Swimmers Guide: Eastbourne Sovereign Centre

Used for Eastbourne Masters

The centre is situated on the seafront at the eastern most end of the beach. There is a beach train with stops at the centre if you fancy going to the pier. The centre comprises of a large leisure pool with flumes and wave machine, a teaching pool and a 33m competition pool which has been sectioned off to make a 25m pool. Can't remember the depth but I believe you dive into the deep end.

Changing facilities - There are separate changing areas for the leisure pool and the competition pool. The competition pool has separate mens and womens changing rooms. There are lockers not sure how much they are.

Catering facilities - There is a cafe which serves cold food and drinks.

Parking - There is a large car park next to the pool, not sure if it's pay and display.

It is a long way to travel if you don't live in the South East, but with enough hotels nearby its a good excuse for a family weekend.

The Eastbourne Masters

This is a one day event starting at midday and going through until the evening.

It has all events up to 100m and is a very friendly meet.

This is a brilliant first-timers event as the competition isn't too fierce. The one thing this meet lacks however is electronic timing, so if you're planning to use it as a decathlon event -check to see if electronic timing is to be used first.

Programme - not sure of the cost. There's a raffle too with good prizes.

Warm down facilities - a small pool at the end where widths can be swum, it's enough for warm downs.

In 2007 this event was run using cards.

A great event for a family as they can enjoy the seaside all day while you swim. That's of course if the weather is good!


  • Good Friendly event.
  • Great location on the seafront.
  • Great event for first-timers.


  • No Electronic timing.
  • A long distance to travel.