Royal Holloway Swimming Club is a friendly club that welcomes all students of any standard of swimming; whether it be at a competitive level, at a leisure level and we also work hard to be inclusive of swimmers with disabilities.

Not only is swimming a great sport to develop general strength and fitness, but as a club we give opportunities to develop yourself within the club with the chance to compete and volunteer.  

We currently train at Bishopsgate Prep School and Egham Orbit Leisure Centre, we drive all swimmers to the pool in Union Buses and is only a short distance from campus. The pool is 25 metres, with four lanes and it’s 25m long with diving blocks. Dependant on numbers are lanes are usually run under this structure: Leisure swimming lane (do your own thing), 2 Development lanes (coaching and training) and a Competitive lanes that follow specific sets, . Coaching is primarily taken by senior members of the club who have competed at a good club standard, sharing their experience with less experienced swimmers and tailoring sessions to swimmers individual abilities.



Tier Fees

£12-£30 Student Activities/ Opportunities Membership- This fee is needed for insurance and must be brought alongside a standard membership fee and a tier fee of your choice. 

£155 – Yearly fee including: Terms 1, 2, 3 tier fee. (Can also be paid in termly installments.) 

£55 - 12 Session Fee

£5 - Social Membership (allows you to attend swimming socials ad be part of the team throughout the year without swimming.)

£5 - RHUL Swimming Hat.

Please note that memberships are non-refundable.

Training Times

We meet at founders’ bus stop 30 minutes before for the start of each swimming session, for the Union bus driver to take us to the pool.

Remember to bring a swimming hat! The pools we train at require everyone to wear one. We also have RHUL swim hats to sell at sessions for £5.

We do not sell goggles so please bring your own.

Monday 20:15-21:15 Bishopsgate (Bishopsgate Road, Englifield Green, TW20 0YJ)
Tuesday 18:00-19:00 Egham Orbit Leisure Centre (Vicarage Road, Egham, TW20 8NL)
Thursday 21:15-22:15 Bishopsgate (Bishopsgate Road, Englifield Green, TW20 0YJ)
Sunday 11:00-12:00 Egham Orbit Leisure Centre (Vicarage Road, Egham, TW20 8NL)


The club competes in two BUCS individual competitions, one in each of the first two terms. This are national competitions held in Sheffield with a high standard of competition. The club also takes part in a smaller competitions throughout the year against other London universities as well as a yearly varsity competition against the University of Surrey. These allow both competitive and development swimmers to compete alongside each other, creating a great team atmosphere. Finally the club holds regular internal time trials, giving swimmers an opportunity to monitor their progress and development swimmers to gain race experience.

BUCS Long Course

BUCS Short Course

Varsity with the University of Surrey

Club Championships 

London League (Round 1, Round 2, Round 3)

Time Trials


Club Records

Our current club records for:

Long Course can be found HERE

Short Course can be found HERE


Coaching responsibilities are undertaken by the captains, with experienced club swimmers acting as leaders in the water to help swimmers of all abilities. The club is split into two squads, competitive and development. The competitive squad primarily focuses on improving the performance of swimmers with experience in competitive swimming, with the majority of swimmers at a county standard. The development squad is aimed at swimmers who have never swum at a competitive level or have taken a significant break from training. This squad aims to improve swimmers fitness and technical competency allowing them to enter competitive swimming or simply swim for fitness. 


Swimming socials are held on a regualr basis and are led by our social secretary Ollie Beard, who was nominated as runner up for Sports' Personality of the Year at Colours Ball last year!  Socials involve a variety of things such as team club nights at the SU, including the notrourious CIYK (Come in Your Kit) as well as chilled nights at different pubs in the area.  Alternativley, we hold non-alcoholic socials such as pizza nights, TopGolf and bowling...and are also open to new ideas! 

Additionally, swimming is a fantastic way to expand your friendships as we also link up with other sports clubs and societies for both social events and fundraising. 





Volunteering and Fundraising 

This year we are proud to be supporting two charities: SportsAble (http://www.sportsable.co.uk/) and Tree of Hope in aid of #Helplittlefeet2walk (https://www.treeofhope.org.uk/matthew-and-lucy/) 

Every Sunday, 2 or 3 members of the team travel to Maidenhead (transport included) to help with disadvantaged swimmers in the pool.  The volunterring ranges from helping aid those less able in the pool, to teaching very basic elements of swim.  This has been a very successful programme for members of Sportsable and is incredibly rewarding for us at Royal Holloway to see the difference we can make.  Contact our Volunteering and Fundarising Officers, Lucy Milne or Poppy Jenkins to get involved!  

  • Key objectives are to promote awareness of disability through sport and recreation and particularly integration of disabled and able bodied people.
  • Was one of the chosen training grounds for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Many of their members are international champions at European, World and Paralympic levels.
  • Their Mission Statement "To provide sports and recreational facilities and opportunities to SportsAble members in order that they may participate in sport to the competitive level each individual desires with the overriding objective of enhancing their quality of life."


"Tree of Hope children’s charity helps children and young people with a disability or illness by supporting their families to raise the funds that they need to pay for specialist care that is not freely available through the UK healthcare system."

In addition to our links with Sportsable, this year we will also be fundraising for Matthew and Lucy Johnston's SDR surgeries through the the Tree of Hope.  This is a matter incredible close to home as they are our President Leigh's brother and sister.  We hope you can get on board with our mission to rasie enough money and awareness for their surgeries by partaking in the team's pub quizzes, raffles and other exciting events we have lined up.  

Disability Criteria

We welcome and have had members with disabilities in prior years, with one representing the university competitively at BUCS. For members to join us we have some criteria they must do before joining us:

  1. They must be able to swim at least 25m comfortably before coming to training as we will not be able to teach swimming.
  2. They will have to be able to fit into a competitive/leisure environment.
  3. If they wish to compete they must already be classified or be willing to classify themselves with the aid of the SU.
  4. We ask for a short video of you swimming to access your ability before joining.



As a club we are actively seeking Sponsorship to help fund events and support our swimmers.

If you are interested in supporting Royal Holloway's Swimming Club then please email swimming@royalholloway.su



Club of the Year 2014-15

Runnymede Sports Team of the Year 2015

Largest Relay Team to Cross the English Channel in history

Community Action Cup Winners 2017

Runneymede and Spelthorne Volunteering Team of the Year 2017

Be Active Club of the Year 2017

Community Action Cup Winners 2018



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Student Opportunities

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Activities Social Secretary
Ethan Scott
Campaigning Officer
Hannah Hockin
Competitive Team Captain
Emelie Engels
Development Team Captain
Megan Stockford
Night Life Social Secretary
Charlotte Dawe
Hayley Briggs
Mollie Woodward
Aidan Smithers
Vice President
Ariana Jessa
Volunteering and Fundraising Officer
Pinja Hanninen
Welfare Officer
Shannon Kamil