Swimming Academy

Swimming Academy

The BCS Swimming Academy is open to both pupils and non-pupils and is affiliated with Swim England.

We aim to help every swimmer fulfil their potential, learn the importance of working as a team plus enjoy new experiences and friendships.

Key Features 

  • Timetabled swim sessions incorporated into the BCS school day
  • A yearly integrated competition calendar/racing plan
  • High performance support
  • Elite level coaching both in the pool and gym
  • Progress reports
  • Mentoring sessions with your coaches
  • Long course training sessions

Entrance Criteria

Entrants will undergo a trial in an academy session to decide which level they would swim at. Swimmers will be placed in either the blue, silver, or white training group. This directly dictates the level and amount they swim with blue being the higher ability swimmers performing at National level. Selection Criteria: The BCS swimming programme is not just for Bournemouth Collegiate School students but is open to all to apply.

How to Join

Request a trial by contacting Head Coach Sam Woodward by emailing: 

Selection Criteria: The BCS swimming programme is not just for Bournemouth Collegiate School students, but is open to all to apply.

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For existing members, please follow the Team Unify link to login. 

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Learn to Swim Programme 

Meet the Coaching Team

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Head Coach | County Coach | ASA Club Coach - Level 3 | ASA Level 2 Teacher with advanced coaching | IOS Level 3 Assessor




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Swimming Coach | ASA Level 2 Coach | ASA Level 2 Teacher

Tony Watson

Development Coach | ASA Club Coach - Level 3 | Olympic Coach - Sydney 2000 | World Championship Coach 2003 | Commonwealth Games 2002 | Multiple World Cup Meet Swim Coach

Swimming Schedule

Competition Information

Licensed Meets are swimming events licensed by Swim England. This means they have to meet certain standards to ensure fair competition.

The English swimming licensed meets calendar contains a range of ‘open’ meets, designed to give all competitive swimmers in England the chance to achieve their true potential. All licensed meets are subject to ASA laws and regulations and the ASA Technical Rules of Racing. They are graded into four levels.

Level 1 - Meets are long course (50m) only and cover National, Regional and County Championships. Their purpose is to enable athletes to achieve qualifying times for entry into National, Regional and County Championships.

Level 2 - Meets are short course (25m) only and cover National, Regional and County Championships. Their purpose is to enable athletes to achieve qualifying times for entry into National, Regional and County Championships in short course.

Level 3 - Meets are long and short course events. Their purpose is to enable athletes to achieve times for entry into Regional and County Championships and other Meets at Level 1 or Level 2.

Level 4 - Meets are entry level events in pools 25m or greater. Club Championships are an example. They are for inexperienced athletes and swimmers seeking to compete outside their club environment. If times are good athletes progress to Level 3 Meets.

The coaching team will put together and publish a competition calendar at the start of each season (September-July) with the aim of giving all members of BCS swimming club the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal goals.

