History of the Club

History of the Club

Edlington Amateur Swimming Club was formed in May/June 1971. The new pool had only just opened when a group of Edlington parents formed the club for the children of the village to learn to swim and at a reasonable price. It is said that the original fee to attend a lesson was six old pence.

The club met on two nights a week and initially the main activity was to teach children to swim. As the swimmers developed, Personal Survival activities were quickly introduced for the better swimmers, as was length swimming to improve stamina and fitness. After about a year Lifesaving lessons were introduced to teach these very important skills.

Competitive swimming commenced about two years after the club had been formed and the first competitive gala being swum against Askern Spa swimming club at their pool in late 1973.

The club has gone from strength to strength and now meets three times a week, concentrating on skill development and coaching and also has an excellent Lifesaving sectionl. There is a very good competitive section that competes at all levels from friendly galas, local leagues to County and National Age Group Championships.

The club is affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association our parent body and is bound by all its laws of the sport and codes of practice. The club however has its own constitution and is managed by a group of volunteers who form its management committee being elected annually at a General Meeting. All of its poolside teachers and coaches are volunteers giving their time freely, also gaining their ASA teaching and coaching qualifications in their own time.

The membership, both boys and girls, is drawn from a wider area than Edlington, as membership is open to all young people.