Nottingham Northern Swimming Club

Nottingham Northern Swimming Club logoNottingham Northern Swimming Club is a friendly and competitive swimming club which welcomes both female and male swimmers of all abilities from the age of five years old.

Training Sessions are held five times a week; three times at Harvey Hadden Sports Village and once each at Ken Martin Leisure Centre and at Nottingham High School. The club organises an annual Nottingham Northern Junior Open Meet in June each year - the 2019 date will be Sunday 30th June - and enters swimmers in a range of Galas throughout the year.


Current Notices

NORTHERN JUNIOR OPEN 2019: Entries are now OPEN for the 43rd Nottingham Northern Junior Open. This is being held on Sunday 30th June 2019 in a 25m pool at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham, with events for swimmers aged 9 to 14 on the day. There will be boys and girls events in all four strokes over 50 metres, with heats and finals for the top 8 in each age group, and the 100 metre Individual Medley with heat declared winners. In each age range there will be trophies for the top 6 in each event, as well as Top Club, Top Boy and Top Girl trophies to be contested. A fun, exciting day of competition for junior swimmers is planned, and all details and entry forms can be found on the Northern Junior Open 2019 page.

FRIDAY 22ND MARCH 2019: The Swim School Gala will take place during our normal training session on this day. Only those competing in this Gala should attend or those in T1 and T2 (in the south pool).

AGM 2019: Our 2019 AGM will take place at Harvey Hadden at 7:30pm on Wednesday 27th March. Anyone interested in joining the committee, please add your name to the nomination form at the Northern desk. The elections will then take place at the AGM.

MICHELLE HAMMOND - SPONSORED 5K SWIMATHON: Our coach Michelle is swimming 5km on 31st March to raise funds for Cancer Research. Please considering supporting her here.

Easter 2019: There will be no training sessions on Thursday 18th April, Friday 19th April, Sunday 21st April and Monday 22nd April 2019.

Bank Holidays - May 2019: There will be no training sessions on the Bank Holiday Mondays - 6th May and 27th May 2019.

COUNTIES WEEKEND 2 - UPDATE: Well it was another long weekend of swimming, but our 7 swimmers who competed did amazingly well! 18 races resulted in 18 PB's, Northern swimmers competing in 7 finals and 8 medals being won. Kallum Quirke won Gold in 200, 400 and 800 Free, Silver in 50 Free and 200 Back, with Rose Gubbins winning Bronze in 50 Free, 100 and 200 Back. Feeling very proud of our swimmers. Ian - Head Coach

50m Training Sessions: Training sessions using the full 50 metre pool at Harvey Hadden are available every month for swimmers from the top four lanes. These sessions take place from 5-6 pm on Sundays and the next dates are:

  • 24th March
  • 7th April
  • 19th May
  • 2nd June
  • 16th June
  • 21st July
  • 1st September
  • 15th September
  • 29th September
  • 13th October
  • 27th October
  • 17th November
  • 15th December
  • 12th January 2020
  • 26th January
  • 16th February
  • 8th March

Pool Closures: Due to pool closures at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, we have moved some of our Sunday sessions to John Carroll Leisure Centre, Denman Street Central, Nottingham, NG7 3PS. We will begin at the earlier time of 12 noon, finishing at 1 pm. T2 group will be in the teaching pool from 12 - 12.30 pm and those who normally swim in the first session the time is 12 - 12.30 pm and the second session is 12.30 - 1 pm.

The sessions at John Carroll are :

  • Sunday 10th March 2019
  • Sunday 7th April 2019
  • Sunday 28th April 2019
  • Sunday 26th May 2019
  • Sunday 14th July 2019

If any training sessions have to be cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstances, announcements will be issued by email. Please ensure the club has an up to date email address for you to ensure you receive alerts.

Acorn Open Meet - Sunday 7th April 2019 - Hucknall: Entries are now being submitted for Mansfield Swimming Club's annual Acorn Open Meet to be held at Hucknall Leisure Centre on Sunday 7th April 2019. Entry forms and all the information you need are available here. Forms need to be submitted to Debbie Blagg by Friday 15th February. Please also see our Galas and Diary Dates page with dates to the end of 2019 and beyond!

Swimmer of the Month - January 2019: Congratulations to Niamh Morley for an outstanding month of attendance and dedication to training!

Swimmer Of The Month January 2019

COUNTIES WEEKEND 1 - UPDATE: Well it was a very long 18 hours of swimming this weekend, but our 7 swimmers who competed did amazingly well! 19 races resulted in 18 PB's, Northern swimmers competing in 6 finals and 3 medals being won. Kallum Quirke won silver in the boys 100 Back and gold in the boys 100 Free, with Rose Gubbins winning bronze in the girls 400 Free. Congratulations also to Myleece Quirke for getting into the 50 Breaststroke final. I'm really looking forward to weekend 2. Ian - Head Coach

Club Newsletter - January 2019: Please read the latest edition of the Northerner.

Easter Swim Camps: Young swimmers aged 8-11 are invited to join the City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club at a series of stroke camps which they have planned over the Easter break. Swimmers can attend any, or all of the camps which are to take place at Lincoln Christ's Hospital School, Lincoln as follows:

  • Tuesday 9th April: Butterfly and Starts and Turns
  • Thursday 11th April: Backstroke and Nutrition for Competitions
  • Tuesday 16th April: Breaststroke and Race Imagery
  • Thursday 18th April: Freestyle and IM
The day camps will run from 8:30am-1:40pm, and will include pool time as well as land-based activities, and supervised breaks. The days promise to be a great learning experience for swimmers of all abilities, although we would expect them to be Swim England members, and to have passed the Competitive Start Award to enable them to get the most from the days. The days will result in improved stroke technique and confidence in competitions for all participating swimmers.

