WCPSC is a registered Charity (Charity No. 1153439) which exists to create opportunities through swimming. We have been teaching Winchester to swim since 1901 and have been at the heart of creating swimming opportunities ever since.
We run swimming activities for the whole community from those youngsters learning to swim, through development and competitive squads, performance swimmers, adult squads, even adult swimming lessons and school swimming.
We run a strong competitive squad programme with swimmers at county, regional and national standard, as well as Club swimmers swimming for health and social reasons. We compete in a range of local and regional competitions including the Premier Division of the National Arena League – the highest tier of competition in the UK. We offer squad swimming for junior swimmers, right through to Masters and have performance swimmers who represented the club at the 2015 National Swimming Championships.
We run a thriving Learn to Swim Programme focused on providing the highest quality swimming lessons possible to ensure that young people develop water confidence, as well as excellent stroke technique. We operate under the ASA stages pathway, and swimmers can progress into WCPSC Squads, or are directed to other aquatic pathways locally.
Uniquely among swimming clubs we run a community outreach programme which aims to ensure inclusive access to swimming for all. We believe swimming is a fundamental life skill, which increases individuals’ safety near water as well as developing confidence, dedication and responsibility. Through our community programme we run a series of local projects to increase accessibility to swimming regardless of ability or background, with our aim to ensure that all children leaving primary school can swim 25m.
As a Swim21 accredited club we are recognised as having high standards of governance and operation. We are governed by a board of elected Trustees with day to day running driven by a dedicated management team, and supported by a huge number of volunteers who ensure we can offer a broad range of provision. WCPSC operates from 5 pools situated in and around Winchester at King’s School, Winchester College, River Park Leisure Centre, St John Moore Barracks (ATR) and St Swithun’s School.
Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club
Membership: 1,000 members plus.
Affiliated to: the Amateur Swimming Association ASA with Swim 21 Accreditation, and the Modern Pentathlon Association of Great Britain
Offering a full programme of swimming and associated activities for the very young to the most senior:
- Learn to Swim Programme with swimming lessons for beginners through to pre-squads
- Competitive squads from development to high performance
- Training and competition for masters (adults)
- Community Programme including provision for schools and inclusive opportunities
– Registered Charity No. 1153439