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Our Beliefs 

Vision: East Lothian Swim Team (ELST) has a clearly defined pathway structure of progression throughout the squads.  This starts at Home Club level all the way through to our Performance Programme and above.  Our structure has been carefully thought out and planned to ensure the best possible pathway for all our athletes and coaches to be able to reach their chosen goals.


Goals: To compete consistently for District, National titles at Age Group and Open Championships and develop high performance coaches. 




  • Increase the total number of swimmers in East Lothian Swim Team Pathway to 100 by 2021, supported by a base of Club swimmers which grows in proportion

  • Support Scottish Swimming "Learn to Swim" programme with Home Clubs allowing talent identification and progression

  • Increase ELST pool time so that we maintain optimum numbers per lane and develop assistant coaches/squad coaches through our coach and swimmer education activity

  • Take a County level view on how best to get the most out of our limited resources: coaches, pool time and money

  • Deliver our goals through a programme which is accessible and sustainable for all the swimming Clubs in East Lothian

  • Effective administration and Governance with skilled volunteers matching role descriptors. ELST have achieved SwimMark Plus accreditation as measured by Scottish Swimming

  • Improved links with external agencies, current examples:

    • East Lothian Council, team support and Grant funding

    • Scottish Swimming as our Governing Body and we have several athletes/coaches participating in National Squad events

    • SASA East District affiliation and Technical Officials qualified to British Swimming National Standards

    • Edinburgh College - coaches on their Sports Leadership Programme working to SVQ qualification in our team

    • Scottish/Lothian Disability Sport - 2 athletes on Disability Pathway integrated into our training and selected to train with National Programme. These athletes are competing at local and National Level

    • East Lothian Club Forum & partnership with Enjoy Leisure Swimming Development Officer

    • Swimmers achievements supported through Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

    • Engaged with Active East Lothian and local Sport Scotland Area Sport Hubs (e.g. 2018 Tranent Young Sports person winner)