Bristol Penguins is a teaching and competitive swimming club based primarily at Easton Leisure Centre and Henbury Leisure Centre in Bristol.
Our ethos is to teach and coach our members, not just to swim but to become lifelong swimmers. We aim to provide a productive yet fun atmosphere where each swimmer can progress along their own individual swimming journey. We also aim to do our bit to help our young members develop as young people as well as swimmers, such as through our young volunteer programme. Our club is managed by a group of dedicated and well organised volunteer committee members and have achieved Swim Mark accreditation – the kite mark for swimming club to ensure clubs are run properly including a check to ensure necessary safeguarding arrangements are in place.
We are a friendly swimming club and aim to value each one of our members. We have about 400 members ranging from those learning to be swimmers, competitive squads, less competitive squads and a masters section for adults. We are proud to be one of the most diverse swimming clubs in the South West of England and have members from across Bristol. We have had particular success with our junior and age group swimmers over the years and we are now seeing this success amongst our youth swimmers as well. In recent times, we have developed a summer open water programme to widen swimmers’s aquatic experiences and to enjoy swimming outdoors. Social events are an important part of the Penguin calendar and help to build team spirit and our collective values for who we are as a club. Our club structure highlighting this can be viewed as follows:
We work hard to ensure there are appropriate competitive opportunities for all our swimmers ranging from local, county and regional level competitions. For our swimmers that particularly excel and are focused to achieve at national level and beyond, we provide support through our performance partnership with City of Bristol Swimming Club.
Our coaching team is led by Josh Jobbins who works closely with the core coaching team: David Cousins (Assistant Head Coach), Jason Silcox, John-Paul Holmes, John Ferguson, Polly Mullen (Swim Academy Coordinator), Scott Tanner, Kirsty Height and Joel Howard. In addition, there are around 15 support teachers and lane coaches who are well qualified and share a love for swimming.
In summary, we strongly believe our community based club is a friendly and enjoyable place for children and adults to develop themselves as swimmers and also as individuals. We are passionate about swimming and we look forward to continuing to strive to improve our provision to see existing and new members progress over time.
Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club Chairman