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As a result of the successful partnership with Plymouth Leander, our elite swimming programme has many international swimmers including an Olympic gold medallist.

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Swimming Programme

As Great Britain’s leading swimming programme, ambitious athletes aged 11-18 years wishing to develop their swimming with Plymouth Leander and the ASA Plymouth Beacon Programme are able to do so whilst benefiting from a first class senior school education with Plymouth College – the Olympic School.

The combined programme offers many unique benefits, which allows young athletes to flourish, both in the pool and in the classroom - without one compromising the other.

The Plymouth College/Plymouth Leander partnership commenced in September 2001 and, since this time, the scholarship scheme has welcomed many day and boarding students who have developed into Olympic and World champions, World, European and Commonwealth record holders and ensured regular international selections for Great Britain and home nations’ swim teams, as well as facilitating international success for athletes from many overseas nations. The podium has become our second home.

“It is this very system in Plymouth that has allowed me to achieve my dreams and be the swimmer that I am today. The coaches, the understanding, the world class facilities and the link between the club and the school – this ensures that I can focus on what matters – being the best I can be whilst it’s my time. I’m so glad that I took a leap of faith and moved here.

Isn’t your time now too?”.

Ruta Meilutyte, Olympic Champion 2012, World Champion & World Record Holder  2013


In association with Plymouth Leander, this is a British Swimming Development Club; a Swim 21 Performance Programme and in receipt of the Sport England ‘Club Mark’. We are one of the few British swimming programmes recognised for our work by the National Association for Gifted Children.

Our coaching programme is structured in such a way that it does not impact on academic attainment and achievement; in fact, it is designed to work hand-in-glove with the College’s high academic standards and ambitions. It is not unusual for our flexible learning programmes to see students either study GCSE or A Levels over a three year period or to study a reduced number of subjects - if this is their preference.

This programme guarantees that direction, focus and finance will not be diluted by other distractions or ASA disciplines. Performance competitive swimming (pool and open water) are our sole motivators and beneficiaries.

“The Plymouth College and Plymouth Leander swimming programme is a great facility for up and coming talented youngsters. It was a programme like this which helped me achieve my dreams and it’s so important that other children have this opportunity too.”

Mark Foster, Eight Time World Record Holder

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As a result of the successful partnership with Plymouth Leander, our elite swimming programme has many international swimmers including an Olympic gold medallist.

ISI 2013
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