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Bristol Penguins Olympic SC joins City of Bristol Network of Swimming Clubs

Bristol Aquatics are delighted to advise that, with immediate effect, Bristol Penguins Olympic SC will be joining the City of Bristol Network of Swimming Clubs (COB).

This will provide an additional opportunity to Bristol Penguins Swimmers, who meet the criteria, to move to performance swimming at COB, in addition to the current UBSC route.

Bristol Penguins will be working very closely with COB to develop opportunities for its swimmers and the development of the club.

The Chairman of Bristol Penguins – Ben Mullen – will be joining the City of Bristol SC Aquatics Board.

This is a great step forward for the development of the City of Bristol Network of Swimming Clubs

Mike Pearce - Chairman of COB said "We are extremely excited by the news which will facilitate many more swimmers in the Bristol area having access to our successful performance pathway. I am sure Bristol Penguins will be a valued asset to the COB Network of Swimming Clubs and we look forward to sharing future success with them as we build on last season's excellent and record breaking results".

Ben Mullen – Chairman of Bristol Penguins said “Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club is delighted to join the City of Bristol Network of Swimming Clubs and the opportunity to link with this established and increasingly successful performance pathway. We very much look forward to being part of the collaborative network and the wider role to help develop swimming provision across the competitive spectrum”

Matt Puddy – Swimming Head Coach COB said “Our coaching network is delighted to welcome Bristol Penguins into the set-up. Together the City and surrounding area is stronger. Collectively our network of clubs support each other to develop strength and sustainability that will provide increased and quality opportunities for people to participate at all levels in the sport of swimming. The addition of Bristol Penguins to our network will only enhance the overall aquatics pathway in the area which is based at Hengrove's International Swimming Pool. Also ensuring further high performance results through effective athlete development and collaborative coaching”

Josh Jobbins – Bristol Penguins Head Coach said “City of Bristol Aquatics provides a strong and ever improving performance environment for which I’m sure our fastest and most dedicated swimmers will strive to be a part of. In addition to this, I know myself and the coaching team at Penguins are excited to become part of this wider network as we work to improve the provision for all club swimmers.  

Ben Mullen – Chairman Bristol Penguins Olympic SC 
Mike Pearce – City of Bristol Aquatics
11 September 2017

For the benefit of the COB membership below is information on Bristol Penguins SC

About Bristol Penguin Olympic SC

Bristol Penguins is a teaching and competitive swimming club based primarily at Easton Leisure Centre in Bristol. We have about 290 members ranging from those learning to swim (stages 4/5 to 7), competitive squads and a masters section for adults. We are proud to be one of the most diverse swimming clubs in the South West of England and have members from across Bristol. We have had particular success with our junior swimmers over the years and have now have improved our provision for youth and senior swimmers. Entry to the club is through an age based criteria. In addition to the competitive squads, we provide a once a week club session for those swimmers who join our swim academy and don’t meet the entry requirements for the competitive squads or for those who wish to select a less competitive route. We have a link with Portway Swimming Club to help provide support with coaching and to also provide additional sessions to their best swimmers.  We organise a number of novice and development galas and run a winter league each year and try to ensure there are competitive opportunities for every club swimmer. We have three contracted coaches. Our newly appointed lead coach is Josh Jobbins. He works closely with our technical lead Andrej Baranovskij who plans the weekly sessions. David Cousins overseas the development and ‘club’ squads and is responsible for swimmer assessment. Jason Silcox, a volunteer coach, is the main lane coach for our top youth squad. 

We have around 60 swimmers who have county qualifying times and around 6 swimmers with at least one regional qualifying times. In addition to the novice, development galas and winter league mentioned above, we take part in the Mini Series, Southern Junior League and Cotswold League. This year we won the B final of the Cotswold League and finished 9th out of 26 teams in the Southern Junior League. 

Our ethos is to teach and coach children to not just to swim but to become lifelong swimmers. We aim to provide a productive yet fun atmosphere where each swimmer can progress along their own individual swimming journey. We also aim to do our bit to help our young members develop as young people as well as swimmers, such as through our young volunteer programme.  Our club is managed by a group of dedicated and well organised volunteer committee members and have achieved Swim 21 accreditation. We have recently signed up to Active Hy-Tek’s Swim Manager and our highest priority item for our volunteer workforce is the recruitment and full training of swimming officials and higher level swimming officials. 

Bristol Penguins are delighted to join the City of Bristol Network of Swimming Clubs. We have members from across Bristol. COB and the facility at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre provides an excellent choice for swimmers wishing to commit to a performance pathway environment. The COB performance programme is producing tangible results at regional, national and now international level so naturally the ability to become a network club is very appealing. Bristol Penguins would like to continue to be a strong community club but also wants to be part of and contribute to something bigger. Also, we believe the COB network provides considerable opportunities through mutual collaboration and we hope we can fulfil our network obligations for wider benefit.

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