Swim Camp 2014 – Fuerteventura

We’re nearly there, 32 swimmers are travelling to Fuerteventura  on Friday to utilise the Sports Abroad Facilities in Corralejo.

Sports Abroad

Please visit the website regularly for updates on the activities that are taking place

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

Active Kids

We are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers, so please start collecting and ask friends and family to get involved too.  The vouchers will be used to obtain training equipment for the club.

Please hand vouchers in on a Sunday Evening at Greenbank Leisure Centre to a Committee Member that will be sat at the information table.

 

Information Desk. Got a Question? Need some Help?

 

Its been suggested that a Central Point of Contact be made available for Swimmers and Parents of Swadlincote Swimming Club

From Sunday 2nd March 2014, someone from the Committee will be available every Sunday at Greenbank Leisure Centre between 5pm and 8pm. A sign will be placed on a table so you know who to approach with your queries. So if you need help with something just ask.

 

Come on Join in the Discussion on Facebook

Did you know that the Swadlincote Dolphins have their own Facebook Group? Come over and join in the discussions.

 

Fuerteventura Swim Camp 2014 – Day 3

After the technique swim session yesterday, it was time to rest and relax by the main hotel pool, not surprisingly most swimmers and some Coaches and Team Managers got in and had a game of ball. Shot of the afternoon was when Brad threw the ball and accidentally hit Crystal in the head (nothing serious), that cost him and the Purple Adlington Team, 50 points, an explanation of the point system, current scores and the Team that are in the lead are detailed below. Time flew by and after cleaning ourselves up we went for dinner. Towards the end of eating, Team Manager’s announced that there would be a Room Inspection of all rooms to take place in half an hour, at that moment, chins hit the floor and there was a loud screech of chairs against the floor as children stampeded back to their rooms to see just how much mess they had made and to attempt to tidy up. Points were to be given for the tidiest rooms.
Inspections started and surprisingly most of the rooms were in a good state, there were some surprises, (good ones), and some shocks (bad ones), but overall the rooms were neat and tidy.
All rooms were given a score, these scores then divided amongst the room members so that they could then be given to the appropriate Team Colour.
The Team Competition.
We are holding a team competition, the swimmers were all put unto groups before Swim Camp Started, and there are 6 teams. Yellow, White, Purple, Red, Blue and Green. The winning team will each receive a prize.
To start all teams were given one hundred point as all Coaches and Team Managers were so please with the behaviour of every single swimmer on the day of travel, it was a very long tiring day but most importantly trouble free. Gatwick was a very busy airport and everyone behaved well, plus upon our walkabout all lights had gone out by 10pm.
Good behaviour and mini completion winners will gain points.
Now comes the deductions, individual’s lose points for lateness to Swim Sessions, meeting times or meal times.
They also lose points for misbehaviour or leaving belongings anywhere on the complex, as you can guess most points are being lost by leaving things poolside.
Current leaders in the competition are the Red Team – (Jayne’s Team) Freya, Abigail, Kieran, Leah and Matt, however this will not last due to their misdemeanours so far today.!!!
We are trying to finalise the activitites for the rest of this week, so far we are looking at bowling on Monday night, Tuesday is the Water Park (after a well-earned lie in), we will go to the a la Carte Restaurant on Wednesday night. We have also informed the swimmers that there will be a Synchronised Swimming Competition for all Teams,this caused a stir and will hopefully be quite amusing.
Swimming Sessions are going very well and the sets are being adhered to, swimmers are already gaining from using the 50m pool and the younger swimmers being coached by Rob are doing exceptionally well, and showing good improvements in technique, they are improving stamina.
As today is Easter Sunday, everyone was given a Lindt Chocolate Bunny after the early morning session, Thanks to Daren.

 

Finally for today, the sunshine has brought out the Poet in us.!
This is the Swim Camp Poetical Diary.

Day 1
Fuerteventura, we are on our way,
Although its going to be an exhausting day,
First flight for Louis,
Big breakfasts for all,
So far so good, we’re having a ball.

The flight a bit bumpy,
But wasn’t too bad,
They got to watch “Frozen”,
For that they were glad.

The coach trip was great,
We thank Garry for that,
Not a tiny bit late, or too overweight.

Off to lands foreign,
Leaving Greenbank behind,
To the voice of our Lauryn,
For no gag could we find.

Day one of our Swim Camp,
Well under way,
Follow this Blog,
For our next Swim Camp day.

Day 2
Day two of Swim Camp is underway,
Of training “NOT A HOLIDAY”,
Two hours of a set done and dusted,
Climate, time and salt water adjusted.

Our Walk to the beach was very sunny,
A game of Rugby, very funny,
A try from Michael very near,
‘Til he he was taken out by Leah.

Room inspection time has come,
A worrying time now for some,
The title for this, he thought he had,
But we soon wiped the smile off Brad.

The younger ones surprised us most,
The older ones the perfect host,
The boys who of the age of 11,
Won this comp with a perfect ‘seven’.

 Please note uploaded pictures are of low resolution and will be available upon return, details to be finalised. Apologies, some photo’s are duplicated, will rectify ASAP.

