Preston Swimming Club was founded in 1888
The first swimming club in Preston was founded in 1888 and there are records of “the Preston Swimming Club providing an exhibition of swimming and life-saving techniques” at the opening of the open-air bath in Moor Park in 1905.
Unfortunately, in the early 1970s this open-air swimming pool was closed and filled in.
Another pool to fall victim to closure was the Saul Street Swimming Baths, in Preston town centre.
The facility opened in 1936 and closed in 1991. Preston Crown Court now occupies most of the former site. As one former user recalls, perhaps this was for the best! “…the things I remember…is that it echoed so much and the old wooden changing room doors…and the chlorine stinging my eyes to bits..”
Now operating mainly out of the two leisure centre facilities at West View and Fulwood, the Club has, in modern times, produced a number of top class swimmers who have represented their country – Dan Sliwinski (England, 2010 Commonwealth Games), Ryan Bennett (Scotland, 2014 Commonwealth Games) and Steph Slater (Great Britain, 2016 Paralympic Games).
The Club has also developed a thriving learn-to-swim program, completing the pathway from beginner to elite athlete.
At the 2016 Summer National Championships, PSC was awarded the coveted prize of “Best Club” for the performances of the 9 swimmers who represented Preston at this event.