Jacs is a thriving swimming club based at Tooting Leisure Centre
in South London. We take non-swimmers from the age of four and
generally have about 24 beginners in the centre’s teaching
pool and as many as 50 improvers in the main pool.
we have a 40-strong training squad, aged from nine to about 16
or older, who take part in a variety of galas and competitions.
Squad members have up to four training sessions a week –
on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, plus Sunday mornings.
years the club has competed in the Pentagon League – a series
of galas against clubs based in Streatham, Wimbledon, Sutton and
Merton. In addition, our swimmers regularly compete at open and
higher-level competitions and county championships.
We have qualified
and experienced coaches and teachers, but this is very much a
family club. Parents and other volunteers run the club and handle
most of the administration, as well as providing essential poolside
support. Older squad members are encouraged to help out with the
aim is that children should learn to enjoy swimming and benefit
from belonging to a club. Naturally, we are delighted when Battersea
Jacs swimmers win races – as they often do – but our
real measure of success is how much our members enjoy swimming