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Halstead Swimming Club

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Halstead Swimming Club was started early in 1965 at the old swimming pool in Parsonage Street. The founder members were Maisie Randall and Johnny Newport. Our President, Gordon Finch, became involved in 1973 and has been with the club ever since.  The swimming pool was built as a dye tank for the Courtaulds factory in 1914 and later given to the people of Halstead as a Public Bath.  We fought for many years to get a new pool and finally moved to our present home in the Halstead Leisure Centre in 2004.

Many of our swimmers, after progressing through the various squads continue to support the club by becoming coaches and officials.

HSC is affiliated to Swim England Essex and Swim England East Region. The club holds a constitution; this is a set of rules based on a model constitution from Swim England. The HSC Constitution was updated at the AGM, held on 26 June 2020. A copy of which is available for members to view under documents on Club Organiser.

cancer relief gala 1965 in the old dye tank Halstead pool


  • Chair - Tim Rayner

  • Vice Chair - Gemma Apps

  • Treasurer - Steve Hale

  • Secretary – Helen Kent-Jackson

  • Technical Facilities - Tom Styman-Heighton

  • Welfare Officers - Lee Haylock

  • Club Champ Co-ordinator - Gemma Apps

  • Halstead Open Meet Co-ordinator - John & Theresa Jennings

  • Marketing Co-ordinator - Nicola Young

  • Health & Safety Co-ordinator - Lee Haylock

  • Officials Co-ordinator - Natalie Glegg

  • Social Co-ordinator - Vacant

  • Fund Raising Co-ordinator - Vacant

President's Letter

The president's letter
save the empire news article
Mayor Takes The Plunge news article

Halstead Gazette 3rd June 1977

Photo of Gordon Finch - President of Halstead Swimming Club

Squad Structure, Fees and Training Schedule

Annual Fees

Non-Competing Members (Under 9 yrs old) £22, inc annual ASA fee

Competing Members - £44, inc annual ASA fee


Monthly Fees:

(See individual Squads)

Membership Data: As part of our accreditation we are required to keep up to date records on each swimmer. Please ensure you return the Membership Form.

For any membership queries please email

Background image of the marker flags - for the Development Squad

Development Squad

The Development Squad is a perfect place to start for young swimmers about to graduate from their swimming lessons, with a basic knowledge of the four strokes, and a passion to keep learning. 

Experienced Coaches will teach you drills and sets to perfect your strokes, build your stamina and get you diving off the blocks.

Swimmers usually start to compete at 9yrs old (as specified by Swim England Level 3 License conditions), but younger swimmers will gain valuable experience during training with their squad friends, challenging themselves with targets set by their coaches and blasting off at Club Champs on the run up to their debut.


£24 monthly 

Training Schedule

Tuesday 7:15-8:15pm

Friday 6:15-7:15pm

Sunday 4:00-5:00pm

Background image of the lane ropes - for the Junior Squad information

Junior Squad

Progression to the Junior Squad will see young swimmers continue to build their confidence, perfect their race techniques, and grow their strength and stamina; competing for their club in the leagues and gradually improving their personal bests swim-by-swim in the open meets, and many may even qualify for their first County Championships.


£42 monthly


Training Schedule

 Monday 7:15-8:15pm

Tuesday 8:15-9:15pm

Thursday 6:00-7:00am

Friday 7:15-8:15pm

Sunday 6:30-7:30am

Background image of a swimmer - senior squad information

Senior Squad

Our Senior Squad is our lead squad and comprises of swimmers looking to qualify for the Essex County, East Region, National and British Championships. It is a highly competitive squad and our Coaches are dedicated to helping all the swimmers to reach their potential and meet their personal goals. 


£58 monthly 


Training Schedule

Monday 8:15-9:15pm

Tuesday 6:00-7:00am

Wednesday 7:15-9:00pm

Thursday 6:00-7:00am

Friday 8:30-10:00pm

Sunday 6:30-8:30am

Butterfly swimmers background for the Senior B Squad

Senior B

Senior B is a relatively recent introduction to Halstead Swimming Club, that largely comprises of older swimmers: Seniors who have either started the next phase of their lives - starting their exams, or starting their first jobs - but who still wish to compete, but need a lighter training schedule, and Masters swimmers enjoying their time in the water so much they want to train more and be pushed further.

This is known to be one of HSC's most fun squads.


£24 monthly

Training Schedule

Tuesday 6:00-7:00am

Wednesday 6:15-7:15pm

Sunday 5:00-6:00pm

Group photo of the Masters Squad, background to the Masters Squad


Over 18s

This squad is a fabulous mix of swimming parents, x-age group swimmers and adults who just love a challenge!

We have a fantastic group of swimmers who regularly take part in Open Meets and the Masters Championships  


£10 monthly​

Training Schedule

Sunday 5:00-6:00pm


  • Head Coach – John Lowe

  • Assistant Head Coach – Dave Kay

  • Junior Coach – Gary Tyler

  • Lane Coach – Sue Huggins

  • Lane Coach – Lewis Archer

  • Lane Coach – Patrick Keeble

  • Lane Coach – Paul Salmon

  • Lane Coach – Heather Osterritter

  • Lane Coach - Natalie Glegg

  • Lane Coach - Dan Messenger

  • Lane Coach - Chris Rayner

Welfare Officers

Halstead Swimming Club Welfare Officer

Halstead Swimming Club follows the guidelines set out by Wavepower to ensure the welfare and safeguarding of our members.

Our Welfare Officer is Lee Haylock. If you have any concerns and wish to contact him, please contact Lee on:

Club Records

Girls Club Records


Updated 15/12/12023

Boys Club Records

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