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Cleethorpes and District Swimming Club.

Established in 1976 - CADS is a competitive swimming club
committed to producing a high standard of swimming.

We offer quality teaching and coaching sessions,
from Learn to Swim to National Competition Level.

Coaching sessions take place at Havelock Academy
and John Whitgift Academy Grimsby. 

Our learn to swim lessons (Bubbles) take place at
Whitgift School Pool Grimsby and Signhills Academy Pool Cleethorpes.


CADS in Medal Winning form at York Meet (Oct 2015)

CLEETHORPES and District Swimming Club (CADS) took a strong team to the City of York meeting over the Halloween weekend.  With competition from clubs across the region, CADS gave an emphatic display of skills as they finished with 85 medals – 21 gold, 34 silver and 30 bronze, along with a total of 105 personal best times.


Nine year old Freya Warne competed in her first ever open meet, this included the 200m freestyle and 200m breaststroke events.  After achieving a silver in the freestyle, Freya was not satisfied and went on to achieve a gold medal winning performance in the breaststroke event, along with silver in the 50m backstroke and bronze medal in the 50m butterfly.  Chloe Bean, 9, claimed her PB time in the 50m freestyle.


Freya Davies continued her to return to form with some outstanding performances and personal best swims as she took home two silver and four bronze medals in a tough 14 year age group.  She gained personal best times in the 200m freestyle, backstroke and individual medley events.  Jodie Unwin also impressed as she claimed four gold medals, along with two silvers and a bronze.  Ellie Buxton, 13, gained a 12 second personal best swim in the 400m freestyle as she took four gold and four silver medals out of her eight events.


CADS are developing strong talent among the girls 11 year age group under head coach Matt Allison.  Felicity Curry continues her rapid improvement, this included a huge 38 second personal best swim in the 200m individual medley, a 26 second PB in the 200m freestyle and a 19 second PB in the 200m backstroke.  She claimed two bronze medals in the 50m butterfly and freestyle events.  Felicity has joined the national age group squad with team mate Sophia Dolan, who earned a 32 second personal best swim in the 200m breaststroke and a 15 second improvement in the 100m breaststroke.  


Team mates Ella Bainbridge and Heidi Warne are also in medal  winning form.

Ella won six gold medals, including a huge personal best in the 400m individual medley, two silvers and one bronze.  Heidi took gold in the 200m butterfly along with a silver in the 200m backstroke and five further bronze medals with 100 per cent personal best swims.


Newcomer Ruby Binns was thrilled with her four PBs including a four second improvement in the 50m freestyle.  Idena Short competed in her first ever open meet competition with two personal best swims in the 50m backstroke and freestyle events.  Ten year old Daisy Williams showed good form in the 200m freestyle and backstroke with bronze medal performances in both.


Elizabeth Wells took bronze in the 200m backstroke as she finished the weekend with a 100 per cent personal best rate.  Team mate Deanna Howes took silver in the 100m backstroke in a best time of 1.24.24.  Evie Oxley won silver and four bronzes as she continues to lower her sprint freestyle times.


The boys' team included medal-winning performances from Nathan Sharman, as he took gold in the 400m freestyle and silver in the 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley.  George Legge, 13, who has recently returned to competitive swimming, showed his immense talent as he took home five golds and five personal bests, along with two silvers.


Zach Clarke, 14, had one gold, three silvers and one bronze, with younger brother Max, 9, taking two silvers and two bronze medals in the sprint events.


Finlay Buxton showed his character both in and out of the pool as he clocked an 11 second personal best swim in the 100m backstroke to take silver, with further silver medal performances in the 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley along with bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Callum Gladding

ASA Masters Swimming (Oct 2015)


The ASA Nationals Masters and Group Championships took place over 23-25th October at Ponds Forge International pool, Sheffield. Cleethorpes and District were represented by three Masters swimmers, Paul Thompson (48) Andrew Gristwood (51) and assistant coach Callum Gladding (19).


