Budding swimmers with their sights set on Olympic glory, are being encouraged to sign up to an historic Lincolnshire club.
Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club (LVSC) has been running since 1974 and meets every week at a variety of different pools across the county. With a keen emphasis on healthy competition, club members compete in local leagues, as well as attending regional and national meets throughout the season. Beginners can join from as young as four-and-a-half years old and club secretary Cheryl Hendel said in the early days it’s all about developing an important life skill.
“We have around 320 members and training takes place every day – some days we have three sessions going on at three different pools,” she said.
“A suitable session is offered to beginners to come along for a trial, to help work out which group is best for them.
“It’s safety first when they are learning to swim and as they develop they become part of a team, teaching self discipline, time management and good overall fitness.
“Sessions range from our Learn to Swim programme to our Junior Squad and swimmers tend to compete once they reach the Pre-transition and Transition Squads at around eight to 10 years of age.”
Over the years the club has seen lots of success competing in the local leagues and even seen household swimming names such as Lizzie Simmonds, Sophie Allen, Jack Burnell and Kate Haywood go through the its programme. Run by a paid head and assistant coach, the club also has a group of dedicated volunteers who keep it afloat throughout the year, helping out with lessons and the general day-to-day running.
“The club aims to promote and encourage participation in all aspects of swimming with special emphasis on competition,” added Cheryl.
“We seek to provide the opportunity and encouragement for both children and adults to realise their full potential and achieve excellence in swimming in an environment of support and good sportsmanship.
“One of the great things is seeing the children develop from nervous beginners into competent swimmers – competing as part of a team and representing the club.
“Parents can get involved too and we run courses for volunteers to become qualified officials and opportunties to become qualified teachers or coaches. We have several young swimmers who volunteer and have then gone on to teach with the club.”
LVSC sessions take place at RAF Waddington, Priory City of Lincoln Academy, Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, One NK, Yarborough Leisure Centre and Cranwell village.