Events Diary  (calendar view)
Clevedon and Chard Level 3 Open Meet at Hutton Moor    25/06/2016

Clevedon and Chard Level 3 Open Meet at Hutton Moor. day 2    26/06/2016

Four seasons at Burnham    02/07/2016

Novice Gala at Horfield Leisure Centre    02/07/2016

COB Level 3 Open meet at Hengrove    09/07/2016

COB Level 3 Open meet at Hengrove, day 2    10/07/2016

Regional Relays    18/09/2016
Regional Relays @ Millfield

Development Meet weekend 1/2 October 2016 - Millfield

  Club News
DON'T FORGET: tomorrow morning 8-9am will be the 200m IM event of our club champs so there will not be training as normal. Good luck to all those swimmers entered into the event.      [Posted: 10/06/2016]

DON'T FORGET: tomorrow morning 8-9am will be the 200m IM event of our club champs so there will not be training as normal. Good luck to all those swimmers entered into the event.      [Posted: 10/06/2016]

Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control, tonight's open air pool session and land training at Portishead has had to be cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience.      [Posted: 06/06/2016]

Somerset ASA Young Volunteer of the Year 2016
Well done to our very own Jake Richardson for being nominated for the Somerset ASA Young Volunteer of the year award... Thoroughly deserved! Read more by following the link in the title. #FingersCrossed      [Posted: 09/05/2016]

Four Seasons - May
The team sheet for the Four Seasons Gala on 7th May at Hutton Moor is now in the Events Information section. Volunteers needed for judging and poolside help also. Doors open 5pm.      [Posted: 26/04/2016]

Cotswold League Round 4
Team sheet is in events information and on the club notice board at the pool. Please indicate availability ASAP.      [Posted: 05/04/2016]

Clevedon and Chard open meet
Please note that entry details are now in events information. Closing date Tuesday 22nd March This is a club Target meet for all squad swimmers      [Posted: 17/03/2016]

Online Swim Times
This is the new way to find out all your swim times including PB's.      [Posted: 15/03/2016]

Information and entry pack now in events information. PLEASE NOTE CLOSING DATE IS NOW 9AM SATURDAY 19TH MARCH. Coaches would like to see as many entries as possible from squad swimmers please.      [Posted: 27/02/2016]

Team sheet is in events information - paper copy will be on notice board. Please confirm your child availability as soon as possible.      [Posted: 21/02/2016]

On the diary page you will see that there are three open meets throughout the season that have been marked as TARGET MEETS. All of these meets are level 3 and a good competitive level for all of our squad swimmers. The coaching team are asking that ALL SQUAD SWIMMERS DO AT LEAST 2 OF THESE MEETS BUT DEFINATELY NOT ALL THREE. Details of the first one at gloucester will follow shortly.      [Posted: 14/02/2016]

Some excellent swimming at this weekend's County Championships. Lots of PB's and even one County Champion for ?#?TeamBackwell? in the shape of Leah E in the 10-11 200m Butterfly. Well done everyone who swam this weekend and to all parents and coaches for helping.. Let's do it all again next weekend! (Only Sam A representing the boys this weekend and he'd gone before we had chance for a photo)      [Posted: 01/02/2016]

Calling all officials!
Any officials/trainee officials/volunteer helpers/marshalls please contact Sue Clinton on 01275 873175 or if you can help out at the North Somerset Schools galas. 25th Feb = Secondary and/or 19th May = Primary. Thanks!      [Posted: 26/01/2016]

****** PLEASE REMEMBER IF YOU ARE ATTENDING PRESENTATION EVENING YOU NEED TO BRING A PLATE OF FOOD FOR THE BUFFET. THE FOOD LIST IS ON THE BOARD AT THE POOL WE STILL NEED THOUGH MORE RAFFLE PRIZE DONATIONS WHICH CAN BE GIVEN TO HANNAH DRUMMOND OR A COMMITTEE MEMBER AT THE POOL ON SUNDAY 3rd, TUES 5th, WED6th, THURS 7th JAN DURING TRAINING HOURS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT ****** You can buy your tickets now for £2 each from Hannah Drummond at the pool during training sessions. Ticket numbers are restricted so please buy them asap so that you don't miss out on this enjoyable family evening out. Presentations, awards, disco and buffet. WE WOULD APPRECIATE ANY RAFFLE PRIZE DONATIONS TO BE BROUGHT TO THE POOL NEXT TUESDAY 22nd DEC AND GIVEN TO HANNAH. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.....      [Posted: 02/01/2016]

The team sheet is available in events information, please respond to the Clubbuzz request with your child's availability as soon as possible.      [Posted: 18/12/2015]

Well done to all swimmers for winning the Winter League round 3 tonight at Easton Leisure Centre. In winning tonight we also won the league and have some new silverware to go alongside the Cotswold B cup. Thanks to all our coaches and volunteers for helping make the gala run so smoothly.      [Posted: 13/12/2015]

Four Seasons
Well done to all our younger swimmers who came third in tonight's Four Seasons gala at our home pool. Thanks to all volunteers and coaches for making the gala go so smoothly. Click link for results.      [Posted: 07/12/2015]

Four Seasons Winter Gala
The team sheet for the Four Seasons Winter Gala taking place at Backwell pool on Sat 5th December is now up in the Events section of the website. Good luck to all those taking part      [Posted: 18/11/2015]

Winter League Round 3 - Team Sheet
The team sheet for the Winter League round 3 "Christmas Cracker" gala is now in the Events section of the website - follow the link above      [Posted: 16/11/2015]

Head Coach Letter
Head Coach Rich has put pen to paper with some thoughts he would like to share with our swimmers... if you haven't already read the email then you can see the letter in the link above.      [Posted: 28/10/2015]

CoB Newsletter
The latest newsletter from out Network is available to view by following the link above.      [Posted: 22/10/2015]

COB level 3 LC Open meet
Entry details is now in events information Closing date Thursday 17th late entries can be accepted      [Posted: 05/09/2015]

UBSC open meet 21st/22ndnov
Entry forms in events info Last opportunity to obtain QTs for somersets      [Posted: 05/09/2015]

Will be on the afternoons of Sunday 18th October and Sunday 8th November. Longer distance events will be held during the week during normal training times. Dates and times in event programme and on diary page. Club Championships are for All squad and pre deveLopment stage swimmers.      [Posted: 20/08/2015]

Club Championships
Entry pack is now in events information      [Posted: 14/08/2015]

Membership Renewals
Every swimmer today should have received an email from Backwell Swimming Club requesting to renew annual membership with our new online membership system 'Club Buzz' . If you have not received an email from us & you have already checked you spam folders or are not renewing your membership for the next year please contact Helen Cocks our Membership Secretary.      [Posted: 09/08/2015]

Cob/Aquae Sulis Sprint meet 27th September 2015
Entry packs now in events information. Please put entry forms and cheques payable to Backwell SC in the post box at the pool by 31st August please.      [Posted: 07/08/2015]

Start of Season Social
We are still hopeful of organising a start of season social event in September and, after our quick straw poll, Sat 19th is now one of the most popular dates so please keep the afternoon clear in your diary. More details to follow. If you can help with organising a bit of a BBQ or have any games equipment (rounders???), please let one of the committee know at the pool.      [Posted: 04/08/2015]

COB July newsletter
Please click on the title link to see the latest COB newsletter      [Posted: 02/08/2015]

With the summer break now upon us it's time to thank all of our volunteer swimming teachers and coaches who make such a difference for our Learn To Swim swimmers. A special thank you to Louisa E and Claire H who are moving on to pastures new from September - one travelling, the other to study medicine. They've been fantastic role models for our members and will be missed. Good luck girls - thanks for everything you've done for the club over the last few years.      [Posted: 18/07/2015]

Following the newsletter there has been some confusion regarding summer training Tuesdays and Thursdays. To clarify, Tuesday and Thursday 7-8pm for S7, Dev and Potential; 8-9pm for Performance.      [Posted: 17/07/2015]

COB Open
Results and new Long Course PB's now in members area      [Posted: 14/07/2015]

Start of Season Social
As in the Newsletter, we're planning on a start of season social get together and we'd set out the 5th September as a date... but we want as many people to be able to come as possible.. and there are already a number who can't make 5th. So, to check is there isn't a better date we're running a quick poll. Click on the link above (or go to and let us know the best options for you. That way we'll make sure we have the right date. Cheers, Colin      [Posted: 05/07/2015]

