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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 Wednesday 5th of August 2015
Brittany Selected for Youth Commonwealth Games! Read More >
City of Birmingham’s Brittany Horton has been selected onto the England team for this year’s Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa. Up to 1000 athletes from around the Commonwealth will compete at the event which will act as a vital introduction to a multi-sport, major games environment.
Before traveling to Samoa for the event, Brittany will be heading to the England team pre event camp in New Zealand.
Information and results can be found HERE. CLOSE >
Youth Olympic Selection for Caitlin! Read More >
City of Birmingham’s 14yr old Caitlin Hubbard will be traveling to Tbilisi, Georgia on 24th July to represent Team GB at the Youth Olympics. Caitlin was selected following her outstanding results at the British Championships in London this April.
Team GB are taking a very select swim team of just 12 athletes with every swimmer heading to Tbilisi with a medal opportunity. Caitlin has been selected to race the 100 Butterfly, 200 Butterfly, Mixed Medley relay and Girls Medley relay.
Information and results from the event can be found HERE. CLOSE >
European Games: 21st-28th June, Baku, Azerbaijan Read More >
City of Birmingham’s Luke Davies competed at the inaugural European Games in Baku this June. Luke was representing a very strong Team GB and more than played his part winning a Bronze medal in the 200 breaststroke in a huge new lifetime best. Competition was very strong with the best swimmers in Europe all turning out, making Luke’s performance even more special. Team GB performed excellently coming second in the overall medal table behind Russia. CLOSE >
Synchro: 2015 Warwickshire Championships Read More >
The Synchro Section had a fantastic Warwickshire Championships in Rugby on 4th July with superb performances by the whole squad. Birmingham took the gold medal in every one of the team routines in which we took part including the Championship Team Competition. Other highlights included duet golds for Sydney Jackson & Zoe Pain (13-15) and Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith (15-18). Phoebe also took gold in the 15-18 figures and 15-18 solo routine. In both of the 13-15 figures and 13-15 solo Sydney Jackson took gold and Zoe Pain silver. CLOSE >
Birmingham Synchro's Phoebe Bradley-Smith Heading to Azerbaijan Read More >
Birmingham Synchro's Phoebe Bradley-Smith will soon be heading to Baku in Azerbaijan to swim for Great Britain in the 2015 European Games which take place from 12-28 June.
Great Britain qualified for the European Games by way of the England Talent Squad's excellent bronze medal in the team free routine and fifth place overall at the 2015 Junior European Games in Istanbul.
Great Britain will also be represented by Birmingham Synchro's Head Coach Allison Pratt who will be a judge. CLOSE >
Midland Age Group Championships, Coventry - 30th/31st May & 6th/7th June Read More >
City of Birmingham took a focussed group of young athletes from the Development & Junior Squads to both weekends of the meet in Coventry.
Midlands posed as a final chance to qualify for the summer nationals - this gave the meet a much needed buzz where we saw one of the most competitive midland age groups in a long time.
The COB swimmers upheld themselves in a professional manner dealing with busy schedules and having a clear process for each race. This led to an excellent conversion rate from heats to finals. The final sessions are where Birmingham shone bright, bringing an excellent TEAM atmosphere from Coaches, Swimmers & Parents that resounded around the pool. Overall Midlands was an excellent meet where everyone had fun & became a stronger team because of it. COB left with 43 Medals in total; 14 Gold - 15 Silver - 14 Bronze. CLOSE >
Energy Standard Cup - Venice, Italy 9th-10th May 2015 Read More >
City of Birmingham swimmers Luke Davies and Caitlin Hubbard, along with Head Coach Carl Grosvenor represented England this month at the Energy Standard (4 Nations) Cup which was held just outside Venice, Italy.
The event was a 4 way competition between the England Team, plus national teams from Russia, Italy and Germany. England finished in second place behind the Italians with the Birmingham swimmers doing a great job for the cause. Caitlin won 3 Silver medals (100fly, 200fly and 4x100 medley relay) and Luke won 1 Gold (200brst) and 1 Silver (100brst). Luke also won the highly prestigious 'Performance of the Meet' award for his 200brst victory, out performing every other male athlete from all 4 nations.
Congratulations to both swimmers on their National team selection, and medal winning performances. CLOSE >
World's Selection for Chloe!!Read More >
Chloe Finch has been selected to represent Team GB at the World Junior Championships at the end of August.
Chloe qualified as part of a small GB team of just 12 athletes at the recent British Championships at the London Aquatic Centre. Her outstanding performances in winning her age group and getting under the seriously tough qualifying times on both the 400 and 800 freestyle proved well worthy of selection.
The event is being held in Singapore with a 5 day holding camp prior to the event in Phuket, Thailand.
