Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club

LASWPC LogoLancaster City Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club is a Swim 21 accredited competitive swimming and water polo club home to Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Lancaster. We are a friendly, relaxed, yet competitive club with a focus on helping each swimmer and water polo player develop their ability to the fullest in all the main strokes and skills.

The club was established in 1889 and has 125 years experience in swimming and water polo. We are the only club in Lancaster to provide both swimming and water polo training.  We are well represented in various competitive leagues and hold many national and regional titles.


The swimming section of the club offers a Learn to Swim Programme for 5 to 7 year olds and a further development programme for 7 to 9 year olds. The club encourages it’s swimmers to enter the two club galas held every year, where they can improve their personal best (PB) times before entering County Championships, Regional Championships and National Championships.  As well as swimming we offer Tri training and have a number of swimmers who compete in this, including a biathlon world champion.

Water Polo

Alex Parsonage Lancaster City Water Polo is arguably one, if not the most successful club, in the UK with a record breaking nine British Championship titles and a staggering eleven Senior National titles. Our members include five Olympic water polo players,  two current Great Britain water polo coaches and over 20 Great Britain and regional players.

We offer mini water polo for children aged 9 – 12 who want to have some fun and give it a go!  The water polo teams enter in a number of national and regional competitions as well as encouraging our members to trial out for the regional and Great Britain teams.

Swim 21 – Swim21 Club Accreditation is The ASA’s ‘quality mark’ which our club holds teaching swimming and water polo. It recognises nationally and regionally the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members.

North West Regional Training Centre – Lancaster run one of the three Water Polo Regional Training Centres (RTC) in the North West. RTC is an integral part of the National Performance program.  There are 20 RTCs around the country. The RTC set-up is for players who have reached specific training competencies based on Long Term Athlete Development.

Five  Olympic Water Polo 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 also has four commonwealth gold medalists.

School Partnership Ripley St Thomas – In 2011 the club partnered with Ripley St Thomas Academy School where, Lancaster and Great Britain coach Zak Sly runs an after school water polo session for pupils at the school every Wednesday. This benefits the school and the club, giving our members more competition in the English Schools Water Polo Champion.