Minutes of meeting for May
The committee meeting minutes for May may be viewed by clicking on the title link above      [Posted: 05/07/2015]

Our summer newsletter is out with information on our summer coaching timetable. Follow the link above to read it.      [Posted: 02/07/2015]

Open Water Success
It was a bit of a weekend for those who don't just like to do swimming in the confines of a pool.. Well done to Jack W who swam the 3k south west open water champs finishing 1st overall and qualifying him for the national open water champs. Also John M who surprised even himself with a fantastic overall 10th place finish in the Cardiff Triathlon at the weekend (amongst a very strong field)... in a time of 2h2m! Plus there are a few of our swimmers who are in training for the River Dart 10km swim in September who were out in the Bristol channel training this weekend! If you fancy trying open water swimming let us know and we can help you speak to the right people to get started.      [Posted: 29/06/2015]

Clevedon & Chard
Well done to all swimmers. Results now posted in members area together with updated PB's      [Posted: 22/06/2015]

Swim21 Accreditation
Whoop Whoop... we've just received our re-accreditation as a Swim21 club. Swim21 is the ASA's "kite mark" for good clubs and brings with it a number of benefits for all club members. Thanks to everyone who helped get us accredited for the 2nd successive year. We are looking for a Swim21 club coordinator - please let a committee member know if you would be willing to take on this important role. You can read more about the benefits of Swim21 to clubs and swimmers alike by clicking on the link above.      [Posted: 18/06/2015]

Four Seasons Summer - Results
Results and updated PB's now available      [Posted: 18/06/2015]

COB June Newsletter
Please click on the title above to access the latest COB newsletter      [Posted: 14/06/2015]

Confirmed Clevedon and Chard entries in events information
Please let me know (Karen) if you think anything is incorrect asap.      [Posted: 14/06/2015]

Time Trial results now available
     [Posted: 02/06/2015]

Syncro Taster Session
On Thursday 4th June between 7-8pm there will be a Synchronised Swimming session for Development and Potential Squad Swimmers as part of regular training. We will be joined by Synchro coaches from Bristol’s only Synchro Swimming club to put our swimmers through their paces. Each squad will get a 30min session (with the other 30min spent perfecting competitive swimming elements as normal). Whilst this session is primarily aimed at the Dev and Pot squads, if you are in Performance and would like to try out Synchro, please let Bob know you would like to attend.      [Posted: 01/06/2015]

Well done to Backwell swimmer Jack White who finished 38th in the Youth Aquathlon last weekend as part of the ITU World Triathlon event in Hyde Park in London      [Posted: 01/06/2015]

City Of Bristol LC Open Meet
At Hengrove on 11th + 12th July. This one is one that the club is targeting and would like as many swimmers as possible to enter. Closing date Tuesday 4th JUNE 8pm. Please put entries in the post box at the pool. Cheques payable to BSC.( Please note age is at 31/12/15)      [Posted: 23/05/2015]

Four Seasons gala Team selection now in events information
Saturday 13th June at Easton SC 6pm      [Posted: 23/05/2015]

VICTORY!! Well done Team Backwell for a fantastic win in Saturday's Cotswold League B Final. Amazing atmosphere and great swimming made for a memorable night. Thank you to all swimmers and poolside helpers and officials for making the gala run so smoothly.      [Posted: 19/05/2015]

COB May newsletter
Dear all please click on heading to read the latest COB newsletter      [Posted: 18/05/2015]

Well done!!!
Brilliant swimming last night from all swimmers at our home Cotswuld gala. A well deserved 2nd place. Thank you to all those who had to swim up an age group and loads of thanks to all officials and volunteers for giving up your time to help!!! Final result Bishopsworth 167, Backwell 140, Cinderford 131, Minehead 77      [Posted: 03/05/2015]

City of Bristol Home Link Sessions
Our Network Head Club, City of Bristol, will be running another block of "Home Club Link" sessions from Sun 31st May to Sun 19th July from 5.30pm - 7.30pm (a 6 week block) at Hengrove Pool in Bristol. The aim of these sessions is to give swimmers from associated Clubs like Backwell a taster of swimming with City of Bristol and is also aimed at developing coaches from the associated clubs. Whilst it is one way that City of Bristol coaches can see the talent of our swimmers this is by no means the only way for talented swimmers aiming to swim with any of the CoB squads to get noticed. Head Coach Bob Lisle has a long-standing relationship with CoB and there are multiple entry points to their squad programme. The criteria sent from CoB for swimmers to partake in the Sunday sessions are as follows: • A good work ethic • Competent in all 4 strokes and totally legal throughout • Able to use the clock for basics • One County time, but not a 50m, and 200m will be given priority • Age 10/11 (with 9 & 12 considered) • The Home Club (Backwell) Head Coach should be anticipating the swimmers will be achieving a Regional time within 12 months • Not a member of COB (City of Bristol) or ASPSC (Aqua Sullis Performance Swimming Club The cost will be £18 per swimmer which will be payable directly to City of Bristol. Unlike the other network clubs (due to our long-standing pool time at Backwell) We also provide good quality coaching time as part of your membership to Backwell on Sundays at Backwell pool which clash with the Home Link sessions. City of Bristol recognise this puts Backwell swimmers in a dilemma and is, for our swimmers likely to be interested, an additional outlay of money. If your swimmer would like to be considered for this block (whether they are currently taking part in Home Link sessions or not) please speak with Head Coach Bob Lisle to express an interest by Tuesday 5th May.      [Posted: 01/05/2015]

Oceans of Fun Pool Event at Hengrove Pool on Friday 29th May 2015
Please click on the title above to access further information. Get the chance to try different olympic sports and meet an Olympic or Commonwealth athelete!      [Posted: 28/04/2015]

Presentation by Linsay Dunn (ASA England Talent Manager)at COB AGM
Please click on the title above to view Linsay Dunns presentation on supporting the development of the swimmer.      [Posted: 28/04/2015]

Create Swim - Open water race series
Bristol’s only open water race series is located at The West Country Water Park. Race dates will be running on the first Saturday of each month starting from May through to September. Ideal for gaining open water racing experience with entries available to everyone. Enter as many or as few of the events as you wish - easy to book and pay online at With a choice of 3 different distances - 650m, 1300m or 2600m, there's something for everyone at every level. Enter one off races or book up for the entire series, you choose. With prizes for available for each race as well as an overall complete series winner in the male and female categories. Book now at to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of the advance booking online entry fee.” For further information email: or Phone: 07932311371      [Posted: 27/04/2015]

2nd KASC Biathlon
Click on title to view the poster advertising the 2nd KASC Biathlon which will be held Saturday 25th July. For more info please contact - Andy Gussey -      [Posted: 27/04/2015]

COB April Newsletter
Please follow link to view April's newsletter from COB      [Posted: 26/04/2015]

This meet is one that the club is targeting this year. As a club, we would like as many swimmers to enter as possible. please take a look at the details in events information and speak to your coach/teacher if you are not sure which events you should be entering. We are a competitive club so ideally, you should be looking to enter. The closing date is strictly Tuesday 31st March at 8pm. This event will be very popular so we need to get our entries in asap.      [Posted: 27/03/2015]

Somerset County Championships
A big well done to all swimmers that took part. Lots of great PBs. Also, a massive thank you to all helpers , poolside assistants, team managers and coaches for all of your hard work...      [Posted: 23/03/2015]

10 Things Swimming Parents Do That Coaches Can’t Stand
Interesting article and even more interesting debate in the comments below it ... definitely worth a read. Click on the link to the original posting.      [Posted: 20/03/2015]

Four Seasons Result
Well done to the young team who took part and won last night's third round of the Four Seasons gala series. That makes and amazing three wins in a row in this series and it was great to see so many new faces taking part many for the first time. Well done team... You can see a photos of the victorious team on our Facebook page      [Posted: 15/03/2015]

Somerset's updates are being posted on our club's Facebook page (Follow the link). You don't need to join Facebook in order to see the Facebook page. A fuller report on the Somerset's will follow at the end of the month on the website.      [Posted: 07/03/2015]

Bryanston 2015
Bryanston summer swim camp 9-15 August details are now available - click on title to view. (James & Sarah Appleby went last year - talk to them at the pool if you want to know what it's really like!)      [Posted: 07/03/2015]

Comic Relief Cake Sale
Cake sale for Comic Relief on Thur 12th March from 6:30 at the pool. Any cake donations would be much appreciated. Contaat Rachael Davis for details.      [Posted: 05/03/2015]

