Welcome to Bottisham Swimming Club!

We are a friendly and competitive swimming club based just north of Cambridge, with about 100 swimmers aged between 7 and 20. We swim at Bottisham and Impington Village College pools, and at galas throughout the eastern region and beyond.

Our latest news appears below, or please click on the links for more information.

Gala results 3/4 October

This weekend 28 Bottisham Swimmers made it to West Suffolk SC’s Neate Meet in Bury St Edmunds, and we had also had a swimmer at the Cambridge Grand Prix at Parkside.  What a remarkable weekend we all had! Here are the results…


Youri – a never-before-seen 9
Faith – an exceptional 8
Connor – a stunning 7
Ellen – a fantastic 5
Ella, Thomas C and Megan B – a fabulous 4 each
Mary, Finn, Molly and Josh (at Cambridge) – a tremendous 3 each
A twice-brilliant two each for Cassie, Sophie, Caitlin, Nina, Jess L and Nick; and
A well-done one each for Isla, Jordan, Emily, Leila and Holly R.


3 silvers – Jordan in 200 Free, Megan B in 200 breast and Faith in 50 breast, and
4 bronzes – Ellen in 400 Free, and Faith in 200 breast, 200 IM and 50 back.

Club Records

Finn set a new club record for an 11 year old boy in 200 breast, and
Faith set new 3 club records for an 11 year old girl: 200 IM, 200 breast and 200 back.

There were also quite a few county times going down!  Looks like we’re going to have a great team at the Counties next year, and there’s still time (a bit more time – see below) to fill in your Newmarket Open form if you’d like to try to join us.

Why not check the ASA Flash Awards to see what milestones you/your kids have achieved this weekend?

Well done to all our swimmers. We are really proud of you all.  If any of you – or parents – spot that I’ve missed out an achievement, please post it on the website as a response to this news item, and I’ll correct where I can.  I’ve not yet had the official results and I’ve been working from photos of the results sheets so it’s entirely possible that some errors have crept in.  Please check the times on the database are what you expect – they’re all there now.

Thanks to all who helped out: to coaches Chris, Dave and Karl; to Alison, Mark and Cathryn for crowd-control; and as always to Carol for organising the entries, co-ordinating the workers and officiating.  It really was a fabulous, fun weekend at West Suffolk – I must confess that when three of our brilliant girls were racing against each other in a heat of the 100 IM in their new white hats, and leaving everyone else well behind them, I got a little bit emotional (I’d had a long weekend by that point)!  I also know that the coaches learned a lot about everyone who competed this weekend, and will be following up in training to improve your performances next time.

See you at training!


Newmarket Open – deadline extended

Due to the fact that at Bottisham SC some of you have a slight tendency to be a little ‘lastminute.com’, Carol has kindly agreed to extend the deadline for Newmarket Open entries until THIS WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER.  Please give her hard copies and cheques – which should be payable to Bottisham Swimming Club – on Wednesday at training at the latest.

A squad in particular are reminded that we are currently considering squad criteria and that we want you to compete – it improves your swimming and gives the coaches valuable information about what they need to focus on with you.  In order to get to A squad, swimmers from B squad are also reminded of the benefits of being a regular competitor. And swimmers in C squad – competition is the best way to get better and to learn your strengths and weaknesses! Remember, you only swim against people of a similar standard to you – that’s why we need times on your entry.  Plus, no matter what squad you’re in, galas are really good fun and you’ll get to know other club members better, which in turn makes training more fun too.  We all know how important it is to have good mates outside school…

It really is your last chance for times on Wednesday.  If you need a time trial, make sure you tell me or Carol at the START of your session.  Usually when we shout ‘DOES ANYONE NEED ANY TIMES FOR THE GALA?’ is about the right time to let us know.  I’ll also bring my iPad in case anyone needs a tutorial on using the database to access the swim data already on there – please let me know.

Come on, follow the links and put the form in, even if just for a couple of swims. Be part of something special!


Any more officials?

We’d really like to get more parents training as officials. It means you get to get into galas for free and wear awesome white trousers. We’ve just heard that there’s a chance to attend the first stage training course in the evening of Wednesday 11 November in Ely.  After that, you get mentored poolside by existing officials during galas (free entry! Best seats in the house!) until you’re ready to judge by yourself. We might even get you poolside at Club Champs the following Saturday!

We’ve got three kind JL1’s in training or about to start at the moment. If you can join them, we’d love to hear from you. The training takes as long as it needs to, depending on how many gala sessions you can attend and when – if your kids swim at lots of galas, you’ll get it done in no time if you simply go poolside when they’re there.

For all of you who find your kids’ galas boring (other than when they and their mates swim, obviously) and want something constructive to do – or if you’re the kind of person whose conscience is awakened by the idea of doing something positive for the club and sport that your kids love – this is your chance.  It’s low-impact, not difficult, and you’ll learn loads about swimming.  You’ll also have a lot of fun, and be given the odd bottle of wine.

Please email JFL@bottishamswimclub.org.uk to find out more or catch me (Suzy, obv) or Carol at training.