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At Nottingham Portland Swimming Club we pride ourselves on offering swimmers the chance to pursue their interest in the sport in a progressive, encouraging and friendly setting.Marlin

Founded in 1931, we are one of the longest established clubs in Nottingham, yet have retained a forward-thinking outlook and a lively, welcoming membership.

The best way to learn more about our club is to browse the site - you will probably find our News page a good place to start.

If you want to know what level of swimming ability is needed to join a Portland swimming squad, please take a look at our How To Join page, where you will find our entry requirements and information on how to arrange a trial.

In addition to squad training for children and young adults, we also run a Masters Session on a pay-as-you-go basis, open to swimmers aged 16 and over who are keen to improve technique, speed or general fitness.

If after reading the pages recommended above you have any other questions, please email our Membership Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mission Statement

Nottingham Portland SC aims to provide a structured learning environment in which all swimmers are given the opportunity to develop, grow and succeed. Every individual has the right to reach his or her full potential and the club upholds a positive atmosphere to make this possible. We work hard to maintain a supportive attitude and a high degree of sportsmanship amongst all our athletes.

"Winning is getting out of the water knowing you couldn’t have done any better"

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Training by Squad

Technical Development Squad


Training Times


Monday 7.00pm to 8.00pm Portland Centre
Wednesday 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Friday 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Sunday 8.00pm to 9.00pm Nottingham University


Performance/Senior Development Squad
Day Training Times Venue
Monday 8.00pm to 9.00pm  Portland Centre
Wednesday 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Thursday 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Friday 8.00pm to 9.30pm
Sunday 8.00pm to 9.00pm Nottingham University


Day Type Training Times Venue
Friday Coached 7.00pm to 8.00pm Portland Centre
Sunday Uncoached 8.00pm to 9.00pm Nottingham University



Training by Day

Squad Training Times Venue
Technical Development 7.00pm to 8.00pm Portland Centre
Performance/Senior Development 8.00pm to 9.00pm Portland Centre


Squad Training Times Venue
Technical Development 6.00pm to 7.30pm Portland Centre
Performance/Senior Development 7.30pm to 9.00pm


Squad Training Times Venue
Performance/Senior Development 7.00pm to 8.30pm Portland Centre


Squad Training Times Venue
Technical Development 7.00pm to 8.00pm Portland Centre
Senior/Masters 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Performance/Senior Development 8.00pm to 9.30pm


Squad Training Times Venue
Technical Development, Senior Development & Performance 8.00pm to 9.00pm Nottingham University
Senior/Masters 8.00pm to 9.00pm (NOT coached)


Minimum Requirements

As a competitive coaching club, we cannot cater for non-swimmers, so potential members should be able to swim technically sound strokes for at least 30 metres in backstroke, breaststroke (with a legal leg kick) and front crawl. They should also be able to do a technically sound butterfly leg kick for at least 30 metres.

Most swim courses, if all stages are completed, will teach the basics to this level. For example, following completion of Advanced 3 Level of Quackers Swim School lessons (instructed at the Portland Centre), swimmers should be ready or very nearly ready to join our Club training sessions. Our coaching team is skilled in taking swimmers from this point and helping them to reach their potential.

Becoming a Member

Becoming a member is straightforward:

Simply email our membership secretary - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - with your contact details and we will reply and arrange with you to come along to a session, during which a coach will assess your abilities and you can get a flavour of what the club has to offer. There is no charge for the assessment visit; if you like what you see and we think you are capable, we will recommend which squad is suitable for you and let you have the relevant forms.

At a subsequent session, you will need to bring a completed Members Application Form, a Standing Order Form and a cheque for membership.

For information on the costs of membership, please see the Fees and Subs page.

Please note that trials and membership offers are subject to availability of space in the relevant squad and appropriate training lane.

We hope your child(ren) will enjoy the experience of being a Club member including the training, competitions and social interaction.

Who runs the Club? A full list of Club officers can be found on the noticeboard and website (committee members & coaches).

We are a swim21 Club and follow the guidance in Wavepower for child safeguarding, the ASA Code of Ethics and Codes of Conduct. Whilst we hope your child will be happy and content at the Club, sometimes questions, concerns or issues may arise.

If you have a question regarding coaching you should in the first instance ask to meet your child’s coach. Do so at a time convenient to you both and please do not go on poolside and interrupt training sessions. The coaches will be happy to arrange a time before a session to discuss any training issues.

If you have a question or concern regarding child welfare, please speak to or email the Club Welfare Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Alternatively there is a dedicated helpline for anyone wishing to raise a safeguarding or welfare concern directly to the ASA, called Swimline – telephone number 0808 100 4001. Details can also be found on the Club noticeboard.

