Which club for my child

British swimming allows you to search for your nearest club via their website swimming org.

Local clubs are easiest with younger children to get to and as long as they adhere to Swim 21 certification should be safe to use.

The younger a child starts to swim the Better. Better runs many classes from Mother and Toddler to advanced swim classes.

You will see how keen your child is to swim when they start taking lessons; if they keep on asking to go swimming, then it is worth following that request.

Many children are not interested in competition at the high-end when they are young. Madison never wanted to get into Olympics. However, whenever Madison was in a pool and had to swim against others, Madison always wanted to win. Madison enjoys competition. That is all that is needed, in my view, to put a child into a competitive swimming club. Once a child continues to enjoy competitions and attends age-groups and even county and regional events and still wants to get better, then it is good to look for very competitive clubs.

Most swimming clubs have websites that state their swimmers’ records and club records. It is worth joining a club that has at least national level swimmers. Regular contact with top swimmers will have a great influence on your child to want to become equally good or better and to follow competition results.

Many competitive clubs also have leisure lanes, whereby non competitive swimmers can enjoy club swimming.

Clubs like the LACPP, from National Youth onwards are solely dedicated to competition training and swimming and aim to achieve well in regional, national and international competition. This club requires full dedication of a swimmer. I highly recommend this club as the training is outstandingly good. The LACPP is the only London club at the moment, which holds the Swim 21 Performance Environment certificate, making it the best club in London and the legacy trainer Harley Hicks has been awarded Swimming teacher of the year by ASA. One of the LACPP coaches is Olympian Aimee Wilmott.

Always look at a club’s constitution and talk to the head-coach to see if the club is suitable for you.

Calculate how much time you have available to bring your swimmer to training and competitions. Training schedules are published online for most clubs. On this website I also publish a forthcoming competition calendar for Madison. Clubs usually have competition calendars on their websites, which may not always be up-to-date, so enquire with the club.

I have only heard good reviews from LACPP swimmers. It depends on how far you can travel and how much time you can spend to decide what is the right club for your swimmer.  It is very important how much your swimmer enjoys the sport and wants to spend time in the pool.

In many clubs parents help each other out to bring and collect children from swimming sessions, try to work something out rather than take your child out of the sport. Madison enjoys swimming and it has become a major part of her life-style. It brings fulfilment and enjoyment and this happiness spreads and is catching.

If you are still uncertain, there are people who can help. The ASA website lists many contacts with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. They are all very nice and helpful.