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Performance swimming

We run a swimming training scheme for competitive swimmers.  Swimmers enter the scheme at National Plan Stage 8 in one of eight Stage 8 groups around the city. Emphasis is on technique and skill development.  Swimmers can then progress through the scheme based on their swimming ability.

Promotions into the swimming training scheme will involve two stages.

Senior coaching staff visit each Stage 8 group to assess the swimmers on their technique. The coaching staff identify those swimmers who have proficient technique for the second stage of the promotions process.

Swimmers undertake a trial to become a member of the swimming training scheme. If successful a place is offered within a development squad in the swimming training scheme.
Throughout the scheme swimmers can progress from county to regional and national standard, at the top level of the scheme, swimmers are of international standard.

The training scheme is run by three full time coaches and approximately thirty part-time coaches, all coaches are Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) qualified and hold enhanced safeguarding certificates.

Leeds City Council’s swimming training scheme operates at the following centres

  • Aireborough
  • Aquatics centre at John Charles centre for sport 
  • Fearnville 
  • John Smeaton
  • Kippax
  • Kirkstall
  • Morley
  • Pudsey
  • Scott Hall
  • Wetherby

Please see downloads at the bottom of this page for various documents for the swimming training scheme.

Customer information

Following trials swimmers that do not progress from the Stage 8 group to the training scheme are encouraged to remain in the Stage 8 group where they can become stronger and more proficient in one, or several of the competitive swimming strokes. If promotion in to the development squads has not occurred by the age of 11, alternative aquatic disciplines will be offered but participants will not be allowed to remain in the scheme.

For more information please contact:

Richard Denigan, Head Coach
Tel: 0113 3957360     
Email: richard.denigan@leeds.gov.uk

Craig Robinson, Junior Age Group Coach
Tel: 0113 2475250     
Email: craig.robinson@leeds.gov.uk

Sarah Crossley (Reed), Training Scheme Coordinator
Tel: 0113 3950154     
Email: sarah.crossley@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds City Council Swimming Training Scheme
Sports Development Unit
John Charles Centre for Sport
Middleton Grove
Leeds LS11 5DJ