WEEKLY NOTICES: 06.12.2017

Club Information

CEO Update

Hi all,

It’s been a busy week, with readying ourselves to renew memberships and preparing the Christmas timetable for squad training.

We’ve also recently held an event for Development and Foundation squads, and other swimmers who took part in last season’s Grand Prix series. This fun event also gave Thelma Hawkings the opportunity to present certificates and medals to those that did particularly well. We need to again thank those volunteers that helped on the day ably coordinated by Magdalene Rees. I have been told by a number of people what great fun the kids had, playing team games and messing around with the toys in the pool.

I must say a big well done to Isabelle Harrison on passing her Level 1 Coaching award as well as Jemima Weston and Elodie Donald for passing their Level 1 Teacher awards. We look forward to them putting their new found skills into action within our Learn to Swim and Squads programmes.

I have been visiting the ATR Pool recently and have been a little concerned for some of the very young children I have seen wandering across the site in the dark. If you are dropping off or picking up there can you please ensure you see them to or from the building please.

It has been great to launch a new Lessons range of clothing on the website this week. With a number of different colours in a t-shirt and hoodie, as well as the ability to personalise them with names or initials, we are hoping our younger swimmers will like them. See the Lessons section of the website for more information.

Best of luck to all those competing in the Arena League this weekend, and best of luck to everyone-else trying to find the right size Christmas tree.

Have a great week!

A huge congratulations to Clara Sanjar, Darren Whitt, Helen Hitchings and Helen Hardy for qualifying as a Judge 1 – Inspector of Turns.

We really appreciate the time these parents have put into their training and officiating at many of our meets. If any parents would be willing to officiate and if anyone is interested in training as a time keeper or Judge then please do contact Thelma.

Congratulations to Adam Woo on achieving his GOLD HAT at the Peter Bull meet last weekend!


Volunteers Needed

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer roles within the club please contact Katie Thorman and Amanda Frisby at volunteers@wcpsc.org.uk


The last day of lessons this term is Saturday 17th December.

Re-enrolment emails are being sent out during this week detailing the lesson reserved for your swimmer(s) for next term.  If you have a query regarding the lessons reserved please contact the Lessons Admin Team.

End of term reports are being given out to swimmers at their lessons this week, and Awards are available to buy at all sessions (badge and certificate £3.50).

Spring Term lessons will run from Tuesday 2nd January to Thursday 29th March 2018.    There are no lessons during half term​ Monday 12th to Sunday 18th February 2018.

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Club Kit for the lessons programme.

Hoodies and T-shirts are available to buy now in a variety of colours!


Congratulations to Matthew who was presented with a Southern Water Achiever Award by Duncan Goodhew MBE and Mike Goody of the Invictus Games on Saturday in recognition of his progress in our Learn to Swim programme this year.   Well done Matthew!

Why you should wear a swimming hat to lessons!

Please remember to wear a swimming hat to lessons.  If you don’t have one we have club hats available to purchase from the poolside supervisor at lessons, cost £5.

Why is it important to wear a swimming hat?

* To keep your hair dry
* To protect your hair from damage caused by chlorinated water
* To reduce drag in the water caused by loose hair
* To insulate your head while swimming, as most body heat is lost through the head
* To keep your hair out of your face while swimming, and prevent your hair from becoming entangled in your goggle straps
* To help keep the pool water clean by preventing the contaminants on your hair being washed into the water.
* To help prevent clogging up the swimming pool’s filters with loose hair that falls out in the pool.
* To look a proud member of Winchester City Penguins!
* To swim faster (how many Olympic swimmers do you see not wearing a hat?)

Christmas Holiday Intensive Swimming Lessons - Last Few Places Available!


Competitive Swimming

Christmas Timetable

The Christmas training timetable is now available to view on the website HERE.


Fareham Valentines meet 11 February

This meet is aimed at non county qualifiers and those who want to do events that they did not qualify for at counties. The meet is on a ‘first come first served’ basis and we need to send our club entry as soon as possible as this will be a very popular meet.

The closing date is Monday 18th December to allow those competing at Basingstoke to use updates times. If you are not at the Basingstoke meet please can you send your entry form as soon as possible. The meet will be processed very quickly and therefore it is unlikely late entries will be accepted.

Information is on the website HERE

Basingstoke Last Chance County Qualifier 16/17 December

Entries have closed.
The confirmed entry list will be shared as soon as it is available.

Hampshire Counties 2018

For all qualifiers.

This year the system is a little different. You will each need to enter your own swimmer on the swimmeets.org website.

If you do not yet have a log in for this website follow the instructions in the “login” option on the website to do this.

Full details about Counties and the entry process are here: http://wcpsc.org.uk/squadswimming/open-meets/
Please read them in full!

  • Important points to note are:
  • The final closing date is 2000h on 27th December. We would suggest you submit your entry well ahead of Christmas however!
    Once you have entered you will be sent an email confirmation from the swimmeets website. You MUST forward a copy of this to Open Meets
  • We will check all entries
  • Please take care submitting entries, noting the qualification window, from 1.3.17.
  • Incorrect entries risk being rejected.
  • The club has to submit an entry declaration summary on behalf of all swimmers. If you don’t forward us your entry confirmation email you risk not being included on this, and hence your entry not being accepted.

Swimmers should discuss with their lead coach their entries before entering. Swimmers can print off the schedule for the county championships, highlight the events you have qualified for (and whether they are automatic or base).

If you have any difficulty completing your entry please contact open meets and we will be happy to help.