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The City of Birmingham Swimming Club provides elite coaching in aquatic sports for Birmingham's swimmers, water polo players and synchronised swimmers. Bringing together swimmers from across the region, the club's highly successful coaching teams build on the excellent work of local clubs to further develop the potential of outstanding competitors, preparing them to compete at the highest levels regionally, nationally and internationally.

Latest Club News on Saturday 19th of April 2014

British Gas Swimming Championships 2014 - Glasgow 10th-15th April Read More >

City of Birmingham had 9 swimmers qualify for 24 events at the Championships. The meet doubled as a Commonwealth Games selection meet as well as a European Junior Championship selection meet. Also on the Junior side, selections for a development meet in Portugal for some of Britain's most promising swimmers will also take place.

City of Birmingham came away with 13 PBs, 1 Senior Semi Final and 17 Junior Finals. The outcome from these finals was 2 Gold, 4 Bronze and 4 very promising but frustrating 4th place finishes in Junior finals! Brittany Horton also achieved 2 European Junior consideration times in the 100 and 200 backstroke and has since received confirmation of her selection onto the GB team for those championships. Congratulations Brittany!!

Selections for the Portugal International Meet will be made over the next couple of weeks with hopes high for City of Birmingham representation.

Swimmers competing in Glasgow were: Bradley Lynch, Luke Davies, Kieran Smith, Josh Winnicott, Ella Bowkley, Chloe Finch, Isobel Griffiths, Brittany Horton, Emma Smith.

Top 3 finishes went to: Brittany Horton - 2 Gold, 1 Bronze, Chloe Finch - 2 Bronze and Josh Winnicott 1 Bronze.

The team did a fantastic job at the Championships, congratulations to all on your hard work and success. CLOSE >

2014 British Synchronised Swimming Championships Read More >



The Synchro Section performed exceptionally well in the British Championships in Sheffield. Phoebe Bradley-Smith got off to a great start on the first day with a silver medal in the Figures competition.

On the second day Madison Griffith and Lucy Rouse took bronze in the Technical Duet and Phoebe finished second in the Free Solo with the smallest of margins between the gold and silver places. In the team routine we finished a creditable 4th place against stiff opposition with an excellent routine despite being one woman down due to injury.

On the final day Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith rounded off a fine Championships with a silver medal in the Free Duet. CLOSE >

Becky Dominates in Africa! Read More >



City of Birmingham SC's Rebecca Kamau made an exciting return to Kenya to race at their National Swimming Championships in Nairobi from February 28th-March 2nd.

Becky, who was born in Kenya but moved to England with her family in 2010 where she joined City of Birmingham SC dominated the event, coming away with 7 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 National senior records in 400 Individual Medley and 200 Freestyle.

Becky will now wait to find out whether national team selection follows her successes in Nairobi with Kenya sending a team to this years Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Congratulations from all at City of Birmingham! CLOSE >

Ryan Padbury Selected for Great Britain Menís Water Polo Team Read More >

City of Birmingham player, Ryan Padbury has won his first senior international cap after being selected to play in the LEN European Championship playoff match against Romania. Ryan has come up through the ranks of City of Birmingham Water Polo Club, playing at Youth, Junior and now Senior level. The Club also boasts a number of other promising Juniors involved at various levels of the GB set up who will be hoping to follow Ryanís footsteps and break into the Senior team.

Ryanís GB selection tops off a fantastic season for the Club, following on from the Menís 1st team winning promotion as undefeated Division 3 Champions and strong placings in the British Water Polo League for both the Second City of Birmingham team and City of Birmingham Womenís team. CLOSE >

Luxembourg International Meet - 7th-9th February Read More >



City of Birmingham contributed 1 Coach and 10 of the 24 strong team representing the West Midlands at the Luxembourg International Meet 2014. The meet was a regional initiative to aid the best young swimmers development through exposure to International competition.

The meet boasted a top quality international field with Olympic Medallists, World Medallists and current World Record holders in attendance.

