16th September 2020 — Rapidly going from strength to strength, Repton Swimming has seen numbers double since reopening its doors on 25th July. From the initial launch with 17 in November 2019, its membership has now grown to over 80, comprising both Repton pupils and local swimmers and meeting the vision of a club that serves both school and community.
Key to this rapid development has been the arrival of double Olympian Scott Talbot as Repton’s new Director of Swimming. He brings a tremendous amount of expertise and experience to Repton, from training swimmers at the Olympics Games and coaching the New Zealand National swimming team to competing himself in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World Championships.
Re-opening has required careful planning and management, and all swimmers are adhering to all government and Swim England guidelines regarding social distancing, coach-to-swimmer ratio, lane numbers, cleaning, and protection for staff. But with two 25m, six-lane pools across both Repton and Repton Prep sites, the club provides a perfect training environment for any ambitious performance swimmer. They have access to coaching across all seven days and pool sessions are supported by specialist Strength and Conditioning work at least twice a week. In June 2020 Repton Swimming was granted fully affiliated club status by Swim England, meaning Repton will not only be represented in schools’ competitions but also within the Swim England competition framework. This combination of club status and control over school facilities means that training can take place uninterrupted and a full schedule is now well underway.
Scott Talbot, Director of Swimming, commented: “Since the return to training in August, there has been a real excitement and energy building around Repton Swimming. Our aim is to create a programme with multiple representatives at regional, national and, eventually, international level, and culturally we want to build a strong environment that promotes both team and individual success. Our first goal when competition resumes will be to compete in the Arena League, with the ultimate target of winning the title within five years.”
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