About Us

City of Ely Amateur Swimming Club are a small competitive swimming club, offering people the chance to improve their swimming with the help of our coaching staff and represent their club in competitive galas.

Our goals

  • To further technical swimming ability

  • To enable each swimmer to reach their maximum potential

  • To develop group co-operation and awareness of the training needs of all members

  • To foster competition in a friendly, social environment

  • To fulfil our role as a club within the framework of the Amateur Swimming Association, the details of which can be found in the ASA Handbook (revised and reprinted annually)

A brief history of our club

The City of Ely Swimming Club was formed in 1923, when all swimming events, training and home competitions took place in the River Ouse near the Cutter Inn. An open-air swimming pool was built on Angel Drove (now the Ford garage) in around 1958. Most club nights (summer only of course!) were taken up with Inter Club matches. There was very little tuition, you just got in and swam as fast as you could. Club championships were held annually, when cups and certificates were awarded.

In August each year, the ‘Swim Through Ely’ was held with competitors from all over Cambridgeshire swimming from Newmarket Railway Bridge to Annesdale Quay. This had to be abandoned when the river became too polluted.
In 1977, Ely swimming club began winter training in St. Ives, which improved standards immensely. The Paradise Pool was opened in 1981 and swimmers could then train all year round in Ely.

How the club runs

  • The club is run on an entirely voluntary basis, by a small committee, which is elected at the annual general meeting. A list of current Committee members can be found here.
  • The club adheres to swimming and diving rules approved by the ASA and has its own formal constitution by which it is administered. A copy of this is available from the secretary.
  • The club employs a Professional Coach Elaine Hill. Her job is to ensure all club swimmers are given the opportunity to achieve their potential with her guidance knowledge and experience.

Funding of the club is entirely from membership fees, session fees, charges for individual events and fundraising/sponsorship. We aim to keep the costs down to a minimum but obviously, we need to cover all the expenses incurred such as pool hire, coach’s fees and expenses, affiliation fees, league fees, trophies and medals etc.
We hope that this website explains many of the questions, which might be asked when you join the swimming club, but please ask a committee member if you have any queries.


Download our Volunteer Policy here

City of Ely Amateur Swimming Club is run by a network of Volunteers, without whom our Club would not be viable. If you are thinking of helping out in any way, we would love to hear from you.

It might be just occasional support, perhaps lending us your skills for a specific task, or helping more routinely poolside, perhaps training to be an official, or even joining the Committee. Whatever you can do for us, it is our goal to provide you with the support and training that you may require, and welcome you as a valued member of our to Club.

Please do speak to any member of the Committee Member or our Volunteer Coordinator, to see how you might be able to help.

Child Protection Policy

Our aim is to:
“Create and maintain an environment where our swimmers can enjoy and develop their skills in safety”

To achieve this we will:

  • Comply with the Code of Ethics as laid down by the ASA
    Use working practices and procedures that place the safety of our swimmers first
  • Ensure the integrity of all volunteers
  • Treat each other with respect

Child Protection
Ely ASC has always sought to ensure the safety of its swimmers, and will continue to do so. The Child Protection Policy seeks to further cement good working practices into a clear and cohesive policy.

We have already implemented this policy and will continue to carry it out in full. Amongst other actions, we will:

  • Complete police checks on all volunteers who work with or around the children.
  • Ensure that no adult is alone with a child unless there is no alternative, and in all such instances, the details will be recorded.
  • Ensure that there is a clear line of reporting and recording for all concerns regarding child abuse in any of its manifestations and that identifiable responsibility to deal with such concerns is maintained.
  • The Management Committee will continue to demonstrate the unacceptability of bullying by dealing with any instances quickly and effectively.
  • Deal firmly but fairly with all instances of unacceptable behaviour.
  • Generate a club where mutual respect and integrity are of the utmost importance.

Responsibility for the effective management of the Ely ASC Child Protection Policy will remain with the club’s Child Welfare Officer.

Wavepower – The ASA child safeguarding policy

Guide to the ASA child safeguarding policy & procedures.

Code of Conduct

All members, volunteers, coaches and swimmers are required to read and sign the appropriate form.

Please click on the link to read ASA Codes of Conduct documents


What is Swim21?
Swim 21 is the ASA’s Club Development model – a planning tool, based on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, enabling clubs to help athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to achieve their full potential. It focuses particularly on the needs of athletes – striving to provide them with the best possible support and environment. Swim 21 Accreditation is a ‘Quality mark’. It recognises nationally and regionally the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members.

How are we participating?
We have achieved Swim21 Accreditation to demonstrate the Club’s commitment to its swimmers and coaches. Our membership of the Swim21 scheme is there to ensure that the right level of support is to be provided at each stage of an athlete’s development (teaching, skills development, competitive development and performance).

Can I help?
Of course, the Club is always looking for Volunteers to support its objectives. Please speak to a Committee Member to explore how you can help.

Where can I find further information?
Please click on the link to read the Swim21’s Guide for Parents

Swim 21 Parents Guide. (PDF Format)

The Club’s Swim21 Documentation
Please click on the link to read the club’s Swim21 documents

Nothing from January 22, 2019 to February 21, 2019.