Welcome back!
Written by Alison Nuttall   
Sunday, 28 September 2014

I am sure that many Saracens families watched Lauren Quigley with enormous pride as she bagged a hat-trick of medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games!  It seems no time at all since Lauren started swimming lessons at Saracens fourteen years ago and although she has trained at Manchester and Stockport squads over the years, we are honoured and proud that Lauren remains a member and regular visitor to the club where her journey began.  The Rio 2016 Olympics are just around the corner and I am sure that Lauren will be knocking on the door to be one of the Team GB squad. 


I am also delighted to inform you that Saracens has once again secured swim21 validation for another year.  The swim21 panel recognise the work of volunteers to achieve this.  With the award comes funding from the ASA NW Regional Grant Fund as well as other benefits.  swim21 accreditation is the ASA’s recognised kitemark for the development of effective, ethical and sustainable affiliated clubs.    Saracens is one of the very few clubs in this area to achieve this award and has had this since 2005.


As usual we have a busy year ahead and lots to look forward to.  The season started with the Stockport Association of Swimming Clubs’ Tadpoles Galas and I am delighted to inform you that Sophie Douglas and Abbie Sparkes walked away with top age group trophies and every single Saracens’ swimmer medalled in at least one event and achieved personal best times. We would like to see a lot more people taking part in this event next year; it is a perfect introduction to competitive swimming for swimmers who don’t always get picked to swim in the team.  Before Christmas we have Intertown galas to look forward to and of course our own internal Club Championships (sign up before 23 October) and our annual Presentation Evening and Disco on Friday 5 December. Please note that the club will close for Christmas on Thursday 18 December and will start back on Wednesday 7 January.


Finally, the club is still in desperate need for volunteers to help out at the club whether this is on the committee or helping on poolside.  As well as the amazing work our teachers and coaches do on poolside, there is an incredible amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to facilitate our internal galas, awards evening, swim21 accreditation, management of membership and club finances, keeping the website up to date, etc and unless more people to come forward these activities simply cannot be sustained.   If you can help in any way please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .   Thank you. 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 )
Reflections On A Remarkable Year
Written by Admin   
Monday, 14 July 2014

It’s hard to believe we are approaching the end of another amazing year for our fantastic club.  What a pleasure it is to reflect on our success.


Back in December the club celebrated its achievement of swim 21 essential accreditation and we reflected on the success in the Tadpoles Gala series and our triumph at the Manchester and District Vice Presidents Gala and the Buxton Xertion gala as well as the many personal successes achieved at our Club Championships.  Since then the club has been involved in the Sputniks and Mini Meets series of galas, Intertown League, Crusader League, various invitation galas and hosted the Spring Sprints and Small Pool Mini Gala.  It certainly has been a very busy year.


We finished top of the leader board in this year’s Intertown Friendly League winning both the junior and senior sections and to top it off we remain undefeated in the Celebration Gala.  Grateful thanks to Peter Sudlow for his superb team management and dedication to the club.  

Well done and thanks also to all the swimmers who took part in this year’s Crusader League.  This was a challenging year for us and whilst we didn’t finish at the top this time, our swimmers did us proud and enjoyed taking part.  We hope to join division 2 of this league next year.  Thanks to team managers Rick Bandy and Jen Holden and also to Rick Kelly for stepping in to support at the last minute. 


Congratulations and good luck to Lauren Quigley who is representing Team England in this year’s Commonwealth Games.  We look forward to following Lauren’s progress in the backstroke events.  We are all very proud of Lauren who has always remained a member of Saracens and is a wonderful ambassador and role model for our younger members.


Of course the success of the club both in and out of the pool would not be achieved without the support of a terrific team of coaches, teachers and committee members.  We are on the lookout for new people to get involved with the running of the club and, in the not so distant future; we will be looking to replace two stalwarts of the club: Alison Nuttall and Nigel Hallows who have collectively served as officers of the committee for more than 35 years.  If you are interested in helping on poolside or joining the committee please speak to any of the coaches or committee members or email

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As a reminder, here are the summer closure dates:

Learn to Swim/Transition Group lessons finish on Thursday 31 July and restart on Saturday 30 August

Main pool sessions finish on Thursday 7 August and restart on Thursday 28 August

Masters sessions finish on Monday 28 July and restart on Monday 1 September


As we approach the end of another very successful summer term, the committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you as we celebrate our collective success.  After a well-earned break we have lots to look forward to in the coming months.  Remember to look out for the Club Championships entry forms when we come back in September.


With best wishes for a restful summer holiday.


Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2014 )