When are the trials?

Trials take place on a Wednesday 7pm- 8pm at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre for three consecutive weeks (where possible)

Are Spectators allowed?

Yes there is a large seating area for spectators.

What is the minimum age for trials?

Age 7 

How far do I need to be able to swim to start a trial?

You need to be able to swim a suitable distance to enable effective training. You also need to be able to do the 3 main strokes to a suitable standard (freestyle, Back & Breast stroke) and be capable of swimming basic butterfly.

What is the purpose of the trial?

The first reason for having a trial is to see if the swimmer likes competitive swim training! In addition, coaches will be looking at stroke technique, stamina and general attitude to this style of training. After the trial period the coach will have a discussion to agree what happens next.

If I complete the trial, what training is available to me?

Following successful completion of a trial, swimmers will be able to attend all session 1 training sessions on Monday, Wednesday &Thursday evenings at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre & Friday evenings at Denstone.

How much does a trial cost?

The cost of the trial is £20 to cover a Category 1 Swim England membership which is required for insurance purposes and pool time. Swim England is the governing body and requires affiliated clubs to collect membership fees on their behalf.

How much does it cost if I successfully complete my trial?

Upon successful completion of the trial there is a Swim England top up fee of £18.55 to upgrade membership to a category 2 membership which enables the swimmer to complete in galas and competitions.

In addition there is a monthly training fee, currently £35 per month for session 1 swimmers.

The Swim England membership is an annual membership requiring renewal in January.

I have a disability, can I still try out?

Yes! Just include the information on the trial form and let the coach know.

What do I need to bring with me to trials?

We ask swimmers to come ‘beach ready’ and to bring a bottle of water and a towel. Water should be taken to the pool side along with any medications that may be required during the session (e.g inhalers for asthma). A swimming cap is required for long hair.