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Finalists for the Swim England Swimming Club of the Year 2022 revealed

Eight finalists for the Swim England Swimming club of the year have been revealed ahead of this year’s Swim England National Awards.

The winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony which will take place in the Great Hall at the University of Birmingham on Saturday 26 November.

As well as swimming club of the year there will also be awards for the best artistic swimming, water polo and diving club of the year.

Awards will also be given to the volunteer, youth volunteer, technical official, coach and youth champion of the year as well as the spirit of aquatics award.

There’s also several other awards that will be given out at the ceremony. These are the Swim England Breakthrough Athlete of the Year awards, the Spirit of the Commonwealth Games awards and the Harold Fern and Alfred H Turner award.

Make sure to keep an eye on our channels over the coming weeks as we announce the finalists for the other awards ahead of the ceremony in Birmingham.

The nominees the Swim England Swimming Club of the Year Award, are:

Droitwich Dolphins

The small Worcestershire based club Droitwich Dolphins have worked incredibly hard to grow their membership and encourage more people to get involved in the sport at their club.

Through their crowdfunding, ‘London Calling’, they raised over £5000 to give their swimmers the opportunity to visit and swim at the London Aquatics Centre and have run a number of events that has seen them become a real club of the community in the area, including being a part of the Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at the Droitwich Lido Pool.

Their success has seen them make more of an impact in competitions and they actively encourage parents of young swimmers to get involved with timekeeping, officials and team management courses.

Farnham Swimming Club

Farnham SC are coming off a year where they have produced their most national qualifiers since 2013.

They have had a number of swimmers selected to be a part of Surreys County Development Camp and have won more medals at County level since 2013 too.

The clubs learn to swim programme has doubled in size and have an active volunteering programme which encourages swimmers from the age of 14 to help out with younger squads which has helped with their development as both people and potential future teachers and coaches.

Newmarket and District Swimming Club

A SwimMark accredited club that has been running for over 100 years, Newmarket and District Swimming club has just had one of the most successful years in the clubs history.

There have been record numbers at the club for both qualifying and medalling at County and Regional Championships as well as swimmers qualifying for Nationals. They also had success in winning the Suffolk county league.

The club has successfully gained new members across all its squads with the Seniors & Masters growing significantly in terms of both number of swimmers and performance.

Sutton Swimming Club

A club in its 95th year, Sutton Swimming Club continues to provide a family friendly environment which helps children from the age of six all the way up to Masters swimmers develop their skills.

Despite being a small club, Sutton SC consistently produce excellent swimmers with many going onto make Nova Centurions County squad.

Their success is thanks to everyone at the club, particularly the coaching staff who’s developmental programme caters for the needs of each individual swimmer which has seen them produce swimmers that went on to compete at both the Speedo British Summer Championships 2022 and the Speedo National Summer meet.

Romford Town Swimming Club

Romford Town Swimming Club (RTSC) serves the borough of Havering and boast one of the most diverse swimming clubs in the country.

The club caters for an age range from three to 20+ year old swimmers and makes sure it enables swimmers of all abilities with its squad system.

RTSC has regained 100% of its water time prior to the pandemic and offers parents and anyone involved with the club training and opportunities to get involved through volunteering roles.

Their excellent coaching staff work hard to ensure they propel children’s confidence in themselves as well as improving their ability.

Richmond Dales Amateur Swimming Club

Richmond Dales ASC made headlines when they welcomed two Ukrainian refugee swimmers into their club free of charge when they and their family was forced to flee the invasion in their country.

The swimmers have been fully supported by the club that has seen growth to over 150 swimmers this year with a Youth Development Squad that has formed a pathway to those wanting to compete.

Richmond Dales ASC is also a Swim England ‘Start Para-Swimming’ partner offering a transition from Learn to Swim for young swimmers with impairments to an ever growing para-swimming squad.

The club promotes volunteering to their swimmers with a number of them acting as ‘In pool’ support to help deliver one to one swimming lessons for young people who struggle with the likes of anxiety, dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia.

Wirral Metro Swimming Club

After winning a long fight to keep their pool open the future is looking bright for Wirral Metro Swimming Club.

Their academy for 8-12-year-old swimmers has gone from strength to strength since it was set up in September 2020.

Nineteen of those original swimmers are about to be promoted up to a new Junior Development Squad whilst their main squad all achieved County and Regional times with three members qualifying for the Speedo British Summer Championships and six for the Speedo Summer meet.

The club are bouncing back with growing membership following their struggles and are now looking for more pool time to grow their academy further.

Swindon Amateur Swimming Club

The third oldest club in England has embraced para-swimming throughout the last year.

Swindon ASC welcomed a group of para-swimmers into their club and now run three sessions per week for para-swimmers that are tailored to each individual swimmers needs.

They have now been recognised as a ‘Start Para Club’ and are holding a number of Inspire to Try para-swimming taster sessions to encourage more swimmers with disabilities to join their ranks.

The club has grown since the pandemic and looks set to continue to do so as their inclusive and welcoming club recently hosting its first ever licensed Club Championships with swimmers excited about when the next one would be.