The three representatives made CADS proud with their efforts over the three day competition. The first event 1500m freestyle saw Paul Thompson achieving a top 10 placing in the 45-49 age group with an improved time of 21.24.50. Andrew Gristwood was the first to achieve a podium place for CADS as he took bronze medal position in the 50-54 years age group finishing outside his personal best time.


Callum’s first event the 200 freestyle saw him finish in 5th place in a time of 2.01.54.  Callum a former national swimmer is better known for his strongest event, the gruelling 200m butterfly which he previously competed in at the 2014 Commonwealth trials, he finished in a time of 2 minutes 14.25 for a fantastic silver medal position despite having not trained over recent weeks due to his coaching commitments.  Andrew also competing in the same event finishing in 7th place in a time of 2 minutes 44.24.


The mens 400m freestyle had further successive swims for CADS as Andrew finished in 7th position with Callum achieving bronze in the 18/24 age group in a time of 4.22.79.


There were two further intense events for Andrew Gristwood as he achieved 7th position in both the 400m individual medley and 800m freestyle in what concluded to be a highly competitive age group.  Callum finished the weekend with a 5th place position in the 100m butterfly.  This was Callum’s first Nationals Masters Competition and he had this to say about his weekend achievements.


“Winning two nationals medals was a dream come true and I aim to pass on that inspiration to my young swimmers at CADS, it was also fantastic for Andrew winning a national bronze with Paul also achieving a top ten finalist position”

CADS make a splash at big county competition (Oct 2015)


CLEETHORPES and District Swimming Club participated in the annual Yorkshire Winter County Competition.  The event is a short course competition at the beginning of the season, providing an opportunity to practice skill, precision and performance.


The weekend results proved to be positive for the swimmers of CADS with 81 percent short course personal best swims.  CADS swimmers have started the season on skills-based training and the results were encouraging for head coach Matt Allison.


Ella Bainbridge had a successful weekend with four short course personal best swims.  She was unlucky to miss out on bronze medal position in the 200m individual medley as she finished fourth with a top 25 British ranking time and a top ten place in the 100m backstroke.  Ella's strongest event, the 100m butterfly, proved tough competition as she finished in bronze medal position in a time of 1.12.91 with all three medal winners clocking the fastest 11 year age group times within the British rankings.


Oliver Bradley (12) was also successful in achieving a top ten place in the 100m backstroke in a time of 1.14.99 for four out of four short course personal best swims including a solid display in the 100m freestyle and narrowly missing out on a top ten place in the 200m individual medley.


Ellie Buxton (13) made a strong start to the season achieving four personal best swims in all four strokes.  Ellie is making significant improvements since Allison took over in January and continues to lower her 100 freestyle best time as she clocked a PB of 1.04.57.


The older boys age groups saw Jack Newton achieving four personal best swims, his best improvement within the 100m backstroke and butterfly events.  Nathan Sharman improved his 100m breaststroke time by 3.6 seconds to win his heat convincingly.  This complimented a successful weekend as he also gained four personal best swims.


Zach Clarke had the biggest improvement of the competition as he gained three huge best ever swims within the 100m freestyle, backstroke and 200m individual medley events.  Zach will aim to achieve qualification at next years' Youth District competition as he continues his rapid improvement under Allison.


Fifteen year old Nathan Wood continues his outstanding form as he recorded his first sub-minute swim in the 100m freestyle with yet another four personal bests for team CADS.


Jodie Unwin, Deanna Howes, Holly Williams and Evie Oxley also competed on the second day of the competition achieving further personal best times and making a great start to their swimming season by achieving significant improvement through skill-based work and technical adjustment.


Our beginners section is called 'Bubbles' and offers group sessions at various times and various pools across Grimsby & Cleethorpes.  If you or your child are interested in learning to swim then please get in touch.  Many of our swimmers have learned how to swim using 'Bubbles' and progressed through the many squads in CADS.  


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