History of LCSC

The club was formed in 1973, and was based at the Lisburn Town Pool (33 1/3m 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, is 13m square 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, originally a joint post supported by the Northern Ireland Sports Council, Lisburn Council and Lisburn City Swimming Club.  From September 2004 this post became fully supported by the swimming club and the title of the post was amended to Head Coach.

The Head Coach is responsible for the development of the swim programme, designing the club structure and overseeing the implementation of the programme by the squad lead coaches,  swimming teachers and volunteer coaches.

All other officials provide their services to the competitive club free, without which help the club could not exist. The club operates a Learn to Swim Programme, which offers a structured teaching program for children of all abilities, from non-swimmer to advanced improver.  While the emphasis is on the development of good swimming technique there is the opportunity to develop skills for the other aquatic sports of diving, synchronized swimming, and water polo.

Entry to competitive membership of the Club is based on ability and dependent on available space.  Priority is given to children transferring from the Learn to Swim Programme.  Assessment of other children wishing to join the club takes place in September, January and at Easter, by arrangement with the Head Coach or Club Administrator.

Applications to transfer to Lisburn City Swimming Club from other clubs must follow the procedure laid down by Swim Ireland. 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.

Over the years we have had an impressive record of success, with honours in the first division of the Provincial Towns League, and with our junior section winning the Teletots/Aquasprints title in a record number of successive years. We have produced a series of young swimmers who have achieved the Elizabeth Long Award (the most promising young swimmer in Ulster), and have continued to develop swimmers through to the Ulster Squads, the Irish National Squad, Team 2000 and the Swim Ireland 2012 Squad.  We have had swimmers from the club competing at the Commonwealth, European, Olympic, Para-Olympic and World Deaf Games and setting Ulster, Irish and European Records.

The club was awarded Clubmark status in January 2014