News | Thursday, 12th July 2018
University partners new national swimming performance centre
Boost for aspiring athletes as Manchester one of five cities selected
Manchester has been selected to host a national swimming Performance Centre by Swim England, the national governing body for swimming.
Working in partnership with City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team (COMAST), Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester City Council, the Swim England Performance Centre will give talented young swimmers the opportunity to stay in the sport while continuing their education.
Jérôme Read, Performance Sport Manager at Manchester Metropolitan, said: “Once again another external partnership has come to fruition from solid foundations put in place to develop and support our student athletes.
"This newest relationship with Swim England cements our rapid elevation in the swimming landscape as a 'go-to' destination for talented swimmers seeking a dual career supportive environment.
We will continue to work tirelessly to continually develop this relationship whilst remaining focussed on keeping the student athletes progression at the centre of all decisions.”
Grant Robins, Head of the Swim England Swimming Talent Programme, added: “We are delighted to be working with City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team (COMAST), Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester City Council on this project.
“The Performance Centre will help to expand and extend the Swim England Talent Programme by providing opportunities for swimmers to continue their training alongside their studies.
“The close link between the club and the university will help swimmers to make the move from the junior to senior swimming ranks, and also make the transition to the British Swimming World Class programme more accessible.”
Manchester is one of five areas to be selected to host a Swim England Performance Centre. It was selected following an application process and uses a partnership model to ensure long-term sustainability. The Swim England Talent Team will provide support through funding, coaching, and technical advice.
The University already has a well-established elite student athlete programme, known as Sport Scholars. Currently, three elite swimming athletes are supported by the programme and benefit from the world-class facilities in Manchester.
The five Swim England Performance Centres are:
- Guildford City Swimming Club / University of Surrey
- Leeds Swimming Club / University of Leeds / Leeds Beckett University
- City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team (COMAST) / Manchester Metropolitan University / Manchester City Council
- NOVA Swimming Club, Nottingham / Nottingham University
- Wycombe District Swimming Club / Buckinghamshire New University
For more information, visit www.swimming.org/sport.