General Info

How do I join the club?

Either fill in our contact form or email us and we’ll get in touch to explain how you can join.

How can I help the club?

If you want to help the club, we have a variety of ways you can do it! From poolside help, timekeeping, judging, coaching, admin and just supporting at certain events. If you feel you can help, please contact Sarah Houghton at: esc.developmentofficer@gmail.com.

Do I need to swim competitively to be a part of ESC?

No, ESC is an inclusive club. All swimmers are welcome and we have squads to cater for differing aspirations. Swimmers will be required to meet the minimum standard for their age to join. If successful, all we ask is for you to immerse yourself in club events and be part of the team.

When will my child move up to the next swimming group?

The Head Coach will continuously evaluate the group each child is placed within. Each squad has a set of criteria and swimmers will not be moved into the next squad until they are ready. This is based on age and ability. A brief outline of the criteria can be found on the squads page.

What are time trials?

Time trials are less frequently used at ESC these days. We may hold a time trial during a regular session. This will be where swimmers are timed over a specific distance. The distance will be determined by the squad. The times are then recorded on Swim Club Manager and are used when assessing the swimmer’s ability for competitions and squad moves. These are conducted less frequently as most swimmers update their times regularly by attending galas, external meets and club championships.

When will my child learn how to do a competitive start?

Swimmers will consistently be practising skills to achieve an effective dive during training sessions. When swimmers join at our introductory stage they will develop the competitive dive naturally and achieve their competitive start award when coaches are confident all the skills have been achieved. For swimmers joining late to the club (entering higher squads) they will be taught these skills in sessions and their competency tested. This may require additional sessions to achieve.

What equipment does my child need?


A popular question, due to children worrying about goggles coming off when diving. I personally wear Arena goggles and would certainly recommend them but each swimmer must become comfortable with a pair of goggles that they are comfortable with. Have a spare pair for back up too. I tend to have a training pair and a racing pair. My training pair are then my back up racing goggles.


Club swimming hats can be ordered via the club when we run a bulk order and these can be personalised. Please contact Michele Stokes-Sheldon at membership.evesham.swim.club@gmail.com if you wish to purchase a plain ESC hat as we often have spare stock.

Fins, Kick Boards and Pull Buoys

These are essential pieces of equipment for all training sessions. Now and then we will run a second hand club shop to purchase items. Alternatively there are a number of online stores where you should be able to obtain them from.

Water Bottles

Water bottles are essential to have at all events and training sessions. We do not have any official ESC water bottles. Any bottles are absolutely fine as long as each swimmers has a water bottle at every session/event. Swimmers should not bring energy drinks to sessions.

T-Shirts / Hoodies / Bags

The club operates a club shop every so often so please keep an eye on your emails for the next one. The company that supply the kit come along to a Monday night club session. This is when we will often do a second hand kit sale too.

Swimming Costumes

We do not have specific ESC costumes. Swimmers are free to source their own preferred style of costume. At most meets there are opportunities to purchase such items in the event shop. Any new swimmers joining should ensure they have race/training appropriate costumes (eg. not shorts or bikinis!)


What is a PGL gala? 

PGL is an exciting swimming league where the children are selected to represent the club. Points are allocated to each swimmer (or relay team) based on their position in the race. The higher the placing, the more points they get.

There are 4 rounds in total, and if we score enough points, we hopefully make the finals!

What is a speeding ticket?

In PGL galas, every race has a time limit on it. If the swimmer records a time that is faster than the time limit, they are disqualified! It sounds strange, but this prevents events being won by the massive city clubs and gives us smaller clubs a fighting chance! It is also a great competition to allow the club to develop our swimmers and give them vital experience of competing.

What are summer/winter champs and how do I enter?

Summer and Winter championships are both intra-club competitions – swimmers within ESC compete against each other to get used to a competitive environment. The summer champs are focussed on shorter distances and all times are recorded on swim club manager. Winter champs are focussed on longer distances.

Entry forms are sent out via SCM, with full details on the events, the rules and how to enter.

What are open meets, and should I enter them?

An open meet is a competition where a swimmer can swim competitively as an individual. We tend to enter a lot of open meets as a club so swimmers are as a team but achievements are recognised as individual successes. Any swimmer can enter, provided their time falls within the time bracket specified by the host club and you are CAT 2 registered. We encourage our swimmers to gain as much experience as possible by entering a range of events at open meets – not just your favourite stroke every time you swim!

What is being ‘Swim Competitive’ (previously called CAT 2) Registered?

Swimmers who only want to swim at club level at Evesham only need to be ‘Swim Train’ registered (previously called CAT 1). Swimmers wishing to represent the club and swim competitively at Open Meets need to be ‘Swim Competitive’ registered. This is a level of insurance for each swimmers provided by Swim England. Annual fees are due in January of each year.