The West Midland team won 7 medals overall with City of Birmingham swimmers winning 6 of those!!! Medals came from:

Chloe Finch - 2 Gold
Isobel Griffiths - 1 Silver
Brittany Horton - 1 Silver, 2 Bronze

City of Birmingham swimmers selected for the trip were: Bradley Lynch, Luke Davies, Kieran Smith, Joshua Winnicott, Louis Oliver, Rebecca Kamau, Brittany Horton, Chloe Finch, Ella Bowkley, Isobel Griffiths. CLOSE >

Central Zonal Meet - 25th/26th January Read More >

City of Birmingham's qualifiers raced long course again at the end of January as we continue to work hard into the Commonwealth Trials and our own Open Meet in April.

A similar pattern emerged to our City of Derby outing with tough races mixed in with a fresh helping of new PB's, National times and a couple of new Commonwealth Trials qualifying times. CLOSE >

Rotherham Metro Open January 18th/19th Read More >

The weekend of the 18th and 19th of January the Development squad travelled up to Sheffield. The weekend was a very successful one, with swimmers transferring skills into a long course pool for the first time this season.

Technique and race skills were much improved from before Christmas and this showed with City of Birmingham hats leading the way in most of the heats they were in.

Not only was it a very successful weekend of racing but swimmers conducted themselves professionally throughout the weekend. CLOSE >

City of Derby Meet - 11th/12th January Read More >

City of Birmingham sent a large team to the City of Derby meet as they embarked on the start of the long course season 2014. Coming out of a short course season always takes a bit of getting used to but amongst some 'rusty' swims some great PB's, National times and new Commonwealth Trial qualifying times were achieved.

City of Birmingham also dominated the Top Club award, taking the prize with ease. CLOSE >

England Programmes: Phase 2 Camp, 3rd-5th January Read More >

After another successful pass through the selection process City of Birmingham sent its 5 selected swimmers and 1 Coach to the England Programmes Phase 2 Camps. The selected swimmers have successfully progressed through two selections, initially identified at National Championships and then assessed individually at the Phase 1 Camp so have already obviously caught the eye.

Congratulations to Brittany Horton, Chloe Finch, Jake Dixon, Joshua Winnicott and Bradley Lynch on the selection. CLOSE >

Midland Short Course - Stafford, December 7th-8th Read More >



City of Birmingham finished the calendar year with a trip to Midland Short Course Championships at Stafford. The team comprising members of the Senior and Junior Squads raced well with some really good best times and a heap of medals. Pleasing Relay medals came from the Men's 4x100fr team and Girls 4x100 Medley team to finish a pretty gruelling weekend of racing on a high.

Extra congratulations to Jake Dixon for breaking the Junior Short Course West Midland Record in the 200IM. CLOSE >

2013 World School Games, Brasilia Read More >



City of Birmingham Swimmers Shine through the Storms for England in Brazil! Three members of the City of Birmingham Swimming Club have just returned from representing England at the ISF Gymnasiade, the World School Games in Brazil.

Brittany Horton, Joshua Winnicott and Bradley Lynch joined team-mates from across schools in an England team that included Olympic Gold Medallist Ruta Meilutyte for the 6 day event, held at the Ayrton Senna Aquatic Complex in Brasilia.

In total the trio collected 7 of the team's 32 medals, a record haul for England which earned them a table topping position for the swimming events.

Brittany Horton led the way for Birmingham, collecting a total of 4 medals. She started well on the first day winning Gold in the 100m backstroke. She followed this on Day 2 with a Silver medal in the 200m backstroke, racing in the outdoor pool in conditions described by Head Coach Tim Hartley as some of the worst he had ever seen at an International Swim Meet. As the day's rains developed into a tropical storm, hoardings, chairs, hats and cups were blown into the pool.

Brittany added 2 more Silvers in better conditions on Day 3 and 4, in the 4 x 100m medley relay and 50 m backstroke.

