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Christmas Closure

by Adie

The pool will close for christmas on Thursday 22nd December at 2pm, will re open in new year on 3rd of January at 8am

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the staff

Meet the latest swimmer in our Rising Stars series – Steffi Toolan

by Editor

rising-stars-steffi-toolanAlthough twelve-year-old Steffi Toolan was a relatively late starter to swimming, she is now going great guns in the B Squad of Derby Phoenix Swimming Club.

Steffi started swimming lessons at Gayton Pool when she was five.  She progressed quickly and was spotted by the Derby Phoenix coaches whilst swimming at Lonsdale Pool.

Mum Kerry explained: “I was not sure how Steffi would enjoy squad training but she really blossomed and enjoyed the sessions.

“The teaching staff at Gayton and Lonsdale are brilliant and it was clear from the start that she had learnt the strokes properly so progressing into the club was not too difficult a task.

“Swimming has really helped to boost Steffi’s confidence and she has made so many new friends from outside school.

“Everybody is very encouraging and swimming encourages us all to get into a good routine.

“It is a big commitment – especially with three younger children – but as long as Steffi enjoys it – we are happy to support her.”

Steffi said: “I like how there are so many different strokes to learn.  You can be really good at one thing but you always need to improve on others.

“I was nervous when I was first entered for galas but now I really enjoy it and it’s good to challenge yourself.”

Meet The Coppen Family

by Rachel Aylott

The Coppen Family - Rising Stars at LonsdaleIn the second of a series of profiles on young swimmers – we feature the Coppen family who are all members of Derby Phoenix swimming club – training at Lonsdale Pool.

Parents Andy and Joanne Coppen originally introduced their children to swimming to ensure they had the necessary skills to keep them safe in the water. Their children Ella (14), Imogen (10) and Quinn (8) have taken to the sport so well however that they now train several times at week with Derby Phoenix swimming club and represent the club on the competition circuit.

Ella started swimming when she was six and, since joining Derby Phoenix,  has gone from strength to strength.  She is now in the A squad – regularly picking up county and Midlands’ breaststroke medals.

Both Imogen and Quinn started swimming when they were four and are now in Derby Phoenix’s C squad.  Imogen started in D squad when she was seven and, after having lessons at Lonsdale Pool, Quinn became the youngest swimmer to join D squad at the age of six.

All three love swimming and have their sights set on greater things in the sport – inspired by the success of Team GB at the Rio Olympics. Ella said: “There is always something new to aim for with personal bests and, above all, it is great fun.  I would love to try to get to the 2024 Olympics but I know it will take a lot of hard work.”

Imogen agreed: “Swimming keeps you fit and you can learn different techniques to get better and better.”

And Quinn concluded: “I like that it is competitive but I have a lot of friends so it is good fun.”

Joanne said: “We have embraced swimming as a family and, as well as supporting the children, are involved in Derby Phoenix with coaching and welfare roles.”

Andy continued: “The club has a great atmosphere with the older ones supporting the younger swimming.  As well as being competitive, everyone gets on really well and there is a good social scene.

“Swimming has given us so much as a family, we are now just hoping that Lonsdale are able to find a site to build a bigger pool in this area so that there is more capacity for training and hopefully encourage more families to get involved in swimming.”

Meet Abbie Tunnicliffe

by Rachel Aylott

Abbie Tunnicliffe - Rising Stars at LonsdaleThere are many opportunities for talented young swimmers to develop their skills through the coaching programme run by clubs across the county and many of the young people who initially learnt to swim at Lonsdale and Gayton pools have now progressed to a wide range of clubs.

These include eight-year-old Abbie Tunnicliffe who is now a member of Long Eaton Swimming Club having completed the various grades at Lonsdale Pool.

Abbie’s mum Helen explained: “We were keen that Abbie should learn to swim and she started when she was three-years-old at Lonsdale. At the first lesson, Abbie cried for the first 20 minutes but her teacher Lynn was brilliant and encouraged her to join in. She has never looked back since and swam her first length when she was four.

“Having progressed through all the different stages, the Coach for Derby Phoenix Swimming Club spotted Abbie one day and thought she was strong enough for squad level. We went along to watch Derby Phoenix train and Abbie loved what she saw.   We however decided that a club closer to home would be our best option and joined Long Eaton.

“The great thing about swimming is that there is a clear pathway to develop youngsters and plenty of opportunities for them to progress and compete if they want to.

“Swimming also teaches good discipline and it has built up Abbie’s confidence and strength immensely.

