Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club is a Swim 21 accredited competitive swimming and water polo club home to Salt Ayre Sports Center, Lancaster.
The club was established in 1889 and has 125 years’ experience in swimming and water polo and holds many National and Regional tiles. The club can also boast their five members who represented Great Britain in the London 2012 Water Polo Olympics.
All of our members are registered with The ASA. As well as our popular swimming and water polo, we also have a growing contingent of multi-discipline athletes and are affiliated to Pentathlon GB.
The club has over 25 ASA qualified and friendly coaches for swimming, water polo, triathlon and land training. Coaches range from UKCC Level one and two as well as working towards UKCC Level three. These coaches work with over 260 registered members of the club to support their needs and to encourage them to the level that they want to work towards from local leagues to representing Great Britain.
Swim21 Club Accreditation is The ASA’s ‘quality mark’. It recognises nationally and regionally the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members
Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club are quality marked in both teaching swimming and water polo. This gives a pathway for Long term Athlete Development for swimming and Water Polo in Lancaster
Regional Training Centre
Lancaster run one of the three Water Polo Regional Training Centres in the North West. RTC are an integral part of the National Performance program for Water Polo. There are 20 RTC around the country. The RTC set up is for players who have reached specific training competencies based on Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) .
Five Olympic players
The club has five water polo Olympians who all competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Ciaran James, who was the youngest member of the team, Glen Robinson, Alex Parsonage, Alex Rutledge and Beckie Kershaw. The club has many members who have represent Great Britain in international tournaments and in the commonwealth games.
Ripley St Thomas
The club has an excellent school partnership with Ripley St Thomas Academy School. Pupils from the school gain a free water polo session every Wednesday at Ripley and current club members get to play in the English Schools Water Polo Championships.
3-1-5 Health Club
Lancaster’s 3-1-5 health club have joined up with the club to deliver strength and conditioning to the members of the club specific to swimming and water polo. The members also get full access to the facility when ever they want!
Lancaster City Council are a big support of the club! They provide us with many benefits including supporting and partnering up with us for development days, tournaments and meets. The pool is council run and the pool was purpose built for water polo.