Welcome to Reading University Swimming Club (RUSC) 

This September, you should join Reading University Swimming Club! We are proud of the inclusive, friendly environment the club provides and welcome swimmers of all abilities. Whether you are looking for a chance to compete at national level, a relaxed sports club where you can exercise with friends, or just a way to escape from the library for a few hours, we are happy to accept you into the club. 

We currently have five pool-based sessions and one land training session a week split across mornings and evenings; this provides plenty of opportunities to access pool time at a much cheaper rate than local pools. Furthermore, with so many sessions it is easy to accommodate swimming around your other commitments. All sessions are coached by one of our friendly committee members, giving you access to somebody with significant swimming experience who can help you achieve your targets.

We have a packed competition schedule throughout the year. This year we took large teams to both the BUCS short-course and long-course meets in Sheffield, and next year we hope to also enter the BUCS team championships. These events prove to be the highlights of the competition year, providing a great opportunity to compare how we’re doing as a club against Uni teams from across the UK. As with many of the Uni sports, we also compete in Varsity against Oxford Brookes and enjoy the annual opportunity to prove that we are the better squad!! This year we were invited to the Cambridge relay gala for the first time and hope to once again attend in October. We’re also hoping to coordinate with other local clubs to arrange further galas for next year, so watch this space. The club has gone from strength to strength in competitions this year. Multiple club records have fallen with a particular strength in the relay events. However, as to be expected from a Reading Uni team we are never content and intend to further knock down those records next year. 

Whilst we are committed to swimming hard, socials remain a significant part of club life. Our social secretary Freya has already planned-out the first social of the new academic year with a Baywatch theme, and is currently planning the club’s participation in a swimming tour. All members of the club are encouraged to attend social events, as it fosters a good atmosphere in training sessions. We recognise, however, that not everyone enjoys the more traditional social scene so we intend to arrange a variety of socials over the next year including café breakfasts after morning sessions and trips to local leisure activities such as the trampolining park. Just to be clear, all socials are voluntary. If you just want to swim and no more, then that is no problem.

The club has also been nominated for and won multiple awards at the RUSU Sports Awards:

  • Club of the Year 2014/15 (Nominated)
  • Most Improved Club 2012/13 (Won)
  • Male Sports Personality 2012/13 (Won)
  • Female Sports Personality 2012/13 (Won) 

If you are interested in joining the swimming club, please look out for us at the sports freshers’ fair in September. This provides a chance for you to meet the committee and to ask any questions you may have. Membership is £65 during the Freshers period and then £75 thereafter; this gives you access to all sessions. We will also have information regarding taster sessions, training times and details of the first socials. In the meantime please refer to either our webpage (https://www.rusu.co.uk/sports/RUSwimming/) or contact us via email (ruswimmingclub@gmail.com). We also have new twitter and instagram accounts where we aim to publicise club events including competitions and socials. We look forward to meeting you in September!

Committee (2017-18)

President - Thomas Kizintas
Treasurer - Ryan Cumming
Secretary - Adam Bateson
Captains - Emma J-B & Nick Stalley
Social Sec - Freya Weston
Welfare rep - Kara Rogers

Training Times (2017-18) 


Morning 7:40am-8:40am

Evening 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Leighton Park

Leighton Park


Morning 7:00am - 8:00am (Land Training)


Morning 7:40am-8:40am

Evening 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Leighton Park

Leighton Park


Evening 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Leighton Park



  • Swimming Student Membership£45.15
  • Swimming Non-Student Membership£65.15
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Welfare Representative


Female Captain

Vice President


Male Captain

Social Secretary


RUSU Student Activities Constitution 2017/18

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