Swimming at Millfield provides individuals a platform from which they discover, enjoy – and conquer – the realms of competition. Along the way, swimmers learn lifelong skills such as effective time management, dedication and goal setting – all of which transfer to successful adult life.
Millfield is recognised as one of the top swimming clubs in Great Britain.
Millfield swimming has produced 29 Olympians in its short history and has had a swimmer at every Olympics since 1968 including champions like Duncan Goodhew and Mark Foster, and most recently the incredible James Guy. Six Millfield alumni represented their country at the Tokyo Olympic games, our largest number since 1988 and where James Guy was named in the top ten most successful athletes, bringing home two gold and one silver medals. We continue to produce international, national and regional champions year on year. This is done through the expertise of our international coaches and Olympic standard facilities.
Euan Dale - Director of Swimming
The Millfield Swimming programme is designed for students in every year of the school. Swimming training sessions are available for swimmers from county to international standard, with a dedicated programme for those who wish to swim recreationally.
We have five full time coaches, led by Director of Swimming Euan Dale, who is supported by lead coaches Matt Puddy, Rachel Aldington and James Clarke, development coach Kieran Smith and athletic development lead Daniel Waddingham. Millfield is equipped with the most impressive training facilities of any school in the country, with a 50m Olympic pool built to FINA/AASA standards. The pool also has full water polo facilities to European standards.
Full-time swimmers usually operate in groups of 20. By maintaining groups of this size, the squad is able to facilitate an atmosphere of enjoyment and challenge offered through peer interaction. This, coupled with the highly individual attention offered by the coaches to each swimmer, creates a positive and productive training environment. Training sessions are offered six days per week, with individual training programmes tailored to the swimmer’s stage of development.