Congratulations from us all Chloe on your selection to this great event. CLOSE >
British Championships 2015 - London Aquatic Centre Read More >
City of Birmingham's 13 qualifiers performed outstandingly as they took part in a memorable Championships. The event, which acted as trials for World Championships, Junior World Championship, Youth Olympics and European Games saw an incredible World Record by Adam Peaty in the 100 Breaststroke on day 4.
The Birmingham team swam a total of 42 swims, with 36 of those being lifetime bests. We qualified for 14 finals (split into Youth Olympic, European Games and Senior categories) gaining 7 top 3 finishes. Three of our final appearances were Senior finals (Chloe Finch 400/800fr, Brittany Horton 200bk), seeing the start of our elite Junior swimmers starting to challenge the nations best senior swimmers.
Top 3 finishes came from: Caitlin Hubbard (Gold and Silver), Luke Davies (2x Silver), Becky Kamau (Silver) and Issy Griffiths (Silver and Bronze).
West Midland records were broken on 4 occasions by Chloe Finch (x2), Issy Griffiths and Ben Stanford.
Chloe, in finishing 4th overall on the 800fr and 6th overall on the 400, posted the 3rd fastest time ever by a 16yr old female British swimmer in both events and ranked herself 2nd in the World for her age.
We have since had confirmation that Luke Davies has been selected to represent Team GB at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan at the end of June. We are awaiting confirmation on other possible Team GB selections.
Congratulations to all qualifiers and coaches on what has been a breakthrough championships for this City of Birmingham team.
Qualifiers were: Ben Stanford, Braiden Hartles, Jake Dixon, Ashley Markall, Alex Rogers, Luke Davies, Lily Wood, Morgen Watson, Brittany Horton, Chloe Finch, Becky Kamau, Issy Griffiths CLOSE >
England Talent - Phase 2 Selections Read More >
City of Birmingham put one swimmer on each of the 3 England Talent camps taking place during the first week of January. Congratulations to Ben Stanford (Free/Back camp), Caitlin Hubbard (Fly/Brst camp) and Lily Wood (Free/IM camp) on their selection for these camps. We had outstanding reports on all 3 of our swimmers performance while away.
Carl Grosvenor was also invited onto the coaching team for the Freestyle/Backstroke camp in Liverpool. CLOSE >
Midland Short Course Championships - Rugby - 6th/7th December 2014 Read More >
City of Birmingham sent its team of 21 qualifiers to the Midland Regional Championships at Rugby to compete against the best teams in the Midland region.
We had an outstanding meet. We started counting medals but lost count and turned to counting GOLD medals with 21 in total! This far exceeded every other competing swim programme with Loughborough University our nearest challengers in 2nd position on the medal table.
Midland Champions were: Chloe Finch 1, Brittany Horton 3, Alex Rogers 2, Ben Stanford 3, Caitlin Hubbard 3, Becky Kamau 4, Issy Griffiths 4, Womens Relay 1.
On top of the medal table we also broke 5 new West Midland all time records (Womens 4x100 Fr relay, Issy Griffiths 2, Becky Kamau 1, Caitlin Hubbard 1) and 3 new City of Birmingham club records (Womens 4x100Fr relay and Chloe Finch 2).
These are exceptional results against very strong opposition. Congratulations team! CLOSE >
National Age Groups Success for Synchro Section Read More >
City of Birmingham did well at the 2014 ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships in Gloucester. Highlights included gold medals for Madison Griffith in the 18-19 Figures and for Madison and Hannah Smith in the 18-19 Duet. Madison also took silver for her 18-19 solo. The 13-14 team and the 19 & Under teams both won excellent silver medals against stiff opposition in the combination routines.
Birmingham's Phoebe Bradley-Smith representing the England Talent Team was third in the international category for her solo and figures. CLOSE >
Record Breakers!! Read More >
City of Birmingham were in record breaking form during Novembers Short Course meet at Stockport. The records are listed below.
Caitlin Hubbard 2 Warwickshire Jnr records – 50 Fly 29.2, 100 Fly 1.02.4
Isobel Griffiths 2 West Midland Jnr records – 400 fr 4.12.7, 400IM 4.50.8
Chloe Finch 3 Worcestershire Snr records – 200 fr 2.01.0 , 400 fr 4.10.5, 400IM 4.52.4
Congratulations to all 3 girls! CLOSE >
2014 Midlands ASA Synchro Championships, Leicester Read More >
The entire Synchro Team gave stunning performances at the 2014 Midlands ASA Synchro Championships in Leicester on 12th October coming home with a tally of 12 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals.
After picking up two golds plus a silver and bronze in the figures we saw some lovely solo routines. Highlights included a 13/14 silver medal for Sydney Jackson; 18/19 gold for Madison Griffith and a clean sweep in the Championship Solo with Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Madison Griffith and Lucy Rouse taking the top three places.
