City of Derby Swimming Club – Disability and Para-swimmers

Paralympic Bronze Medallist, Lewis White

City of Derby Swimming Club believes that swimming is an inclusive sport and that anyone with a disability, be it either a learning or/and a physical disability, should have the opportunity to get involved in swimming.

City of Derby is a recognised hub club for disability and para-swimming and works closely with the regional officer from the Amateur Swimming Association to ensure that as a club we provide the best provision we can for any swimmer with a disability. Our coaches have undergone para-swimming training and this includes improving our understanding of types of disabilities, the para-swimming classification system and the para-swimming pathway from club to elite level. Our Disability Liaison Officer has considerable experience in the field of para-swimming, having a son in the club who has progressed from grass roots to Paralympic level.

We aim to be as inclusive as possible but we do recognise that there may be some disabilities that we cannot cater for. If this is the case the club will do its very best to signpost you to an appropriate provider.

There are many competition opportunities at local, regional and national level for para-swimmers to access and as a club we aim to help you achieve your goals.

Taster session:

Have you got what it takes to be a Para-Swimmer? City of Derby Swimming Club are teaming up with ASA Swim England to host a Taster Session for disability swimmers on Sunday 2nd April, 9:00 – 11:00.  Click Here for details

Talent ID:

If you are already a competent swimmer then you can complete the ASA ID Tracker form (Click here) and receive specific advice in order to move forward (swimmers must be over five years of age).

Classification:

To swim in any competitions in England as a para-swimmer you will need to be a classified swimmer. Your times will then be compared to other swimmers in your class. Click here to find out how to become classified

If you have any further questions about para-swimming then please either contact our Disability Liaison Officer at disabilityliaisonofficer@coderby.co.uk or paraswimming@swimming.org.

The following websites may also be of use:

The global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. It organises the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, including swimming, for which it supervises and coordinates the World Championships and other competitions.

The umbrella organisation for disability sport in England.  EFDS brings together the eight National Disability Sport Organisations recognised by Sport England: British Amputees and Les Autres Sports Association, British Blind Sport, CP Sport, Dwarf Athletics, Mencap Sport, UK Deaf Sport and WheelPower.

The British Paralympic Association (BPA), brand name ParalympicsGB, is a registered charity which is responsible for selecting, preparing, entering, funding and managing Britain’s teams at the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games.

Disability Sports Events (DSE)

Creates participation opportunities for disabled people with all impairments. It provides events in various sports which allow athletes to follow the pathways to international success.