"Studious attendance at lectures and laboratories will bring you a degree, but it alone will never form you a character. A student's character is moulded on the playing fields and in his association with his fellow-students, living up to the fine ideals of sport. It is a foolish man who will neglect his sport for the sake of whole-time devotion to studies, and still a more foolish man who neglects his studies for the sake of sport. The man who leaves his mark behind him in university history is he who strikes a happy medium." (Athletic Union pamphlet for new students, 1923)
University of Manchester swimmers have finished very high up in both the short- and long-course BUCS championships in recent years. In 2008/2009 Manchester finished 4th in the BUCS Team Championship in Sheffield. Sixteen club records were broken throughout the year, and the club gained a mammoth 183 points for the University's overall BUCS total!
There is also a large group of swimmers who train with us purely for recreational and social reasons - training sessions cater for all levels - all we ask is that you are comfortable with swimming in water of 2m depth.
Unlike some other universities (no names mentioned!), we don't hold formal trials to join the club - it's as simple as this: if you turn up to training regularly and you're good enough, then you'll make it into the teams!
We train at the Manchester Aquatics Centre - the pool built especially for the 2002 Commonwealth Games here in Manchester, right in the centre of the university campus.
The club is a fun way to get involved with sport at the university, a lot of people will heartily recommend you get involved with a sports team at university for the laughs, fitness and something to put on your CV at the end of it.
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