SwimMark Club


Derby Excel swimmers train in squads depending on their age, and level of swimming. They will learn how to swim all the four swimming strokes, how to dive and do tumble turns, in a friendly, supportive environment. As swimmers progress, they move through our squads, training more often and can begin competing in galas if they want to, swimming for Derby Excel in league events, and entering Open meets run by us or other clubs. All our sessions are exclusively for members of Derby Excel, no members of the public are permitted in these sessions. 


Club Squads

Our youngest swimmers join our Academy from Learn to Swim programmes, such as the one run by Moorways - but as long as you can swim, you can join our club. 

We have 2 squads for our novice swimmers: Junior Academy 1 and 2, coached by Lizzy Howe.

Swimmers progress from there to Academy 1/2/3 coached by Lizzy Howe and Becky Hill.

Then we have the Development squad, coached by David Pratt. 

From there, they progress to Age Group squads 1 and 2 (also coached by Dave)

Then Excel 1 and 2 squads, coached by Maria Millere. 


The top squads at Derby Excel are our three Performance squads: 

Elite - coached by Head Coach John Adye

National and Regional squads - coached by Glenn Fisher

Swimmers in these squads will sometimes have joined us from other clubs, as part of a Performance pathway. They are still members of their home club (the Pathway club) but train with us. They compete for their pathway club at league events, and at the County Championships, and up until the age of 14 at Regional Championships. Over the age of 15, they compete for Derby Excel at National and Regional events.


For any enquiries/more information, please email our Performance Co-ordinator Mike Hase: [email protected]



We have two thriving Masters squad, for swimmers over the age of 18 who want to continue swimming regularly, and who also want to continue to compete. There are Masters events that these swimmers can enter, proving your swimming journey can continue indefinitely! 

For any enquiries/more information, please email our Masters Co-ordinator Yury Bocharnikov: [email protected] or our Masters squad coach Jamie Brown: [email protected]



We also have swimmers training with us from the University of Derby, who represent Derby at University competitions run by BUCS (British University and College Sport). 

For any enquiries/more information about University swimming with us, please email Head Coach John Adye: [email protected]