Since I last updated it seems like our weather can’t decide whether it wants to be winter or spring. With snow at the back end of last week we faced some difficult decisions on whether to press ahead with some sessions or cancel. For most situations this was taken out of our hands as venues closed and therefore we cancelled our sessions, trying to manage the communications as efficiently as possible. On other occasions it was our judgement call on whether to carry on. Where venues were open, we had staff available and an indication that some swimmers would like to swim we went ahead with lessons / training. Hopefully disruptions to the programme didn’t impact on people too much.
Following last weeks news that our Head of Performance is moving on, we have obviously been busy initiating plans to recruit into that role and minimise disruption for those swimmers for whom this is an important time of year.
Whilst we will be looking for a like-for-like replacement I have taken the opportunity to review the job information from the previous recruitment process. However, I have been keen to involve others in that review process, including swimmers, squad reps, parents, Swim England and others. We intend to advertise the role early next week.
The timing of Kim’s departure will come ahead of the opportunity to appoint a permanent replacement and we are therefore looking at temporary arrangements. This would ideally involve recruiting an experienced performance coach to lead the sessions Kim has been leading based on the programme she has put in place, minimising disruption to swimmers and maintaining a focus on regional and national goals. This may be for two-three months, covering a period of advertising, interviewing and periods of notice for successful candidates for the permanent role. We have some confidence that we will have high calibre candidates for the based on the interest we have become aware of, even before advertising. Having said that our primary focus is on the interim coach solution.
I will obviously keep people informed of progress as we go.
Finally a quick mention to all the inspirational female swimmers, helpers, teachers, coaches, staff and volunteers at WCPSC on this International Women’s Day. Your tireless energy, enthusiasm and expertise keep the rest of us on our toes. I also can’t sign-off without mention of the WCPSC mothers as we approach Mothers Day. The number one contributor to the success of elite sport-people is parental support and I see that every time I am poolside – the roles you play for your children are endless, from taxi driver to number one fan on the balcony. Your swimmers might not recognise that now, but one day. If not from them you get a big THANKS from me. [Don’t worry Dads, your time will come].
Well done to the team of swimmers competing at the Gemini Trophy Gala on Saturday.
The weather turned just in time to be able to make it down to Waterlooville and this was by far our biggest team competing as one! 47 of the club’s swimmers from Challenge, Performance Potential, Excel, Academy, Aspire, Preparation 1&2 and Development squads all competing together as one team with some fun, tough racing! Well done swimmers!
Thank you also to our team managers and officials and parent supporters!
WCPSC Inclusive Primary Schools Gala – Friday 23rd March
This is the gala we run for children from local schools with additional needs and will be held on Friday 23rd March between 10.00am and 12.00pm at Kings School. A fun and rewarding morning!
If anyone would like to help us run this event we’d love a couple more pairs of hands. Cake and tea afterwards!
Please email Liz Hatfield on email@example.com
Lessons Manager Update
This week is Assessment Week in the lessons programme and is the last week for teachers to assess swimmers before deciding what stage they will enrol in next term. However if your swimmer misses this weeks lesson – do not worry! Teachers have been busy through out the term making notes on each swimmers progress.
As exciting as it is for a swimmer to move up a stage please manage your swimmers expectations. It is perfectly normal for a swimmer to spend two or three terms in a stage perfecting a skill before moving up. As frustrating as it can be to not move up, if a swimmer moves up too early they can end up spending even longer in the next stage. As the stages get higher the less support from in the water there is, making specific issues such a breaststroke screwkicks and sloppy hand entry harder to fix. Just because a swimmer hasn’t moved us doesn`t mean they haven’t progressed or worked really hard this term.
However if you would like to give your swimmer a boost ready for the following term please do consider booking on to our Easter course. A weeks worth of one hour classes is the equivalent to nearly the same swimming time as a whole terms worth of lessons and only £77.50! We also have 1:1 slots available for adults and squad swimmers. Teachers for the 1st week of lessons include Gina Stables, Matt Elliot and Samara Jones who are all back visiting from university!
Once assessments are completed, re-enrolment emails shall be sent and then on the week commencing the 19th March reports will be handed out and you will also be able to purchase badges. Please remember to being cash with you as we cannot accept card payments.
Good luck swimmers and I look forward to seeing you all in the pool soon.
I am looking for some keen volunteers to help with badge selling on the week commencing the 19th March. It can be a parent, helper, swimmer or teacher. The role involves processing the swimmers reports, handing out badges & certificates and congratulating swimmers. You don’t need any prior experience but you do need to be cheerful, enthusiastic and friendly.
Links with Primary Schools Needed
The count down to the our Easter Course is upon us. If you have a child in a local primary school where you feel the students may be interested in booking with us we would love to partner up with you and them to help promote swimming. We have flyers, posters and online adverts but we really need your help to put us in touch with your school. If you would be happy representing WCPSC at your local primary school then please get in touch as I would be happy to provide you with the necessary marketing equipment. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swimming Teacher and Helper of the Term
We employ around 70 members of staff within our learn to swim programme and they all work incredibly hard to provide creative and challenging lessons for our swimmers.
