WEEKLY NOTICES: 10.10.2017

Club Information

CEO Update

Let me start by saying a very big thank-you to Venetia Bocchetta and family for getting out of bed early Sunday morning and running the car boot sale at the Cattle Market, on Andover Road. Winchester City Council offers local charities the opportunity to run one of the events, with stall-holder fees going straight to the Charity. Thanks to good weather and a well run event, Venetia managed to raise £678.

It was great to host a kick-off meeting this week for organising the club’s presentation evening. Provisionally the 10 December or 13 January we hope the event is going to be one not to miss.  More details to follow shortly.

A small group of IT experts have been busy behind the scenes identifying potential solutions that can help create efficiencies within the charity. Darren Whitt spent time with the management team yesterday morning to help further refine what the final proposals will be.

The management team spent a little bit of time revisiting the type of programme that we could run at a new 50m site at Bar End as part of submitting additional information to the City Council. When we completed the maths it came as little surprise that we would be adding between £6m and £7m of pool hire income across the life-span of the facility!! We intend to work with the City Council, Swim England and other partners to ensure the facility specifications, pool programme and business case are fit for purpose.

Finally, this month we are preparing to submit ‘health check’ documentation to Swim England as part of our SwimMark Accreditation.  This accreditation recognises good governance, strong membership, volunteer infrastructure and sustainability in line with the charity’s objectives. It is an important kite-mark of quality across all the work of the charity. We are due to submit our updated documentation on the 27 October.

Mike Fisher

PS. It’s great to see some of our swimmers and coaches at parkrun on Saturday mornings for the free weekly 5km timed run. It’s co-ordinated by parkrun UK and run by local volunteers with a passion for running. Although not official part of any Penguins activity, I can recommend it, and I know some of our parents attend whilst their children are swimming inside at River Park. You can find more info here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/winchester/

Winchester had a whopping number of swimmers representing Hampshire at the National Inter County team Championships this weekend!!

Well done Minor League Team!

Well done to the Minor League team placing 3rd in the gala at Basingstoke last weekend.

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Blueseventy Swim Bags!

We will be putting in an order for new Blueseventy swim bags!

There are now two types of bags available for the swimmers – each with the club logo and the opportunity for you to have it personalised with your initials.  The bag on the left of the photo is the transition bag, and the one to the right is the streamline bag.

If you are interested in ordering a club swim bag (great for a Christmas present!) please email clubshop@wcpsc.org.uk with the type of bag you wish to order and the initials you want on the bag.

Streamline bag £40
(usually retails for £45 without club logo and initials!) – smaller in size with a 30L capacity this bag is very popular with the swimmers, a good quality bag with a cool modern design.
The classic pool backpack streamlined with all the features you need and none of the ones you don’t. The large main compartment is accessible via a full length side zipper so nothing is ever out of reach while a sleeve pouch secures important items inside. The crucial bottom ventilated wet compartment features PVC lining to prevent items in the main compartment from getting wet. A top felt pocket ensures your phone, sunglasses and goggles are kept separate and safe.


Durable and water-resistant polyester and nylon fabric
Raised foam padded backing and shoulder straps
Front pocket features reflective piping and is perfect for team customization
Compression strap on side gusset for meet tags and credentials
Side mesh water bottle holder
32L capacity

Transition bag £50
Please note this bag is bigger, and usually for the older swimmers.
(usually retails for £70!)- for the swimmer who wants to take everything with them!
The Transition Bag holds everything you need on race day yet is compact enough that you won’t feel like you’re setting off on an expedition. The large insulated bottom section separates wet gear from the main compartment. Two expandable side water bottle holders and four smaller zipped pockets for essential items. Fully loaded this bag fits all airline carry-on requirements.


Insulated bottom compartment separates your wet gear
Oversized side mesh pockets for all your hydration needs
Elasticated front helmet compartment with reflective piping
Soft micro fleece top pocket for sunglasses, goggles and phone
Internal zip pocket for keys and other valuables
Raised foam padded backing and shoulder straps
Top compartment 32L / bottom wet compartment 12L

This maybe the last order before Christmas, so if you are interested in getting your hands on one of these bags before the new year then order now!



