Our swimming club
In the past three years the UEL Swimming Club has risen from a small club to one of UEL’s most successful and promising sports clubs. This is in part due to UEL managing the London Aquatics Centre Performance Programme (LACPP). Based in the London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, UEL students can train with some of the best swimmers in the UK with the LACPP.
With our club swimmers including London 2012 Olympians, and Commonwealth medalist and UEL student Aimee Wilmott, the future of the UEL Swimming Club looks bright.
UEL’s Swimming Club also caters for swimmers of various levels, from the beginners learn to swim programme, to the club programme for both competitive swimmers and those looking to keep fit.
Elite swimmers who study at UEL train within the London Aquatics Centre Performance Programme (LACPP). Lisa Bates, head coach of the LACPP has a wealth of experience. Lisa started her coaching career in 2005 at Kingston upon Hull having left University in Sheffield. She was appointed as the National Age Group Coach directly assisting international coach Dave Legge. Soon after she left Hull, Lisa became head of the University of Bath’s Youth Programme. The University Youth Scheme, whilst under Lisa’s direction, built on its reputation boasting a British record holder, two international youth representatives, national medallists and finalists alongside a vast amount of British championship and national qualifiers.
Armed with her success at youth level, Lisa applied for the job of Head Coach and Director of Swimming at Middlesbrough ASC in 2011.
All other levels of swimmers in the UEL Swimming Club benefit from coaching from Holly Richards who takes our sessions every Wednesday at 2:00pm at the London Aquatics Centre.
Swimmers in UEL can train in the London Aquatics Centre in Queen Olympic Park. The London 2012 Olympic venue boasts three pools including a competition and training pool.
The UEL Swimming Club also uses various pools within close proximity to the University of East London, including Balaam and Newham Leisure Centres.
Students can also use UEL’s world-class sports facility, SportsDock which is located on the Docklands Campus. SportsDock boasts a fitness centre, strength and conditioning room, and dance and aerobics studio, where swimmers can use to improve their fitness out of the pool.
Swimming scholars will also have access to UEL’s Elite Athlete Performance Centre, Aqua East.
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UEL has supported me as a student and an athlete. The flexible elite athlete study policy allows me, as a sports scholar, to compete and train at the highest level whilst ensuring I have the flexibility to earn a degree.Adam Gemili , Elite scholar