Hi all, and hope everyone is enjoying, or at least surviving, the Easter holidays.
It’s quite nice to be reporting on a relatively uneventful week – maybe my first since arriving at the start of September last year. I’m told our Easter lessons programme is going very well. Great credit should go to Connie our Lessons Manager for the very good promotional work she has done recently. There were also successful meets at the weekend in Bournemouth and Bristol. Thanks to the coaches that covered those meets and all the other coaches that kept the programme running back at home.
We continue to provide feedback to the Council on the new leisure facility, trying to ensure it has the appropriate specification and that access is affordable and appropriate for our intended usage. This time we were able to provide some ‘lessons learnt’ from the new Eastleigh centre, provided by some of our members.
We’ve also had a positive wash-up meeting this week, reviewing the relative successes of the presentation evening back in January and the recent Inclusive Gala. Thanks again to Liz, Thelma and Clara for their hard volunteer work in putting those events together.
As another window into our world, we’ve been doing a little more work on General Data Protection Regulation this week, this time focussing on employees. Imminent legal changes have significant implications for how we run the charity, including the need to revise 70ish staff contracts to be compliant with the new data laws.
This is the last week for applications to our Head Coach role, which closes on Friday. I have been working up a short-listing and interviewing process, that will probably include formal, informal and practical elements. Please, please continue to share the opportunity with your contacts to ensure we have the best possible candidates come forward.
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WCPSC Primary Schools Gala 2018
Calling all members!
Do you know anyone who would like to promote a business or contribute by adding to the children’s goody bags at the forthcoming WCPSC Annual Primary Schools Gala? Pencils/pens, notebooks, toys, stickers, even nut free snacks etc. – anything children like in a goody bag.
We have around 300 children competing, but any number of child friendly additions would be welcome, as they don’t all have to receive an identical bag. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we can arrange collection.
Remember to contact Thelma at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help on the morning of the 8th June, or if you know of anyone who would be interested in sponsoring the event.
Summer Term Dates
Summer Term 2018 lessons will run from Tuesday 17th April to Saturday 28th July
(There are no lessons during half term (Monday 28th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018)
Saturday 12th May – no lessons at Kings School from 3.30-7.00pm due to Kings School Fayre
Saturday 16th June – no adult lessons at Winchester College from 6.00-7.30pm at Kings due to a school event
Friday 29th June – no lessons at Kings School from 5.30-7.30pm due to Kings School Prom
(These dates have been excluded from invoices)
Lessons Club T-shirts and Hoodies for swimmers!
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!
Training Timetable Notices
PREP 1&2 – From Friday 6 April there is no land training during the summer term at Winchester College – swim session is 6.15-7.30pm.
Challenge and Jnr Challenge squads – there is no session at Winchester College from 6.00-7.30pm on Saturday 14th April as this session runs term time only. This session will resume on Saturday 21st April 2018.
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 4 - 21st April 2018
Accepted entries are available to view on the website HERE.
South East Regional Championships
All information is available here:
Closing dates are 13th April 2000h for15/O and 25th April 2000h for 14/U.
It is strongly advised to ensure entries are submitted AT LEAST 48hours ahead of these deadlines.
Entry is by direct submission to the online swimmeets system, as for Counties.
It is crucial that you send open meets a copy of your entry confirmation, so that we can double check entries and submit our declaration.
Please discuss all entries with the coaching team.