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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.


Nathan Sharman


Cleethorpes and District Swimming Club continued to proudly fly the flag for the local area in the Yorkshire County Sprints Competition at Ponds Forge International Pool, Sheffield.  Following on from the stunning success of previous weeks, CADS proved their dominance over the weekend by producing seven finalist swims from a very tough competition with some age groups having over 100 competitors. 


In its 40th year, the club has re-established itself as the premier swimming club in the area whilst maintaining its tradition of developing exciting local talent with 5 young swimmers in their first County Sprint Competition. 


Libby Munday, only 9 in December, was not fazed by the Birthday ruling that meant having to compete in the 10/11 dual age group.  A mighty performance saw her overcome her older rivals to record some of the fastest times by a 9 year in the British rankings.  With a 50m freestyle time of 35.92 and a sub-40 second 50m Butterfly time to win her heat, she proved herself to be the fastest local swimmer within the dual age group in her 3 events.  Afterwards she said, “I found it very nerve wracking but I really enjoyed it and can`t wait to race again.”


Freya Warne, also just 9 years old, impressed with a huge personal best swim in the 50m backstroke race and Daisy Williams also had an outstanding competition, achieving personal best swims in the freestyle, backstroke and butterfly sprint events.  Finlay Buxton continued to display his strength and consistency in his preferred backstroke events as he recorded another superb personal best swim.


Proud Junior Coach Callum Gladding was obviously delighted: “The youngsters let their swimming do the talking.  The 100% effort shown in training is now paying off as every race entered by our younger swimmers at their first ever Yorkshire County Championships resulted in a PB."


Representing CADS in the 12 Year Old Girls events were Ella Bainbridge, Heidi Warne and Felicity Curry, all gaining further long course personal best swims; Ella was successful in making all four finals but her best performance produced a time of 38.96 in the 50m breaststroke, just outside of the medals in fourth position.  Oliver Bradley (13) also maintained his consistency with an appearance in the 50m backstrokefinal and four long course personal best swims.


Day two saw the 15 and over age group in action; a very successful weekend for Ellie Buxton saw her record personal best swims in all her races, most notably an outstanding 32.88 time in the 50m Butterfly.  Meanwhile Jodie Unwin and Zach Clarke, who both turn 16 next December, competed in their first open sprinting competition and both were also successful in recording personal best swims; Jodie dominated her freestyle heat to finish to clock a fantastic time of 30.15 whilst Zach has dropped over 4 seconds within a year on his long course personal best 50m backstroke time since training under his new coach Matt Allison. 


Another solid display from Holly Williams (18) produced three out of four personal best sprints times, in particular a time of 30.47 to reach the final in her favoured Butterfly.  Nathan Sharman (18) finished on a high as he competed in what may possibly be his last ever CADs County competition; he made a very tough open 50m freestyle final taking a very commendable 7th position as well as a 3 second improvement to claim a superb win in his breaststroke heat.


CADS coaches Matt Allison and Callum Gladding continue to lead the club in producing high level performance through nurturing early skill development for long term success!

L - R: Freya Warne, Daisy Williams & Libby Munday

CADS celebrate being the most successful local club at the Long Course County Championships (Feb 2016)

Cleethorpes and District Swimming Club are celebrating their recent success at the Long Course County Championships with the highest number of top ten performances locally, making them the most successful local club there.


CADS represented the area again with a strong squad for the Long Course County Championships at the John Charles Centre For Sport In Leeds; this competition took place over two weekends and maintained the clubs reputation and tradition of producing and nurturing the very best local talent with some impressive swims including many top British ranking performances.  In fact no less than six swimmers represented the club in the open age group competing against some of Britain's elite competitors. 


Jack Newton (18) has progressed rapidly under the auspices of coach Matt Allison and the hard work again paid off, with personal best swims in ten events and two open final appearances.  Jacks most successful swim was a fourth place finish in the 200m Breaststroke having held third place until the final length against extremely tough competition.  Afterwards Jack said "It's great to be making this progress again, the coach has altered my stroke and given me new confidence".


Holly Williams (18) can proudly look back on another outstanding meet, recording further impressive times and the honour of appearing in four successive finals against some of the top swimmers in the country.


British Championship Finalist Nathan Wood (16) made a stunning comeback from a recent injury with three Personal Best times and an appearance in the 200m Backstroke final, a tremendous achievement considering his limited training this year.  Meanwhile Nathan Sharman continued to demonstrate his talent in the sprint events, reaching the finals of the 100m freestyle.


Ella Bainbridge had a hugely successful meet in a very tough 12 year old age group, making ten finals from eleven events and nine district qualifying times.  Having already taken a Bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly final during the first weekend, a magnificent second weekend saw her collect Silver medals in the 200m Butterfly and 400m Medley. Not to be content with this, Ella saved the best till the final event, with a gold medal in the 800m Freestyle to become Yorkshire Champion.  Ella said "I love having Matt as my coach, he believes in me and I trust him, he's always telling me where I can improve" 


Oliver Bradley had his most successful County competition to date, adding to the medal tally with a fantastic 200m backstroke and furthermore was very unfortunate to finish just outside the medals in the 100m event.  Oliver proved his strength last year by taking silver at the North East District championships and appears to be maintaining his progress this year by taking seven finalist places and gaining further district qualifications.


Ellie Buxton (15) and Heidi Warne (12) also gained top ten ranking performances with Ellie swimming a convincing 800m Freestyle in 9.45 to achieve sixth place in a very competitive age group.  Heidi was also thrilled to swim under three minutes in the tough 200m butterfly as both gained district qualifying times.


Along with Ellie Buxton, Jodie Unwin and Zach Clarke faced the adversity of having December birthdays which due to recent rule changes forced them both to swim in the 16 Year Old open age group.  In spite of this, both swimmers emerged as role models with great attitudes and solid displays in their preferred Backstroke events.


Libby Munday found herself in the pool against 10 and 11 years olds, despite only recently celebrating her 9th birthday, and far from being overwhelmed, produced another mighty display and a huge personal best time in the 100m Butterfly to become a Reserve Finalist.  Daisy Williams (11), Finlay Buxton (11) and Felicity Curry (12) are also proving themselves as up and coming talent as they competed in their first county competition with some impressive personal best swims.


Chairman Mike Hart was delighted regarding the clubs continuing achievements: "CADS have taken giant strides under Head Coach Matt Allison; having only been head coach for just over a year he has achieved great results with all swimmers from junior to senior level. With Matt and Callum Gladding leading the clubs coaching structure supported by a wonderful team of highly qualified assistants the club can and will go from strength to strength."


Cleethorpes and District Swimming Club will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this year and will continue to produce some of the areas brightest sporting stars under the guidance of coaches with experience and success at National and International level.


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.  


For further information on Bubbles Click here

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