Pauline Gourley, our Head Coach with extensive experience in developing successful swimmers from learn to swim through to National standard will lead the camps. Pauline is also the Head Coach for the East Midlands Regional Camps and actively involved with Swim England and the England Talent programmes.

The day camps will cost £35 for Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke, and £45 for the Freestyle and IM day or £115 if all 4 are booked before 31st Jan, and £130 after. For more information or to reserve places, please contact Places are limited so early booking is recommended!


Time Trials - Monday 17th December 2018: Congratulations to the swimmers who achieved new PBs at the Time Trials in December. For results see the Swimmers Page. Results were also published to the Swimming Rankings database.

Notts ASA Festive Frenzy, December 2nd/3rd 2018: Congratulations to all Nottingham Northern swimmers who competed at the Notts ASA Festive Frenzy OM this weekend. There were so many fabulous swims resulting in many PB's, County times, Midlands times and medals. Well done!

Book your places in advance with the team on the desk at training sessions.

Presentation Evening 2018: Our annual presentation evening is now over for another year. Photos from the event are now available via the Swimmers Page.

Clare Soar

Congratulations to Club President, Clare Soar, for her 25 years of service to the club! This milestone was marked at the Presentation Evening with flowers and an inscribed vase.

Club Champs 2018: Congratulations to all the swimmers for your achievements, including many new PBs and thirteen Club Records broken! Thanks to all who helped in organising the events. Updated PB lists are now available on the Swimmers Page. Here are the Club Champs 2018 Complete Results and the updated Club Records.

Swimming Teacher Level 2: Congratulations to Michelle Hammond for achieving her Coaches Level 1 Qualification. Well done! Remember you can find out about all our coaches and teachers here.

East Midlands Club Newsletter - September 2018: Please follow this link to keep up to date with activities organised by Swim England East Midlands: East Midlands Club Newsletter September 2018.

Worksop Dolphins Open Meet - 1st September 2018: Congratulations to Myleece Quirke and Rose Gubbins on a fabulous day at the Worksop Dolphins OM at Ponds Forge! Myleece competed in 7 races, resulting in 7 long course PB's and 2 medals. Rose competed in 7 races, resulting in 6 long course PB's and 6 medals. Ian, Head Coach

Cardiac Screening: Cardiac Risk in the Young offer subsidised heart abnormality screening to young people aged 14 to 35. For more information or to see a list of free screening sessions in our area, visit their website.

Nottingham Northern Junior Open - Sunday 24th June 2018: Thank you to everyone who attended our 42nd Northern Junior Open, whether swimming, volunteering, officiating or supporting! Congratulations to Sutton for winning the Top Club trophy for the sixth year in a row! Congratulations also to Anna Tyers of City of Derby for winning the Top Girl trophy and to King Wai Zhang-Lei of Bramcote and Matthew Pavier of Worksop Dolphins who both won Top Boy. All the results are available here and have been uploaded to the British Swimming Results database. We look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday 30th June 2019 for our next Open!

Distance Swim - April 2018: Well done to all those who took part in or helped out at our distance swim on Friday 27th April 2018. We had 49 swimmers take part in the 90 minute session, and in total 6,028 lengths (150,700m) were swam. This is a fabulous achievement! Results showing the distances swum for each swimmer are available on the Swimmers Page.

Club Captains 2018

Club Captains: Congratulations to our new Club Captains, Solomon and Chloe, elected at our club Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th March 2018.

Meet the Team: Please find photos and info on all our current coaching and teaching team on the Meet the Teaching and Coaching Team page.

Training Equipment: Training Equipment is now available to order from the desk on Fridays and Sundays. Please see the Swimming Equipment page for details of all the club's clothing, bags and training equipment.

New Club Structure: My coaching team and I have been reviewing the club structure, with the aim of simplifying it as well as adding in more swimming time for our younger swimmers. With effect from 1st January 2018, our swim session groups will be changing. We are introducing age group squads; Junior 1 & 2, Intermediate 1 & 2 and Seniors, which will follow on from our Teaching Groups 1 & 2. Although we will try to keep to age groups where possible, entry into these groups will also be based on technique, attitude, attendance and times, and so swimmers may be invited by myself to train in a higher squad. Squad reviews will take place periodically to help ensure swimmers are progressing in accordance with expectations, aspirations and ability. Please see the Training Schedule for the times of each group's sessions and details of the aims of each group. As always, please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns. Best Wishes, Ian Fahy, Head Coach, Nottingham Northern Swimming Club.

Teaching and Coaching Incentive Scheme: The club has introduced a NNSC Teaching and Coaching Incentive Scheme to encourage more parents and swimmers to become teachers and coaches.

Friends of Northern: The club has launched a "Friends of Northern" group to help former members keep in contact with the club. Please read more here.

Nottingham Northern Joins Facebook! From Ian: As the Head Coach of this great swimming club, may I encourage you to like our new Facebook page and view it regularly. On here you will find important club updates, videos of up and coming training drills which we will be using, and so much more. Please get connected today! Visit
Best Wishes
Ian Fahy - Head Coach - NNSC

Sport Nottinghamshire: Keep an eye on the Sport Nottinghamshire website for news and updates on sport in our county.

Just Swim app: The ASA have recently launched a new Just Swim website and app. It has three key sections, all of which have been developed to suit both the novice and the more experienced swimmer: distance goals, calorie burn goals and tips and advice for a better lifestyle. Visit the Just Swim website for more details or to download the app.

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