Welcome to Team Luton

Team Luton Swimming Club is a well-established, friendly and highly successful competitive swimming club based at Inspire: Luton Sports Village.

We encourage everyone starting from their very first local swim meet through to our Performance swimmers competing at Regional and National level.  With seven Performance swimmers qualifying for the 2019 British or National championships and fifteen for the English National Masters, the Club prides itself on providing a supportive club environment that enables all swimmers, regardless of age, to reach their full competitive potential. As of July 2020, our Performance, Masters and Seniors Age Group members held over 120 Beds County long course and short course records on distances ranging from 50m to 1,500m.

If you are interested in joining, contact either the Club’s Secretary or Masters Secretary. Read here for more about us or click on any of the drop down menus for much more information.

Outdoor Land Training

From Monday 29th March until Thursday 8th April 2021 All Land Training sessions will be stopping on zoom and moving outside.  Training schedule for all squads can be found here.  

Full details have been emailed to all squads.  Please make sure you read the guidance notes before attending the training.

We look forward to seeing you all over the next couple of weeks.  Pool re-opening is scheduled for the 12th April, further details will be sent out shortly.

Welcome to our new Head Coach Jamie Fowler

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Jamie Fowler as our Head Coach from February 2021.

Jamie joins us from the City of Birmingham Swimming Club where he is currently Development Squad coach, taking swimmers to regional standard and beyond.

He comes with a wealth of experience having been a swim coach for over 8 years. He swam competitively for 10 years including at Team Luton.

Building on a degree in sport and exercise sciences, he has worked with swimmers of all ages, coaching athletes who have competed at national and international level.

Over the past two seasons Jamie has been selected as a skills coach on the Swim England National Development Programme, working with swimmers from different clubs and alongside other coaches from across the country.

Over the last 18 months he has produced a coaching podcast, interviewing coaches at the forefront of the sport. This has been great for knowledge sharing and discussions on ideas and best practices across swimming.

Commenting on his appointment Jamie said: I am delighted to have be the new Head Coach of Team Luton. This is a club very close to my heart having given me the platform as a swimmer to achieve my best. As a coach I am hoping I can give something back to this club and help everyone involved better themselves and move to the next level.

 We are thrilled to have Jamie join as head coach and look forward to supporting him in realising our shared ambitions for the Club.

Autumn Short Course Open Meet. 3ER200608. 31 October / 1 November 2020.

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries for our Autumn Short Course Open Meet to be held on 31 October and 1 November 2020.

The meet is first-come-first-served and will include all strokes and all distances (including mixed 800m and 1500m events). The events have no minimum qualifying times and so is suitable for everyone

We look forward to welcoming you!!

Further details and the entry forms/packs can be found below:

Closing date 10 October 2020

September Open Meet. 26/27 September 2020. 3ER200342

We are delighted to announce that we are now accepting entries for our September Open Meet – our first of the new 2020/21 swim season.  We hope that this gives swimmers something to look forward to during these difficult times.

The meet is first-come-first-served and will include all strokes and all distances (including mixed 800m and 1500m events). The events have no minimum qualifying times and so is suitable for everyone

We look forward to welcoming you back to Inspire!!

Further details and the entry forms/packs can be found below:

Closing date 5 September 2020

Team Luton Level 1 meets are CANCELLED

March Meet 1ER200051 and April Meet 1ER200055

 

Please be aware that following the Government’s guidelines on the need for physical distancing we have reluctantly decided that we have to cancel these meets.

Whilst falling short of banning galas, Swim England’s statement last night gives strong guidance on how we should treat galas with swimmers from many clubs. We are clear that we have a moral responsibility to protect swimmers, spectators and volunteers alike.

We appreciate that this decision will be unwelcome by some and so over the last twenty four hours we have evaluated many options to keep the meet going. We  know how many hours swimmers have trained to compete at this level. It is so hard that they won’t have the opportunity to race.

We will be refunding fees for swimmer entry and spectators but please bear with us as we have a lot of urgent admin tasks to wind down ahead of the weekend. The refund process will start early next week.

Once again we are deeply sorry for the decision that we have had to make. We wish swimmers all of the best for the rest of the season – please keep training where you can!!!

Thanks for choosing to enter a Team Luton gala and we hope to see you again soon in happier times

Fiona Walmsley (gala promoter)

 

 

UK Government and Swim England issue further guidance on Coronavirus

On 12 March 2020 the Government announced that we were moving from the Contain to the Delay stage of  their action plan for handling the pandemic.

The key change in their guidance is that people should self isolate at home for 7 days if they have a new persistent cough and/or a fever.

We would ask that any swimmers, parents, coaches or friends please follow this guidance during training sessions and also  with respect to attendance at galas.

On 10 March Swim England issued further advice and links to UK Government website. This can be found here

Team Luton training will continue as normal.

 

More Masters County Records…

Six of our swimmers competed the Bracknell Masters Meet, collecting 16 medals and setting four more County Masters records. Read here for more details.

L-R: Malcolm Barton, Karen MacKenzie, Jodie Armstrong, Michelle Neal, Kelly Cooke and Colin Mayes

East Region and Beds Long Course Masters Records For Jo

Congratulations to Jo Mitchinson on setting an East Region and 4 new Beds Masters records in the 40 – 44 years’ age group with her winning swims at the Welsh Masters Long Course Championships.

Jo Mitchinson: Double gold medalist at the Welsh Long Course Masters

Jo’s 200m Freestyle time of  2:21.53 broke the East Region record by 6 seconds whilst her time of 2:47.62 in the 200m Butterfly set new figures for the County’s 40 – 44 years’ age group record. Her 100m splits of 1:20.82 and 1:08.23 were both new Beds records; Jo’s freestyle split breaking the record club mate Kelly Cooke had only set back in January.