Somerset County Heat sheets for 28th feb and 1st March now in events information.
Don't think their will be event sheets to buy so best to print these off and take them with you. They are subject to change depending on withdrawals. All update information will be available on meet mobile      [Posted: 27/02/2015]

Poolside assistants rota for Somersets is now in events information
This may change slightly as we are still short in a couple of sessions and also some people are doing reception desk on 21st March so may need extra cover for this session. If you are unable to swim in any events that you are entered in to please contact either the relevant poolside assistants or you can contact Karen Strickland on 07950 334017      [Posted: 27/02/2015]

Somerset County Warm up times are now available in events information
     [Posted: 25/02/2015]

Four Seasons Team Sheet for 14/3/15 at Burnham Is now available in events information
     [Posted: 25/02/2015]

Message from Backwell Parish Council
Dear Members This is just a short e-mail to remind you of a very important event that is happening soon in Backwell. You should have already received your voting cards for the Referendum on 26th February at the Parish Hall. Voting is from 7.0am - 10.0pm. That's just a week from now. This will be one of the most significant moments in Backwell's recent history and is your chance to vote and have a direct say in the future of your village! Backwell Parish Council, after consultation with residents, has prepared a Neighbourhood Plan. The purpose was to identify key planning policies that will help safeguard Backwell for future generations as an attractive place to live. There are 16 policies in the Plan which affect amongst other things, housing development, employment and traffic levels. Acceptance of the Plan, which covers the period 2015 -26, will mean that it will become very difficult for developers to build in our village, as North Somerset Council will have to abide by the wishes for the people of Backwell. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to some of your friends in order to ensure as many people as possible know what is happening. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope to see you at the Parish Hall on Thursday 26th. Your village needs your vote! Kind regards Cllr Hilary Power      [Posted: 22/02/2015]

We have managed to organise a J1 Judge's course on Wed 25th Feb and Wed 4th March in the function room at Backwell Leisure Centre from 6.30 – 8.30. It's VITAL for the club to have a team of qualified Judges in order for us to maintain our competitive calendar for our swimmers. We will need a minimum of 14 qualified judges to operate our Club Champs later this year for example! No previous experience is necessary. If you are a member or a parent of a swimmer in the club please consider taking part - and contact Sue Mennie at the pool or via the website to sign up. Your club needs you!      [Posted: 12/02/2015]

January 2015 Minutes of committee meeting
Please click on the title link to read the latest minutes.      [Posted: 10/02/2015]

LIfeguard Qualification
The Leisure Centre will be running a National Pool Lifeguard Course at Backwell on 23-28th February 2015. If you are interested in gaining the qualification, please ask at reception. There is a cost but potential funding options are available on request to the leisure centre management.      [Posted: 07/02/2015]

Novice Gala
Well done to all the swimmers taking part in the novice gala on Saturday 31st Jan - great swimming and lots of fun had by all. Results and new PB Sheet now in Members area      [Posted: 06/02/2015]

Credit where credit is due!
Note to all swimmers in squads training last night (Tuesday) from Head Coach Bob: "you all worked hard and trained well.." Top work Tuesday swimmers.. Keep up the hard work and application on your other training days... Let's keep Bob impressed :-)      [Posted: 28/01/2015]

Latest COB Newsletter
Follow the link to see the latest COB Newsletter (Feb 2015)      [Posted: 27/01/2015]

Fab Four Seasons
Fantastic victory in our home gala on Saturday... thanks to all the swimmers for swimming so well and creating an amazing atmosphere and thanks to all helpers and officials for making the event run so smoothly. Well do to Eddie Richardson for breaking the 9&U 25m fly club record! Times can be found by following the link.      [Posted: 26/01/2015]

Southwold Level 3 Open Meet at GL Centre in Gloucester
Will take place this year on 23rd and 24th May. All entry details in events information. The closing date will be 8pm on 9th March 2015. Please place completed entries and cheques payable to Backwell SC in the post box at the pool. We appreciate that the closing date is before the end of the Somerset's which isn't ideal, however, this event is very popular and we need to enter as early as possible to try and make sure we get accepted.      [Posted: 23/01/2015]

Team sheet for Novice Gala Sat 31st Jan
Is now available in events information. Please let Rachel Davis know asap whether or not you are able to swim. Thank you      [Posted: 21/01/2015]

Important Reminder
Please...ALL swimmers must shower before entering the pool..Thanks      [Posted: 19/01/2015]

Minutes of committee meetings
The minutes from recent meetings are in the members area of the website.      [Posted: 17/01/2015]

Cotswolds Round 1
Well done team Backwell for victory in Round 1 of the Cotswold series at Norton Radstock on Saturday evening. Great atmosphere and great swims. Roll on round 2. Times now in the results section - follow the link      [Posted: 17/01/2015]

Great Start to 2015
Lots of great swimming last weekend from Backwell swimmers taking part in Taunton Open Meet, UBSC Level 1 Open Meet and the Keynsham Biathlon. See posts on the Backwell Facebook page which you can find by following the link (you don't need to join Facebook to view but to "like" the page you do need to be a Facebook member)      [Posted: 15/01/2015]

CoB Level 1 Meet at Hengrove 10th, 11th & 12th April 2015
all entry details in events information. Closing date is Sunday 8th Feb 2015. Please put entry forms and cheques payable to BSC in the post box at the pool. No late entries will be accepted.      [Posted: 11/01/2015]

There will be a special general meeting from 7-7.15pm in the function room at Backwell Swimming Club on Thursday 22nd January to vote in new Executive Officers and committee members. All are welcome to attend. Click on link for further details.      [Posted: 11/01/2015]

Well done to the four brave Backwell Swimmers who took part in today's Keynsham Biathlon. Evie Capewell, Abi Davis, Erin Davis and Molly Jackson all did great runs and swims with Molly even winning the U12 category. Great work girls!      [Posted: 11/01/2015]

Burnham Sprint meet entry closing date is 8th Jan 2015
Please put entries and cheques payable to BSC in the box at the pool. Entry info in events information      [Posted: 31/12/2014]

Is now available in events information.      [Posted: 30/12/2014]

COB December newsletter
The COB December newsletter can be downloaded by clicking on the title link.      [Posted: 21/12/2014]

Squad Training Times during Christmas Period
Tuesday 23rd December - Development, Potential & Performance are all at normal times Sunday 28th December - Development 4-5 or 6pm , Potential 5-6 or 7pm and Performace 5-7pm. Sunday 4th Jan is back to normal. Saturday 27th December and Saturday 3rd Jan the pool will be open from 8am til 9am for BSC members and their families to use at no charge. There will be a couple of lanes too if swimmers want to train on their own. Please remember though that non swimmers and children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult in the water and the changing rooms. Children remain the responsibility of parents at all times.      [Posted: 20/12/2014]

Cotswold Team Round 1
Now available in events information. Please tick or cross the sheet at the club to indicate availability or email Venue is Norton Radstock, Warm up is 6pm. Coach will leave Backwell around 4.30pm (TBC)      [Posted: 20/12/2014]

Burnham Sprint Meet 25/01/2015
Last Chance to try for a 50m Somerset County QT Time. All info in events information. There will NOT be a coach present at this event. CLOSING DATE IS STRICTLY 8PM ON THURSDAY 8TH JAN 2015. Please put entry forms and cheques in the post box at club...      [Posted: 17/12/2014]

Club Champs in North Somerset Times
Nice write up about our Club Champs in the North Somerset Times recently... if you missed it, follow the link to find out more.      [Posted: 08/12/2014]

UBSC LC Level 1 meet at Hengrove 10th/11th Jan 2015and also Taunton Deane Level 3 open meet at Hutton Moor on the same dates.
If you haven't received info by email and you are interested in entering, please email me at for information. Closing date this Thursday 4th December 8pm. Could use this to try for last minute QT s for Somersets.dc Somersets have now introduced consideration Times which basically make QT s similar to last year's. Details on website in next few days or check on Somerset ASA website where you will find the information.      [Posted: 03/12/2014]

Results, PB's and Club Records
USBC, Soundwell and Four Seasons results and updated PB sheet and Club records now available. Click link to access.      [Posted: 03/12/2014]

Somerset County QTs and consideration times
Now in events information along with general information.      [Posted: 03/12/2014]

Well done to all swimmers taking part in Saturday night's Four Seasons Gala at Easton. Some fantastic swims and great team atmosphere topped off with a win for Backwell overall. Special congratulations to Leah Evans and Eddie Richardson for setting a new club record each. Click link for results      [Posted: 02/12/2014]

