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Welcome to the home of Competitive Swimming in Winchester.
Within this section you will be able to find everything you need to know about our competitive programme.
“It has been an incredibly tough year for the swimming community, with lengthy pool closures for everyone and massively-disrupted training at a crucial point in the Olympic cycle for our top swimmers.”
“Despite its disappointments and frustrations, 2021 will be the year that Winchester’s name became known at the top level of British swimming and our young talent will only grow from here!”
“Winchester’s new 50m pool will provide a great environment to grow and develop the sport of swimming in our region.”
Head Performance Coach
“The opportunity for swimmers to take different pathways through our structure will really suit swimmers of all abilities and interests”
“We’re really proud of our record of developing people through swimming, and encouraging our swimmers to look at teaching, coaching and volunteering as part of their membership experience as they progress through the club”
“The fantastic new facility for Winchester has been long in the making and only adds to our programme.”
It was back in 2011 that we saw the launch of a campaign for a much-needed new sports and leisure centre for Winchester and District. With the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics approaching, it was clear there would be little prospect of an Olympic legacy to increase participation in sport in Winchester and the surrounding areas, as local facilities were already at capacity, and River Park Leisure Centre showing its age. WCPSC membership was limited by pool time, with a very significant waiting list.
Winchester Fit for the Future was a community group formed by volunteers, including Penguins’ members Emma Back and Sue Falconer, to bring together sports clubs and stakeholder organisations in the Winchester area. In 2012 a detailed proposal for a sustainable, accessible community facility was published, and a petition with over 3,300 signatures was delivered to Winchester City Council. Their research, and that of others, detailed the need for, and the long-term viability of, several core sports facilities in Winchester, including a 50m community pool, with dividing boom(s) and variable depth.
The vision, collaboration and hard work of Winchester Fit for the Future, and more recently Winchester Sport Art and Leisure Trust (Winchester SALT), working with WCPSC and other local sports clubs, has played a significant role in finally bringing a new community facility to fruition at the Winchester Sport and Leisure Park in May 2021. With it now comes a new home for the club’s competitive swimming programme and a new chapter in our long history.