ABOUT STAFFORD APEX
The aim of Stafford Apex is to promote the teaching and practise of competitive swimming at all levels.
Stafford Apex is supported by Freedom Leisure and is classed as a Stafford Leisure Centre centre-based activity. Therefore, Freedom Leisure provides the coaches, lane space and training times. For this reason training fees are payable to the Leisure Centre, at reception, not to the Club.
The Club is administered by a committee, which is elected at the Annual General Meeting in May or June each year. Annual membership fees and fund raising events meet costs incurred by the Club.
The Club membership is made up from the junior and senior squads comprising of swimmers aged from 8 years onwards. The Club also has a masters section and a water polo section.
Stafford Apex was formed on 3rd May 1978 and was initially named The Riverside Recreation Centre Apex Swimming Club and was administered directly by the Centre Manager. Membership was by personal invitation of the Centre manager and membership was £1 per year!
By 1980 the Club still only had 26 members. A recruiting campaign took place and by 1981 the membership had grown to 27! However, by 1983 the Club had increased its membership to 47 and by 1984 to 96.
In 1986 the Club changed its name to Stafford Apex Swimming Club. The system of the Centre manager inviting swimmers to join was changed and the committee took responsibility of recruiting swimmers by offering trials.
In 1987 the Club purchased starting blocks and also increased fees to £5! Also in that year the Club joined the Speedo League and reached the Diddy League Final.
In 1988 the Club competed in the Staffs League for the first time and introduced early morning training. Riverside Recreation Centre purchased anti-turbulence ropes. By now the building blocks had been put in place for the Club to develop and to provide swimmers with the chances to compete at all levels of competition.
We now number approximately 80 swimmers at various standards from county to national level and from development to senior age groups.