FIRST Strokes Swimming Club in Godmanchester has set its sights on success after becoming officially registered with the Amateur Swimming Association. The ASA certification means that the club can now compete in league meetings, county championships and o

FIRST Strokes Swimming Club in Godmanchester has set its sights on success after becoming officially registered with the Amateur Swimming Association.

The ASA certification means that the club can now compete in league meetings, county championships and open meets, and is a big step forward for a club that was formed just last year with only 10 members.

First Strokes now has around 40 members aged 7-14 and two club coaches, and has plans to enter the Fenland League in July.

Coach John Burling said: "Being ASA-registered is a big breakthrough - it means that we are a fully-fledged club now.

"We hope that, in time, it will allow us to compete with the bigger clubs in the region.

"We've seen the success of nearby clubs like Huntingdon Piranhas, St Neots Swans and St Ives Swimming Club, and we would like to reach that stage too. We're a long way behind them at the moment, but we are developing fast and hope to be competing with them within 12 months. We want to emulate their success, and this is a big step in the right direction.

INFORMATION: The club trains six times a week at Godmanchester Swimming Pool, and will be holding a trials evening at the pool from 5.45pm on Friday February 12. To find out more about the club or to attend the trials, call 01480 375145.