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Fuerteventura Swim Camp 2014 -Day 2

After good nights sleep we were all up and on poolside for warm up at 06.45. It was still dark but thankfully warm.

A good steady session to start with. WIFI is disappointingly poor, but we will get much more content and Photos on today.

 

 

At last got a better connection on WIFI, so here goes.

After this mornings session the swimmers had a big brekfast and refuelled themselves, no problems with anyone they all enjoyed what they had and they had plenty of it.

No sooner had we eaten then we got ready for a walk to the beach, this was a little further away than we anticpiated but once we were there we had just under an hour of fun, Daren had brought along a Rugby Ball and most enjoyed a game of Beach Rugby, others went exploring the lava trails that entered the sea which contained numerous Rockpools.

We again had 3 lanes but as no one else arrive we were able to use an additional 2 (5 lanes in an Olympic sized swimming pool!!, is that a first for Swadlincote Swimming Club?)

Again a good session seems to be being enjoyed by all, (I’ll get more detail of what Sets they are doing but having the oppurtuniy to update the website meant that I missed the session) I could hear that they were doing starts and quite a bit of kick.

 

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Fuerteventura Swim Camp 2014 – Day 1

Swim Camp 2014 is now underway.

3 Swim Coaches and 5 Team Managers have taken 32 Swimmers to Fuerteventura for a weeks training in at the popular resort of Corralejo.

The facilty has a 50m Olympic sized, salt water pool and we have a full 20 hours of training planned for all swimmers which has been tailored to the groups attending.

Today has been a very long day travelling, we arrived at the Hotel Oasis Papagayo at 16:00.

We got ourselves booked in which as always is a laborious task, but thankfully we have someone in the Team who speaks fluent Spanish and speeded up the process. Thanks Jayne.

Some then had chance for a 30 minute cool down in the Family Pool before showering and then meeting for dinner.

Olaf our local Sports Abroad representative showed us all around the complex after dinner, showing us the gym facilities and pools

We all retired to our rooms around 9:30pm and have set our alarms for the swim training tomorrow morning at 7.00am

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Swim Camp 2014 – Fuerteventura

 

We’re nearly there, 32 swimmers are travelling to Fuerteventura  on Friday to utilise the Sports Abroad Facilities in Corralejo.

Sports Abroad

 

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Please visit the website regularly for updates on the activities that are taking place.

 

 

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Revised Easter Training Sessions

The following is a revised training schedule for the Easter week.

 

Good Friday April 18th – No training at any venue

Easter Sunday April 20th – No training

Tuesday April 22nd – No training at Green Bank Leisure Centre early am training for MP1 & MP2

Tuesday April 22nd – No training at Repton for MP3

Wednesday April 23rd – Training as normal at both venues

Thursday April 24th  – No training at Green Bank Leisure Centre early am training for MP3

Friday April 25th – Training as normal at both venues

 

Sunday April 27th – FULL TRAINING RESUMES

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Free Event – Total Swimming

Total Swimming is one of the  UK’s leading events company in swimming.

On Sunday April 27th 2014, Total Swimming are holding an event on behalf of Speedo International and Decathlon. The event is aimed at increasing participation in swimming and other water sports and to keep those that currently swim inspired and wanting to continue to reach their potential.

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The event is happening at Barton Leisure Centre (Headington) in Oxford on April 27th 2014 (postcode OX3 8GA).  This event is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet 3 Olympic swimmers, and to trial the latest Speedo equipment in the water!

 

We are aware that it is a fair distance to Oxford so would leave it up to those that wish to come to organise car sharing. There is no limit on numbers and the Event is free. All that is  asked is that all participants sign up for a free Decathlon card which we can do on the day for the swimmers or arrange something in advance as it is a request from the sponsors that must be adhered to.
The session lasts 2 hours and participants will be in the water for up to an hour and a half (possibly more), receiving top level coaching and using up to date Speedo products to develop their swimming ability, technique and speed. Any coaches are most welcome to come down too and talk to those poolside, picking up any advice and tips that are available.

Also present at the event will be 3 Olympic swimmers. Participants will get the chance to meet the athletes, talk to and get advice from the athletes and also receive the opportunity to get something signed and have a group photograph. Media will also be present at the event for press, coverage and event promotion for future events so it is compulsory that all participants are able/are happy for photography to take place during the event and we must receive consent for this.

The Olympic Athletes that your swimmers will get to meet are confirmed as Steve Parry (Olympic Bronze Medallist), Cassie Patten (Olympic Bronze Medallist) and Adam Whitehead (Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth Champion).

Please contact Ryan Lovatt directly, either on the Club’s FACEBOOK page, or on 07769299212, or on ryan_lovatt@outlook.com.

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Braunstone Open Meet 2014

Time to get your entry forms in !!!

The Braunstone Open Meet 2014 is on 6th July 2014

Please complete the entry form and hand to Daren Golder, your Coach, or a member of the committee on the information desk on Sundays at Greenbank.

Entry Forms will be available at Greenbank on the left hand side of the notice board or available to download here.

