Colchester Swimming Club Academy

Colchester Swimming Club Academy
What we aim to accomplish
Our aim at the Colchester Swimming Club Academy is to provide an enhanced environment for the teaching and coaching of young swimmers to develop every swimmer to their full potential.

We look to provide an opportunity and the encouragement needed to enable swimmers to develop and explore the possibilities of competitive swimming.

Being part of the Academy will not guarantee a place in the competitive squad but with our focus being on good technique and stroke development we hope that this will give every swimmer the best opportunity to perform well in the Colchester entry trials.

We realise competitive swimming may not be for every child, so once they are of a good standard and have reached the appropriate age we will offer them the opportunity to apply for a place in either our water polo section or a place in our Academy Teen Training Squad.

The Academy Administration

The Academy Managers
Stephanie Young & Donna Cowan

The Academy Secretary
Julie Firth

URGENT NOTICE: Academy return to swimming

What to Expect when you Return


Step-by-Step Return VIDEO
(important to view)


Step-by-Step Return Presentation
(important to view)

Return to Training Declaration
(important to view)

Return to Training Declaration
(important to view)


Dear Parents

We cannot begin to tell you how devastated we are with the news that our swimming pools must close again.  We had been so looking forward to welcoming back all of our swimmers.

Please note that the Tuesday (03 Nov) and Wednesday (04 Nov) sessions WILL go ahead at the Garrison pool.

We will be operating these sessions on a “pay as you go” basis.  The fees will be as follows:-

30 minute sessions          £6.75
60 minute sessions          £8.25

If your child is swimming this week, please bring correct money or cheque in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with your child’s name and the date of the session they are attending.

Please also send your child with the Return to Swim Declaration form which will have been attached to the previous enrolment email.

This is a great opportunity for you and your children to see how things will work ready for when we are able to fully return. 

Please be advised that any cheques already sent will not be banked.

We will, of course, continue to keep in contact regarding updates, and updates will also be posted on the Colchester Swimming Club Facebook page.

We would like to thank all our parents and swimmers for their support and for bearing with us in these challenging times.

Our Term Dates, Fees, Trial Sessions & Support

Academy Term Dates

AUTUMN TERM (November 2020)

Day:    Tuesday Session  
Dates: 03 Nov2020 to 08 Dec2020
Venue: Garrison

Day:     Wednesday Session
Dates:   04 Nov2020 to 09 Dec2020
Venue: Garrison

Day:    Thursday Session
Dates:   05 Nov2020 to 17 Dec2020
Venue: Leisure World

Day:    Friday Session
Dates: 06 Nov2020 to 11 Dec2020
Venue: Garrison

Day:    Friday Session
Dates: 06 Nov2020 to 11 Dec2020
Venue: Leisure World

Academy Fees

Half an hour classes - £6.75 per class
Hour classes - £8.25 per class

PAYG - £7.00 per class

Please note that in the event of a pool closure out of the control of the Academy, refunds will not be given.

Academy Trials

Enrolment into the Academy is by trial only.

Information regarding trial dates can be obtained from the Academy Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If interested in attending, you must contact Julie Firth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Academy Support

The Academy is one of the pathways into our Club's competitive swimming Squad's section. Entry into the Squads Section via the Academy is not guaranteed.

Swimmers who are able to competently demonstrate the entry requirements set by the Head Coach for the Junior Squad may be offered a trial in the Club's Squads section.

Laura Rowe is our Transitions Manager who will assist swimmers and their parents transition into the world of competitive swimming.

The Academy Transition Manager
Laura Rowe

Our Training Pools & Session Times

Garrison Pool

Corporal Budd VC Gymnasium
Berechurch Rd, Colchester CO2 9RQ

Session Information


Learn 2 Train Development
Wednesday evening 4.00pm - 4.30pm
Wednesday evening 4.30pm - 5.00pm
Friday evening 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Friday evening 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Academy Training Squad
Tuesday evening 6.00pm - 7.00pm

***Friday evening
All hour sessions (except lane 1 which is half an hour)

Leisure World Pool

Colchester Leisure World
Cowdray Ave, Colchester CO1 1YH

Session Information


Academy Stroke, Turn and Dive Clinic (PAYG)
Sunday 8.00am - 9.00am (Pit)

Academy Training Squad
Thursday evening 6pm - 7pm (Pit)
Friday evening 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Would you like to get involved?

If you would like to get involved please contact our Club Academy Managers or Club Academy Secretary using our online Form?