who we are

Clitheroe Dolphins est 1973

Clitheroe Dolphins is a friendly swimming club based at Ribblesdale Pool in Clitheroe. The team is led by Head Coach, Dean Sumner, ably assisted by a team of volunteer helpers both on poolside and on the Committee.

How do Clitheroe Dolphins train?

Dolphins’ swimmers are split into four Sessions. Each session has five lanes of swimmers and each lane has swimmers of comparable ability, age or sex is not normally considered

Swimmers train between two and five times a week, with extra morning sessions for the very able and keen. Training concentrates on technique through all four strokes, stamina through fitness and technical ability through starts and turns.


Emotional resilience, maturity and team skills are learnt and experienced through being part of a team and experiencing the highs and lows of competition, as well as supporting fellow team members.

Special Technique sessions for improvers are held, for small numbers, by invitation. Land Training is occasionally held to improve upper body strength and flexibility

Top class athletes need to actively train for 24 hours a week for ten years before hitting the heights of their sport, so Dolphins strongly encourage swimmers to engage in a number of other different sports to promote cross training and building core strength and fitness

Where do Clitheroe Dolphins compete?

All Dolphins swimmers compete in the Club Annual Sprint and Distance Galas – and in occasional fun galas organised by the committee

Dolphins have three League Teams:

North West Swim League Division 3 – where swimmers of Under 12, 13-14 and Open Age take on teams from the North West

North West Micro League “A” Team in Division B – swimmers at age groups 12, 11, 10 and 9 compete in galas against other teams in the North West in a national competition

North West Micro League “B” Team in Division C – swimmers at age groups 12, 11,10 and 9 that are not in the “A” team have the opportunity to compete against other teams in Lancashire

ASA Licensed Galas ranging from Level 3 galas where most swimmers with entry times can compete through North Lancs, County, Regional and National Championships.