Active Tameside’s Tameside Swim Academy replaces pre-club lessons and will be the next step for swimmers who have completed the Learn to Swim framework. It gives swimmers the opportunity to experience the environment of a competitive training scheme.
As part of the Academy, swimmers will have access to 5 x 45-minute sessions per week at various Active pools throughout Tameside. The Academy will be run on an invitation basis, via a membership system. The cost of membership is £20.83 per month, which gives swimmers access to 5 sessions per week, payable by direct debit. Members are also entitled to free general swims at all Active Tameside pools (excluding inflatable sessions and ‘Swim, Slide & Waves’).
Swimmers are advised to start slowly then increase their training once they have developed their strength and stamina. Each month, representatives from various swimming clubs will be invited to go along to the Academy sessions to identify talent.
Swimmers can book the sessions online, at the pool of their choice, up to a month in advance. The spaces within each session are limited – if you are unable to make a session that you have booked onto, we need to be informed before 8pm the night before, so that other swimmers will be able to take up the place.
Name: Aidan Tevlin
Centre: Active Denton
Club: Ashton-under-Lyne Swimming Cub & Oldham Aquatics
Bio: I learnt to swim at Denton pool through swimming lessons. I am now a regional level swimmer and specialise in frontcrawl, butterfly and backstroke. I have also had the opportunity to work with Olympians such as James Goddard, Rebecca Adlington and Michael Rock. I began coaching and teaching swimming at 13 years old. I have since developed my knowledge and one of the swimmers who I coached was best in the country for 3 years at 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke.
Name: Tenneil Davies
Centre: Active Denton
Club: Ashton-under-Lyne Swimming Cub (previous)
Bio: I started lessons at Ashton Swimming Club – my dad was Head Coach there at the time. I was 8 years old when I integrated into swimming competitively with the club and I swam through until I was 16. Over the 8 years, I raced in different leagues then moved up to county championship races, in which I gained many medal positions. I achieved Swimmer of the Year for Ashton Swimming Club and in that same year, I achieved 39 personal best times. As well as swimming, I assisted my dad in coaching younger swimmers at weekends – both from the poolside and in the water – with my dad’s guidance. I have taken my experience and knowledge with me to my current position with Active Tameside.
Name: Charlotte Williams
Centre: Active Copley
Club: Stalybridge Swmming Club
Bio: I started out with Droylsden Sealions at the age of 10, where I swam for around 4 years. I then had a trial at Manchester Aquatics Centre and I swam for their squad for 2 years, before moving to Stalybridge Swimming Club, who I currently swim for. I have taken part in many competitions and swimming leagues over the years.
Name: Keirah Spalding
Centre: Active Ashton
Club: Dukinfield Marlins (previous)
Bio: I began swimming lessons in Ashton at the age of 8 (briefly swimming for Ashton Swimming Club). I then swam for Dukinfield Marlins for a couple of years, before assisting with Droylsden Sealions. Today I regularly assist with Dukinfield Marlins.
Name: Ellis Campbell
Centre: Active Medlock
Club: Stalybridge Swimming Club
Bio: I started swimming lessons at the age of 5 then progressed to Droylsden Sealions for a couple of years. I then went on to join Stalybridge Swimming Club, who I currently swim for. I started coaching at the age of 15 at Stalybridge then completed my level one teaching qualification, aged 16. I then completed my level two teaching qualification.
Name: Stephen Bromley
Centre: Active Medlock
Club: Hyde Seal Swimming Club
Bio: I have always had a real passion for swimming, being involved as a swimmer since the age of 4 then moving on to coaching at a later age. I have swum competitively since 9 years old, achieving many awards along the way and I still compete today to a high level, in masters swimming across all 4 strokes. I am the Junior Team Manager at Hyde Seal Swimming Club and I have been coaching swimmers there since I was 14 years of age, having been fortunate enough to coach some regional and national swimmers. I am always researching and learning new methods and coaching techniques to better myself in swimming. I will use all of my skills and knowledge to help children in the Swim Academy to develop and reach their swimming goals.