Josh Winnicott also raced through the storm on the Saturday evening (Day 2) to take the Bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke. He then went on to top this, securing a Gold Medal with his team-mates in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay on Day 3. He also won the B Final in the 200IM to take 9th place overall in the 200m Individual Medley.

Bradley Lynch put in a strong performance to help the 4x100m freestyle relay team to a Silver medal during the busy second day, as the team were just denied gold by Italy. His Silver medal topped two individual 5th place performances in the 200m and 400m freestyle events.

Well done to all three swimmers, who did their schools, their country and not least the City of Birmingham Swimming Club proud. CLOSE >

Synchro: 2013 National Age Group Championships Read More >



The Synchro section competed in the British Gas ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships in Gloucester during the weekend of 29 Nov - 1 Dec which featured appearances from Team GB and a number of overseas competitors.

We made an encouraging start on the Friday when a new 19 & Under Combination Team that have only been swimming together for 5 weeks took the bronze medal against stiff opposition from across the UK. In solo events, Madison Griffith came an excellent 3rd place in the 19 & Under figures and Phoebe Bradley-Smith came 2nd in both the 15-17 Figures and the 15-17 Solo. The highlight of the weekend was a superb gold medal for the enchanting duet by Lois Powell and Phoebe Bradley-Smith (pictured).

Two girls qualified for the forthcoming England Trials which take place at Crystal Palace. Sydney Jackson will swim in the England Development trials and Phoebe Bradley-Smith in the England Junior trials. Good luck to Sydney & Phoebe! CLOSE >

British Paralympic Short Course Championships - 23rd/24th Nov 2013 Read More >

We are pleased to confirm that Tully Kearney broke a British and European Record in the 400 meter Freestyle while representing the City of Birmingham SC at last weekends British Paralympic Short Course Championships in Sheffield. She also dipped under the previous 100 Backstroke European Record but was beaten into second on the touch.

Tully is mentioned in the British Swimming write up HERE.

Congratulations Tully on your continued record breaking form! CLOSE >

City of Birmingham SC Easter Open Meet, April 18th to April 21st 2014 Read More >

Full details of the 21st Easter Open Meet, along with entry forms, are now available on the Open Meet page. CLOSE >

Synchro: Recognition for Yvette and Allison Read More >

Congratulations to former Birmingham team member Yvette Baker for being awarded Warwickshire ASA Swimmer of the Year and to Head Synchro Coach Allison Pratt for her nomination for Performance Official of the Year at the The Sports Officials UK Awards. CLOSE >

Synchro: 2013 Midlands Championships, Leicester Read More >



The Synchro section enjoyed a very successful Midlands Championships in Leicester on 13th October 2013. The girls all swam brilliantly winning 8 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals.

Highlights included gold medals for Sydney Jackson (12&U solo); Sydney Jackson & Jasmin Lockhart (12&U duet); the 12&U Combination Team, the 19&U Free Combination Team and the Championship Team.

Behind the stunning performances by the girls was a team of unsung heroes. Our coaches and team managers deserve medals themselves for their dedication and professionalism in turning out a team that we're proud of. CLOSE >

UK School Games, September 12th-15th - Sheffield Read More >



Three City of Birmingham swimmers were selected to represent England Central at the 2013 UK School Games this month. The Event comprises of squads representing England South, England Central, England North, Scotland North and West, Scotland South and East, Ireland and Wales and is a multi sport event.

Jake Dixon, Givenchy Sneekes and Ella Bowkley all came away with medals from the event which saw the best young swimmers in the UK go head to head.

Medals - Jake - Bronze 100 Butterfly, Ella - Silver 100 Backstroke, Bronze 200 Backstroke, Givenchy - Gold 4x200 Freestyle Relay, Silver 4x100 Freestyle Relay

Congratulations to all for again representing Birmingham with distinction. CLOSE >

Brittany Selected for GB Event Camp Read More >

City of Birmingham's Brittany Horton has been selected by British Swimming to attend the GB Backstroke event camp at University of Bath during September.

