(Affiliated to Swim England East and Swim England Hertfordshire)
Founded 1901


Watford Swimming Club in Hertfordshire is looking for a new Head Coach. We are an ambitious club with an innovative outlook and we are seeking a Head Coach who is equally ambitious and innovative in their approach to both coaching and the wider Head Coach role (ie strategic development, building links across the county, the region and nationwide).
We are looking for an energetic coach who is qualified to, or working towards, Level 3, they must be able to motivate and inspire competitive swimmers of all ages. There is an emphasis on skills, technique and delivery of progressive sessions.
Watford Swimming Club is a growing club with over 160 members. Its performance continues to strengthen. In the 2018/19 season we increased our number of County and Regional swimmers (37 finals and 13 medals) and had 3 swimmers at British Summer Nationals including 2 finalists and a relay team and 3 swimmers at English Summer Nationals including 2 finalists. In addition we have a popular open water group which has resulted in a bronze medal in the Open Water National Championships. We enter two teams in The Arena League (our A team are in the London Premier League) and compete in the various County leagues. Watford swimming club is a Swim Mark accredited Club.
Our new Head Coach will lead our coaching team to ensure all of our swimmers are given the chance to reach their full potential.
This is a full time role and includes as a minimum seventeen hours’ swim coaching per week (including 50m pool access), two hours’ land training, plus attendance at galas, open meets and swim camps. The club is in the process of reviewing the pool space available and the structure is therefore under review. Coaching takes places at a number of pools in the Watford area and once a week at Luton (50m pool access).
Role Purpose:
To lead and develop our team of paid and volunteer Coaches to help them plan and deliver programmes for their squads in line with British Swimming’s Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF).
To plan and deliver a coaching programme for the Performance, Senior Competitive and Club squads which develops the swimmers, maximises their performance and ensures each swimmer reaches their full swimming potential.


Your main responsibilities will be:
⦁ Lead and develop a team of Coaching staff, ensuring regular Coaches Meetings are put in place and time is spent poolside with all squads during the cycle.
⦁ Plan, deliver and review sessions for swimmers in the Performance, Senior Competitive and Club squads, allowing for differentiation between the programmes.
⦁ Agree goals and targets for each swimmer in the Performance and Senior Competitive squads, reviewing these each cycle to ensure the swimmers understand what they need to do to achieve their goals and ensure these goals are communicated in writing to the swimmers and parents.
⦁ Ensure you stay up to date with the latest developments, insights and recommendations from Swim England, East Region and Hertfordshire to ensure that the coaching delivered is based on current best practice with regard to technique, swim cycles and overall training programmes. Attending relevant courses, seminars and clinics to ensure excellent understanding and interpretation
⦁ Work closely and collaboratively with the committee and volunteers to ensure clear and timely communication across the club to parents and swimmers and complete all administration associated with being Head Coach.
⦁ Work with the committee to develop and deliver a whole club development plan.
⦁ Plan and agree with the Coaching team and Open Meet Secretary which open meets and galas the squads will attend each cycle to ensure appropriate attendance at LC and SC meets from Level 1 to 3 to facilitate qualification into County, Regional and National competition, ensuring this is done in sufficient time to gain entry to each event
⦁ Organise and lead swim camps and attend Open Meets and Galas as part of the competition calendar
Experience & Skills Required:
⦁ Hold (or working towards) a Swim England (ASA) Level 3 Coaching qualification.
⦁ A high level of technical knowledge and understanding of British Swimming’s Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF).
⦁ Willingness to engage with county, regional or national coach development programmes.
⦁ Adaptable to work both in a team environment and also alone.
⦁ Excellent communication and organisational skills to work effectively to build strong relationships with swimmers, parents, coaches and the club committee.
⦁ Have good administrative skills and be computer literate.
⦁ Hold an enhanced Swim England DBS certificate or be prepared to undergo an enhanced Swim England DBS check for Watford Swimming Club at your own expense and sign up to the update service to ensure renewal is seamless.
⦁ Hold a current safe guarding certificate recognised by Swim England (currently Safeguarding and Protecting Children (scUK)) and an NRASTC certificate for swimming teachers and coaches (or its equivalent). Renewals of these qualifications to be organised to ensure cover is maintained at all times.
⦁ Be self-employed and have a permit to work in the UK.


