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.

March Long Course Meet 2023

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries for our March Long Course meet. This will be held at Inspire on 18th and 19th March 2023.  The meet is licensed at Level 1 under number 1ER230045.

Full details can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Three National Masters Titles For Graham Powell

Graham Powell claimed six medals, three Eastern Region and five Beds Masters record from his six swims at the English National Masters.

Graham Powell: Triple Gold Medalist @ 2022 English National Masters

However the ten – strong squad all produced notable performances. Dave Wright was our other medal winner as a total of seven Beds County and twelve Club Masters records were broken. Advancing years proved no obstacle as some of our Ladies swam their fastest ever times in Masters events. Read here for a detailed report.

Two East Region Masters’ Champions

Karen MacKenzie and John O’Rourke were both crowned Backstroke champions as the small squad of the Club’s Masters who chose to compete in advance of the National Short Course Championships later this month returned from Newmarket with thirteen medals.

L-R: Karen, John, Lorraine, Sam & Alastair

A detailed report (together with successes from other Masters’ meets earlier in the year) may be accessed here.

Welcome to New Our New Head Coach Charlie Stevens

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Charlie Stevens as Team Luton’s new Head Coach from September 2022.

Charlie joins us from Plymouth Leander Swimming Club, where he is currently the Head of Juniors and Regional Age Group Coach. He comes with a wealth of experience having had an active role in swimming over the past 16 years, 7 years as a competitive swimmer at Harlow Penguins Swimming Club where he reached regional level and 9 years as a swimming coach. He has worked with swimmers of all levels, ranging from teaching Level 1 learn to swim to coaching swimmers competing at British and National Championships. At the age of 18, he became the youngest Head Coach in Britain when he took over at Brentwood Swimming Club, he significantly increased the number of county, regional and national qualifiers.

In 2018, Charlie returned to Harlow Penguins as Performance Coach and Assistant Head Coach, delivering a programme which again was responsible for a big rise in county and regional qualifications. As well as working with Harlow’s national qualifiers, he mentored junior coaches, developed a strength and conditioning programme and organised the club’s first training camp in Spain. He has since coached Essex County junior’s skills camps (11 years), Essex County team at inter-county competitions, East Region Foundation Performance Camp in Peterborough and the East Region Olympic trial camp in Loughborough. He joined Plymouth Leander in the summer of 2020 where his key responsibilities included development of the Junior pathway and improving the partnerships with local leisure providers and swim schools. He actively promotes and develops coach, parent and athlete education programmes through clinics, seminars, workshops and camps.  His role has seen him assisting the Director and Deputy Director of swimming with high performance training sessions, while being a line manager to junior coaches within the programme.

Charlie has impressed us with his knowledge and approach, his passion for the sport, his work disciplines and his desire to build a good programme for Team Luton from Academy through to Performance. Charlie is passionate about realising the potential of each individual swimmer he coaches, and he is committed to working collaboratively to provide the highest standards of coaching across the Club.

Commenting on his appointment Charlie said – Firstly, I would like to the thank the Committee for giving me this opportunity and believing in me to take the club forward.  Some of you may have seen me at Regional meets a few years ago when I was at Harlow and I cannot wait to come back to the region. I am excited to work with a strong team of coaches and the committee and we are all looking forward to the bright future ahead of us, in the fantastic venue Luton has to offer. Over the season I will get to know you all and hopefully help each one of you achieve your maximum potential and goals.  I look forward to starting off the new season with Team Luton!

FOUR Individual British Masters Champions

The 2022 British Swimming Masters Championships held in Aberdeen saw four Team Luton members crowned individual champions.

L-R: Colin Mayes, Sharon Thompson, Kelly Cooke, Dave Wright, Karen MacKenzie, Graham Powell, Sam Bradley & Malcolm Barton

Kelly Cooke, Karen MacKenzie, Dave Wright and Graham Powell spearheaded a weekend that saw the squad of eight competitors win 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 Bronze medals whilst setting 4 East Region, 15 Beds County and a total of 20 Club Masters records. Read here for a full report

DRAFT ACCEPTED ENTRIES FOR SUMMER LONG COURSE MEET

We are pleased that we have now processed all of the entries to our Open Meet and are able to publish our draft accepted entries. Unfortunately, in order to maintain a balanced programme,  we have had to reject some boys from 400m freestyle. This was done strictly in order of when we received the entry files.

We also were over-subscribed in the long distance freestyle events and are therefore publishing waiting lists for these. Further information can be found here

TEAM LUTON SUMMER LONG COURSE FULL

Update 15/3/22. Many thanks to all swimmers who have entered this meet. Unfortunately we are completely FULL and are unable to accept any further entries.  We have processed the entry files in strict order of receipt and will be running a waiting list for the long distance events for 800m/1500m events and, in order to run a balanced programme we are also going to have to reject some male swimmers from 400m free. We hope to have sorted all of this out by next weekend – thank you for your patience.