General Training Information


Coaching is organised on a squad basis, with membership of each squad determined by the swimmers level of performance and their personal objectives.

The tables below describe the composition and entry requirements for all squads.

The Borough’s Learn to Swim programme is the main source of new club members.  Participants in the LTS Level four are given a free trial to ascertain if they are ready for / interested in the demands of club swimming.  Swimmers from other sources are welcome to contact the Club if interested in a trial. Contact email:

Progression is achieved through a successful trial with the appropriate squad.  Where a swimmer is not ready to step up a squad(s) he will be encouraged to work on a particular aspect of his/her swimming before undertaking another trial or by achieving objective performance criteria based on the County or Regional Qualifying Times, for example.  Although this can be frustrating, it is far preferable to being placed in an inappropriate squad where the swimmer will struggle and perhaps become disenchanted with swimming.

It is recognised that some swimmers do not see Club membership as a commitment to train more and more to achieve higher targets.  The Swimfit+squad provides the opportunity for regular training without an expectation of participation in competitive swimming.

The Club employs qualified coaches to ensure that members have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential as swimmers.  Holly Richards is N&UEL’s Head Coach, supported by a team of coaches.  Senior members have the opportunity to take swimming teachers / coaches courses in addition to the regular coaching staff.  These courses are run by the club from time to time; please speak to Holly if interested.

The Coach/Swimmer ratio is a maximum of 24 swimmers to one coach, and the maximum numbers of swimmers per session depends on the number of lanes.