The Plymouth College/Plymouth Leander partnership was initiated in September 2001 and, since this time the club and college have worked together to develop one of the country's leading swimming programmes.
Plymouth College, through its sporting scholarship scheme, has attracted talented athletes from far and wide - and is now able to name Olympic and World champions as well as World, European and Commonwealth record holders among its alumni.
Our Head Coach Robin and Deputy Head Coach Roberto run the Plymouth College swimming programme.
Among notable former students are London 2012 gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte - who was a 15 year old pupil at Plymouth College when she became Olympic champion. Also, current 50 fly World Champion Ben Proud; Commonwealth medallist (now PL's Director of Development) Antony James and current 10 m platform diving world champion Tom Daley
Plymouth College is a co-educational independent school for day and boarding pupils from the ages of 3 to 18.
Plymouth College Common Wealth Games
According to several leading researchers, including Dylan Minor at the Kellog School, the people you work with and live with have a massive impact on your own individual performance
Here at Plymouth Leander we are working closely with the city council in support of its ambition for Plymouth to be regarded as a centre of aquatic excellence.
We are also the first sporting organisation to be partnered with the local authority in the run up to the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.
Ahead of the anniversary, all of our PL organised meets will have a Mayflower 400 theme.
Swimspire has supported Plymouth Leander since 2016 and promotes our May Level 1 meet to a worldwide audience.
Swimspire supports swimming and swimmers across the world - providing a source of news and coaching tips, tool and techniques for athletes everywhere.
Plymouth Leander are proud to be associated and supported by ARENA. The arena brand was created by sports visionary Horst Dassler, son of the Adidas founder and President of Adidas France. During the 1972 Munich Summer Games, Dassler was on the pool deck when Mark Spitz won his historic 7 gold medals.
Dassler, along with the rest of the world, found himself in awe because not only was Spitz the first athlete to win 7 golds in one Olympiad, but at the same time he set 7 new world records. Dassler immediately started forming plans for a swimwear company dedicated to aquatic sports and created the new performance swimwear brand known today as arena.
Dassler knew sports sponsoring was key to the brand’s success, so in preparation for the next Olympics arena started signing other individual athletes who could provide feedback to the design and development of new products, plus at the same time generate excitement for aquatic sports. By 1976, arena athletes and products were ready for the Olympic Games in Montreal. Members of the original arena Elite Team included such world champions as Mark Spitz (USA), Novella Calligaris (ITA), Steve Furniss (USA), David Wilke (UK), Shirley Babashoff (USA), Gary Hall (USA), Klaus Dibiasi (ITA), Ulrika Knape (SWE) and Maxine “Miki” King (USA). arena’s Elite were equipped with arena’s first line of swim caps and goggles designed specifically to meet the needs of high level competitors.
The hard work that both the athletes and arena put into preparing for the Montreal Olympics paid off and the arena Elite Team won an astonishing 44 Olympic medals. Two years later, at the West Berlin World Swimming Championships athletes wearing arena won a total of 62 medals, nearly 75% of the total medal count, and broke 9 world records. Members of the original team went on to set a total of 83 world records
Plymouth Leander has partnered with Swim Path as our official online swimming equipment store. Swim Path offers Plymouth Leander members a PRICE MATCH guarantee which means if you find the product you want cheaper elsewhere, let them know and they will match the price. PLUS, if you insert PLCASH when you complete the purchase the club will receive a small commission which gets put back onto funding club improvement initiatives.
SwimPath has been designed as an all encompassing resource for the sport we all know and love. Their professional and experienced team chose what they believe to be the best quality and popular training and performance swimwear and competition swimwear brands for their customers.
Everyone Active run the Plymouth Life Centre for Plymouth City Council . The Life Centre is one of the busiest leisure centres in the UK . The Life Centre contains the Olympic standard 50 m pool . Everyone Active are committed to encouraging swimming at all levels and run a successful Learn to Swim Program. It is through our partnership with Everyone Active that the majority of our performance squads training is carried out at the Life Centre.
Plymouth Leander have been partners with Plymouth University for a number of years. Plymouth University support , through their Sporting Excellence Scholarships , athletes to continue to perform at an elite level while continuing their studies and many of the the University's swimming scholars have been members of Plymouth Leander . Head Coach Robin Armayan assists the University in assessing from a swimming perspective the level of scholarships to be granted. Previous alumni of both PL and the University include former Olympian and current PL coach, Antony James.