“Most importantly, she loves it and, although it is big time commitment, as long as she is happy and committed, then we are keen to support her. Learning to swim at Lonsdale has opened so many doors for Abbie and who knows what she will progress onto.”


by Adie

Due to technical issues the pool will be closed until Monday 7th November

Swimming Teachers Graduate From Courses

by Editor


A group of local people have qualified as swimming teachers after attending an Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) approved course held at Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover.

Seven completed level one qualifications and seven more achieved level two qualifications – enabling them to progress their teaching careers at pools around the local area.

The course was run by SteamlineED which is a company approved by the ASA to deliver the weekend courses.

Tutor Paula West explained: “We have had a wide range of people coming on the course from young people looking to have paid employment during their university studies to parents who have supported clubs in a volunteer role and now want to progress their careers in the sport.”

Among the successful course members was Ellie Holden (16), a pupil at Derby High School who has been working as a volunteer helper at Lonsdale Pool.

She said: “I love swimming and have been helping out at Lonsdale Pool but with this qualification I hope to expand my teaching experience.”

The course was welcomed by Lonsdale Swimming & Sports Trust which is stepping up its recruitment of swimming teachers and lifeguards.

The charitable Trust oversees Gayton Pool in Littleover on behalf of Derby City Council and also Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover, which it is currently hoping to replace with a new 25m, eight-lane pool and leisure facility as soon as another local 1.5 acre local site has been secured.

More than 50 staff currently work at the two pools which used by more than 1,600 children and adults every week.  It is hoping to recruit a further four teachers and five lifeguards to work across both sites.

Director Ian Cotter said: “Since the Olympics this summer which saw Adam Peaty and his fellow team members win so many medals, the interest in swimming has definitely increased.

“The waiting list for children’s and adult swimming lessons has swelled and numbers at the community sessions has grown.

“We are therefore recruiting new swimming teachers and lifeguards to work at the two pools and the success of this ASA course is good news for us and other local pools.”

Meet Daniel James

by Editor

daniel-james-1In the first of a series of profiles on young swimmers – we feature Daniel James (15).

Daniel first started coming to Lonsdale Pool when he joined Derby Phoenix Swimming Club at the age of nine and he now swims for the A squad.

Swimming is more than a sporting pastime for the young man – it also helps greatly to build up his core strength and counter balance his mild curvature of the spine which was diagnosed when he was ten-years-old.

This determination to push himself has also led Daniel achieve distinction in the Royal Life Saving Society’s award scheme and become a teaching assistant at Gayton Spool.

He has also put his skills to good use – tackling open water swimming challenges across the UK to raise more than £2,200 for Dementia UK in memory of his late grandfather.

Out of the pool, Daniel is an accomplished musician – playing the flute with City of Derby Youth Orchestra and Derby Music Centre and piano in the school’s main band.

The Littleover Community School pupil has achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award and has his sights set on a career in medicine.

Daniel said: “I have gained so much from swimming that I wanted to put something back into the sport and I thoroughly enjoy teaching.

“Swimming as part of a club is very social sport and it is great that there is always something new to learn.

“Whatever I do in life – I will always enjoy swimming.”

President of Derby Phoenix, Douglas Whitlam MBE said: “Daniel has always been a very conscientious, polite young man who has wholeheartedly supported Derby Phoenix swimming club and is a fine example of what hard work can result in.”

Peaty Performance Prompts Local Pools to Recruit More Staff

by Editor

AdamPeatyA surge of interest in swimming thanks to Adam Peaty’s success in Rio and the continued lack of pool space in Derby has prompted Lonsdale Swimming & Sports Trust to step up its recruitment of more swimming teachers and lifeguards.

The charitable Trust oversees Gayton Pool in Littleover on behalf of Derby City Council and also Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover, which it is currently hoping to replace with a new £4 million facility as soon as another local 1.5 acre site can be secured.

Since the Olympics this summer which saw Adam Peaty clinch Gold and Silver medals, the waiting list for children’s and adult swimming lessons has swelled and numbers at the community sessions has grown.

Lonsdale currently employs 50 staff and the two pools are used by more than 1,600 children and adults every week.  It is hoping to recruit a further four teachers and five lifeguards to work across both sites.

Ian Cotter, chair of Lonsdale Trust, explained: “Adam Peaty has trained at Lonsdale Pool with the City of Derby club on many occasions over the years.

