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3:43pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
BURNLEY Aquatics Club has been riding a wave of success for 100 years.
Originally two clubs, Rosegrove ASC and Burnley Swimming & Water Polo, the clubs merged in November 2010.
The club has more than 400 members aged from four years to late 60s and there is no upper age limit.
It teaches non-swimmers and trains squad swimmers, with numerous members going on to achieve national success.
There are also junior and senior water polo teams.
The club meets on Tuesdays at St Peter’s Leisure Centre in Burnley from 6.30pm to 9pm. Members also meet at Padiham pool on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Club spokesman Keelie Pilkington said: “We teach non-swimmers and also coach more advanced swimmers and are a feeder club for the Burnley Bobcats swimming squad.
“We encourage people of all ages and abilities to come and join and see if they like it.
“The club is run by volunteers and is fully affiliated with the ASA National Programme and all the coaches and other helpers are CRB checked.
“Our main aim is to improve people’s confidence with swimming and to make them more competent in the water.
“As everything is done voluntarily, swimming lessons cost just £3.20 for an hour, which covers the cost of using the pool.
“It is so satisfying to see children who were once afraid of the water being able to swim a length and conquer their fear.
“I believe it is really important for children to be able to swim. It is a life skill and something that could potentially save their life.”
The club has a friendly league, micro league and subsidiary league teams which compete against other clubs in the north west.
It also has internal club championships.
Keelie added: “There is a good social aspect to the club. We have a children’s Christmas party and a presentation evening, amongst other things.
“There are spaces for lessons for non-swimmers. We recommend that anyone interested in joining comes down to see if they like it.”
For more information about the club and times, visit www.burnleyaquaticsclub.co.uk
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