Competitive Training Scheme


Do you want to train and race competitively? Salford may be the place for you!

We have a very proud history of developing International swimmers and National Champions since 1977, including 20 Internationals over the past 11 years.  Our extensive success includes Olympic representatives, 2 Paralympic gold medallists, 4 World Record Holders in Disability Swimming, 4 GB Open Water Internationals and numerous National Champions at all levels.

Swimmers who have achieved all the skills required through our learn to swim programme will enter our Academies which form the stepping stone from our learn to swim programme through to our Competitive Training Scheme.

The Academy Groups will be based at most of our pools and will provide members with a variety of valuable additions to the current level of provision.

Some key features include:

  • 3 training sessions per week based at your local pool
  • Taster sessions for Competitive Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo, Rookie Lifeguard, Diving and Triathlon
  • Opportunities to experience a competitive swimming competition
  • Links to the local swimming club in your area or based at your pool
  • Priority enrolment on our holiday swim camps
  • Fast tracking to Competitive Swimming
  • Guest visits and coaching sessions by GB Swimmers, Aquatic Coaches and Squad Coaches

For more information and for swimmers who are new to Salford and have developed through a different swimming programme then please contact John Stout, Aquatic Development Manager and Head Coach by emailing who will arrange a drop-in session to assess your performance level.

Swimmers in our Competitive Training Scheme will compete for The City of Salford Swimming Club.  Working in partnership with the club we are committed to providing elite training provision throughout the local swimming pools.

Find out more about the club and our swimming success

Community Swimming Clubs

If you want to train and compete at a local and district level whilst making new friends why not join your local swimming club, based at the following pools:

Swimming ClubLeisure Centre
Salford City Amateur Swim ClubBroughton Leisure Centre
Eccles Amateur Swim ClubEccles Leisure Centre
Swinton Amateur Swim ClubSwinton and Pendlebury Leisure Centre
Worsley Amateur Swim ClubWorsley Leisure Centre


Synchronised Swimming

Synchronised swimming is an Olympic sport that is often likened to other disciplines such as gymnastics, ballet and cheerleading, however it has the added ingredient of water. Synchronised swimmers must have a high level of strength, stamina and flexibility as well as motivation and commitment.


Flip n Fun is available at Irlam and Cadishead Leisure Centre and the emphasis is on play. This Amateur Swimming Association programme introduces a pathway for children who have reached stage 6 or 7 on swimming lessons but want to try a different discipline. Guiding young swimmers through a range of skills, it is a perfect foundation for budding Olympic champions of the future.

These great sessions also include dry land training using crash mats and trampolines to develop confidence before entering the water. The programme encourages agility, co-ordination and balance, and uses children’s positive energy to increase their awareness once in the water.

Please contact Irlam & Cadishead Leisure Centre by calling 0161 775 4134 or email irlam& for more details.