Where we train
Brockworth Sports Centre
Brockworth Sports Centre,
Our club history
Barry Churchill, our former chairman, took over from Gerry two years later. He came from Gloucester and wanted to offer competition to those who were not normally included in their fixtures.
Steve Bramwell joined the club as a swimmer in 1978, and he is now the club's chairman, and still swims and competes in competitions.
Barry ran the club until 1999. The club was at a low ebb, when Helen Brown - who had been with the club since 1988 - took over. She and Karen Catchpole (one of our former coaches) encouraged Lee Stanbury to join, who was, at the time, a swimming teacher at Brockworth Sports Centre. Lee was appointed head coach and during the 6 years it was under his guidance, Brockworth SC made many advances:
Within 2 years of Lee joining, we were entering the County Championships ourselves with many swimmers gaining medals.
Within the third year swimmers were qualifying for the South-West Regional Championships.
Within the fourth year (2003) we had national standard swimmers and made the A final of the Cotswold League.
In the 2003/2004 season we were runners up in the Cotswold League and made the A final of the Speedo League.
In his sixth year, 2004/2005, Brockworth SC became champions of Speedo League Division Three, and were promoted to Division Two. We also came first again in the Cotswold League and had more swimmers than ever before entering the South-West Regional Championships.
Sadly though in 2005 Lee left the club after 6 years of success due to the closure of Brockworth pool for refurbishment - leaving him without a job. He headed down to Truro swimming club and is still the head coach there, we wish him every success.
In May 2005 Nigel Garraway was announced as head coach, with Brockworth Sports Centre being closed 2 months later. Sessions were based all over Cheltenham & Gloucester - including at St. Edward's School, Ribston Hall School & Beaufort School. Brockworth was eventually closed for a lot longer than originally planned, and opened again in February 2007. This was a tough time for the club however thanks to everyone we pulled through it and kept the club running.
In Nigel's first year as coach, pool time increased to 12 hours a week and we won twice as many medals from the 2006 county championships compared to 2005 and had better overall performances including at the South-West Championships.
In 2007 Richard Tuck took over as being the Head Coach for the club having been a more than capable assistant to all the previous coachers. An added bonus being his daughter, Carla, who was a county squad level swimmer. This experience put the club in good stead.
2007 was another good year for the club, with medal numbers, personal best swims, general performances including the Speedo League and new age group best times exceeding the previous year's.
2008 was another great year. Brockworth's highest ever medal count at the County Championships - including 12 gold medal finishes - where we went on to finish in the top half of the county medal table. The 2008 National Swimming League performance this year has been excellent, along with help from Dursley Dolphins swimmers (thank you very much!!) - better than that of the last two years - finishing this year with a brilliant B Final Victory to place 9th in Division Three.
Under Richard's leadership the club continues to go from strength to strength. He is ably assisted by Carla Tuck (his daughter) which is where the close knit friendly atmosphere emanates from. In her position of Junior Coach, her expertise and training has continued the development of our younger squad swimmers on an ongoing basis.