Sunday South Swims

These are coached swim sessions at The Bromsgrove Sports and Leisure Centre. They start at 6pm and last for one hour.

“Sunday swimming session in Bromsgrove is well planned and personalised. It has helped me improve my swimming technique immensely.” Louise

Who is the session aimed at?

Seniors and juniors, accompanied by participating seniors, who are able to confidently swim 100 metres (four lengths of a 25m pool) freestyle (front crawl) without a rest. With six lanes available, all speeds are accommodated.

Is there a charge for the session?

It’s £5 for seniors. £2.50 for juniors. After a few trial weeks we ask participants to join BRAT.

What does the session usually involve?

The focus of each session depends upon a variety of factors, not the least the UK Triathlon season. Technique, power, endurance and speed sets all feature to differing degrees through the season.

What do I need to know if it’s my first time?

Arrive at 17:45 for registration to allow time to be ready to enter the water at 18:00. Registration is on the right immediately on entering the building.

What do I need to bring?

Swim kit and towel, plus training aids. A note is put onto the BRAT Bromsgrove and Redditch Facebook page indicating what aids are needed each week. Otherwise bring everything.

“Sunday swimming at BSLC is a great session! Andy works us hard and there’s good camaraderie!” Nigel

Words from the coach

Sunday swim coach Andrew is a long-time BRAT who regularly runs these sessions for the club.

Andrew was inspired to coach by Louise Barron who guided him through qualification. He’s keen to support anybody who wants to coach in turn.

Andrew has competed at most distances over more than twenty years, including at World and European levels.

He originally joined BRAT to swim in his local lake, and gradually became more involved with the club. He uses the sessions he creates for his own training!

What do you love about coaching or leading the session, Andrew?

“The joyful commitment, effort and appreciation of the participants, not only as athletes but with organisation of social events, recruitment and administration. Some have taken the bold leap to train as coaches to give the athletes greater support.”

What would you say to someone who is thinking about coming along for the first time?

“Try it for a few weeks. Then decide whether to continue.”


“Andy is very enthusiastic, encouraging and well organised. Each session is planned in advance and tailored to the ability of each lane.
All swimmers receive an individual training sheet which addresses areas that need working on.
This is a hard session but really useful for anyone who wants to try to improve and it is much appreciated by those who attend.
There is a big range of triathlon and swimming experience present but everyone is enthusiastic, friendly and supportive.
Three members are currently undertaking coach training.
We have had several social events over the year.” Peter