Swim England have announced that five national swimming Performance Centres have been created across the country to support talented young swimmers. Two of these centres are within the South East, High Wycombe and Guildford.
Swim England is working in partnership with swimming clubs and universities to give swimmers the opportunity to stay in the sport, achieve academic excellence and perform to the highest standards.
The five Swim England Performance Centres are located at High Wycombe, Leeds, Guildford, Manchester and Nottingham. The clubs and universities involved are:
|Guildford City Swimming Club||University of Surrey|
|Leeds Swimming Club||University of Leeds / Leeds Beckett University*|
|City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team (COMAST)||Manchester Metropolitan University **|
|Nova Centurion Swimming Club, Nottingham||Nottingham University|
|Wycombe District Swimming Club||Buckinghamshire New University|
* Also supported by Leeds City Council
** Also supported by Manchester City Council
Grant Robins, Head of Talent for Swimming at Swim England, said: “The Performance Centre project is an exciting initiative that will expand and extend the Swim England Talent Programme.
“The Performance Centres link swimming clubs and universities to support the development of young swimmers both in the pool and academically.
“By creating a number of centres, swimmers will be able to move from the junior to senior swimming ranks while continuing their studies. It will also help to make the transition to the British Swimming World Class programme more accessible, leading to more English athletes reaching the highest levels of the sport.”
The centres were selected following an application process and have been developed using a partnership model to ensure long-term sustainability. The Swim England Talent Team will provide support through funding, coaching, and technical advice.
George Wood, Swim England Sport Development Director, said: “We are incredibly proud to be working with local partners to develop these Swim England Performance Centres. We are passionate about providing our club members with opportunities to keep training and by working with local universities, this will enable them to achieve both their academic and swimming potential.
“We look forward to supporting the Swim England Performance Centres and how we can expand the programme in the future.”