In the duets, highlights included 13/14 silver for Sydney Jackson & Zoe Pain; 15-17 silver for Lucy Rouse & Jodie Norton and golds for Phoebe-Bradley Smith and Lois Powell in both the 15-17 duet and the overall championship duet.
Birmingham dominated the team events with a clean sweep of golds in all five of the team combination routines. There was a scare halfway through the team competitions when Jodie Norton was injured during a lift in the 19 & under routine but she bravely took her place in the 15-17 and Championship teams helping to ensure they also took gold medals home.
Full results and videos of team routines can be found HERE. CLOSE >
Synchro: Novice Championships, Walsall Read More >
Wonderful performances by all girls at the Novice Championships in Walsall produced a creditable result for the club.
In the figures, gold medals were awarded to Elicia, Emily and Holly; Olivia took silver and Emma & Jasmin bronze. In the duets gold medals were won by Tegan Smith & Katherine Richey & Shona Mills; silver by Olivia Hall & Eithne Evans and bronze by Eleanor Hall & Ellie Parker. The 12 & under team won a well deserved gold medal in for their routine. CLOSE >
GB National Event Camps – 17th-20th Sept Read More >
City of Birmingham had two girls selected to GB training camps this month. The National event camps objective is to bring together a very small group of the best senior swimmers and best junior swimmers in Britain to train side by side. The Birmingham girls at only 15 years of age had the opportunity to train alongside Olympic finalists, World Record holders and many of the champions from this summer’s Commonwealth Games and European Championships.
Congratulations to selected athletes Brittany Horton (Backstroke camp, Bristol) and Isobel Griffiths (Freestyle camp, Loughborough). CLOSE >
Birmingham Sports Award – Junior Team of the Year! – Villa Park, 18th Sept 2014 Read More >
City of Birmingham SC attended the annual awards ceremony after our nomination for Junior Team of the Year. We are happy to say we won the award over many other excellent organisations throughout the city.
The event was pretty star studded with many of the great and good of West Midlands sport, past and present, turned out.
The Junior category covers sports clubs with athletes aged 18 and under so this truly is a CLUB effort. Well done everyone on our award! CLOSE >
UK School Games - Manchester, 4th-7th September 2014 Read More >
City of Birmingham SC had 4 of its swimmers selected to represent England Central at the Sainsbury's UK School Games. The event is a multisport event that sees teams representing English and Scottish regions plus a combined Wales team and combined Ireland team.
Birmingham swimmers Chloe Finch, Becky Kamau, Brittany Horton and Jake Dixon played their part and made an impact on the medal table with medals coming from:
Chloe - 800fr Gold, 400fr Silver, 4x100fr relay Silver
Brittany - 200bk Gold, 100bk Gold, 4x100 medley relay Silver
Jake - 200IM Silver
Great start to season 2014/15 you guys!!! CLOSE >
Another First for Caitlin! Read More >
After a couple of First place finishes at this summer's Nationals, Caitlin Hubbard achieved another first by becoming the first swimmer to progress from City of Birmingham Development to Junior and now to Senior Squad!
As the Development Squad only began fully in January 2012 Caitlin is the first of what we hope is a long line of swimmers progressing through our programme and excelling like Caitlin along the way! CLOSE >
Portuguese National Championships - Lisbon Read More >
Four City of Birmingham swimmers (more than any other club!) were selected to represent their country as England sent a development squad of quality young swimmers to the Portuguese Nationals. Chloe Finch, Isobel Griffiths, Joshua Winnicott and Bradley Lynch were the Birmingham representatives.
Chloe Finch lead the way with two Golds (400 and 800 freestyle) just ahead of Birmingham teammate Isobel Griffiths with two Silver (also 400 and 800 freestyle).
The meet will prove a great experience and stepping stone onto future International team selections. CLOSE >
British Gas National Youth Championships August 5th-10th 2014, Sheffield More >
City of Birmingham returned right back to the forefront of club swimming in Great Britain this summer. We finished in 3rd position on the overall Top Club Points award behind Plymouth Leander and Carnegie SC. Points are awarded for Medals and finalists. Outperforming so many great programmes from all over the country is something for us all to be extremely proud of.
Among a whole heap of successes and lifetime best performances were 10 medals. They went to:
Chloe Finch (Gold 800fr, Silver 400fr), Brittany Horton (Gold 100bk, Bronze 200bk), Ella Bowkley (Bronze 100bk), Luke Davies (Gold 200brst, Bronze 100brst), Joshua Winnicott (Silver 100brst) and Bradley Lynch (Silver 50fr, Bronze 100fr).
