Why Join Stourbridge Swimming Club?
Stourbridge Swimming Club was established in 1901, the Club has between 350 and 400 members and is the oldest and one of the largest in the area. Swimmers currently swim in six different pools including Dudley and Stourbridge leisure centres and a number of school pools. The club is the only club in the Dudley and Stourbridge area that is quality approved by the ASA with their Swim21 accreditation and been awarded Sport Englands prestigeous Club Mark All coaches and committee members have been CRB police checked and all teachers and coaches are ASA qualified. The club is an amateur club and run on a none profit basis and so charges are kept to a minimum. It also has two welfare officers (one male and one female) to ensure that the welfare of all swimmers is protected.
The club is a competitive swimming club and competes in the premier division of the leagues and takes swimmers up to National standard. It also has members competing on the international stage. We are the only club in the area which has two full time teams competing in all the major leagues and so can offer the best competiitve opportunties in the area. However we are also a family friendly club with a thriving Parents Association who organise events.
History and Quality
To Join how old do you need to be and how good a swimmer?
The club has its own learn to swim scheme run by our head teacher Toni Vaughan. It is based at Wollescote School in Lye and is each Friday evening. The age range is from 3 to 7 years. We take non swimmers and weak swimmers who need to improve.To get more information email TONI VAUGHAN firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit Wollescote School pool at 6.00pm. We also work closely with the local authority schemes at Dudley and Stourbridge and have links with Swimrite
Learn to swim (3years to 7years)
The club is always seeking new junior swimmers from 6 up to 9 and has no waiting lists for this age group. You only need to be able to swim a couple of widths to be eligable to join the club. If you cant we can still accept you in our learn to swim scheme and you can progress from their) To join the club or just come and see what goes on come along to Dudley Leisure Centre in Wellington Road between 4.00pm and 5.00pm on Sunday afternoon. When you arrive you can simply watch what we do and ask any questions about the club or have a trial and a free lesson to see if you enjoy it. (For a trial you are simply asked to do a couple of widths to see what standard you are so that you are put with a group of similar ability)
Junior members (6 years to 9 years)
Junior members (10 years to 13 years)
We have vacancies for swimmers 10 and over. However we need a higher standard of swimming ability when swimmers are 10 and over as they will be joining swimmers who may have been at the club some time. Come along on a Sunday evening between 5 and 6 pm and speak to our head teacher or one of the coaches. Spaces for 12 and 13 year olds are more limited. Alternatively contact our head coach Alex Thom email@example.com 07880715377 or ring Bernard Simkins on 07977404293. and we will be happy to discuss your childs needs.
Senior Members 14 to adult
We have sessions for older swimmers and adults . However these are limited and you need to contact the club to acertain the present situation and if vacancies exist.
If you need to discuss your childs swimming or development please feel free to ring Bernard Simkins (Chairman) on 07977404293 (If Im busy leave a message and I will ring you back).
We are a competitive club. Does that mean you have to compete?
No you are never forced to compete as our aim is just to make you a much stronger swimmer and for you to enjoy your swimming. You will learn how to dive and tumble turn and possibly swim butterfly.If you are asked to compete for the club it will always be at a level that you would enjoy as many events are for beginners. Clearly if you decide that its not for you we have our swimfit section where you can continue to progress but it will not be at the rate of the competitive swimmers who have more specialised squad based training.