This term we would like to award a “Teacher of the Term” and “Helper of Term” who has been nominated by our swimmers and parents.
If you feel as though a teacher or/and helper has done an outstanding job this term and gone out of their way to make your swimmers experience an enjoyable one please nominate them by emailing me at email@example.com.
Due to poor weather conditions, Friday night and Saturday morning lessons were cancelled last week due to facility closures. However we shall be putting on replacement lessons on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April at the usual time and place. These sessions will replace the distance week missed so swimmers will still get an opportunity to have a go at swimming distances and gaining badges. Badges will be on sale after the lessons.
Easter Holiday Intensive Swimming Course
We are running two intensive swimming courses over Easter – and if you book on before the 18th March you will receive a 10% discount!
Why not join our qualified and enthusiastic teachers for a weeks worth of lessons? 100% of customers from our February course said they felt their child’s swimming improved and during our last Easter course a third of our swimmers moved up a stage and gained a badge! We aim for a 1:1 ratio in our Stage 1 classes, a 1:2 ratio in our Stage 2 classes, a 1:3 ratio in our Stage 3 classes and no more than 7 swimmers per class.
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Club T-shirts and Hoodies for the lessons programme!
It’s great to see some of our swimmers arriving at lessons in the new WCPSC lessons t-shirts and hoodies! If you haven’t got yours yet why not have a look at the range below. They are great value, and available in a wide variety of colours, and you are able to add your initials and/or surname to the back if you would like to!
If you can’t see a colour you would like, why not suggest one and we will see if we can add it to the range!
Sessions on Sunday 18th March
Sunday 18th March – NOW FULL
Swimmers who have emailed to sign up already have been accepted (those who are reserves for spaces have been notified).
Lists of swimmers and more info will be sent before the day.
We hope to put on similar sessions in the future also.
NEW - OPEN MEETS INFORMATION GUIDE!
We have recently added a comprehensive guide to swim competitions on the website here:
This includes a guide to the different types of competitions we enter (from galas to Nationals and beyond!); a guide to how to enter meets; and a glossary of some of the terms you may hear.
There is information relevant to all levels of swimmer, but those newer to the sport may find it particularly helpful.
Grand Prix Round 3
We now have a new date for GP3. It will now be next week on Saturday 17th March 2-5pm.
We only have a short time to reorganise so:
• If your swimmer is already entered and is able to come on the new date then you do not need to do anything they will remain on the accepted entry list
• I know there will be a few that can’t attend on the new date so if they have already arrangements for that day then please do let me know so that they can be removed from the list. This is really important so that we don’t end up with lots of empty lanes that waste time and make the event longer. Also if paying for just GP3 and you do not withdraw then you will still have to pay for the entry.
• If you were unable to swim on March 3rd but can come on March 17th then please submit an entry for GP3 or time trial BEFORE THIS Saturday March 10th. The entry form can be found on the website HERE
Any questions do ask.
FOREST OF BERE REGIONAL QUALIFIER MEET 2018 - March 10th, Waterlooville
We are looking forward to our jointly hosted regional qualifier this weekend!
Huge thanks to everyone who has offered to help.
We do need some raffle prizes so would be grateful for any contributions.
An updated entry list and updated schedule can be found on our website HERE
Note the morning is now a later start, with warm up at 9.00am and events starting at 10.00am.
There will be no programmes on the day. The programme will be on the website for you to print by Friday evening latest.
Portsmouth Easter Celebration Meet : 29th March – 1st April 2018
All accepted entries can be viewed here:http://pnsc2.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/pn-easter-meet-entry-list.pdfIf you are able to officiate there is a form on the PNSC meet site you can complete:http://pnsc2.co.uk/event/pnsc-easter-celebration-meet-29th-march-to-1st-april-2018/
Inclusive Gala - March 23rd - Kings School - 10am
This is our swim gala for Primary School children with additional needs. It’s a hugely fun and rewarding event to help at. If anyone would like to assist in the running of this then please contact Liz Hatfield on firstname.lastname@example.org
BOURNEMOUTH LEVEL TWO MEET - APRIL 7th / 8th
Information including schedule, qualifying times and entry form will be on the website by the end of Friday.
Closing date for entries 2359h on Saturday 10th March
(to allow for Forest of Bere times to be included).
Please sent entry forms sooner if not competing at Forest of Bere.
Bournemouth Level 2 Meet and Bristol International Meet
Swimmers from the relevant squads have been notified about these meets. Please discuss all entries with your coach.
The closing date is 2359 this Saturday 10th March
A reminder that there is no guarantee late entries will be accepted. Any that are will be subject to an additional £10 admin fee.