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Catering for both competitive and recreational swimmers alike.
Southampton University Swimming Club is a multidimensional club offering a high-performance programme for our competitive members and a 'just for fitness' approach for our recreational swimmers. We aim to help our competitive members improve their swimming technique and enable them to compete at the highest possible level to maximise their potential. For our recreational swimmers, we aim to build confidence through our supportive coach-led sessions and leave members feeling happier with their swimming ability.
We compete at many competitions throughout the year including all BUCS (British University & College Sport) competitions where we achieve great results and regularly have individuals and relay teams swim in finals. Our local competitions include Varsity, Alumni Gala, and an exciting new league: the BUSL (British University Swimming League). This league is swum as a conference with Winchester, Bournemouth and Bath in 3 head-to-head matches and then the conference final in which all four teams compete together. In the 2022/23 season, we qualified for the National Final in Leicester with our team coming in 9th out of over 55 universities across the country in the league's inaugural year!
As one of the largest university societies, we are well known for our social events and nights out. Every Wednesday members of both squads come together for a memorable social (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), most of which involve fancy dress and activities. Our socials are a great opportunity for members to mingle and get to know each other out of the water. All our members are welcome and we're sure that they'll have a good time!
In addition to our weekly socials, members have the opportunity to go to one-off events throughout the year including; Christmas meal, Boat Ball, competition socials, and AU Ball organised by SUSU. All members also have the opportunity to go on Tour. Tour is a 5-day long holiday every year over the Easter break where swimmers get to soak up the sun and enjoy some away time with the club. Previous destinations of Tour include Majorca, Benalmadena, Tenerife, Magaluf, and Ayia Napa!
Meet our Committee
Jake Turner & Evie Salkeld
Male & Female Social Secretary
Home Fixtures Secretary
Sam Wiles & Lottie Howman
Men's & Women's Captain
Away Fixtures Secretary
Meet our Coaches
Matt is a fantastic ASA Level 3 coach who has been working with Southampton University Swimming Club for several years now. He has been a Head Coach for 14 years and recently transferred from Swim Bournemouth- where he worked with swimmers ranging from club level to international- to City of Southampton Swimming Club. He brings a vast amount of coaching experience to our club, with the ability to push our top swimmers but also improve the fitness of our recreational swimmers by guiding the other coaches and helping with their training plans. Matt is sure to lead both our coaches and swimmers to an extremely successful year in SUSC, both competitively and also through the positivity he brings to poolside.
Assistant Head Coach
Jodie is both an ASA Level 2 coach and also an ASA Level 2 teacher who joined Southampton University Swimming Club for her first year in 2021. Jodie has been both coaching and teaching at two clubs for over five years and so has lots of experience in working with a range of abilities of swimmers and thus, will be undoubtedly exceptional in adapting to and helping all of SUSC's swimmers in reaching their full potential during their time in the society. As being herself a previous regional level swimmer, Jodie can use her skills and experiences to get both the best out of our competitive squad and improve the technique and fitness of all the swimmers she coaches, competitive or recreational.
Sets & Cycles manager
Niall is our Level 2 Teaching Qualified Alumni Coach who has been affiliated with SUSC for 4 years. As Niall was a former President and Captain in the club, he knows the club inside and out. With his 4 years of experience on the team competing in our A team as well as 18 years of competitive swimming, Niall is a helpful tool when it comes to planning our sessions for the year and understanding what the club needs in order to be successful. This year he will be over-seeing our set cycles and will be assisting our recreational squad coaches working along-side Jodie through writing some of the weeks sets to help improve the development skills of the squad.
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