The successful candidate will be joining a Club with a strong and supportive Committee and a passionate team of Coaches and Volunteers. The pay range for this role is £28000 to £31000 dependent on experience, plus expenses associated with attending competitions.
If you would like more details about the role, please contact Gareth Harper at the email address shown below.
Closing date for Applications is Monday 2 September 2019 with first round interviews taking place week commencing 9 September 2019
Please send your CV with a covering letter outlining your interest and suitability for the role to


Congratulations to our Peanuts Teams who competed in the Final Round of this years competion last weekend.
Both Teams Finished 2nd in their respective leagues, showing steel and determination throughout all 3 Rounds.


Great news that we will have both A & B Teams in Division 1 next year!!!. Awesome !!




CLICK HERE for DIV 1 Final Results.

CLICK HERE for Div 2 Final Results

Excellent Swimming Guys


Thank you to all the clubs who attended our Open Meet this weekend . Please find the results for all 4 sessions here.



A massive thank you to all the officials and volunteers who made this meet possible, your time is really appreciated.
There was some great swimming so I hope there are lots of happy swimmers !


Our next meet is held on the 16th and 17th November , we hope to see you there.


Well done to both of our Peanuts teams last night in Round 2.

Our A team came 1st in Div 1 and our B team came 2nd in Div 2.

It’s now time for the final showdown next month against the lovely Hatfield A team in the final round ❤️🤩👌🏻 #TeamWatford #WeLovePeanuts


Regionals Weekend 1 report:
This First weekend in May saw a strong contingent of Senior Watford Swimmers head to Luton for the Youth East Region Swimming

Championships 2019.

Our Swimmers had a fantastic weekend, with lots swimming personal best times and stepping up performances from heats to finals.

Watford SC finished a very creditable 14th Place amongst all the competing clubs from across the East Region. Fantastic achievment!

We are very proud of all our swimmers efforts. For those who don’t follow us on Twitter (@Watfordsc) full results can be found below.
2 Gold 🥇🥇
5 Silver 🥈🥈🥈🥈🥈
4 Bronze 🥉🥉🥉🥉
21 Finals
21 Qualifiers
Lewis Shayler 100m Breaststroke Gold
Lewis Shayler 200m Breaststroke Gold
Lewis Shayler 50m Breaststroke Silver
Erin O’Meara 200m Breaststroke Silver
Erin O’Meara 100m Breaststroke Silver
Erin O’Meara 200m IM Silver
Devesh Kapoor 100m Butterfly Bronze
Harriet Clements 50m Backstroke Bronze
Harriet Clements 100m Backstroke Bronze
Ben Green 50m Breaststroke Silver
Men’s 14-16 4 x 100m Medley relay Bronze
Arvin Rodriguez 50m Backstroke 4th
Erin O’Meara 50m Breaststroke 4th
Erin O’Meara 100m Butterfly 6th
Lucy Park 200m Breaststroke 6th
Devesh Kapoor 200m Butterfly 4th
Devesh Kapoor 50m Butterfly 4th
Ketan Rach 200m Backstroke 4th
Ketan Rach 100m Backstroke 6th
Lewis Shayler 200m IM 6th
After a thrilling end to the Swim England East Regional Long Course Championships, where as a club, we achieved 70% PB's across the age groups we have updated our Club Records File and the following swimmers now hold NEW Individual Records for Watford SC.
CLICK HERE to access the Club Records File
Congratulations to you all. Fantastic effort throughout the Club. Keep up the good work!


As we enter the final phase of the Long Course Season, we are excited to announce that this year we have FOUR swimmers who have qualified for British Nationals, which is being held at Tollcross Pool, Glasgow and a further Three swimmers who have qualified for English Summer Nationals, which is being held at  Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
Lewis Shayler (50m, 100m & 200m Breaststroke), Ben Green (50m Backstroke, 50m & 100m Breaststroke)
Harriet Clements (50m Backstroke), Devesh Kapoor (100m Butterfly)
Erin O'Meara (400m Freestyle, 200m IM, 50m,100m & 200m Breaststroke), Devesh Kapoor (50m & 100m Butterfly), Arvin Rodriguez (50m Backstroke)



Well deserved Rewards for the hard work you have all put in this year.

We wish you all the best of Luck.

Watford SC

November 16th & 17th 2019

Watford County Qualifier Open Meet

                                                                   March 7th & 8th 2020

Watford Regional Qualifier Open Meet


2019 Results Here

Terry Davies Open Meet

  Qualifying Times & Schedules 2019

Hertfordshire County Championships 2019

East Region 2019 Long Course Champs (50m)

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