Champs Results
All event results now posted in members area      [Posted: 20/11/2014]

Stages Overall Championship Results
Details of overall winners now published. Congratulations to all Stages entrants for many fabulous swims and a great competitve spirit. Click link to members page for full details.      [Posted: 17/11/2014]

Champs Photos!
All Champs photos now available in the members area. Click title to go direct to the page. NEW WEBSITE USERS - please remember it can take 24 hours for the Membership Secretary to confirm your access to the members area.      [Posted: 17/11/2014]

All 25m Events results Champs now available
Click title to go to page.      [Posted: 16/11/2014]

There are some great photos in the members area of the club champs so far. Take a look. All proceeds go to the club      [Posted: 15/11/2014]

2015 Draft SW Regional QT's
These are now available in the Events Information section.      [Posted: 14/11/2014]

ASA National Masters and Seniors Championships
New BSC Club Captain Bjorn Hoffmann and Backwell Judge Simon Emery recently took part in the ASA National Masters and Seniors Championships in Sheffield turning in some truly fantastic swims including 2 top 10 finishes each - that's NATIONALLY! Well done Bjorn and Simon. Both will be at Club Champs tonight for the 200IM so congratulate them. Bjorn will be swimming and Simon judging on poolside... can anyone beat Bjorn this evening?      [Posted: 13/11/2014]

To do our bit to reduce paper usage the club has decided not to print the programme but make it available for DOWNLOAD ahead of the champs - follow the link above. To just print out relevant heat sheets for your events these can be found within the programme or, as a separate PDF file in the Events Information section of the site.      [Posted: 11/11/2014]

Due to the Club Champs taking place, there will be NO DEVELOPMENT, POTENTIAL OR PERFORMANCE SQUAD TRAINING, on Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Sunday 16th, Tuesday 18th or Thursday 20th November.      [Posted: 11/11/2014]

COB newsletter November 2014
Please see Novembers COB newsletter (click on title) Two of our swimmers are mentioned Jack White for being a TV celebrity in the Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge programme on CITV and Ella Rigall for being selected for the South West Regional Talent Programme for 11/12yr old swimmers. Congratulations to you both.      [Posted: 10/11/2014]

Four Seasons Team Sheet in Events information
At Easton Sports Centre Saturday 29th November. doors open at 6pm and warm up will be 6.10pm. Linzi is running a Four Seasons Team practice for the whole team on Wed 19th November at 6.30pm.      [Posted: 07/11/2014]

Trophies !!!!
If anyone still has one then please bring it back and give it to a committee member asap ..............thanks      [Posted: 07/11/2014]

Please give any raffle prize donations to Sue Mennie or Karen Strickland at the pool. One of them is usually there at most club sessions. We need a mixture of adult and children's prizes. It doesn't have to be much. Any donations greatly appreciated. Thank you      [Posted: 06/11/2014]

Confirmed entries for Soundwell Meet in events information
Please check your entries .....      [Posted: 04/11/2014]

CoB L3 Open results now in Members section
     [Posted: 03/11/2014]

Congratulations to our new Club Captains and Vice Captains
Our new club captains are Bjorn Hoffman and Emma Sudol who will be supported by Jake Richardson and Abi Harrison as vice captains. Congratulations to them all on being selected to be your voice swimmers and to inspire and support you. Photos will be out shortly just incase you are not sure who they are!      [Posted: 28/10/2014]

Young Volunteer Programme 2014-2015
2013/14 Backwell Captain Zoë Harrill-Davis was the winner of the 2014 Somerset ASA Young Volunteer of the Year, the first time a volunteer from Backwell has won this award - linked here: Volunteers are vital to our club. In the public downloads section discover details of the ASA SW Region Young Volunteer Programme for 2014-15 and an application form. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Jackie Hilleard Project Manager ( Community Sport and Safeguarding), West of England Sport Trust Direct: 0117 328 6261 Mobile: 07919 211 749      [Posted: 27/10/2014]

Become a Life Guard
Backwell Leisure Centre is advertising for Life Guards and applications from BSC swimmers are encouraged with a potential for the Leisure Centre to help fund the qualification. More info, follow the link      [Posted: 20/10/2014]

Club Championship Swimmers Entry Details
Is available in events information. You can remind yourselves of the events you have entered      [Posted: 19/10/2014]

Urgent plea - Do you want this club to continue? Please click on the link above.      [Posted: 15/10/2014]

Accepted Entries for CoB Open Meet are now in events information.
     [Posted: 14/10/2014]

Draft Programme for Somerset County Championships 2015
Is in events information. Full entry pack and details will follow. The draft programme is for your information only.      [Posted: 14/10/2014]

Minutes of Meetings
The minutes of meetings held over the last year and the recent AGM minutes are now avilable in the members area under committee minutes      [Posted: 14/10/2014]

Introduction to Sports coaching for those aged 14+
Please click on the above link to find out about opportunities in sports coaching during the October half term      [Posted: 14/10/2014]

Are there any parents who are in the legal profession who would be willing to review a contract for the club?
If there is anyone with employment law expertise who could review a contract for us please could you contact Karen Southern on 07902265916 or We would be most grateful and it would save the club having to spend fees on purchasing legal services. Many thanks      [Posted: 14/10/2014]

Keynsham Biathlon
On Saturday 10th January KASC will be running its first Biathlon. Its an Open Event and full details are attached They would welcome entries from the COB Home Clubs. Click on the link for further information and an entry form. Any questions to Andy Gussey -      [Posted: 14/10/2014]

Some swimmers submitted entries on the forms that were sent out with the membership packs. The dates of the champs have since changed slightly so please check that you are aware that the dates of the champs are now 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 18th & 20th November. On the notice board at the pool is a sheet asking for volunteers to help with the Champs. Please take a look and offer to help if you can. We need lots of helpers to make this event run smoothly and successfully. Can I also please mention that we are looking for RAFFLE PRIZE DONATIONS. If you can offer a prize, please give it to either Karen Strickland or Sue Mennie. The club will be really grateful. Thank you.      [Posted: 13/10/2014]

Support the ASA's School Swimming Charter
Click on link and give your support to school swimming as set out in the ASA's School Swimming Charter by using the template to write to your MP.      [Posted: 07/10/2014]


Hurray and get those last minute forms into the post box at the pool. All details in events information or email and I can email an entry pack to you. REMEMBER THE NEW DATES FOR THE CHAMPS ARE 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th November.      [Posted: 06/10/2014]

We have just been notified that next year's Somerset,s will no longer be run as age as at last day of competition but age AS AT 31/12/2015!!. So whatever age you will be on 31/12/2015 is the age group you need to enter the completion in. This will obviously make it tougher for swimmers to get QT s , so with that in mind, if you need to add any extra events onto your Club Champs entry to try for Times that you thought you already had (but now won't because you will be competing in the next age group up) please email me on by Wednesday 8th OCTOBER and I will add them to your entry forms.      [Posted: 03/10/2014]

***Updated New Club Championships Entry Pack 2014 ****
Can now be found in Events Information. Please note that this year we have managed to obtain a licence for our Club Champs which means that your times will count towards qualification to the Somerset County Championships and other level 3 licenced meets. Your Coaches would like to see ALL squad members take part. Stages 5b - 7 and squads will pay a one off fee (details in Entry pack) and can enter as many appropriate events as they wish. Stages 5a are also invited to take part but will pay £3 per event, up to a maximum of £15. This is a fantastic opportunity to compete in a licenced meet at your home club whilst obtaining times that will be recorded on the official ASA database. Entries and payment please in the post box at the pool by midnight on 5th OCTOBER. We can not accept late entries, so please get your entries in now. Speak to your Teacher or Coach if you are not sure which events to enter. Can also email and a pack can be sent to you.      [Posted: 30/09/2014]

YDSC Level 3 Open Meet at Millfield 20th & 21st December 2014

Open Meet Entry Forms
****Just to remind all swimmers and parents that any entry times submitted on an entry form that contains a time that has been agreed by a coach, that differs from that on the PB sheet, MUST be signed by Bob before it is submitted. If any are not signed then the entry will be submitted using the time on the club PB sheet or NT if there is no time recorded*****      [Posted: 27/09/2014]

Can all swimmers who were presented with a Trophy at last years presentation evening , please return them to committee member. Many thanks      [Posted: 26/09/2014]

Development meet at Millfield 4th & 5th October
Confirmed entry list and list of swimmers who have been scratched from certain events is now in events information.      [Posted: 26/09/2014]

