some as young as ten and eleven, have already attained a high level of success in their performance at County, Region and National level. The elite Premier coaching programme is aimed at a select few who have the potential to reach as high as International and Olympic standards. Premier Squad members have to be very dedicated and committed to the sport, enduring many hours of pool work each week. Rewards are well deserved – in some cases bringing countrywide recognition – but there are disappointments too with, sometimes, hundredths of a second making the vital difference.