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Clubs news: Make a splash with the Havering Cormorants

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 March 2017

The Havering Cormorants diving club at Harrow Lodge Park in Hornchurch

The Havering Cormorants diving club at Harrow Lodge Park in Hornchurch

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Whether it is by winning medals at local diving competitions or helping beginners perfect their moves, the Havering Cormorants never fails to make a splash.

Havering Cormorants

WHEN: Adults class on Monday (8pm to 9pm). Children’s beginner classes every Sunday (2pm to 3pm, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, 3pm to 4pm). Intermediate and advanced lessons on Tuesday and Thursday.

WHERE: Hornchurch Sports Centre, Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch Road.

COST: Annual insurance £19.50 and £7 per session.

CONTACT: haveringcormorants@outlook.com or call 07562 326804.

Established in 1964, the club offers beginner and advance diving sessions, for both adults and children, at Hornchurch Sports Centre, Harrow Lodge Park.

The club is run by coaches and volunteers, including Romanian Olympic diver Alex Bagiu.

“We have an adult (male and female) class on a Monday night for all abilities,” said volunteer Maria Anderson.

“We’ve had a 70-year-old come and dive before.”

As well as encouraging sprightly pensioners into the pool, the Cormorants offers beginner, intermediate and advanced classes for children aged five and older – some of whom win medals at competitions.

“The clubs in London are doing a grand prix and they take it in turns to host the competition,” said Maria.

“Last month we got a couple of golds, that was the first leg of this year. The second leg is on the April 23 at Hornchurch Sports Centre.

“There should be about five of them throughout the year and if any of the members show promise they get pushed up to the regional levels.

“We have a few winning these competitions so they should be getting pushed up.

“Our coach is an ex-Olympic diver – they have an hour session on Sunday. As beginners he deals with them more in the pool and once they progress we offer trampoline lessons and conditioning.”

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