The Hotshots Squad provides a structured training programme for children and young adults with either physical or learning impairments. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for these swimmers to take part in competitions and where possible progress into the Talent and Performance pathways.

Harrogate Borough Council and Harrogate District Swimming Club (HDSC) operate as the Disability Hub Club for North and West Yorkshire. This partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association provides resources to identify and assess talented swimmers. Since the Hotshots Squad was formed in 2009, many swimmers have reached national level, with four progressing to international level. We are always looking for new members and our professional disability swimming coach will be happy to arrange a trial.


Training Times, Days and Venues

Day Time Venue Work
Monday 17:00-18:00 Knaresborough Swim
Friday 17:00-17:30 Hydro Land
Friday 17:30-18:30 Hydro Swim
Sunday 18:00-19:30 Hydro Swim

Total Pool Time: 3.5 Hours, Total Land: 0.5 Hours

Entry age: 8 years – 20 years


To join the Hotshots Squad, swimmers must be unable to fulfil the criteria for mainstream competitive swimming, through either physical or mental impairment that are beyond their control. Swimmers must be considered to be potentially classifiable for D.S.E. Events (Disability Sport England). On occasion some may be assessed as disabled but not fall under the criteria for classification. In this case on going swimming within the squad would be at the discretion of the coach and head coach and must prove to be both beneficial for the swimmer and not detrimental to group.


For additional information, please contact:

Richard Heselton, Disability Swimming Coach


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