Bolton Metro Swimming Squad (BMSS) was founded nearly twenty years ago and is a self funded Performance Swimming Squad for Bolton and the surrounding community. Affiliation to Swim England (Previously known as the ASA) via the then Northern Counties was achieved with the support of the local swimming clubs and agreement was negotiated that swimmers compete for Bolton Metro at County, Regional and National level but still keep swimming for the clubs at local level.
BMSS have strong relationships with the local authority, Serco and local Clubs and have attained the Swim Mark Essential year on year; Swim England’s ‘quality mark’.
In the early 1990s David Evitts, along with his father Brian Evitts, had a vision to set up a performance swimming squad in the town of Bolton. From this vision Bolton Metro Swimming Squad was born. Brian & Dave were already both vastly experienced in the sport when setting up the squad in Bolton having been successful in many areas of Lancashire before hand, so it was no surprise that they both had long and distinguished careers at the squad, with a lot of success to speak of.
From the very early days Dave & Brian had many national swimmers winning medals and quickly became regarded as one of the fiercest and most competitive squads in the country. As reputation spread so did the number of quality swimmers and performances in the squad with many British Champions such as Emily Rashleigh, Ben Johnson, Lucy Finn, Lisa Howe, Kate Dockton & Andrew Kilby just to name a few. Swimmers such as Amanda Bannister, Dan Coombs & Dan Sliwinski all had international representation but the pinnacle of David’s leadership of the squad was getting Rob Greenwood to the 1998 Commonwealth Games and Rob & Antony Howard to the 2000 Sydney Olympics- with Dave himself being selected as a coach on both of these teams.
In 2004 Dave moved on from BMSS and Hayley Baker took the reins. She had further national successes with many more swimmers such as Rob Sharpe, Ryan Bennett, Adam Shaw going on to see junior international representation and Rob Bale seeing full international honours. After Hayley left Tony McGrail took over the squad and under his long term coaching at BMSS got Racheal Latham to the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she medalled and current Head Coach Ric Howard also started his para-swimming career at BMSS with Tony, which laid the foundations to national & international success.
More recently BMSS has seen swimmers like Anna Doughty, James Oxborrow and Emily Barclay all represent the club at national level and Emily go on to compete at the world university games.
BMSS has a very proud, illustrious history and is always striving for more success, we are eternally grateful to Dave and Brian for laying the foundations of such a fantastic and successful squad, the work carried on by Hayley then Tony, the squad now looks forward to the current coaching team taking them to the next era of performance swimming in Bolton.