A History of Newport Pagnell Swimming Club
Newport Pagnell Swimming Club is steeped in history, dating back to 1896, making it not only an important part of the local community, but also one of the oldest swimming clubs in Britain.
The club first swam in a stretch of the River Lovat, off Willen Road, where two sheds were erected together with a temporary bridge. There was also a high diving board with at least 14ft of water beneath.
Membership was fixed at one shilling per year and at least two big galas were held every year. It is rumoured that at least 600 people travelled from Wolverton one year ,just to watch one of these galas. The club also had an excellent water polo team.
In 1957 Harry Middleton, a man who was born in Newport Pagnell, donated some money to the Council to be spent on building a proper swimming pool. Work was completed and the open air pool opened in August that year, with over 2,000 people in attendance.
In 1970 the pool was heated, but it was the building of the indoor pool at Stantonbury in 1976 that allowed the club to participate in year round training. This pool sharing continued until Middleton pool was finally covered in the late 80’s and this now provides the permanent home to the current Newport Pagnell Swimming Club.
Middleton Swimming Pool is a superb, modern complex comprising of a 33 metre pool along with a training pool for children and babies. In December 2009 it was awarded QUEST Highly Commended status with a score of 80% which comes after two years of continuous improvement. QUEST is the UK Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure. The assessment criteria covered items such as cleanliness, maintenance of the building, plant and equipment, environmental control (temperature, lighting and ventilation), changing rooms
and health and safety.
NPSC is a Swim21 accredited club and it is really important that we focus on developing swimmers to help them achieve their own personal goals.
Our “Stepping Stones” programme starts from as young as three years old and smooth progression is ensured for any swimmers who wish to continue to develop their techniques, through our Academy and ultimately the Age and Youth squads. There are even Masters sessions for adults to participate and learn how to swim properly, whilst also keeping fit.
Focus is put on technique, cardiovascular and muscular endurance, flexibility and discipline delivered by experienced coaches in a friendly atmosphere.
We currently have over 150 members in our “Stepping Stones” programme and over 100 members in various squads. However, we are always on the look out for new members and whether you have a desire to swim at Regional or County level, or just to keep fit and healthy please feel free to contact the club for more information.
In August 2013 this article was published in The Phonebox Magazine – A History of Swimming in Newport
1990 was the Centenary of NPSC. This is the leaflet that was given out at the time – 1990 leaflet