Our Club is committed to providing good child safeguarding practice for all our young members and we have adopted the ASA Safeguarding Policy – Wavepower, a copy of which is held by our Welfare Officer or can be viewed and downloaded from Section 6 gives information and guidance to parents. Our Club is one where we accept that good safeguarding and fair play is paramount for all our young members.

Help us to keep your children safe. If at any time you are unable to stay during training, please ensure that you (or another designated adult) arrive before the end of the training session to take responsibility for your child(ren). Please come into the pool area and wait in the spectator gallery at Portland Leisure Centre or in the seating area/corridor at the University Pool, so we know swimmers have been safely collected.

We recognize that, on occasion, parents may be unavoidably delayed, therefore please advise your child(ren) to stay with a trusted adult in the Club until you arrive. If not possible, they should notify a member of the Centre staff or Reception. They should not go outside the building.

Nottingham Portland Swimming Club is always looking for parental help. You may offer to help or a member of the committee may approach you to see if you are able to assist. We are a volunteer-run Club and appreciate all the help parents can give us, however small.

Please look at the Welcome Pack to learn more about the Club, squad structures, galas, etc. and read through other items on the Parents' Information menu for details about different types of competition, fee structures and ways you might be able to help.

We hope you and your child/children enjoy being a member of the Nottingham Portland Swimming Club.

Membership Fees

Annual membership fees are paid at the beginning of the calendar year for the whole year and for 2017 these are:

  • Child Annual Membership - £30 per child member for the first three child members in a family; additional children will be free
  • Masters' Annual Membership - £20 per annum

For children joining mid-year, the Membership Fee will be calculated at £3 per child member (for the first three child members) for each month/part month from joining until the end of the calendar year.

Monthly Subscriptions

Subs are collected by banker's Standing Order and depend upon which squad you are invited to join:

  • Technical Development Squad - £27 per month (receiving 4 1/2 hours pool time per week)
  • Performance & Senior Development Squads - £33 per month (receiving 6 1/2 hours pool time per week)
  • Large Family Concession - Families with three or more children will be entitled to a concessionary rate of £15 per month for their third and subsequent child members, regardless of squad.

Seniors/Masters Swimmers

Training is provided Fridays and Sundays for Masters (non-squad swimmers aged 16 years and over).

Masters pay on the night - £5 per session.

If you have any queries, please contact our Membership Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Alongside our wish for you to enjoy and succeed at your swimming, we want to ensure you are safe and happy in the Club and that we act upon anything that prevents that.
We know any bullying or poor behaviour towards you would make you feel unhappy, so please do not feel you have to just put up with it.

It is important if something or someone causes you to be unhappy that you tell someone.


  • your parent
  • your coach
  • the Club Welfare Officer
  • any other adult you feel happy to speak to

Other ways of letting someone know that you are worried:

• Your Club Welfare Officer is Mark Brumwell. He can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can ask to talk to him at a training session. The Welfare Officer is there for all swimmers under 18 and makes the needs of these swimmers a priority. If you have a concern about yourself or another swimmer, how you are being treated by others or something that is making you unhappy, your Club Welfare Officer is there for you.
• You can write your concern on the Child Power leaflet you were given when you joined or on a piece of paper, then give it to a trusted adult in the Club. You don’t have to put your name on it if you want to remain anonymous.
• The ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) have a helpline called Swimline, if you want to tell someone but not anyone in the Club. The number is 0808 100 4001 (a freephone number that will not show on a phone bill). You will be asked to leave a number at which you can be contacted in the next 24 hours. If you feel you cannot wait that long for someone to talk to you, hang on and you will be put through to the NSPCC/ChildLine helpline straightaway.
• You can ring ChildLine directly on 0800 1111. Calls are free and confidential.
• Child Power is a section of the ASA website just for young people. It has a message link by which you can send a concern in writing to the ASA Safeguarding Team, who will then help you with whatever issue you have raised. The link is at

Useful information
To help us ensure you stay safe and happy in the Club, we follow guidelines from the ASA’s child safeguarding manual called Wavepower. If you want to have a look at Wavepower the Club Welfare Officer will have a copy or it can be viewed and downloaded from In particular, you may find it interesting to read Section 5 of Wavepower, which has information and guidance specifically for swimmers under 18 years old that the ASA’s Youth Forum has helped to write.
You can also get advice and information on the following websites: -


Free style Michael Phelps (Click Here)

Butterfly Michael Phelps   (Click Here)




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Details and entry form for this year's Club Champs can be found by clicking HERE.

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