Competition Calendar

Friday 8th Welcome back BBQ BCS Senior All Members
Wednesday 27th ESSA Secondary School - Team Relay Millfield BCS Pupils
No competitions, blocked out for training
Sunday 8th Swim England National Team County Championship Sheffield Selection
Wednesday 11th (TBC) ISA South West National Qualifier Sherbourne BCS pupils
Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd Rushmoor Royals Level 3 Short Course County Qualifier Aldershot Blue / Silver / Development
Saturday 28th BCS Start of Season Time Trials BCS Senior Prep / Development
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th South West Winter Championships Millfield Qualifying Times (non-target meet)
Friday 17th - Sunday 19th Swim Bournemouth Level 2 Open Meet Littledown Blue / Silver / Development
Sunday 19th ESSA National Secondary Team Relays Finals London Aquatic Centre Qualification via ESSA South West Secondary Team Relays
Friday 1st ISA National Finals London Aquatic Centre BCS pupils selected from ISA National Qualifier
Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th British Swimming Winter Championships Sheffield Qualifying Times
Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th Northampton Level 1 Long Course Corby Blue Squad Invitation Only
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st Dorset County Championships Littledown Qualifying Times
Sunday 28th Dorset County Championships 800m Dorchester Qualifying Times
TBC British Para Swimming International Meet Aberdeen Qualifying Times
Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th Dorset County Championships Littledown Qualifying Times
Sunday 11th Dorset County Championships 1500m Dorchester Qualifying Times
Monday 12th - Friday 16th Warm Weather Training Camp TBC Potentially Tenerife By invitation
Saturday 24th BCS Time Trials BCS senior Prep / Development
Saturday 9th Dorset Novice Gala Littledown Development / Silver
Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th Swim Bournemouth Spring Level 2 Littledown Non-County Qualifiers Blue / Silver / Development
Friday 22nd Winchester Spring Open Meet – 800m only Winchester By invitiation
Friday 28th - Sunday 31st Portsmouth Northsea Level 1 Easter Swim Meet Mountbatten, Portsmouth Blue / Silver
No competitions blocked out for training

Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th April (TBC)

Saturday 4th -Monday 6th (TBC)

Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th (TBC)

South West Regional Championships

Millfield (age)


Bristol (age)

Qualification Times
Sunday 12th Dorset Graded Meet Dorchester Development / Silver
Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th TBC Away Meet TBC Potentially Winchester

Non regional qualifiers


No competitions blocked out for training
Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th TBC Away Meet TBC Potentially Aldershot Non national qualifiers Blue / Silver / Development
TBC British Swimming Summer Championships TBC British Rankings top 24 by invitation Boys 15+ / Girls 14+ 
TBC Swim England Summer Championships TBC

Swim England Summer Championships

*Olympic & Paralympic Trials – March/April (TBC) – Qualifying times


6.15pm - 7.45pm  

Club Structure

Headteacher - Maria Coulter

Director of Sport - Richard Harrison-Poole

Business Manager - Carly Guy

Welfare - Nick McGill

Head Coach - Sam Woodward

Development Officer - Tony Watson


At Bournemouth Collegiate School, the welfare of our members comes before anything else we do. Should you have any welfare issues you feel you need to discuss with someone in confidence, please contact one of our welfare officers who will be able to help you. 

Both swimmers and parents are welcome to contact the welfare officers. Even if you think your concern is small, we are here to help. All issues will be treated in confidence.

Marie Spriggs (Senior) marie.spriggs@bcschool.co.uk

Karen Wyborn (Prep) karen.wyborn@bcschool.co.uk

Child Protection and Welfare

BCS Swimming Academy is committed to protecting children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect. The welfare of children is the responsibility of everyone involved with the swimming club – whether a committee member, a club official, a coach, parent, friend and the children themselves. If you have any concerns about the safety of any child in the Club or the behaviour of any adults please talk to one of our Club Welfare Officers.

Swimline can also be contacted on 0808 100 4001.

Swimline: Protecting Children

Swim England with the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) operates Swimline. Swimline was launched over 10 years ago and is a confidential freephone number provided for anyone involved in aquatics, adults or children, who believe that the welfare of someone under the age of 18 is at risk. This concern could be neglect, abuse, bullying or fear of someone or anything that is worrying you and you don’t know who to discuss it with.

When calling Swimline you will get through to an answerphone where you will be asked to leave your name and contact details and if you wish some brief details of your concern. The Swim England Safeguarding Team or a Swimline volunteer will call you back, listen to your concerns and agree a way forward with you. If you leave a message they aim to contact you back during the next working day. If you leave a message after 3pm on a Friday, or over a weekend they will contact you back on the following Monday.

If you need to speak to someone immediately you can follow the instructions on the answer phone message and be transferred immediately to the NSPCC. The NSPCC counsellors will advise you directly if you choose this option. Swimline calls are free and do not appear on an itemised phone bill unless your call is made from a mobile phone.

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