Club Accounts
A copy of the Club's accounts can be found in General Information in the Members area.      [Posted: 16/09/2014]

This year we are struggling to find a Treasurer to join us on the committee. If anyone is able to help us then please come forward and contact Karen Strickland at or Tracy Williams at The Club needs you. Without a full committee the club will not be able to continue to run. We need your support. There is a role description available if you need one. Many thanks      [Posted: 12/09/2014]

CoB Level 3 LC open meet at Hengrove Sports Centre on 1st & 2nd November
Details and entry form are in events information. Closing date is Thursday 18th September. Please put cheques and entry forms in the post box at club. No late entries can be accepted. Any entry times that are agreed by Bob MUST be signed by him on the entry form otherwise they will not be accepted.      [Posted: 07/09/2014]

Unfortunately we have been unable to secure a licenced official to assist us on Sunday 23rd November. Therefore, Sunday 23rd November is cancelled and this sessions will now take place on Saturday 15th November PM. To confirm session dates will be 11th, 12th 13th, 15th, 16th,18th,20th November. We may have to amend the event schedule slightly so further information will follow about this.      [Posted: 07/09/2014]

Poolside volunteers
Rachel Hollier has kindly agreed to coordinate all the young volunteers that provide poolside support. This includes Stages teaching and all the squads. Please can those volunteers contact Rachel to exchange mobile numbers to make organising the cover more efficient.      [Posted: 06/09/2014]

Swimming Lessons
Lessons restart again on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th September. Fees for this term are £98.50 and are now due. Please note that if payment has not been received your child will not be allowed to swim. There will be a desk set up on Tuesday and Thursday 2nd and 4th where we will be collecting fees.......      [Posted: 02/09/2014]

Fundraising - More Good News.
John Lewis have kindly donated £250 to the club. Many thanks go to both John Lewis and to Dave Gingell who organised this.      [Posted: 29/08/2014]

Membership Forms
Annual membership is due for renewal. The Membership Secretary will be at the pool to hand out forms from Sunday evening onwards so please look out for her. Please note that entry forms for the club championships are included in your pack. We have set a blanket fee of £25, regardless of how many events you enter - so the more you enter, the better value it is!      [Posted: 29/08/2014]

September Newsletter
The September Newsletter is out - Take a look via the link above and get involved!      [Posted: 24/08/2014]

City of Bristol Newsletter
Now available on members General Information page or via link      [Posted: 23/08/2014]

Committee News
Mike Riggall has decided to step down as Chairman of Backwell Swimming Club a month earlier that he originally planned. He has worked tirelessly in the last 3 years in his role as Chairman and moved the Club forward most notably in setting up the partnership with City of Bristol and delivering Swim 21 accredited status to the Club. The Committee would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best. With a number of Committee members standing down at the AGM on 18th September it is essential that a new generation of parents take on some of the work necessary to keep the Club running smoothly. The roles that need filling will be published shortly. Anyone wishing to submit items for discussion at the AGM should contact Karen Southern which can be done via the "contact us" page on this website.      [Posted: 21/08/2014]

WSMSC Relay Gala at Hutton Moor
A big well done to all swimmers who took part in this last weekend. We came 6th overall which is fantastic considering it was a first for some of our younger and more inexperienced swimmers. Thanks to all the swimmers for all of their efforts and to all team managers, officials and time keepers for all of their help.      [Posted: 01/08/2014]

Changes to Somerset County Championships 2015 qualifying criteria
To qualify for an event at next years Championships the ASA have stated that all entry times have to have been achieved at a LICENCED OPEN MEET and will therefore appear on the ASA results and rankings database. This means that any times achieved at The Club Championships, a Four Seasons gala or any league galas will not count. You can check which of your times are on the ASA database by looking on their website. With this in mind, if you still need to get some qualifying times there is a licenced open meet at Gloucester at the end of November that is being run by Soundwell Swimming Club. Details to follow      [Posted: 27/07/2014]

Soundwell Licenced Open Meet 29th & 30th November
All entry details in events information. Closing date for entries is Sunday 7th Sept. Please place entries and cheques payable to BSC in the post box at the club. No late entries can be accepted. Last chance to get QTs for the Somerset County Championships      [Posted: 27/07/2014]

SASA Development Meet at Millfield 4th & 5th October 2014
another licensed meet to try and gain entry to the Somerset County Championships. Closing date is Tuesday 2nd September. Please place entries and cheques in the post box at the pool. Thank you      [Posted: 27/07/2014]

ASPSC & COB Long Course Licenced Sprint Meet September 28th At Hengrove
Information and entry pack is now in events information. CLOSING DATE IS 24TH AUGUST. please put completed entry forms and cheques payable to BSC in the post box at club. Thanks      [Posted: 16/07/2014]

Gloucester Results now in members section
     [Posted: 14/07/2014]

July issue of Swimming Times
The July issue of Swimming Times can now be found by clicking on thetitle link above. Happy Reading!      [Posted: 13/07/2014]

Please could we ask you to collect your sponsor money for the swim the channel event as soon as possible. We would like to have all monies in by sunday 13th July. Please hand monies to Sue Mennie or in her absence please give it to any of the committee members or post in the box. Thanks once again for your support.      [Posted: 11/07/2014]

For those of you who are interested click on the title link to see the latest newsletter from COB.      [Posted: 11/07/2014]

We Swam the Channel!
A big thank you to all swimmers, family, and particularly friends who took part or helped with the Swim the Channel event on Sunday. There was a great atmosphere at the pool and hopefully lots of money raised for the club.      [Posted: 29/06/2014]

Leagues and Changes
For news of changes proposed to British Swimming, the Arena League and the Cotswold League please see the latest Chairman's Blog.      [Posted: 28/06/2014]

Four Seasons Gala July 19th
Team sheet is now available in events information. Please indicate as soon as possible on the team sheet on the notice board at the pool if you are available to swim or not. Thank you      [Posted: 26/06/2014]

New Look AquaZone for ASA Cat 2 Members aged 9-15!
It's all change for the ASA's quarterly membership magazine aimed at young competitive swimmers, and we wanted to let you know all about it before it launches. Following a research and development period, Aqua Zone magazine is moving from print to online with a social platform. This secure, monitored and moderated environment is for all competing (Category 2) ASA members aged between 9 and 15. Within the last two issues we've given readers a taster of what they've got to look forward to, and they will be receiving a final print mailing in the post in a few weeks, telling them all about how to access the site and get started. Click on the link to check out some Frequently Asked Questions to further explain all about the new AquaZone.      [Posted: 26/06/2014]

Relay Gala at Hutton Moor 26th July
just a reminder that if you want to be considered to take part in this event then please add your name to the list on the notice board at club by Thursday 3rd July. It will be great relay practice and fun too......      [Posted: 25/06/2014]

There are still some spaces available from 4.30pm in the sponsored swim event on the same day. If any of stages 4b and 5a want to take part then please contact Rachel Davis. Also please note that there will be NO DEVLEOPMENT SQUAD training on 29th due to the sponsored swim event.      [Posted: 25/06/2014]

June's Newsletter
This month's BSC Newsletter is out and available in black and white hard copy at the pool or in glorious technicolour on the website via the link below. Enjoy!      [Posted: 19/06/2014]

Have a go at British Gas SwimBritain in Bristol for free with Duncan Goodhew!
This year SwimBritain are hosting a Have a go session at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre, Bristol, on Sunday 22 June & 20 July to show everyone what SwimBritain is all about. Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew will be on hand to provide you with expert tips and advice. It is free of charge, open to swimmers of all abilities over the age of eight – and you don't have to have signed up to SwimBritain to take part! The Have a go sessions are delivered exclusively by Hnegroves SwimBritain instructor, Mark Knight and SwimBritain Ambassadors including Duncan Goodhew amongst others. These fun, family friendly events are designed for swimmers of all abilities you just need to be over eight years old and able to swim 50m to take part. The short, fun-filled sessions will include training to improve swimming technique. You will even be joined by one of the British Gas SwimBritain ambassadors, who will be on-hand to pass on their swimming expertise. Please be aware that swimmers will have to sign up to take part in the sessions by completing a short registration at      [Posted: 17/06/2014]

Taunton Deane Level 3 Open Meet on 5th/6th July
There will be no coach or poolside helper at this event but details in events info if you want to enter. Please note closing date is SUNDAY 13TH JUNE. Apologies for late notice . If you enter please let Karen Strickland know so that we can obtain your results for you after the event..thanks      [Posted: 13/06/2014]

