Harrogate Borough Council works in partnership with Harrogate District Swimming Club (HDSC) to deliver a nationally recognised Competitive Swimming Programme.

We are proud of our grassroots commitment to giving every swimmer in the borough the opportunity to achieve their potential. Talent identification takes place within the Harrogate Borough Council Swimming Development Scheme (SDS), Schools Swimming Programme and through our role as the Amateur Swimming Associations disability hub club for North and West Yorkshire.

Swimmers training is provided by Harrogate Borough Council and structured to ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, ability and aspiration of the swimmer. All training is based on Long-Term development principles with specifically designed programmes for disabled and masters swimmers.

HDSC is a voluntary organization whose committee is made up from parents of current and former swimmers. HDSC supports the development of the Competitive Swimming Programme and provides the opportunity for swimmers to race. The partnership between Harrogate Borough Council and HDSC has contributed to swimmers achieving medals at all levels from County through to International.

Competitive swimming is an exciting team and individual sport that requires extensive skill development. Training develops physical fitness, teaches children to strive for physical achievement and promotes discipline and goal orientation. To progress through the Competitive Swimming Programme, swimmers need to demonstrate specific CORE values. We hope that this will encourage swimmers to think beyond their next race and continue to enjoy the sport for many years to come.

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