Swansea University offers a pathway to nurture all swimmers from a developmental to an elite level, providing a world-class training environment in the stunning setting of Swansea Bay in South Wales, UK.
In association with the Swim Wales National High Performance Centre (SWNHPC), the Swansea University swimming programme is located at the Wales National Pool within Swansea Bay Sports Park, combining the highest standards of swim coaching, strength and conditioning, sports science and access to academic excellence.
Our swimmers set their sights on British Championships, World Championship, Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic goals, achieving superb results on the world stage.
Experience shows that talented and dedicated swimmers flourish where there is a culture of ambition and a supportive atmosphere. That’s exactly what we provide at Swansea University and the Swim Wales National High Performance Centre.
As a pathway to the Swim Wales National High Performance Centre, our Swimming Programme’s Performance Squad offers everything that an aspiring elite level swimmer needs;
- World class coaching team
- Eight-lane 50m pool
- 17.5 hours of quality pool training per week, guaranteed
- Use of strength and conditioning facilities with dedicated instructor
- Access to sport specific services to aid performance
- Eligible to apply for Swansea University graded scholarship scheme
- Programme open to para-swimmers and able-bodied swimmers
- Eligible for selection for university representation, for example (but not limited to) BUCS and The Welsh Varsity
- Dedicated ‘quiet’ accommodation for swimmers if desired
- Swansea University Singleton Campus within walking distance
- Outstanding coastal location, close to city centre and excellent transport links
Swim Wales National High Performance Centre
The Swim Wales National High Performance Centre (SWNHPC) was set up in September 2015 and is operated by a world class multidisciplinary team. Led by Lead National High Performance Coach, Adam Baker, the operational team consists of Stuart McNarry (National High Performance Coach), Spencer Fuge (National Strength and Conditioning coach), Helen Parrott (National Performance Scientist) and Paul Davey (Physiotherapist). Additionally, the programme is fully supported by the Sport Wales institute in the fields of soft tissue*, performance nutrition*, performance psychology* and performance lifestyle*.
The SWNHPC offers a holistic approach to the development of high performance swimmers, which is performance driven - athlete focused – coach led. The progression of each individual athlete is seen as a team effort, using all aspects of the support staff to help each individual maximise their potential as athletes and people.
The SWNHPC has consistently delivered exceptional performances since its launch in 2015. In 2016, para athlete Aaron Moores broke the World S14 100m Breaststroke World Record in qualifying to represent Great Britain at the Rio Paralympic Games and went on to win the gold medal at the Paralympics in the same event. In the 2017 programme placed two athletes (Alys Thomas and Daniel Jervis) into the Great Britain team for the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, as well as guiding Evgeniy Pop Acev to be the leading male athlete during the FINA 25KM Open Water World Series. 2018 proved to be the programme’s most successful season to date with four athletes and four staff members selected to represent Team Wales at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. SWNHPC athletes won three medals at the Games - gold in the Women’s 200 Butterfly in a new Commonwealth Games record (Alys Thomas), silver in the Men’s 1500 Freestyle (Daniel Jervis) and bronze in the Women’s 4 x 100 Medley Relay (Alys Thomas). Additionally in 2018 SWNHPC athletes gained international selection for the European Junior Championships, European Open Water Championships and European Swimming Championships, from which Alys Thomas won two further major international medals.
*These support services are only available for swimmers selected to either the Swim Wales Elite/Elite Development Programmes or British Swimming / British Para-Swimming Podium/Podium Potential Programme Athletes. University scholars that aren’t selected for the above programmes are able to access the additional support services via the scholarship programmes.
The university offers Talented Athlete Scholarship Schemes (TASS) to highly talented student athletes with financial benefits up to £2000 and a support package which may include; strength and conditioning training, physiotherapy, psychological aid and nutritional advice, all delivered by qualified practitioners. There are many scholarship packages available.
The swimming club welcomes all prospective swimmers, regardless of sporting background, skill level or experience.