Dewsbury A.S.C. Club History Page.

The Club Was Founded as Dewsbury Baths ASC in

1875

 

A SHORT HISTORY OF DEWSBURY A. S. C. 1875 - 1983

The Dewsbury Amateur Swimming Club was formed in 1875, and is the second oldest club in Yorkshire.
Local businessmen and, The Vicar of Dewsbury, who all lived at that time in, or around, the central area of Dewsbury, formed the club.
It has had three baths as its headquarters. The first was at Bath Street, Northfield's now the headquarters of the Territorial Army Cadet Corp this was in the 1880's and 90's,
but It was condemned as a swimming bath and a new baths and library was built in 1896 in Old Westgate. This was their home until 1974 when they moved to the Present modern pool on Longcauseway.
During its long career, it has taken an active part in the many disciplines of swimming. The 1950's were the most successful phase of activities, when mainly owing to the efforts of Miss Eileen Fenton, National and County successes came their way.

Their most notable success was Ian Williams who won the National A.S.A Boys 100 yds Butterfly Championship. David Blakeley became York's Butterfly 100 yds record holder. All The trophies of the Wakefield and District Water Polo League at swimming and water polo were won in 1959. Many players, Brian Hey, Conroy Grey. Malcolm Marriott and David Marriott were selected for County Water Polo honours and Roy Sheard had trials with Great Britain at Cosford.

The club has done a great deal in the administration at North Eastern Counties and Yorkshire County level. The first President of the North Eastern Counties A.S.A was Robert Spedding J.P a Dewsbury Mill Owner in 1901. Another of our club members also held that office Mr. J. T. Wilman in 1909. The club has been honoured by the Yorkshire A.S.A, by having five of Its members Mr. Robert Spedding 1900-1902, Mr. J. T. Wilman 1921, Mr. Harry Brooke 1922, Mr. Walter Jenkinson 1932 and Mr. J. A. Hey 1980 as President. In the sphere of Life Saving, Mr. Dennis Grimes a member since 1922 until 1979 was given the highest Honary award of the Royal Life Saving Society for his services over the years to Life Saving. He was the clubs President In 1975 when the club celebrated its Centenary year with a dinner at a Cleckheaton restaurant when swimming celebrities from all over the County came to pay tribute to the clubs activities.

As the club enters its second 100 years members can look back with pride on the efforts and achievements of their predecessors. The prime function of teaching children to swim, thereby giving them the opportunity to save their own lives should that ever be necessary, has, and always will be the ultimate of the Dewsbury Amateur Swimming Club.
By Mr J. A. HEY (HONORARY SECRETARY) 1983.

THE FORMATION OF DEWSBURY DOLPHINS A.S.C.

Dewsbury Dolphins Swimming Club was formed in late 1978. The first membership year commenced in January 1979.

The club was formed to help young swimmers interested in taking up competitive swimming and who had no longer a competitive club to join because of the move of Dewsbury Baths Club to Wakefield in 1978 (now Wakefield A.S.C.).

A joint committee made up of members of Dewsbury A.S.C. and Dewsbury Adventure Club with the baths manager Mr. Brian Wilson as president manages Dewsbury Dolphins. The club was affiliated to Yorkshire and Kirklees & District A.S.A in 1979 and club members are entered in various competitions run by these associations. The club in which all three Dewsbury Clubs take part now runs an annual gala.

Club night is Thursday at Dewsbury baths between 8-15 and 9-30 pm. During the four and Half years the club has existed, training has also taken place every Sunday morning 7-30 to 8-30 am.

In 1981 an extra training night was started at the Old Batley baths on Friday nights, this session was however lost In October, 1982 to the new Borough of Kirklees A.S.C. which many members have now joined for extra water time, additional competitions. The involvement with B.O.K Swimming Club by our members is to the mutual benefit of both clubs and is to be encouraged even more in the future.

At the start of 1983 the Dolphins affiliated to the Bradford & District A.S.A to provide even more competition for our members.

Since 1979 many of our members have swum for the club in various competitions and team events. Some major successes being Jonathan Shires, third in Yorkshire Backstroke 1981 for 10 and under age group and Sarah Hall, fourth in Yorkshire and Kirklees record holder 14 years Breast stroke 1981. Dolphins coach Paul Rushworth won the Lake Windermere Breast stroke championship in 1981.

During 1982 we joined with the Dewsbury A.S.C. and Dewsbury Adventure Club to welcome guests from Bergkamen Swimming Club in Germany (our twin town). In October of this year Dewsbury have been Invited to make a return trip to Germany to stay with our Bergkamen friends. In order for the children to go on this trip we hope the people of Dewsbury will give generously to our money raising efforts.

By P. RUSHWORTH DEWSBURY DOLPHINS COACH 1983.



Dewsbury Dolphins Amateur Swimming Club
The Dewsbury Sports Centre,
Longcauseway,
Dewsbury
West Yorkshire, UK. WF12 8EN.

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