The club was formed in 1977, but our origins go back long before then (see the History page). Our main squad sessions take place at the Belper Leisure Centre in Belper, whilst our Disabled and Learn to swim programmes take place in Heanor and Alfreton. We provide competitive swimming for children of all ages and also have a Masters section for the adults.
Regular training sessions are held at Belper on Friday and Sunday evenings, with additional sessions by invitation on Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday evenings and Saturday Mornings. The Disabled and Learn to Swim programmes take place in Heanor on Thursday evening (see swimming times).
We pride ourselves on being a family-oriented club - all of our teachers, coaches and committee members are parents (or occasionally grandparents) of swimmers at the club. We have worked hard to establish a real team-identity at galas, with the swimmers smartly turned out in Club colours giving mutual support to their team mates. The Club shop stocks a number of items bearing the 'Belper Marlin' brand, including T-Shirts, Towels, Costumes, Kit-Bags and Caps.
We encourage parent participation, and we are grateful for the many parents who help out at galas and time trials with timekeeping, stewarding and officiating duties.
If you are a swimmer in the Belper area then why not come down and give us a try? We do not exist for just elite swimmers, swimmers of all abilities and ages are welcome. The club has an open invitation for new-members on the first Sunday morning of each month at the 08:00 - 09:00 session. Drop us an E-Mail (See Contact page) and let us know you're interested.
The club runs a number of home friendly galas throughout the year. These take place one of the following venues; Belper, Alfreton or Heanor and we usually attend one or two away galas, like the Ilkeston friendly Gala in September.
We also take part in the Derbyshire County Spring galas, plus the County Sprints events in November.
In the spring of each year our junior squad takes part in the Nott’s/ Derby’s Diddy League. This is a series of 3 galas on the first weekend in April, May & June.
In the autumn the Club also takes part in the Arena League, this is for our elite swimmers aged 9yrs to Open.
Our Open Meet is a big event on our calendar each October, and we regularly attend other Open Meets, through the Year.
We at Belper Marlin Swimming Club are dedicated to teaching and coaching to the highest standards.
We will develop each and every swimmer to reach their own full potential within the sport of swimming.
We will progress all swimmers as per their ability, from the learn to swim programme right through to top flight swimming.
We will give swimmers the opportunity to take part in competitive swimming. This is not compulsory, and occasionally a younger swimmer might request not to swim in galas. Usually they change their minds when they hear the other kids talking about their gala experiences, and once they've tried a gala they are usually hooked!
About This Web-Site
The Website is a tool for the Club to communicate information to Marlin swimmers and parents, and to publish dates, results and feedback of galas and competitions. It is also a means to communicate information to other clubs / swimmers regarding Marlin friendly galas and our annual Open Meet.
The committee are very aware of safety issues on the Website, and we will never publish contact details of any club members, including phone numbers, addresses or E-Mail addresses. Contact can only be made via the link on the Contact page - any E-mails received on this address can only be viewed by the web site owner, who will forward these to the appropriate committee member for action.
We will not publish any photographs of Marlin swimmers in their costumes, nor will we publish any photos of Marlin swimmers without their parent's consent. However we would like to use the site to publish photos of swimmers (in appropriate attire and with parental consent) receiving Marlin of the Month / Year awards or County recognition.
We also intend to post photos of all the committee members and coaches on the website (even the ugly ones), so that new members and parents know who is who.
Belper Marlin Swimming Club is affiliated to Derbyshire ASA and the Midland District ASA.