Braunstone Open 2014 Entry Form

Please make any cheques payable to Swadlincote Swimming Club.

 

Closing date for entries is Sunday 11th May 2014

 

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New Structure – Final Timetable

You should all be aware that a major re-structuring of the Clubs’ swim groups has been underway for some time now. We can now announce the criteria to be used when progressing from one Group to the next, and the schedule that we will be following to enact the changes.

A similar change is being planned for the junior groups, but will be enacted later in the year.

In “Swim Groups”, you will now find explanatory notes relating to the precise times that will be used to assess, in part, the abilities of swimmers along with the other criteria to be used.

Altogether, there are three areas to be used to judge where a Swimmers best position would be in the Club.

  • Skills and Techniques, including Starts and Turns
  • Swim Times (for some, though not all, groups)
  • Attendance (to be used as a determining factor when all other factors are equal with another swimmer under consideration for change)

During the remainder of March, April and the early part of May, Coaches will be working hard to assess every swimmer’s skills and techniques. At the same time, the attendance record of every swimmer will be examined, and their latest and best times analysed.

From these factors, swimmers will be placed within the new structure and announcements about such places will be made by 18th May.

Where appropriate, new session times will be put into effect and procedures for recording attendance will already be in place. The new structure will take effect from 1st June 2014.

It is important to remember that this is a brand new structure, with entry criteria that are very different to those used in the current MP1, MP2, and MP3 framework. Therefore, wherever a swimmer is placed is not to be considered a promotion or demotion because the current structure is simply not the same as the new one will be. Therefore, you will not be comparing like with like.

Separate details will be issued with regard to Attendance Procedures, and Full feedback will be made available to anyone with queries about where they are placed.

Finally, for now, it must be made clear that these are initial placements and that regular reviews will enable any swimmer to aspire to a group of their choice. It is our sincere hope that this will be the beginnings of a must clearer way for swimmers and parents to understand what it takes to progress through the structures, and to develop in the way that they wish.

Swim Groups – Click Here>>>>>

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SSC’s Top 6 Finishes at the DASA County Championships 2014

 

Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part in this year’s Derbyshire County Championships at Matlock.

Swadlincote Swimming Club`s final medal tally finished with 29 medals:

GOLD MEDALS – 6             SILVER MEDALS – 12       BRONZE MEDALS – 11

The hard work for next year’s competition starts NOW!

 

 

To view the full list.     Click Here>>>>

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Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

Active Kids

We are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers, so please start collecting and ask friends and family to get involved too.  The vouchers will be used to obtain training equipment for the club.

Please hand vouchers in on a Sunday Evening at Greenbank Leisure Centre to a Committee Member that will be sat at the information table.

 

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Information Desk. Got a Question? Need some Help?

 

Its been suggested that a Central Point of Contact be made available for Swimmers and Parents of Swadlincote Swimming Club

From Sunday 2nd March 2014, someone from the Committee will be available every Sunday at Greenbank Leisure Centre between 5pm and 8pm. A sign will be placed on a table so you know who to approach with your queries. So if you need help with something just ask.

 

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New Club Swimming Towels

We have just received a supply of Black Swimming Towels with the Dolphins Logo in the corner.

These will be available to view at Greenbank from Sunday 2nd February priced at £12.50

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“A” & “B” Group Swim Session Changes

Due to Swadlincote Swimming Club being allocated more pool time at Greenbank Leisure centre, the coaches and committee have decided to make the following alteration commencing:

Sunday 2nd February 2014

“A” Group have been allocated 3 lanes and “B” Group have  been allocated 2 lanes in the main 25m pool

These sessions will start at 4.00pm and will finish at 5.00pm

 

No other training sessions will be affected.

These two groups will now have more space to swim and enhance their swimming skills.

 

Apologies for the short notice but this has only just been confirmed by Greenbank Leisure Centre management this week.

 

David Pycroft

 

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Additional Pool Time

The Club has been successful in negotiating additional pool time at Green Bank Leisure Centre.

An extra 5 hours per week, effectively an additional week in every month (!) is to be phased in during the early months of 2014. We have worked long and hard to secure these extra resources and it is our hope that we will be able to expand our membership at the same time as reducing congestion in the pool at peak times. The new hours will dovetail neatly into the new structure that is to be implemented during the same period.

New schedules will be published in due course.

 

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Visitor Behaviour

Once again, it has been brought to our attention that the behaviour of some members, parents, and siblings, needs to improve. At Green Bank, it is clear that some children are left unsupervised to run around the reception area, and the same area is being used to change young children out of swimming costumes. This, in almost every respect, is unacceptable and unsafe.

 

Parents are reminded that they need to maintain control of those in their care, and use the changing rooms provided. Having children in swimming costumes, running barefoot in an area so close to the outside doors, cannot be allowed and parents will be cautioned if this is allowed to continue. Similarly, the furniture and fittings in the Reception area are not provided as climbing frames for children and cautions may be issued to those parents that allow this to happen.

 

Please abide by the Club’s code of conduct and allow us to maintain a good working relationship with our major supplier of pool time.”

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