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Swimming is available to all abilities at University of Birmingham, whether you are a beginner or an international competitor. From casual swimming, through to high-performance training, there are opportunities for everyone to take part. Discover more about what is on offer below.


The University of Birmingham Swimming Club is a friendly club for swimmers ranging from BUCS and National medallists to first-time competitors and social swimmers. We have four squads with dedicated session times, and each squad is fully coached in order to develop a wide range of swimmers from Club level to International level.



Ranked within the top seven Swimming Universities in British Universities Competition (BUCS), we offer the opportunity to train and compete in a prosperous environment whilst completing your degree. All training sessions take place in our 50m swimming pool within University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness.


If you are interested in joining, please get in touch with Head Coach, Gary, using the contact us button below.



Head Coach: Gary Humpage



Our state-of-the-art gym is available for all your strength and conditioning needs.

50M Pool

Birmingham's first 50m pool, right here on campus!


Exact times will be confirmed by the club upon registration.


BUCS long course, short course and team championships, BUSL, plus various meets including regional, National and British Swimming championships.


The University of Birmingham sport’s performance centre offers specialist sport science and medicine support for developing athletic performance. Our dedicated team of experts work closely with athletes to create an integrated training and support plan which benefits from the University’s leading sport science research. With access to state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff, our performance athletes have access to further support, including strength and conditioning, and sports physiology and nutrition.


The performance squad and scholars are supported by our high-performance centre that includes experts in the fields of sports science, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, physiotherapy, nutrition, and lifestyle consultancy. Practitioners work closely with swimming coaches to deliver an effective program with an athlete-centered approach to training.


Our performance squad program runs from September through to July that encompasses BUCS Championships, British Championships, and Summer Nationals each year.



Please include your full postcode

(If applicable - 10 digit number in format 123-456-7890)

(e.g. Unconditional / ABB)

(e.g. Sport & Exercise Science, BC17)

Please select all that apply.

(Please note whether UK or Home Country and which age-group)

Please list your major achievements in your sport over the past two years, starting with the most recent. Please detail the year in which the achievement took place, your age at the time, the event, the standard of representation (e.g. club, county, international) and result.

To help us gain further insight to you as an athlete, please list your realistic performance goals for the next 12 months (up to 3):

Please specify level and dates.

Please specify level and dates.

Please specify amount and period of provision.

Please provide evidence of your performance level in relation to the competition standard within BUCS and your potential or likelihood to win an invidivual medal at a BUCS Championships. This should include evidence of your PB(s) and/or national ranking alongside the previous 1-2 years of BUCS Championships’ results within your sport/discipline:


Do you currently swim competitively and are interested in competing for/training during your time at the University of Birmingham? Register your interest below and your details will be passed on to our performance coach.




e.g. 100m Breaststroke

E.g. 74.14


Our Sport & Fitness centre offers club members the chance to swim casually whilst at Birmingham. 


A swimming membership gives you access to the 50m swimming pool, which is a hub of activity: improving health, fitness and swimming ability in all ages. It has been designed and timetabled to ensure there are always lanes available for members to swim, therefore your swimming membership is never limited.


Swim membership allows you access to the pool with a variety of sessions to cater for all. Your membership also includes use of the steam room and sauna to relax pre- or post- swim.

Membership Price

As part of signing up to a Sports Club you are agreeing to the Sport and Fitness Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, Sports Club Code of Conduct and other UB Sport policies. Click here to head to Sports Club Benefits to read them.

£540 High Performance membership includes:

  • Year round program available
  • Accommodation at BUCS Competition up to 6 nights per year
  • Free Travel to BUCS competitions
  • Coached Performance Strength and conditioning 2 sessions per week
  • Sports Physio triage sessions twice weekly
  • Sports science support
  • Nutrition support
  • Sports Psychology support
  • Video Analysis
  • Coaching support at major national meets
  • Performance Club Scholarship award of up to £2300

Extra – not compulsory

  • Club related social Activity – quiz, bingo
  • Swimming Club Finis hats – ranging from £10.50 to £16
  • Masters Meet
  • Individual club clothing purchased – varied on price

*This is an approximate list of what the club membership may include. This can change at any point, so please confirm with the club directly on what this membership includes.

Trials and Tasters


Thursday 21 September – 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm – Pool

Friday 22 September – 7:30 am – 8:30 am – Pool

Saturday 23 September – 1.00 pm – 3:30 pm – Pool

Sunday 24 September – 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm – Pool