Bramcote SC Academy

The Bramcote SC Academy is a new programme launched in January 2017 to prepare talented young swimmers for club swimming. The Academy works alongside your child’s existing swim school and sessions at the Academy are in addition to lessons at your child’s swim school. If your child doesn’t currently attend a swim school but is interested in joining the Academy, please get in touch to discuss the options.

The Bramcote Swimming Club Academy programme admits children aged 5-8 years who are able to swim a minimum of 20 metres. If your child is 7 years old or more and is confident and proficient in all 4 strokes, he/she may be eligible to join one of our main squads. For more information, please see our Squad Overview and read About Us.


Academy sessions run in the Main Pool at Bramcote Leisure Centre and at The Lenton Centre. All sessions are led by Swim England Level 2 qualified swimming teachers with support from other qualified teachers and poolside volunteers who are all fully DBS checked and have undergone safeguarding training, in line with SwimMark guidance. (SwimMark is Swim England’s ‘quality’ mark).  All sessions are supervised by a qualified lifeguard.

For further enquiries and/or to arrange a taster session please go to ‘Join Us’

Academy Aims

  • Swimmers to achieve good technique in all 4 strokes
  • Swimmers to learn competitive skills: starts, turns, finishes
  • Swimmers to develop speed, power and endurance
  • To prepare swimmers for training with a squad
  • To prepare swimmers for competitions

Academy Objectives

  • Improved technique and efficiency in all strokes
  • Lane etiquette
  • Introduction to drills and training methods
  • Introduction to tumble and touch turns
  • Pace clock usage and understanding
  • Complete Competitive Start Award

Academy Admission Criteria

  • Aged 5-9 years
  • Swim 20m on front and back demonstrating good technique
  • Simultaneous breaststroke leg kick with feet turned out
  • Attempt undulation movement required for fly
  • Understanding of streamlining


When swimmers demonstrate the correct skills, they will be invited to join one of the Bramcote SC main squads, usually Skill Development 1, where they will continue to develop their skills and progress through the Skill Development Squads 2 and 3 .  Progression from BSC Academy to Development Squads is at the discretion of Academy teachers and the Development Squad coaches. For more information on the main squads, see our Squad Overview webpage. Swimmers do not move to main squads until they are at least 7 years old.

Organisation and timetable

For new swimmers who already swim in a swim school, swimmers are expected to have one lesson per week with their swim school in addition to the sessions outlined below.

Our existing swimmers in Orange, Green and Blue groups will continue their swimming twice a week. These sessions will take place at Lenton at on Mondays AND Wednesdays at the times indicated below.

Equivalent NPTS
stage (approx)
Day/Time Location
Orange Stage 4 Monday 18:30 – 19:00
Wednesday 18:30 – 19:00
Green Stage 5 Monday 18:30 – 19:00
Wednesday 18:30 – 19:00
Blue Stage 6 Monday 19:00 – 19:30
Wednesday 19:00 – 19:30
Red Stage 7 Sunday 19:00 – 19:30
Tuesday 18:30 – 19:00
Main Pool
Pre-Squad Stage 8 Sunday 08:00 – 09:00
Sunday 19:30 – 20:00
Tuesday 19:00 – 19:30
Main Pool


Swimmers have several opportunities to compete at the Academy. All BSC Academy swimmers are able to participate in the annual club championships. We also run badge galas and help to organise the annual Broxtowe trophy gala with the leisure centre swim school and other local clubs (for swimmers aged 8yr+).


As aa Swim England affiliated club, all club members must also join Swim England (this also provides insurance). There is an annual membership fee of £22, paid once a year, on joining and each subsequent January to cover the cost of Swim England membership.

Monthly subscriptions to the BSC Academy are paid by standing order. For current rates, please see our ‘Swimming Fees‘ webpage.


For further enquiries and/or to arrange a taster session, please go to “Join Us”


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