“He is a strong supporter of our bid to find a site in the west of Derby to build a new 25 metre, eight lane pool to replace the ageing Lonsdale Pool on Varsity Grange as well as community and fitness facilities.

“Since Adam and his fellow team members’ success in the pool at Rio, interest amongst children and adults for the lessons we provide here and attendance at both the club and community sessions has grown significantly.

“Although the increased interest in swimming amongst local people is obviously great news for the sport, the current lifeguard and teaching staff are at full capacity and I hope that the Olympics has also inspired more people to consider a career pool side as a lifeguard or teacher.

“There is a long waiting list for lessons and therefore there is a need to recruit at least four teachers and five lifeguards with an immediate start and flexible hours to fit in with their other family, school and university commitments.

“This renewed interest in swimming, further inspired by Adam’s success, also makes our bid to build a larger pool that we have been planning for several years even more vital to ‘Keep Derby Swimming’.

“We are in discussion with a number of land owners to secure the land that we need to build the new swimming and leisure facilities in this area and hope that at least one of these sites will come to fruition in the near future.

“When this does go ahead, we will have more capacity and will need even more staff, to teach more lessons, accommodate more schools and clubs and be able to expand the community sessions which are currently limited to 30 people in the pool at a time.

Adam Peaty commented previously on Lonsdale’s bid for a new pool: “I trained at Lonsdale Pool for nearly three years when I was younger and, without that support and those facilities, I would not be at the stage I am now.

“There are a lot of clubs in Derby and the surrounding area and we need good quality pools to ensure everyone gets the training that they need.

“It is a particularly good idea that Lonsdale are planning to have a fitness suite as part of the new building as training out of the pool is just as important.”

Fellow Trust member Doug Whitlam is also chair of the Derbyshire Amateur Swimming Association and President of Derby Phoenix swimming club, which trains at Lonsdale Pool.

He continued that there was a widespread shortage of swimming teachers and that Lonsdale was providing financial support to encourage more people to train.

The first stage of training is completing the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Aquatic Helper qualification and the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification at Lonsdale.

Training is then provided for people to progress onto swimming teacher qualifications which the organisation will pay for – equating to £1,000.  Individuals are asked to then work unpaid for at least two hours a week for an equivalent time of the cost of qualifications and then move into paid posts.

Mr Whitlam added: “Teaching swimming an ideal professional for people at all sorts of stages of their lives.

“Young people can combine teaching with their studies at school and university and it is also great for parents returning to the workplace as they can juggle job and home commitments.

“I think some people are put off by the cost of taking these qualifications but we were working hard to support people to take up the profession by sponsoring them now provided they commit to teaching here after qualifying.

“As long as people are at a reasonable level of swimming themselves and have a passion for teaching and working with people, then it is the ideal job.”

Children’s Crash Course

by Adie

Lonsdale Children’s Crash Course

Taking Place Weeks Commencing
1st August & 8th August
Cost £21 per child per week
For a 30 min lesson each day
Limited places, payment on booking
All children must be accompanied by an adult

Pool Staff Plan Channel Challenge

by Editor

Lifeguards and teachers at two Derby swimming pools are planning a 26 mile sponsored swim – the equivalent of the English Channel – to raise money for vital maintenance on the life-saving equipment available to the public.

Twenty three members of staff at Gayton pool in Littleover and Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover, which are both run by Lonsdale Swimming & Sports Trust, will be tackling the swim at Lonsdale Pool on July 28 – each swimming around 400m at a time in a relay.

They hope to raise more than £1,000 to buy batteries for the defibrillators that they previously raised money for and installed at both pools.

The defibrillator batteries need to be changed every three to five years and are available both for pool users and the general public in the surrounding area in case of someone suffering a heart attack.

Sam Warner has organised the sponsored swim and teaches at Gayton and Lonsdale pools.  She said: “Thankfully the defibrillators have not had to be used at either pool yet but they are a vital piece of equipment to have available as their use dramatically increases the chances of recovery for someone if they suffer a heart attack.

“We have had a great response from the thousands of children, parents and the general public who use the pool for lessons, clubs and community sessions and I am sure that we will quickly reach our fund raising target.”

Gayton was Derby’s first new swimming pool to be built by Derby City Council in 25 years. It was opened in January 2011 and is managed by Lonsdale Trust on behalf of the Council – replacing the ageing structure that had been condemned.

The Trust is currently on the search for a new 1.5 acre site to build a new £4 million pool to replace the ageing Lonsdale Pool on the former University of Derby campus in Mickleover.

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