History of Lisburn City Swimming Club
The club was formed in 1973, and was based at the Lisburn Town Pool in Market Square until 1999. The Club entered the competitive scene in 1975 and affiliated to the Ulster Branch of the Irish Amateur Swimming Association in 1976.
Success began in 1980 with wins in a friendly gala against Monaghan and in the Provincial Towns League against Portadown. The Club then grew from strength to strength producing a strong team and a number of notable swimmers.
The Town Pool was closed on Friday 29 October 1999 and finally demolished to make space for commercial development.
The Club moved to new facilities at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on 1 November 1999. The competition hall consists of a diving pool, a 25m, eight-lane competition pool and viewing gallery seating 300 people.
It meets the requirements of an International Short Course venue. The diving pool has 1m, 3m and 5m competition boards, and is 13m2 with a hydraulic-controlled floor that can be lowered from deck level to 4m depth, thus doubling up as a learner pool.
In order to meet the increasing need for professional coaching and administrative assistance, the Club moved forward by acquiring a Swimming Development Officer. From September 2004 this post became fully supported by the swimming club and the title of the post was amended to Head Coach. The Club currently employs 3 staff, a Head Coach, Lead Teacher of Learn to Swim, and an Admin Officer, ably supported by a mixture of paid teachers and volunteers.
The Club can boast a large and enthusiastic group of swimmers of all abilities backed by the much-needed support from parents, friends and the local business community. We have had swimmers from the club competing at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships, Olympic Games, Para-Olympic Games, International Schools Games, Lifeguarding Games and World Deaf Games and setting Ulster, Irish and European Records.
The club was awarded Clubmark status in January 2014