Gloucester Open Meet
Confirmed entries in events information      [Posted: 06/06/2014]

Backwell Swimmers make the Regional Championships (Western Counties
Two Backwell Swimmers, Jack White and Ella Riggall have attained QTs for the Regional Championships.....Well done to you both. Please look in Events Information for a write up by Bob Lisle....      [Posted: 04/06/2014]

Cotswold Final News
Fifth Place! A great result for the club in a fantastic atmosphere at Hutton Moor. Congratulations to Sam, Katie and Ella for individual victories and to so many others for their second places. Congratulations to Bristol Penguins.      [Posted: 19/05/2014]

Novice Gala on Saturday 10th May
A big well done to all swimmers who took part in this. There were some really good swims and the team spirit was fantastic. A big thank you too to all of the people who helped but especially to Lucy Riddock, Lily Wood and Bethany and Sophie Mennie who all did an amazing job.      [Posted: 16/05/2014]

BSC May Newsletter
Please click on the heading to access all the news in the most recent newsletter.      [Posted: 05/05/2014]

Clevedon and Chard Confirmed Entries
In events information.      [Posted: 28/04/2014]

Another Memorable Cotswold Night
In a fantastic atmosphere in the home pool, Backwell ran out winners in the final round of this year's Cotswold League with a points total that should see us make the A-final on 17th May. Great swims all round and brilliant support behind the scenes; Results via the link. Final result: Backwell 153, Bristol North 132, Norton Radstock 120, Minehead 112      [Posted: 27/04/2014]

Time Trial Results for Stages 5a, 6, 7 and Development Squad
Please follow the link to see the times from 1st April. Note these times are only intended to help swimmers and their coaches monitor progression and assist with gala selection and open meet entries. They cannot be included in the BSC Personal Bests data as the judging supervision and conditions did not allow the legality of each swim to be confirmed. Well done everyone who took part!      [Posted: 27/04/2014]

Southwold Confirmed Entry List
Is now available in events information. There will be a coach there to support the swimmers      [Posted: 21/04/2014]

Gloucester Level 3 Open Meet 12th & 13th July
All entry details, schedule and QT;s are now available in events information. PLEASE NOTE THE CLOSING DATE IS TUES 22ND APRIL 2014. No late entries can be accepted. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY ENTRIES DIRECT TO GLOUCESTER SWIMMING CLUB.      [Posted: 20/04/2014]

Showering Before Swimming
The club has requested that, where possible, all swimmers shower before getting in to the pool. Please click on the link to the letter in the Members' area of the web site which provides further information.      [Posted: 16/04/2014]

Pool Air Handling Units Now Fixed
Recent work by North Somerset Council and Parkwood Leisure appears to have resolved the problems of pool air quality at the pool. We will continue to monitor the situation however all the indications are good at this stage. Training will continue as normal and Bob will dust off his strenuous sets to make up for missed time!      [Posted: 15/04/2014]

Weston Easter Open Meet Warm Up Times and confirmed entry list
Warm up times and confirmed entry list are in events information.      [Posted: 15/04/2014]

Cotswold Round 4 at Backwell Helpers wanted
As we are hosting round 4 we need quite a few helpers. There is a list on the board at the pool. If you are able to help then please add your name to the list. All help will be very much appreciated. Thank you      [Posted: 10/04/2014]

Cotswold Round 4 26/04/14 at Backwell Team Sheet
The Team sheet is now available in events information. Doors open at 5.00pm, warm up at 5.10pm      [Posted: 04/04/2014]

Four Seasons Team Sheet for 12/4/14 at Clevedon
Is now available in events information      [Posted: 04/04/2014]

Photo for Somerset Swimmers
Could all swimmers who took part in the Somersets please bring T bags and any medals to training tonight as we are going to try and take some photos. (Thursday)      [Posted: 03/04/2014]

Training Update for 29th/30th March
The problem with the air handling unit at the pool remains unresolved however we will be continuing to train on Saturday and Sunday as normal. Pool doors will be opened to allow air circulation which improves the air quality somewhat. All PSC lessons on Sunday will take place as normal.      [Posted: 29/03/2014]

Cotswold Round 3 at Cheddar 05/04/14
We have been advised by Cheddar that there is construction work going on at the Leisure Centre at the moment so the parking could be limited but that hopefully if travelling by car it should be OK. Also, viewing is limited at this Leisure Centre so it may not be a good one to invite lots of friends and family to watch!!!! We have also been asked that due to a function taking place at the Leisure Centre before the gala if swimmers and spectators could remain in their cars until 6pm to try to avoid congestion in the Centre. Access will be permitted to the pool and viewing area at 6pm. Can we please also remind swimmers that all mobile phones and any equipment that has a camera facility remain in swimmers bags and are not used poolside. Thank you.      [Posted: 29/03/2014]

Somerset ASA Young Volunteer Award 2014 Nominations
The committee would like to congratulate Emma Sudol, Charlotte White, Louisa Emery, Zoë Harrill-Davis and Emily Piercey as they have all been nominated for the Somerset Amateur Swimming Association Young Volunteer of the year 2014. These five volunteers have been nominated this year in recognition of the quality and dedication of the work they do for us at BSC, and more importantly the benefit of their input for our swimmers. Not only do they put in the time, but they all show skills and responsibility beyond their years. We have many excellent, committed volunteers and we are unable to nominate everyone so we have tried to represent a cross-section of individuals of varying age, experience and qualifications all of whom have done that little bit extra to demonstrate their commitment to the swimming world. We value the contributions of all our volunteers (not just the young ones) so it is important to take this opportunity to thank you all!      [Posted: 28/03/2014]

BSC March Newsletter
Please follow the link to read March's newsletter. Its full of interesting facts and information for chidren and parents!      [Posted: 28/03/2014]

Training on Thursday 27th March
All teaching and training will take place tonight between 18:30 and 21:00 as normal. Poor air quality remains an issue and we continue to work with North Somerset Council to bring about repairs to the equipment.      [Posted: 27/03/2014]

Training has been cancelled on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March. There will also be no swimming lessons between 6pm and 7pm on Sunday. Please follow the link for further information.      [Posted: 21/03/2014]

Time Trials 1st April 6.30pm to 8pm
Will take place on Tuesday 1st April for all stage 5a to stage 7 swimmers and all of development squad. Please be ready to start at 6.30pm. All swimmers in these stages and development squad should try and attend as swimmers times will be used to select swimmers for future galas. If you are able to help on the night for time keeping or other duties please sign up on the notice board. Junior squad will still train on this night.      [Posted: 06/03/2014]

Nek Nominations letter
For those who haven't this notice from the City of Bristol club a copy may be viewed by clicking on the underlined title above.      [Posted: 06/03/2014]

Young swimmers showcase their talent at the Weston novice gala
We have an article in the North Somerset Times following the success of our swimmers at the recent Weston Novice Gala. Well done to all who took part especially those for which this was their first gala. Click on the underlined title to access the full article and look out for it in the paper this week.      [Posted: 06/03/2014]

Cotswold League Round 2 Victory
Backwell notched up another Cotswold League victory last night at Burnham in a very close finish to a gala that saw the lead consistently change hands all night. With the scores almost level going in to the last segment of the gala the new found desire to score every possible point made sure we came home in front. With another team lined up on poolside at the end ready to celebrate by jumping in and Backwell in the showers, the announcement of the final result was very sweet. Well done to all who delivered an unexpected win, especially Jeremy Murgatroyd who looked every inch a swimmer. Burnham 132, Backwell 141, North Dorset 115, Cwmbran 129. Click link for full results.      [Posted: 23/02/2014]

Gala Entry Fees
Just to advise all swimmers that we add an extra 50p per event to all open meet entry fees to help towards the cost of the coaches and helpers passes.      [Posted: 23/02/2014]

Cake sale
A big thank you to everyone who supported the cake sale last week either by supplying, baking or buying the cakes. You raised £104.65 towards our under water camera equipment. ..      [Posted: 17/02/2014]

A Letter from Bob to Squad Swimmers
A letter from Bob will be available to all swimmers currently in Development, Junior and Senior squads from Thursday 13th February. Please collect yours from your coach. The letter is reproduced in the Swimmers' Development section of the web site as well for reference along with some accompanying documentation. The letter is important so please take the time to read it and for younger swimmers, please share it with your parents/carers.      [Posted: 12/02/2014]

