Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club
Based at our home pool, Salt Ayre, Lancaster
Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club is a Swim 21 accredited competitive swimming and water polo club based at Salt Ayre Sports Center, Lancaster.
The club was established in 1889 and has over 125 years’ experience in swimming and water polo and holds many National and Regional tiles. Five members of the club 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 20 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.
As a club, we are well known in Great Britain for the successful water polo teams we produce. The club can boast a record breaking nine British Championship titles as well as twelve senior national titles dating back to their first only in 1996.
We offer water polo for any member of the club who wants to give it a go. Our focus is competitive water polo so our teaching plans are focused on fitness, speed, tactics, game awareness, team work, strength and conditioning. We look to develop each water polo to their maximum potential with individual coaching and development as well as teaching them how to be part of a team environment.
The members are put into squads on their ability and not their age. We have four different squads;
Mini polo is a beginner’s version of water polo, a fun, high energy ball game for those who want to give it a go. It’s the start of the players water polo carer following FUNdamentals set by the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan. Mini polo starts at the age of 9 to 12 years old. Basic swimming is required. We run two sessions a week; Sundays and Fridays.
Development squad is the next step on from mini polo and focuses more on developing the fundamentals skills they have learnt into game play. Development squad starts around the age of 13 for about one or two years. They train up to six sessions a week; three morning sessions – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday as well as three evening sessions; Tuesday, Fridays and Sundays.
Performance and Senior squads work together and at this level we work on game tactics and game play. We follow the LTAD at these levels which is ‘play to win’. There are up to seven sessions a week for these squads, the three morning sessions and four evening sessions; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
We encourage all our water polo members to trial for the North West team and England talent squad and we also have a good influence of numbers competing for North West and in the England talent squad.
The swimmers in our club range from very young to senior members The core of our swimming team are between the ages of 7 and 20 and they are organised into a squad structure that starts with Learn To Compete and progresses through Competitive Development into the main structure from Squad 1 upwards to squad 3.
Our focus is competitive swimming so our teaching plans are focused on fitness, speed, race and stroke technique. . We look to develop each swimmer to their maximum potential with individual coaching and development.
The squad swimmers will compete for the club in team events and represent the team (and themselves) in organised open meets.
We teach swimming to our youngest members but it is always aimed at future competition.
Each year we take our swimmers through the process of acquiring their personal best times , so that those capable of achieving success at a higher level have access to the North Lancashire & Cumbrian competitions, the County Championships, Regional Championships and the Nationals.
For potential swimmers wishing to learn to swim, we would recommend appropriate local lessons with the various providers in the area.
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. The club has been working towards this accreditation for over 2 years and has been successful due to the high standard of Swimming and Water Polo within the club.
It now completes a pathway for Long term Athlete Development for swimming and Water Polo in Lancaster.
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.
Lancaster also had six members who went and worked on the Olympic Water Polo side. Other members of the club have also represent Great Britain in international tournaments and in the commonwealth games.
Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club has local and national partnerships with other schools, clubs and universities and is very active in the Lancaster and District area as we continue to develop links these partners and Lancaster City Council.
Locally, Lancaster has a fantastic partnership with Ripley St Thomas Academy, where the club supports the school in the English Schools National Water Polo Competition. The club also has a partnership with Lancaster University where the club trains regularly on Wednesday and over the weekends for build ups to competitions.
Lancaster City council have been a big support to the club with supporting them with training time but also partnering up with us to run swimming and water polo competitions as well as supporting us to org anise community youth events to promote the sport to a wider audience.
Latest Water Polo News
- Christmas Break
- Come and support this weekend
- Register for the North West Team
- Ciaran James; “It is what I am suppose to be doing”
- North West beat North East
Latest Swimming News
- County Consideration Times 2014
- Christmas Break
- Lancaster City swimmers caught speeding
- Super Heidi
- Biathlon: Tremendous young trio pride of North West