This meet was a huge benchmark to how far we have progressed as a club. Congratulations to all involved! CLOSE >
British Gas National Age Group Championships 30th July - 3rd August, Sheffield More >
National Age Groups brings the best young swimmers in the country together to create a fierce competition.
It is a weeklong competition & serves as a big learning curve for young athletes hoping to take the first stepping stone to future success on an international level. City of Birmingham once again proved it is developing young swimmers who have the potential to have a great future in the sport.
Samuel Osborne, Ashely Markall, Oliver Lillycrop, Archie Langston, Ryan Andrews. Isobel Griffiths, Caitlin Hubbard, Bethany Morrin, Kate Davies, Courtney Poxon, Morgen Watson, Lily Wood, Alexandra Bartley & Megan Moss.
Caitlin Hubbard - 100,200 Fly (GOLD in both)
Isobel Griffiths - 800 FC (SILVER) 400 I.M (SILVER)
Oliver Lillycrop - 200 Fly
Bethany Morrin - 400 I.M, 200 Fly
Ashley Markall - 400 I.M, 200 Fly, 200Breast
Isobel Griffiths - 200/400 I.M - 200/400 FC - 200Fly
Caitlin Hubbard - 100/200 Fly
Girls 4x200 FC relay (Isobel Griffiths, Morgen Watson, Courtney Poxon & Kate Davies)
Congratulations to all qualifiers & an extra congratulations to all Medallists. CLOSE >
European Junior Swimming Championships - Dordrecht, Netherlands, 9th-13th July Read More >
City of Birmingham's Brittany Horton was last week representing GB at the European Junior Championships in the Nederland's. Brittany was selected at April's British Championships in Glasgow. City of Birmingham Head Coach Carl Grosvenor also selected onto the team coaching staff for this event.
The British team did a fantastic job against the best of Europe and showed great potential with a top 3 finish overall on medal table. Swimmers are expected to use this event as a springboard onto success with the GB senior team.
Brittany raced 50, 100, 200 Backstroke and was chosen to do the Backstroke leg in 4x100 medley team. After a fast Semi final she finished 1st reserve for the final on 50. She progressed to the 100 final finishing 5th (0.3 seconds off bronze!) in a PB equalling swim and finished 4th in the 200 final in a new personal best time. The GB girls medley relay also made the final.
Brittany has done a fantastic job ranking herself 4th and 5th in Europe on her first GB team call up. Congratulations!
Attention at City of Birmingham now turns to Rebecca Kamau who races at next weeks Commonwealth Games as well as the 4 Birmingham swimmers selected to represent England at the Portuguese Nationals next week. All these International events are followed by the season ending British National Championships. CLOSE >
Warwickshire ASA Synchronised Swimming Championships Read More >
The Synchro team performed brilliantly in the Warwickshire Championships in Rugby at the weekend. In the Warwickshire competition Birmingham won 10 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals. In the invitation competition, involving teams from throughout England, Birmingham took 10 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.
Highlights included a clean sweep of golds for Phoebe Bradley-Smith in all figures and solos competitions for her age group and also for Phoebe and Lois Powell in the duet competitions; double wins for the 15-17 team, the 19 & under team and the open team; the overall solo championship for Phoebe; the overall duet championship for Phoebe and Lois; and the overall team championship for City of Birmingham. CLOSE >
Synchro Success in Croatia Read More >
Phoebe Bradley-Smith was part of the gold medal winning England Talent Junior Team at the 2014 Primorje Cup in June. Phoebe also swam well in the figures and solo competitions improving from 12th place (second highest England score) after the figures to a creditable 7th following a near perfect performance in her solo routine. Full story HERE. CLOSE >
Commonwealth Games Confirmation Read More >
City of Birmingham SC will have representation at this year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games after confirmation that Rebecca Kamau has been selected for the Kenyan team. Rebecca was selected after breaking multiple National Records at the Kenyan Trials in Nairobi during February.
At 14 years of age this will be great experience for Rebecca as she begins her International Swimming career as she competes on the same team as ex Olympic record holder Jason Dunford. Rebecca also becomes the first City of Birmingham swimmer to compete at a senior major games (Olympic, World, Commonwealth, European) since Terri Dunning raced at the 2007 World Long Course Championships in Melbourne.
Congratulations and good luck!! CLOSE >
England Team Selections Read More >
Following on from their outstanding results at the British Championships in Glasgow, City of Birmingham have had FOUR swimmers selected to represent England as part of the England Programme's visit to the Portuguese National Championships.
England Programmes are investing in a team of England's best young swimmers and this event was chosen as a fantastic development opportunity that sets the swimmers up for future International representation.
Congratulations to Josh Winnicott, Bradley Lynch, Isobel Griffiths and Chloe Finch on your selection! CLOSE >