Paul first got involved with swimming when he started taking his daughter to Wigan pool to learn how to swim. When she was asked to join Wigan Swimming Club, so did he, qualifying as a Level 1 Coach. During the next 6 years he became a Level 2 Coach and eventually club chairman. He also became an official (Level 2 judge/starter) and officiated at many galas around the Northwest. After 2 further years as Head Coach at St Helens Swimming Club he saw the opportunity to create something new and ambitious at the recently opened Formby Pool. Formby Swimming Club was born.