Clevedon & Chard Open Meet at Hutton Moor. June 22nd 2014
Entry details now in events information. We have set an early closing date of 27th Feb as last year the event was oversubscribed and we didn't get in. Please also note that unless at least 10 swimmers enter the event will probably not be supported by a coach. in this instance it will be down to parents of swimmers to help. Therefore, please only enter if your parents are able to assist poolside on the day if required. Thanks      [Posted: 11/02/2014]

Excellent Four Seasons Performance
A really enjoyable Four Seasons gala at Burnham on Sea on Saturday saw Backwell finish second to a strong Henleaze side. Team selection and swimming was great, competitive spirit was brilliant and there was fantastic support behind the scenes. Congratulations and thanks to all involved. Final results to come in shortly.      [Posted: 25/01/2014]

Solid Start to Cotswold League
Congratulations to all in the squad that performed so well at Cheltenham on Saturday evening. A very solid second place was particularly pleasing given the amount of swimming up that went on. Performance of the night from the 15/Under girls medley relay team to come home over half a length ahead. Final scores: Cinderford 95, Brockworth 118, Backwell 142, Cheltenham 161. Click link for full results.      [Posted: 19/01/2014]

Fundraising Update
Easy fundraising update - £135.00 raised so far. A big thank you to Lynn A and Colin J who have raised half the amount between them. Thank you for your support, well done but please keep spending. Our target is to try and raise £3000 to buy an underwater swimming camera. If you want to see how these work go to Any help or ideas to try and get the swimmers this piece of equipment then please contact Antony Wood. Thank you in advance for your support. Click the title to sign up, it doesnt cost you anything!      [Posted: 11/01/2014]

I didn't realise what a challenge fundraising would be but after watching the 800m freestyle at the Champs the other day, in comparison it’s a breeze. So why do we need to raise funds? Well it can benefit everyone involved in the club, for example new equipment, offsetting pool/travel costs and much more. To begin with please try out easyfundraising, it’s an easy way to raise money for Backwell Swimming Club. Shop with any of the 2000+ well known retailers listed on and a percentage of what you spend is passed to Backwell Swimming Club at no additional cost to you. Retailers include Amazon, M&S, Vodafone, eBay, Tesco, Viking and many more. Please register to support us today or click on the title above.      [Posted: 09/12/2013]

ASA Swimming Performance Awards
During the Club Champs lots of swimmers have achieved new performance awards. If you look at the results in the members results and PB area you will see which awards you have acheived. Young swimmers love to receive badges or awards for their swimming acheivements as it encourages and motivates them. If you wish to purchase badges then please downlad a form from the Swimming Performance Awards section and place a completed order form and payment in the BSC post box at the club before Tuesday 3rd December. If you have any questions or queries then please speak to Rachel Davis (Swimming Teacher).      [Posted: 25/11/2013]

Lost goggles and a gold medal
A pair of swan googles and a gold medal were left on poolside tonight after the club champs. If you have misplaced either or both then please contact Karen Strickland.      [Posted: 24/11/2013]

National Masters
Many congratulations to Simon, Bjorn and Rich for excellent results at the National Masters in Sheffield last weekend. The latest chairman's blog contains a summary of the results.      [Posted: 30/10/2013]

New ASA Performance Awards Web Page
There is a new ASA Performance Awards web page. It includes the current list of awards achieved by Backwell swimmers aged 13 years and under. Click on the title above to view.      [Posted: 30/10/2013]

Close Four Seasons Gala
An exciting Four Seasons gala at Kingswood Leisure Centre last night resulted in a tie between Henleaze and Clevedon with Backwell coming in third place. Considering that this was largely a very young and inexperienced side it was an excellent result with some fantastic swims. The entire team should be very pleased with their effort. Final scores were: Clevedon 174, Henleaze 174, Backwell 154, Bishopsworth 148, Burnham 106      [Posted: 20/10/2013]

Close Finish in Arena League
The opening gala in this year's Arena League at Dorchester last night was an exciting affair with a much smaller team than usual putting in some excellent swims to hold off Wareham for a second place finish behind Bishopsworth. There was much to be pleased with in this performance; well done to all. Click link for detailed results. Final scores Bishopsworth 144, Backwell 135, Wareham 129, North Dorset 70,      [Posted: 13/10/2013]

Club Captain and Vice Captains
Congratulations to Zoe Harrill-Davis who has been elected as Club Captain for 2013/14, and to Emily Piercey and Louisa Emery who have been elected as vice-captains. Let's hope for a winning start at Dorchester!      [Posted: 12/10/2013]

Bristol North Open Meet
Well done to everyone who has competed at this event over the last two weekends. Results are now listed on the results page. Many thanks also to the coaches, officials and poolside helpers for all of their help.      [Posted: 04/10/2013]

Club Championships - Stage 5
Following a review by the coaches, the 25m events at the club championships on Sunday 17th November are now open to swimmers in Stage 5a providing that their coach signs their entry form. Closing date for all entries is Friday 11th October and late entries will not be accepted.      [Posted: 03/10/2013]

Masters Success
A fantastic result from the Somerset and Gloucestershire ASA Masters Championships over the weekend with Naomi retaining the individual ladies' title she won last year, Simon and Bjorn joint-winning the men's title (which makes it three in a row for Simon!) and the two of them with Suzi and Rich winning the medley relay gold. Congratulations to you all for such a fantastic result.      [Posted: 16/09/2013]

Swimming Rules Update
With the start of the competition season on 1st October comes some updates to the rules. Please make sure that you read about the changes before you swim in competition, particularly the sections on Breaststroke, Backstroke and Fly. You can omit the section on world records if you wish. The relevant document is in the Members' General Information section.      [Posted: 07/09/2013]

New Season Preparations and News
Membership forms for the 2013/14 season are out. All the membership information has been updated on the web site and there is more information on this, club captains and ASA competitive performance awards in this week's chairman's blog.      [Posted: 22/08/2013]

Prospective New Members
Backwell Swimming Club continues to swim during the summer however we are not able to process applications from new members as we do not assess prospective swimmers during the school summer holiday. We will retain all messages of interest and make contact with you towards the end of August in preparation for the new season in September.      [Posted: 22/07/2013]

Head Coach Announcement
Backwell Swimming Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Bob Lisle as Head Coach. A highly qualified and very experienced coach, Bob has delivered great success in the past and the club is looking forward to the new season and beyond under Bob's leadership. Club members can read more details in the chairman's blog.      [Posted: 21/07/2013]

This years AGM will take place at 7pm at the pool on Tuesday 10th September 2013. Please do try to come along      [Posted: 10/07/2013]

Please ignore emails from
Hi this is Ann the membership secretary. I am safely at work in Bristol, not mugged in Manilla! As you will guess, our email account has been hacked so please delete any emails from Rhys asking for money! Apologies to anyone who has tried to contact me in the last few days, but that is now a defunct account.      [Posted: 08/07/2013]

Open Meet Policy
The club has devloped and Open Meet Policy which is now available in the Policies section of the website      [Posted: 15/06/2013]

More Four Seasons Success
A mixture of new swimmers and "old hands" came away from Clevedon on Saturday night with a third win in this season's Four Seasons league. Following a few problems the final result can be confirmed as: Backwell 197, Clevedon 151, Henleaze 145, Bishopsworth 107, Burnham 144. Congratulations to all swimmers for yet another excellent performance. Click link for results.      [Posted: 12/06/2013]

Magnificent Four Seasons Performance
The Four Seasons team delivered a superb performance tonight at Burnham-on-Sea to run out comfortable winners and therefore claim a second victory in this year's sequence of galas. With Clevedon absent, the final result was Bristol Henleaze 119, Bishopsworth 88, Burnham 139, Backwell 157. Congratulations to all swimmers for a superb result but particularly to those swimming in their first gala. Click link for full results and new PB's.      [Posted: 12/05/2013]

Backwell Secure Third Place in Cotswold League
In a highly entertaining Cotswold League Final at Hutton Moor, Backwell came in a very creditable third place behind much stronger Cheltenham and Cirencester squads. Swimmers can be hugely proud of their performance following a difficult year. Congratulations to Cheltenham for retaining their crown for another year. Final result: Cheltenham 328, Cirencester 313, Backwell 259, Wellington 224, Bishopsworth 199, Norton Radstock 196, MInehead 179, Burnham 172. Thanks to all the backroom team for a fantastically well-run gala.      [Posted: 05/05/2013]