Volunteers Needed

It’s that time of the week again when you’re frantically skimming through the weekly notices, trying to pick out only the bits you need to read as life is too hectic to read everything!!! Please spend 2 minutes reading this section as your club really needs your help to function. This week there are 3 areas where we require volunteers:

Club Champs

Club Champs is only one week away and we still need to fill some roles with volunteers. If you have any time, which you can give to help, please do come forward and contact us. If you are a swimmer and would like to do results running when you aren’t swimming, we would love your help too. Or if you’re a sibling and are bored and hot on the balcony, we can keep you busy (you may even get free jelly babies!!!!) We are particularly short of volunteers in the afternoon sessions. The announcer role is still vacant too for some sessions. This can be a fun job, you will have all you need to announce written down but you can bring your own personality to the role too. If you are not sure about this but would like to shadow someone doing it first, please contact us as we do have an announcer doing some of the sessions who would be pleased to show you the ropes. Please note that you can still watch your child swim when you volunteer, and sometimes get a better view from poolside.

Grand Prix 1

Grand Prix 1 is fast approaching and will be on 25th November 2-5pm. As we are running this event we need as many officials and poolside helpers we can get. It’s a good event to start volunteering for as it’s very friendly and ‘in house’. It’s only the afternoon too so won’t impact on busy lives too much. Please come forward and contact us if you can help.

Disability Swimming Coordinator

Our CEO, Mike Fisher is looking for someone / a team of volunteers with a passion for disability sport who can lead a team of organisations to develop a meaningful programme of swimming activities for disabled participants. The initial brief is to co-ordinate two to three meetings of local organisations that have a vested interest in this area to try to map out a way forward. I would like these meetings to happen before Christmas if possible so we have a chance to start building this into a programme next year. If you think this could be you and you are able to give a couple of hours a week or more should you wish, please get in touch. Any time you can give would be very much appreciated.

To help with any of these roles please contact Katie Thorman and Amanda Frisby on volunteers@wcpsc.org.uk


Our intensive holiday swimming course are running again at Kings School during the October half term week, Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October.

The intensive courses are proven the best way to give your child a boost with their swimming, and are also perfect for new swimmers beginning lessons!

Run by ASA qualified teachers, working with small groups of swimmers to focus on improving confidence, technique and stamina whilst having fun in the water!


Competitive Swimming

Training Notices

Development Session  – Saturday 14th October    This Saturday Development Squad will return to Kings School for their normal 7:15 – 8:15am session.

Development Session – Saturday 21st October and Saturday 4th November   There will be no session running at Kings, and Development are instead invited to train with Prep1&2 at Winchester College from 7.00-8.00am.

Sunday 22nd October – Due to the Club Championships taking place on this day all training is cancelled, with the exception of the Land Training at Winchester College for Performance Potential, Challenge and Masters Squads.


Club Championships 2017

A draft list of entries has now been emailed out. (If you have not received this please contact openmeets@wcpsc.org.uk urgently)

Thank you to those who have emailed us with any omissions / amendments.

We will send out an updated list by the end of the weekend for final checking.

Payments will be taken as soon as possible from next week.

Please note that any withdrawals from Monday 16th October onwards will still have to be paid for.



As last year, we will be running a second hand kit stall.

If you have any unwanted / outgrown training equipment – fins, paddles, etc then please do bring it along on the day.  We will also be happy to sell training and racing swimwear – as long as it is in good condition.

A good chance to pick up some bargains!

Heads Up for Masters

Fareham Nomads SC have recently released the following tweet:

  • Fareham Nomads Swimming Club are pleased to announce we will be adding a Masters Meet to our calendar this season.
    Saturday 28th April 2018 @ The Quays, Southampton.
    More information to come …

This will be a great addition to the calendar!

Winter Regionals

Swimmers are to do their own entries on line for the winter regional championships, on the website swimmeets.org
Please note that swimmers should then send confirmation to our open meets team for their entries, and the closing date in 16th October. This is a high level senior meet, so there will only be a few swimmers eligible.