University Student Infomation

Student Membership Options

The City of Coventry swimming programme has placed swimmers on Major Games team since 1988. Coventry is one of the top swimming programmes in the country, especially in University Swimming, and this has enabled an established group of swimmers to work towards their goals in the best possible environment. We are also the West Midlands Region Beacon Programme.

There are three options for swimming available in Coventry for students:

Option 1 - Elite Squad

The Elite Squad utilises the city centre Olympic sized 50 metres pool and the University of Warwick 25 meters pool. The scheme is headed by Adam Ruckwood and the supporting staff include; Swimming Scholarship Mentor and Scholarship Staff from Coventry University as physiotherapists & other specialist strength coaches & Sports Science support staff.

There is a high training standard within this group, which includes Coventry's top swimmers. Individual training plans are put together for both the pool and land work sessions. There is a minimum standard of an average of 9 sessions a week attendance. Acceptance into the group is after discussions with Adam Ruckwood.

All students will become members of Coventry Swimming Club and all competitions that are entered would be under the name of Coventry. You also will be expected to join the Swimming Society at the University in order to represent the University at the BUCS Championships.

Option 2 - High Performance Student

This option does not have as high a commitment level. Training is divided between the University sessions available during the week with other sessions supplemented via attendance of the Senior Performance Squad sessions at the Club.

As Option 1 all students would be expected to become members of Coventry Swimming Club and also the Swimming Society in order to be covered for insurance etc. Attendance at competitions would again be expected to be under the name of Coventry, especially those of Midland level or above.

Option 3 - University Swimming Only

This option would only include the University Sessions that are available during term time. If students wanted to compete in competitions other than BUCS competitions they could become a member of Coventry but would not need to pay a monthly training fee. Again, competitions of Midland standard or above it would be expected to enter as Coventry.


If you would like to take up any of the above options or discuss anything further please contact:

Adam Ruckwood (Beacon Head Coach)
Tel: 024 7625 2579 Mob: 07887 772970


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Cold Swims! by Adam Ruckwood on 2016-10-24
Excellent job on Saturday from the Senior Elite swimmers and their cold swims - a max effort swim at 6am with no warm-up. 6 swimmers within 3% of their PBs - great job!

Race Simulation by Adam Ruckwood on 2016-06-09
Nice job yesterday from Senior Elite with their Race Simulation day - fast swimming guys!

Solihull invitation Gala by Steve Burke on 2016-03-12
Our first opurtunity to see how we performed as a team we had no good swims only great ones. With 24 1st 12 2nd 7 3rd places and 2 DQs we won with 243 points 24 points ahead of Rugby and 41 points ahead of Solihull . Thanks to Mel Mcwhirter for team managing no mean task on your own. Well done!

100 Challenge by Paul Wilson on 2016-02-11
Big effort tonight from HA1 and JP, congrats especially to Niall going 40 100s! #fastswimming

#fastswimming by Paul Wilson on 2016-02-10
HA1 loving life with a max kick set, they love kick so much! Booooom!!

Great Week for Junior Elite by Rikki Morris on 2016-01-30
Excellent session this morning from Junior Elite! And great way to end a hard week of work! Well Done!

Go Alex by Adam Ruckwood on 2016-01-26
Alex Carroll showing all the Senior Elite lads the way tonight with his 10.5 for 25m underwater kick with fins - boom! Charlie Waddingham not happy.......!

Great Session HA2! by Jessica Ford on 2015-11-24
A big well done to HA2 who put in their best effort this evening. One of the toughest sets weve done so far!

Junior Elite by Rikki Morris on 2015-11-11
Great session from Junior Elite tonight! The best threshold session weve done all season! Excellent work!

Coloured achievers by Steve Burke on 2015-11-01
Well done coloured achievers 3k today looked impressive and you all worked hard . Just remember fual just like all engines ensures they keep running so bring and drink plenty.

Ginger north trophy gala by Steve Burke on 2015-10-24
Well done to all swimmers who swam at leamington tonight there were some good hard swims and some great come backs . Well done guys lets build on this for the future . Thanks to the team managers who got all swimmers to the right place at the right time well done .

Great set HA1 by Paul Wilson on 2015-10-21
Great job from HA1 tonight, tough kick test, no backing down! Good job!!

Happy Birthday Abs by Adam Ruckwood on 2015-10-08
Big happy 17th birthday to Abi Humphreys - 40x100 Free at 5.30am this morning was my gift to her! Enjoy!!

Coaches Blogs by Adam Ruckwood on 2015-09-11
All of the coaches will soon have access to put their blogs on here, maybe it will be about something they have seen, something their groups have done. Keep your eyes peeled

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