Why Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club
“Swimming can reach so many people and be enjoyed by people of all ages. It can transform lives and tackle a number of the problems facing society in a way that no other sport can. This report proves what those involved with swimming have known for a long time. Swimming has the power to help people live longer, better, happier lives.” Swim England, “Value of Swimming” report, November 2019
Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club (HHSC) is run by a team of dedicated coaches, volunteer coaches and teachers, ably led by a committee and supported by an enthusiastic team of volunteers recruited from the parent body, and offers a supportive, inclusive club atmosphere. The club aims to teach swimming as a life skill, for its health benefits and to nurture a life-long love of the sport. We encourage all our swimmers to achieve their competitive potential, but most of all to have fun!
Successful... and hungry for more
Over the years the club has nurtured County, Regional, National and Olympic athletes and the Masters section currently boasts British and World medallists. Our Head Coach was part of the team, at his previous club, which coached three of the swimmers who have been named in the England swimming team for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and one of HHSC's top junior squad swimmers has been selected for the Swim England National Junior Squad for 20/21 season.
Inclusive, community-focussed club
We work hard and play hard too. We believe in supporting our volunteers and giving back to the community, so from 2017 to the present HHSC has focussed on investing in coaching courses and specialist disability training for our volunteers. We established a hardship fund to help swimmers from disadvantaged backgrounds defray the cost of equipment, competition entry fees and travel and have funded swimming teacher or coach courses for swimmers aged 16+ who are from a disadvantaged background, have a disability, or a long-term health condition.
During the coronavirus pandemic we have worked hard to keep our members motivated and engaged and to help them retain their fitness, with Zoom and outdoor workouts, fun fitness challenges, quizzes, scavenger hunts, baking competitions, workshops on mental health, nutrition and the issues faced by female competitive swimmers, as well as guest talks and presentations from current and former Team GB swimmers.
We regularly fundraise for charity; every year we hold a sprint meet in memory of our former head coach. Profits raised are donated to the British Heart Foundation in his memory. Just this year, one of our top junior squad members held a 24-hour, live streaming, online gaming session to raise funds for mental health charity MIND, raising a grand total of £475 and, as we are currently unable to hold our memorial meet, we have completed a virtual club workout and our Head Teacher, whose sweet tooth is legendary, has taken part in the British Heart Foundation's "Dechox" campaign over Lent, raising £445.
HHSC is a competitive swimming club, with a proud history dating back to 1840. It was formally established in 1913 and moved to its current location at Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre in 1937. It currently has approximately 160 members, aged 6 to 60+. Between 2010 and 2016 the club invested to make it the best equipped club in Hertfordshire, with its own scoreboard and timing system, Olympic standard starting blocks, backstroke ledges, and lane ropes, automatic synchronised pace clocks and specialist starting equipment for hearing impaired swimmers.
What the future holds
Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club is proud of its achievements and has ambitious plans. The club is going from strength to strength and we want you to be a part of its success in future seasons. We compete at swim meets throughout the UK, including County, Regional and National championships, attended by hundreds of swimmers, coaches, officials and support staff from all over the UK. Sponsors would therefore gain repeated exposure to this nationwide public through association with a successful competitive club.
A typical season’s programme would comprise:
Swim England National Winter Championships, 4 days, early December
British Swimming Championships, 1 week, mid-April
British Summer Championships, 1 week, late July
Home Nations Summer Championships, 1 week, late July-early August
English Open Water Championships, August
British Masters Short Course Championships, 3 days, late October
British Masters Long Course Championships, 3 days, mid-June
National Arena Swim League, 1 round per month, October-December
HHSC swim camp
European or World Masters Championships
Winter Regional Championships, 3 days, early November
Summer Regional Championships, 6 days, early and late May
East Swimming Open Water Championships, 1 day, mid-late July
Hertfordshire County championships over three consecutive weekends in January
Hertfordshire Major League competition, one round per month, January-March
Hertfordshire Peanuts League, one round per month, May-July
Chilterns League, one round per month, February-April
Four HHSC home meets – Spring Development Meet (May), Fly Fest (September), Birthday Open Meet (October), Alan Doyle Memorial Sprint Meet (varies)
Approx. 12 open meets around the UK over the year (excludes Masters meets)
We are looking to form a mutually beneficial business relationship with one or more companies as club sponsors and are proposing a range of sponsorship packages.