Winsford Turtles Swimming Club is a club run by volunteers for those people who have a disability (physical or learning) and would like to be able to swim in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. The club is a member of NASCH which is a national charity formed specifically to encourage the development throughout the country of swimming clubs for people with disabilities.
There are currently about 25 club members (as at January 2020), ranging in age from about 10 to about 55. Not all members attend every week but there is always a good mix of the more able and less able swimmers. Some members attend by themselves whilst others come with family members or support workers, all of whom are very welcome to stay for the duration of the swimming session. Membership is not restricted just to the Winsford area – we have members from Northwich, Middlewich and Chester and other parts of the county.
The Swimming Club meets at the Winsford Lifestyle Centre every Monday evening (except bank holidays) from 7.00 pm until 8.30 pm. The Centre is run by Brio Leisure on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council. The Club has the use of both the main pool and the small pool and members are able to use either of these according to their ability.
Members of the Club need to have a Brio Leisure card, obtainable at the Lifestyle Centre, and the charge is £3.20 per session. There is no charge for the session for any members who pay monthly for a Brio Concession Membership.
What we offer you
The Club does not have volunteers who can teach you to swim but we do have a volunteer who can help improve your swimming.
We are provided with lifeguards by Brio Leisure and if you need support getting into and out of the water there are hoists available to help.
History of the Club
The Club was originally set up in 1973 and used the former Winsford pools before moving to the Lifestyle Centre in 2009. The Club is run by a small committee of volunteers who give the necessary input to ensure its continuation to provide a facility for people with disabilities.