Brittany will be the youngest member of the 12 swimmer group which includes 3 time Olympian and World Record holder Liam Tancock, London Olympic finalist Lizzie Simmonds, as well as other London Olympians Chris Walker-Hebborn, Marco Loughran and Georgia Davies, and recent World Championship finalists Craig McNally and Lauren Quigley.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Brittany that has been well earned. Congratulations!! CLOSE >

International Paralympic Committee
World Swimming Championships Montreal, Canada - August 2013 Read More >

City of Birmingham swimmer Tully Kearney represented Team GB at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal at her very first senior International event. Tully managed to come away with a fantastic Bronze medal in the 400 freestyle, breaking her own British Record by 3 seconds in the process and also breaking the 200 freestyle British Record at the halfway split en route to her medal!!

Tully has started her senior International career superbly and will only be learn more and keep improving on the road to the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Congratulations Tully from all at City of Birmingham!!

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National Youth Championships, Sheffield 30th July - 4th August Read More >



City of Birmingham's National Youth qualifiers did another really good job for the club. The team finished 12th in the final Top Club points standings with a huge haul of lifetime best performances.

The group of 12 swimmers stepped up and saved many of their best swims of the season until National Championships, with 11 of the 12 swimmers making semi-finals and 8 of the 12 making finals.

Our medals came from Emma Smith (Bronze, 200IM) and the boys 4x100 medley team of Kieran Smith, Josh Winnicott, Jake Dixon and Brad Lynch (Bronze). CLOSE >

National Age Group Championships, Sheffield 24-29th July Read More >

City of Birmingham took a large age group squad of 18 members to Sheffield to compete against the best young swimmers in Britain. The swimmers did not disappoint making sure City of Birmingham were in multiple finals every night - in some cases 2 or 3 swimmers in a single final. The squad came away with 7 medals in total and many more finalists.

Special mentions go to Brittany Horton 2 GOLDS (100,200 Backstroke) Benjamin Stanford 1 GOLD (100 Freestyle) 2 SILVER (200 freestyle, 200 I.M) 1 BRONZE (400 Freestyle) Ashley Markall 1 BRONZE (200 Breastroke). Also Isobel Griffiths finished 4th a heart breaking 5 times and vows she will come back even stronger next year!

Well done to all who helped City of Birmingham top off a fantastic 2012/2013 season by finishing 4th in the overall Top Club Award. The Coaches are very proud!

Girls: Brittany Horton, Rebecca Kamau, Isobel Griffiths, Kate Davies, Bethany Morrin, Victoria Long, Megan Moss, Caitlin Britt, Caitlin Hubbard

Boys: Benjamin Stanford, Ashley Markall, Alex Rogers, Samuel Osbourne, Tom Page, Leo Karski, Kai Alexander, Ken Ho, Archie Langston. CLOSE >

Mick Hepwood Read More >

It is with sadness we heard that Mick Hepwood passed away on 27 August, after a long illness. Mick's involvement with the Birmingham Advanced Coaching Scheme started around the time of the scheme's inception in 1985, when he joined us as a part-time sessional swimming coach working alongside Rick Bailey at the Monument Road pool. Mick was Junior Squad Coach, initially for a period of 5 years; before re-joining our programme in late 1996 for a further 5 year stint. In 2001 Mick joined British Swimming as a Coach Coordinator working alongside Fred Kirby and Martin Woodruff; where their primary involvement was with the World Class Age Programme. Following the demise of this programme in 2007, Mick returned to his Black Country & West Midland Region roots where he worked briefly as part of the Sport England Club Coach Project; before enforced early retirement due to ill health.

Mick Hepwood was a much loved and respected man, by parents and swimmers alike; he will be sadly missed by those who knew him. Mick was idolised by his young charges, he had above all a unique poolside ability to motivate; but to do so with empathy. City of Birmingham Swimming Club owe a debt of gratitude to Mick Hepwood's work with the Advanced Coaching Scheme.

David Corbett, Chairman CLOSE >

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