Altrincham Swimming Club has over 170 active swimmers ranging from 7-21 years old. All training sessions are coached by qualified instructors and we are proud to be accredited with the Swim England
The Club participates in a range of internal and external galas throughout the year. The Club is an integral part of Trafford swimming pathway that aims to support swimming at all levels from developing strokes to elite club competitors.
The Club is currently full and has a waiting list. Consequently, we can only offer limited number entry assessments periodically, as and when places become vacated.
The swimming trial process is organised by a Club volunteer. Please make the New Member volunteer's job easier by checking your junk mail as, in the past, we have had some issues with emails going into junk folders.
Any emails received which have an aggressive tone will not be dealt with and could lead to your child's trial place being retracted.
In the event of a swimmer not being offered a place at the Club following an assessment, one further assessment can be attended after a minimum of six months after the first assessment, in order to give the swimmer sufficient time to improve.
Standard Required For Entry to the Club:-
The average age for new members is 7-10 years old and they will have reasonable technique in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, be developing butterfly skills, and a good level of fitness. Level 6-7 of Swim Well, taught by Trafford Leisure, or similar learn to swim scheme, is usually sufficient.
Older swimmers (aged 11-14) should be of a County standard (although this is not essential dependent upon age, current skills, and level of commitment) and already training in a competitive environment – usually training at another Club but moving into the Trafford area. They should be within 15% of achieving Cheshire County swimming times on freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, with strong technique. Older swimmers should also be keen to swim competitively and have had some experience of competitive swimming.
Swimmers aged 15 and above must be at County standard and, again, already training in a competitive environment – their potential to achieve Regional standard will be fundamental to them being offered a place within the Club.
If you would like your swimmer(s) to attend an assessment for entry to the Club, please compete the online Application Form and we will be in touch. If your swimmer(s) is/are aged 11+, please either include their Swim England Membership Number, or details of their PBs, in the “swimming experience” box on the application form, without these details your swimmer(s) will not be invited for trial with the Club.
Spaces on the assessment sessions are limited and cannot be booked without the completed online Application Form.
Due to a number of swimmers not attending booked trials, once a trial date has been offered and accepted, if the swimmer does not attend on the trial day without previously informing us of their absence, a further trial will not be offered.
These fees include a Regional fee and County fee.
Category 1 Swim England members do not compete in open competitions (but can compete in certain intra club galas other than the Arena league) whilst Category 2 membership is required if a swimmer will be participating in open licensed competitions such as the Greater Manchester Age Group Championships.
Membership and Swim England fees are payable in January. Our Membership Secretary, will be in touch with each member directly to confirm the amount payable.
Our members can also benefit from free swimming in Trafford’s leisure centres outside of club training times. In order to benefit from this you will need to complete the a registration form which must be signed and authorised by your swimmer’s coach to validate that they are a current swimming club member. The form must then be handed in at the leisure centre reception. The pass will be valid for a period of 12 months, after this time the swimmer will need to apply again and get their new application form validated again. The form can be obtained through a committee member.