Para-swimming in the East Midlands


If you are interested in finding out more about para-swimming in the East Midlands whether it’s for pleasure, to improve your fitness or you wish to swim competitively, then you have come to the right place.

The East Midlands has a proud history of helping disability swimmers reach the top of the sport, most recently Paralympic, Commonwealth, British, European and World swimming champion Oliver Hynd MBE and Paralympic and World swimming champion Charlotte Henshaw.

The East Midlands region aims to provide the best help and appropriate opportunities to all those who wish to participate in swimming in whatever capacity they choose, whether it be as an athlete, coach, teacher, official or volunteer.

If you want to follow in the footsteps of English para-swimmers Hynd and Henshaw then find out the way to make it to the top of the sport here.

Para-swimming in the East Midlands club look-up

Type your area in the search box and it will filter as you type. Or you can choose to list up to 100 clubs at a time on the page and look through.

We have listed website addresses of clubs as the first contact point. This is because clubs can operate out of more than one pool and can have multiple contact details.

You can also contact Tom McManus – Para-Swimming Talent Coach with queries and for guidance:
Tel: 07979 024087.

If you are one of Swim England’s competitive swimming clubs and not listed here, contact the digital team for inclusion.

Local area
Belper Marlin SC
Chesterfield SC
Derby Phoenix SC
Market Harborough SC for the disabledMarket Harborough
Bingham Penguins SC
Sherwood Seals SC for the Disabled
Deepings SC
Louth SC
Nova Centurion SC
City of Derby Swimming Club
Leicester Penguins


When joining clubs many of the swimmers wish to partake in competitions. There are various levels of swimming events ranging from club level right through to national and international scale. Find out more about the different levels of competitions available to para-swimmers here.

A range of open meets, named Licensed Meets take place during each year. Para-swimmers can enter licensed meets around the UK swimming alongside non-disabled swimmers. You can find details of the differerent categories of licensed meets and also a link to the full list of meets here. You will need to a Swim England member to compete in any of the Swim England licensed meets.

Midlands Regional Para-Swimming Training Programme

The Midlands Regional Para-Swimming Programme has been set up by the West Midlands, East Midlands and Swim England Para-Swimming to engage and support swimmers across the Midlands with an impairment that can be classified under the World Para-Swimming categories to develop their skills, experience and knowledge through their journey as a Para-Swimmer.
The Regional Para-Swimming Programme Aims;

  • Introduce swimmers and coaches to the Para-Swimming Pathway.
  • Identify and develop talented swimmers to progress onto the Para-Swimming Pathway.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills of teachers and coaches to support the Para-Swimming Pathway.

The programme will consist of 6 Training sessions across the Midlands at various pools to increase access for Para-Swimmers to gain specialised training. Each training opportunity will have a land session aimed to develop swimmers fundamental movements and a pool session aimed to develop stroke and skill technique of all four competitive strokes.

For more information on our Training sessions and to attend, please read and complete the registration form here

Para-Swimming Talent ID days

Talent ID days designed to search for the para-swimming talent of the future are organised in England.  If you fall under the following criteria then find a talent ID day may be just what you are looking for.

  • A swimmer with physical or visual impairments
  • Aged 16 or under
  • Have the ability to swim at least 25m unaided

Find out more about talent ID days here.

Advice for teachers and coaches

Below you will also find links to further advice for teachers and coaches of swimmers with a disability.

Para-Swimming National Coach Development Programmes 2020-21

The National Coach Development Programmes provides coaches with an opportunity to learn and further develop their coaching skills to enhance their knowledge and experience of working with Para-Swimmers. These programmes will provide support to coaches working with Para-Swimmers and are centred on the pillars of athlete development and coaching behaviours. Leading experts in Para-Swimming will deliver and support the programmes.

For more information or if you wish to be on the Para-Swimming National Coach Development programme please view the information document here