Hatfield Swimming Club is conveniently located in Hertfordshire, next to the north-south ‘corridor’ of the the A1(M).
The club’s training sessions take place at the following locations:
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University of Hertfordshire,
De Havilland campus,
Hatfield Business Park,
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All of the club’s morning sessions take place at the Hatfield Swim Centre.
In the afternoons and evenings, senior squad training sessions move to the University’s Hertfordshire Sports Village. With the exception of a few sessions, all afternoon and evening sessions for intermediate and junior squads remain at the Hatfield Swim Centre.
Hatfield Swimming Club enjoys an excellent relationship with both Finesse Leisure Partnership and The University of Hertfordshire who are the operators of our training pools.
The following overview of each pool is provided to give an idea of the facilities available at each of their sites.
- Hatfield Swim Centre
The Hatfield Swim Centre is run by Finesse Leisure Partnership (a not-for-profit organisation) on behalf of Welwyn Hatfield Council. It was originally opened on the 30th September 1966.
Built to the ASA standards of the time, the pool features 6 lanes each of which are 110 feet long (33.33 metres). Three lengths of the pool are equivalent to 100 metres. Because of the old standard lane length, Hatfield Swimming Club does not hold its galas at this pool – however the longer lanes are very beneficial for training purposes!
The pool has its own car park which is accessed via Lemsford Road. With seating for 280 people in the main balcony, there is plenty of room for parents to watch their children whilst training sessions are in progress. A changing village with separate male and female shower facilities is situated beneath the main viewing balcony. Drinks and snacks are available from vending machines situated in the ground floor and upstairs foyers.
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- Hertfordshire Sports Village
The Hertfordshire Sports Village is part of the University of Hertfordshire, and is situated on the University’s De Havilland campus, which was built on the old site of the De Havilland Aircraft Company’s factory.
Construction of the De Havilland campus began in 2001, and the £15 million Hertfordshire Sports Village opened its doors for the first time on the 22nd August 2003.Built to the national short course standard, the Sports Village pool is a 25 metre length, 8-lane, deck level design. It has a computer controlled variable depth floor, which means that the pool floor can either be adjusted to different depths along its length, or set at a constant depth throughout. This feature makes the pool extremely good for racing, as a constant depth of 1.8 metres along the entire length of the pool gives swimmers a better chance of achieving faster times.Because the pool can be set to a constant 1.8 metre depth, Hatfield Swimming Club holds all of its UK Challenge racing galas at the Sports Village pool. The pool also has a state-of-the-art Omega ARES 21 timing system connected to an electronic results board – essential for accurate timing at race meets.Car parking is available within the grounds of the university adjacent to the Sports Village buildings. A viewing area with 250 seats means that there is plenty of room for spectators which ensures a great atmosphere at our galas. The separate male and female changing rooms have under floor heating, as well as ample lockers and showers. A cafeteria in the entrance atrium provides refreshments and light snacks throughout the day.
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