Swimming - Hurstpierpoint College



Swimming is a popular sport at Hurst and, due to its growth in popularity in recent years, swimming is now offered as a year-round sport. This also includes three games swimming options for Juniors (year 9 and 10) and Seniors (year 11-13). In addition to the training offered during games sessions, early morning coaching sessions are also available.

All students have the chance to train through the week in addition to games sessions and weekly lessons. This provides swimmers with support in their swim training as well as a club training environment during the week to assist pupils/parents and it also maintains, or tops up, their swimming for school and club events.

Training Sessions for Senior Squad (Years 9-13) and Senior Prep (Year 7 and 8 – by invitation only)

Monday PM: 18:00–19:30
Tuesday AM: 06:30–07:30
Tuesday PM: 16:30–18:00 (Senior games)
Thursday PM: 18:00–19:30
Friday AM: 06:30–07:30
Friday PM: 15:00–16:15 (Junior Games)

Holiday Training

At Hurst, students are offered sessions during the school holidays to help the swimmers maintain their training and fitness. There is also a home training booklet for those swimmers to are located too far away to train at Hurst during the holidays, and are not training at swim clubs/home clubs during these periods.

Skills and Technical Development Sessions

There is a programme of skills and technical development sessions in the Lent term which include video analysis and feedback on a 1-1 basis as required. 1-1 to sessions can be offered to those looking to develop/correct specific parts of their stroke, swim skills or even additional training for a specific event.

Fixtures and tournaments

Galas take place throughout the school year, usually on Thursdays and Saturdays, and our teams compete in both inter-school and national competitions including the School Swimming Super League. Our swimming squads have a strong reputation across Sussex, through their successes at the ESSA Nationals and Bath Cup, and they are always highly ranked at events.

Water Polo

Every year we hold inter-house boys’ and girls’ Water Polo competitions, which are held in the College pool, and are enjoyable and well-supported events in the school calendar.

Hurst swimming poolFacilities

Hurst has an indoor heated 25m (4 lanes) swimming pool on site.

The Senior School girls’ team remain unbeaten at inter-school galas over the past couple of years and the boys’ swimming team is now one of the strongest in recent times. Mr Murphy, Master-in-Charge of Swimming