Matlock and District Swimming Club has been an integral part of the Matlock Lido virtually since it opened in 1938. The Club has enjoyed unprecedented successes over the years in spite of its relatively small membership. During the 60s & 70s, with the legendary Jack Soppitt at the helm, the Club’s achievements rivalled those of much larger clubs in the Midland District.
Many of the swimmers who have enjoyed the unique ‘Lido’ experience have made significant achievements in the swimming world. The club can boast several County and Midland Champions as past members. This includes Alan Rapley who spent most of his formative years with Matlock and District Swimming Club and went on to swim for Great Britain in the Atlanta Olympics of 1996.
Recent years have seen mixed fortunes for the Club which have been exacerbated by continual pool closures, which at one time threatened the club’s very existence. However, it is indicative of the fighting spirit that pervades the club, that it has survived and is now ready to regain its position at the top of swimming in Derbyshire.
The Club has an excellent nucleus of young and talented swimmers. Together with developments the club is planning they will take us ‘back to the future’.