Wigan BEST ASC and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles Wigan BEST Swim Squad is based at Howe Bridge Sport Centre Atherton but utilises facilities across the Borough including the excellent 8 lane short course pool at the Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles Life Centre in the heart of Wigan.
The Club “Wigan BEST” and “Wigan BEST Swim Squad, have worked in partnership to support a group of committed professional coaching staff, athletes, administrators and volunteers in the creation of an elite swim training programme, providing a proven pathway from Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles swimming lesson programmes and Community Clubs through to the National standard Wigan BEST Swim Squad and Wigan BEST Swimming Club.
An elite swimming programme was established in 1972, utilising the then excellent 50m pool based in Wigan. and the 5 other excellent facilities across the Borough. The programme quickly developed to become the most successful ever in Great Britain.
1988 saw 7 swimmers from the programme gain selection to the GB Olympic Team. In fact swimmers from the Borough have consistently won medals at every major International Competition including Olympic level right up 1992.
Over the years the programme has had to adapt to the ever changing face of the sport and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles have recently introduced their new Aquatic Strategy which clearly plans for the future success of the sport within Wigan and its Boroughs. The aim of the strategy is to clearly define the role of each element of development ensuring that young swimmers are correctly nurtured and developed acquiring the skills, passion, commitment and drive to be the new champions from the Borough.
The Club is affiliated to the asa North West Region and to the Lancashire County Water Polo and Swimming Association (LWPSA), which binds it to the laws and rules of these organisations as well as to those of British Swimming (formerly the Amateur Swimming Federation of Great Britain), and FINA, the World Governing Body of Swimming.
Wigan BEST along with the Wigan BEST Swim Squad recognises the importance of providing a safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members, based on the principles of long term athlete development.
Wigan BEST Today:-
In 2004 Wigan BEST was established to take on the role of support for the elite swimmers of the Borough. The club now offers professional coaching support at all major championships, and Open Meets it provides an excellent dry land-programme utilising the service of specialist conditioning coaches.
In 2011 the club held its 1st “Future Stars Open Meet” the meet is fast becoming an established first open meet of the season for many of the North West leading squad’s due to its reputation for being extremely well organised and efficient.
The club organises Warm Weather International Training Camps which has provided the swimmers with excellent opportunities, taking with them conditioning coaches as well as two professional swimming coaches from the Wigan BEST Swim Squad, 2013 the club went a step further and provided the services of a sports masseur for the 23 swimmers who where in attendance in Fuerteventura.
As part of the clubs forward thinking policy Wigan BEST in conjunction with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles have formed a partnership with Timeless Performance where the club now offers a physio screening service. Each swimmer has the opportunity to be screened twice a year to establish strengths and weakness within each athlete from this the swimmer is given a specific programme. This allows the coaches to monitor the effects of the training programme each individual.
Wigan BEST with the Inspiring Healthy Life Styles Wigan BEST Swim Squad is very much a forward looking club and is working tirelessly for its members in the pursuit of success!