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Teaching Children and Adults to Swim Since 1893

The history our club

Established 1893

We are Macclesfield's oldest swimming club. We were founded in 1893 and our objective has always been to provide an affordable means for anyone over the age of 3 to learn to swim. Our courses are aimed at beginners, improvers and through to an enjoyment of a great sport.
The club was formed by a group of local people and held its first gala at the public baths, which was then in Davenport Stree, in October 1893. Records are not clear as to who the committe was during this time, but one thing that is clear from the records is that the club produced some of the country's finest swimmers:
Fred Bramhall - National Champion of England (1930) Colin Holloway - Cheshire county champion
Betty Blackburn - Northern Counties Backstroke Champion for 9 years
Valerie Brown - International trialist for Backstroke and Northern counties record holder
Derek Higgins - 3 times Northern Midland Breastroke Champion. Derek Higgins also became a Committee member and teacher at the Club
Brenda Sherratt - 1st person to swim Loch Ness (1966)
and as can be seen from our current list of teachers we have many accommplished swimmers at National level.
The club was very active in the water polo field before the 2nd world war and was a member of the North Midlands Association. Members also took part in squadron racing and entered for the Cheshire Knock-out competition.
In 1972, the competitive side of the Club was taken on by a breakaway section, now known as the Satellite Swimming Club and MASC became the premier teaching club of the town. Some past officials at that time were:
Rex Hilditch, Arthur Kennedy, the Risely Family, W Hackney (Bath Superintendent), U Booth, Mrs J McKimmie (both Bath Managers), Mr J Leach. All who have given valuable time and contributed to the successful running of the club.
In recent years Jim Gidman held a number of positions in the club, along with Mr W Brown and notably Mr David Carruthers held the office of President and Treasurer from 1968 until 1990. Many of you will remember Dave and Jean Marshall, both of whom dedicated a significant number of years to MASC, both serving on the Committee and Dave was President until 2007.
Currently, our most long serving member is Christine Moore, who held the position of Club Secretary from 1969 until 2007. Christine is still a valuable member of the club and helps on the desk with our admin.
Our current Committee, teachers and helpers are listed on our website, all of whom dedicate a significant amount of their time to the Club voluntarily. However, there is always a need for more helpers, at whatever level of expertise. If you have a spare 30 minutes or more on a Tuesday evening, or wish to become an accomplished teacher, please come along on a Tuesday evening.
On the 31 May 1961, MASC contributed to the 700th Anniversary of the granting of the 1st Charter to the Borough of Macclesfield, by staging an anniversary swimming gala. Throughout its existence MASC has held three yearly galas, which include the Borough events which anyone in the Borough of Macclesfield may enter.
Many new ideas have been introduced over the years, one of the most popular being the Badge night. This was started in 1976 and is so popular now with the swimmers, that at least two evenings throughout the year will be held. Swimmers are encouraged to swim as far as possible, many of whom achieve far greater distances than they have ever swum before. This evening often incorporates a sponsored swim for Club funds and many local charities.
We meet every Tuesday evening at Macclesfield Leisure Centre from 7.00pm through to 9.30pm. We have a junior water polo session available from 8.30pm and also a synchronised swimming programme at this time. Adult sessions are available from 8.30 - 9.30 for complete beginners through to competent swimmers who wish to keep fit.

So, do come along and see us, whatever your level, and we look forward to assisting you to swim.

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