About the Club

Backwell Swimming Club is a competitive swimming club that offers the opportunity for all members of the community to participate in the journey along the ASA’s long term athlete development plan for as long as their commitment remains, and to achieve a standard beyond that which the swimmers themselves believe to be possible


Our Club is organised so a swimmer can join as a beginner at age 5 and progress to competitive swimming – many of our swimmers compete well into their 20’s. The majority of our swimmers though will be under 16. Our teaching / coaching groups are organised as:

LEARN TO SWIM:  Weekly technique lessons following ASA Learn To Swim Pathway

DEVELOPMENT SQUAD:  Up 4 hours training per week.

POTENTIAL SQUAD: up to 5 hours training per week

PERFORMANCE SQUAD: up to 6.5 hours training per week

The Club is affiliated to the Somerset ASA and the Club is structured mainly around the guidance and recommendations of the Swim England.  We are a member of the City of Bristol Network which offers a performance pathway for our high achieving swimmers.

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We are and accredited "Swim Mark” club which is the quality standard for all swim clubs and requires a high level of professionalism across all aspects of the Club.

There is a committee running the Club formed from parent helpers. Our key team members though are our Coaching and Teaching team comprising a combination of qualified volunteers, parent helpers and senior swimmers.  The club is entirely voluntary run and coached and parents are encouraged to get involved with the running of the club.

We compete in 4 main gala competitions including The Arena League, The Cotswold League, The Mini Series and The Four Seasons novice gala series. In addition, we target a number of Open Meets including the Somerset County Championships.

Within the Club, we continue to look for new ways to improve the enjoyment and quality of training for our swimmers and we welcome all help we get towards this.