Eyemouth Swimming Club on the crest of a wave

Eyemouth and District Amateur Swimming Club are about to celebrate their 40th anniversary
Eyemouth and District Amateur Swimming Club are about to celebrate their 40th anniversary

Eyemouth Swimming Club, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has enjoyed incredible success producing more than 50 Scottish and British finalists.

Club training sessions run three nights per week and are open to all levels of ability with youngsters ranging from 6-15 years of age. Minimum requirement is the ability to swim one length on your front and back.

The swimming club is offering one month’s free trial to potential new members at Eyemouth Leisure Centre. Training sessions are from Mondays 6-7.30pm, Thursdays 6-7.30pm and Fridays 7-8.30pm. Monthly club fees are £20 per child which includes all memberships and registrations.

Chairman Noel Evans stated: “Swimming is a great way to keep fit and meet new friends. The club is run by a small hardworking committee of volunteer parents to provide a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere.

“Our aim is to progress all levels of swimmers through the learn to swim programmes into competent swimmers for fitness only or into the club competitions and beyond.

“The club sessions are a combination of fun, technique and stamina building. The club competes in local and district competitions for all ages. We are at present, with the help of Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (BSLT), developing a small team of coaches who will give the club consistency over the next few years.

Eyemouth’s poolside team consists of Ian Learmonth as acting coach. Ian has been employed at Eyemouth Leisure Centre since it opened in 1975 and has over 40 years teaching and coaching experience.

He is assisted by Susanne Pemble, a former international swimmer for Wales, and Susanne Simpson who has 11 years of swim teaching experience. Iain Pemble, an avid open water swimmer and cyclist, adds his enthusiasm and motivational skills to the team.

Eyemouth Swimming Club would like to consolidate the team further and currently have a vacancy for a head coach to lead the squad and mentor the coaching team. Anyone interested in the position can find the full details on the club website.

The club is self funding and the committee have been working very hard over the past six months securing funding of £3,000 from The Bank of Scotland Community Fund Scheme and a further £1,300 from the Big Lottery Fund.

This money is being used to promote the club in the community and to make swimming accessible and affordable to as many children as possible in the area. The club is working closely with BSLT to develop all aspects of our coaching, safety and child protection procedures to create a friendly atmosphere for all swimmers.

Contact: eyemouthasc@hotmail.com www.eyemouthswimmingclub.org.uk