Four out of Four in the Cotswold League
A fine performance in the pool at champions, Cheltenham gave Backwell their fourth victory in the Cotswold series on Saturday by a comfortable margin. This means certain qualification for the A-final at Hutton Moor on 4th May. Congratulations to all. Final result: Bristol Penguins 68, Cheltenham 150, Backwell 174, Cinderford 116.      [Posted: 21/04/2013]

Swindon Dolphins Level 3 End of Season Open Meet
20th to 21st July 2013. Open for entries see events diary for details Closing date 12 May 2013      [Posted: 12/04/2013]

Third Win in Cotswold League
An excellent performance at Lydney secured a third consecutive win in this season's Cotswold League. In what ended up being a two horse race between Backwell and Clevedon there were some really exciting finishes. Final results were Backwell 1st with 172 points, followed by Clevedon with 142, Lydney with 108 and Bristol Henleaze with 89 points. Click the link for individual and relay results. Congratulations to everyone who swam and to those who supported the team.      [Posted: 07/04/2013]

Cotswold Momentum Maintained
Our impressive start to the Cotswold League this year was maintained last night at Backwell with another impressive points haul. There were some really excellent swims and moments of praise from the coaches. The only downside to the evening was that Naomi managed to lose her wedding rings so please keep an eye out both in the pool and the changing room today. Final scores: Cheddar 98, Brockworth 118, Burnham 138, Backwell 163      [Posted: 18/03/2013]

Marvellous Cotswold Night at Clevedon
The 2013 Cotswold League finally got underway last night with a stunning performance in the pool. The girls in particular were in a class of their own, winning 23 of their 26 races! Detailed results are available in the Results and PB section via the link. Congratulations to all. Final scores (unoffical) Backwell 174, Cwmbran 143, Severnside Tritons 98, Bridgwater 93.      [Posted: 24/02/2013]

City of Bristol SC Secure New Head Coach
Please follow the link for exciting news of the appointment of Jon Randall from Exeter City Swimming Club as the new head coach at City of Bristol.      [Posted: 22/02/2013]

Close Run Four Seasons Winter Gala at Backwell
In a very close Four Seasons gala, Backwell just missed out against a strong Henleaze side. Our younger swimmers performed exceptionally strongly and the whole team can be very proud, particularly those eight swimmers for whom this was their first gala experience. The gala was suberbly organised and managed so thanks to all who helped beforehand and on the night. Final result Henleaze 199, Backwell 189, Burnham 162, Bishopsworth 107, Clevedon 101      [Posted: 26/01/2013]

Club Championship Photographs
The photographs from the club championships are now available to download from the JB Photos web site. Full details of the web address and costs are in the Members Events Information area.      [Posted: 19/12/2012]

Back to Winning Ways
In an exciting double gala at Horfield, Backwell got back to winning ways on Saturday in the final round of the Arena League. The results and new PB's are in the members area and show some fantastic swims which saw us home by 10 points from Severnside Tritons. Congratulations to all who took part. Final scores: Backwell 138, Severnside Tritons 128, Cwmbran 122, North Dorset Turbos 99      [Posted: 09/12/2012]

Spectacular Victory at Four Seasons.
In a fitting send off for Linzi, Backwell's Four Seasons swimmers put on a magnificent display at Easton Leisure Centre last night with a 32 point victory over Henleaze. Whilst not quite having the same drama as last year's one point winning margin it was every bit as satisfying and represented a fantastic team performance with some incredible individual swims. Lots of personal bests were set and three club records broken too. Linzi led the victory jump into the pool; it was either that or be thrown in! Congratulations to all swimmers and thanks to Sue, Toni, Anne and Naomi for the superb management of the team. It was the perfect gala night. Final scores: Backwell 209, Henleaze 177, Burnham 156, Bishopsworth 132, Clevedon 78      [Posted: 28/10/2012]

Masters' Congratulations
Congratulations to Naomi Main and Simon Emery who won their overall competitions in the Somerset ASA Masters Championships at Horfield Leisure Centre on Saturday. This is a fantastic achievement, particularly for Simon as this is the third year in a row that he has won this competition. There are rumours that photographs exist for this event and these will be posted as soon as they are available.      [Posted: 11/09/2012]

More Success at Regional Level
Backwell's name was in the lights again yesterday at the Regional Sprint Championships in Gloucester. The event consisted of a 50m sprint in each stroke plus a 100m IM. Katie repeated her excellent performance in Plymouth and won her overall event. Richard came an excellent 9th and Bjorn an impressive 16th. There were at least 7 PBs between the three of them. The full results can be found via the link to the ASA's web site. Congratulations to all three of you!      [Posted: 01/07/2012]

Close Finish in the Four Seasons at Clevedon
It was another very close finish again between Backwell and Henleaze in the Four Seasons gala at Clevedon on Saturday. Sadly on this occasion we missed out on first place by five points but it was a really great team performance. Final totals were Henleaze 184, Backwell 179, Burnham 154, Clevedon 124, Bishopsworth 110. The individual results are available via the link. Well done to all.      [Posted: 10/06/2012]

Cotswold Final
Well done to all swimmers for bringing home the runners up trophy in the Cotswold final at Hutton Moor. Five club records were broken during the evening! Final scores were Cheltenham 327, Backwell 296, Cirencester 242, Wellington 226, Bishopsworth 221, Cinderford 203, Norton Radstock 197 and Cwmbran 152. Click link for full results.      [Posted: 19/05/2012]

South West Regional Championships
Some fantastic news from the South West Regional Championships in Plymouth over the weekend. Congratulations to Katie for winning gold in the 50m backstroke.      [Posted: 06/05/2012]

Fundraising - Waitrose Green Tokens
Start collecting/stockpiling your Green Tokens from Waitrose! At a date to be advised Waitrose Nailsea will be supporting our club you will be able to donate your tokens there. Until we are advised of the date please feel free to hand tokens from any Waitrose branch to a Commitee Member at any time. Or just start stockpiling yourself.      [Posted: 24/04/2012]

Backwell win again!
Backwell secure another victory in Round 4 of the Cotswold League with 26 first places in the 52 events. Final scores Backwell 165, Lydney 129, Bristol Penguins 114 and Clevedon 108. Click to see full results.      [Posted: 22/04/2012]

Landmark in the Four Seasons
For the first time in the history of the Four Seasons galas, Backwell's name appears at the top of the results sheet following a truly amazing gala at Easton last night. If ever there was proof that every point counts and you should never give up then this is it. The whole club is immensely proud of each and every swimmer who took part as well as those that supported. Follow the link for individual results and PBs. Final result: Backwell 202, Henleaze 201, Burnham 151, Bishopsworth 119, Clevedon 82.      [Posted: 01/04/2012]

Backwell win again
Congratulations to all swimmers for taking top spot in Round 3 of the Cotwolds League. Final scores Backwell 142, Bishopsworth 129, Cinderford 124, Cwmbran 122      [Posted: 25/03/2012]

Outstanding performances at Weston Novice Gala
Backwell swimmers put in some amazing performances at the Weston Novice Gala at Hutton Moor. Across 44 events they managed to win 22 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals. Congratulations to all swimmers but especially those competing in their very first gala. Click link for full results and updated PB sheet.      [Posted: 18/03/2012]

Amazing swims win Backwell the Cotswold League 2011 title
Well done to all swimmers. Final Results Backwell 308, Cheltenham 294, Cirencester 272, Bishopsworth 225, Wellington and Bristol North 214, Burnham 145. Click title Backwell's for results by event.      [Posted: 14/05/2011]

See our press cuttings page. YOU may be there!
See your achievements highlighted in the local press. Click title and select "ABOUT US" tab      [Posted: 10/04/2011]

Photos for use on the website
If anyone has any good photos of our swimmers which they are happy to be displayed on the website (no names will be shown) please email them to the Webmaster (link at the bottom of each website page). Pages have been built using the only photos that are to hand but it would be better to include a wider range of swimmers and events.      [Posted: 21/03/2011]

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Welcome to Backwell Swimming Club. We are based at Backwell Leisure Centre, North Somerset, about 12 km from the centre of Bristol. We provide opportunities and fun for all levels of swimmer from learners to our competition squads, competing in galas such as the Four Seasons, Cotswold and National Leagues.

Our more experienced swimmers are encouraged to enter various Open Meets throughout the year including the Somerset Development Meet in October and the Somerset County Championships held in February/March.

Our Club Championships are held annually in November giving all swimmers the opportunity to swim under competition conditions on their home ground here at Backwell.

You are welcome to come and see our facilities at any time during one of the Club training sessions. There is always a member of the Club Committee or coaching staff on site who would be pleased to answer any questions which you may have.

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