Up to 1973 Farnborough & Cove Scouts were regulary using the Military Pool on Queens Avenue on Saturday
evenings once a month, with a new public pool being built in Farnborough discussion took place on using the
pool. 1¼ hours was offered on Thursday evenings but if the Scouts wanted the session it had to accept the
booking every week not monthly, the possibility was there but it soon became obvious that alone it was not
feasible for Farnborough & Cove Scouts to take on the commitment.
Working with Farnborough and Aldershot Youth Committee a Sub Committee was formed with members from
the Boys Brigade, Covenanters, Crusaders Youth Club, Countdown Youth Club, Farnborough Swimming Club,
Guide Association, Krakatoa Youth Club, Scout Association and St John Ambulance.
The original idea was that organisations wishing to use the swimming facilities would use an allotted session or part
of the pool to conduct their own training, a timetable and funding for this could not be agreed. In the end it was
decided that organisations using the pool should be represented on the committee and at the poolside. A ‘school’
would be run independent of these organisations, non-profit making, with its own insurance and funding.
Under the guidance of Mr S Butler an ASA Advanced Teacher plus Mr M Ferris, and Mr R Dobson of
Farnborough Swimming Club a team was put together, training was given at a school pool in Yateley and the
Rushmoor Youth Swimming School (Farnborough) was formed.
Once the Indoor pool was built in Aldershot the RSA committee expanded and a further two clubs were formed.
Our club was given water on a Wednesday evening between 6pm and 7:30pm and Aldershot Adult Swimming
Club were given water time on Wednesday evenings from 9pm and 10pm.
Rushmoor Royals and Rushmoor Synchro who also are member clubs of the RSA were also given water time
through the RSA as well. Our Club was formed and initially setup and run by the volunteers from Rushmoor Youth
Swimming - Farnborough. The first 15 years the club was named Rushmoor Youth Swimming - Aldershot and places
were given to children involved in Youth Organisatons such as the Scouts and Guides.
In 1992 our club was renamed "Aldershot Youth Swimming Club" and places were offered to all children regardless
of them belonging to a youth organisation. Then in 1992 our club reached its 20 year milestone !
Then in 2006 after a struggle over the past few years for our club where numbers had gone down to less than 50
children, our club starts to pick up and forcus' attention on volunteering and encouraging more people to volunteer
within the club. Numbers of children started to grow from 50 children up to 120 children having lessons.
Then from 2011 our club is now growing fast with with an amazing team of volunteers who are committed and
passionate to teach children to swim ! Assistants are being encouraged to volunteer alongside teachers and
club numbers stand at 115 children. Finally in 2017 our club will reach its 40 year milestone !