Sheffield Otters is a swimming club for youths and adults with learning disabilities. The Otters were originally formed as a leisure club and in 1992 Brian Bennett became the club coach, helping to transform the club into the Otters we have today. The club swam at Hillsborough Leisure Centre for a number of years and used half the pool for leisure and the other for competition.
Over the years, the Otters have moved to a full competition club. Initially attending one competition per year in Blyth, North Yorkshire, we now attend numerous competitions each year in all corners of the United Kingdom. As the Special Olympics movement has grown, so have Sheffield Otters!
We have taken part in the Special Olympics Summer National games in Cardiff, Glasgow, Leicester, Bath, and in 2017 in our home city of Sheffield.
The swimming club train twice a week at different pools; Sunday’s at the Sheffield University pool from 2pm to 3pm May to September and 4pm to 5pm for the rest of the year. Wednesday night’s training takes place at Concord Leisure Centre 8pm to 9pm. You can choose to do either one or both sessions. The Swimming club is a competition club affiliated to Special Olympics GB. Our coaches and volunteers are committed to providing the best for our swimmers.
Jo and Rob Hattersley