From humble beginnings...
In the years up to 1965, the only indoor facilities for swimming were at the Command Baths, the military pool in Aldershot. In the summer, children from schools in the Fleet area went to the open-air pool at Fleet Country Club for lessons. This, however, was only for the hardy souls and, of these, most were capable of only a few strokes by the end of the summer term – not sufficient to ensure their safety in water. Leslie and Hilary Wigg realised that there was a need for a local indoor pool for serious swimming and that its running costs could be met by charging for lessons.
In 1966, with the help of Eric and Mary Cleeves and other volunteers, they designed and built a 25 x 8 yard heated pool with depth of 2′3″ to 4′6″ housed in a basic wooden building. In 1967, the Fleet Swimming School (affectionately known as ‘Wiggs’ Pool’) opened and was an immediate success.
The pool remained open for 17 years and during that time many thousands of children and adults learnt to swim. Life Saving and Water Safety classes were also held and in 1968 the Fleet Swimming Club, later to become the Hart Swimming Club, was inaugurated. Inter club galas were held and many swimmers reached a high standard.
In 1984, the building and services were in serious need of refurbishment and the decision was taken to close. It was apparent that the Hart District needed a larger pool, suitable for public recreation and after an 11-year campaign by the Hart Swimming Association (A Pool for Hart!), in 1991 the public pool at the Hart Leisure Centre opened.
On 30 March 2017, Hart Swimming Club held their last ‘Club Night’ at the pool they have called ‘home’ for almost 26 years. On Sunday 2 April 2017, the club held its first training sessions in the brand new £23m Hart Leisure Centre and on Saturday 14 October 2017 hosted their first home National Arena League gala for almost 15 years.
HOW HART SWIMMING CLUB BEGAN
You Can Make a Difference
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause: swimming clubs rely on volunteers to assist with the day-to-day running (from being on the committee to helping at our club and open meets), and without them Hart Swimming Club would cease to function. The best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the HSC community to actively get involved. It is simply about giving your time and gives you an opportunity to meet new people while supporting your swimmer.
BECOMING AN OFFICIAL
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Train with Hart Swimming Club to become an official: roles vary from time keeping to becoming a referee. As all roles are mentored at every step, no one is thrown into the deep end. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause as well as supporting your swimmer by being on poolside where all the action is. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can start your journey to officiating.
Hart Swimming Club always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Hart Swimming Club an even better non-profit organisation than it already is. If you would like to sponsor the Club please speak to the chairman. Alternatively, by signing up to the Hart Lottery (https://www.hartlottery.co.uk/support/hart-swimming-club) or Easyfundraising (via the button below) you can help the Club raise much needed funds with minimal effort.
Hart Swimming Club thanks The Gulshan for their support. The Gulshan is one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Fleet and is located at 264 Fleet Road. "The spice and herbs we use are fresh ground and quality assured. The final dishes prepared are to order only: best quality meat, chicken & fish. We also cater for Parties, Weddings etc ....."
WANT TO SPONSOR?
Hart Swimming Club always appreciates the generosity and involvement of companies and people, with every contribution going towards making Hart Swimming Club an even better non-profit organisation than it already is. If you would like to sponsor the Club please speak to the chairman.
Ecoculture are very pleased to confirm their ongoing sponsorship with Hart Swimming Club for the 2018/2019 season.
This long-term arrangement has helped the club during their successful transition to the new leisure facilities, increasing club size and seeing constant improvement in performance of their swimmers.
Ecoculture sponsor a range of community sports and are proud to see Hart SC doing so well in supporting local children actively compete in local, regional and national swimming. We wish the club and its competitors success over the next 12 months.