WEEKLY NOTICES: 12.07.2018

Club Information

CEO Update

Let me start with some congratulations:

  • Rob Browne, who passed his Judge Level 1 at the recent Development Meet
  • Jacob Randle-Bissell, who had his degree result through this week – 1st Class Honours
  • All the swimmers that competed at the County Development Meet over the last few weeks – champions for the fourth year in a row.

The plans for the new Sports and Leisure Centre at Bar End have been submitted for planning permission and are open for public comment. This is an opportunity for you to have your say and I would encourage you to do so by clicking here.  Responses are due by the 18th July. Below is the basic club position, which you can use in your response if you so choose;

We fully support the proposals for a 50m community pool in Winchester, as well as the teaching and water confidence pools. It will be great in helping WCPSC meet our existing demand as well as expanding our community, school and competitive offering. We believe the design will provide good flexible options for use of the water space

We have gained verbal assurances for the following, although not identifiable in the proposals;

  • The ability to over-ride standard pool and air temperature settings for when it is full of competitors, officials, volunteers and spectators. Vents will be located in places where they cannot be blocked under the same circumstances.
  • With significant amount of glass, glare will not be an issue.
  • The ability to add temporary spectator seating for larger meets if required.

We are pleased to see the landscaping outside pool windows to discourage people coming close, which could potentially cause safeguarding and privacy issues.

Although on the whole pleased with the plans, we are somewhat disappointed that Swim England’s guidance to determine an alternative route to teaching / water confidence pools for when main pool is used for competitions has not been reflected in the proposals. We are also disappointed that a dedicated shared club office space has not been included in the plans as per original specifications.

Finally, minutes from the recent Trustee Board meeting, 3 July, can be found on the website here.

Heritage Open Day

We will be continuing celebrations to mark the club’s 70th year with a display of the history of swimming in Winchester, and history of the club. This will be part of the Heritage Open Day programme on September 15th between 10am and 4pm, and will held at the Winchester Lido (which sadly no longer has a pool, but is an active community sports club venue).

If you have an interest in the history of Winchester, enjoy research or have any information or knowledge of swimming over the years which would be of interest to others and/or can help with the display please contact suef@wcpsc.org.uk If you know of anyone who swam with WCPSC in the past, perhaps at the Lido or earlier in the river, please pass on their details as we would love to invite them to share stories on the day, or record to use in advance. This will also serve as useful research for the club as our records are patchy.

If you are not able to help out in advance, please put the date in the diary and come down to join in celebrations and learn a little more about the history of the club on the day.

Details of the full Heritage Open Days programme can be found here https://www.winchesterheritageopendays.org/events/2018/9/15/winchester-lido

Hampshire Development Day

Congratulations to all our swimmers who swam at the Hampshire County Development Meet this weekend. Some amazing swimming with lots of pbs, medals and loads of smiles saw Winchester City Penguins topping the table and winning for another year.


Congratulations to Rob Browne who passed his Judge Level 1 at the Development Meet at the weekend!



We are well on our way to hitting our target but still need your help. As well as joining the lottery there are many ways to help your club including:
Joining easyfundraising:

This is an easy one that we can all do so please sign up now. It will cost you nothing and is very simple to use. If you download the easy fundraising app to your phone it is even more straightforward to use. When you buy something just go through the app and you will instantly raise money. When you sign up simply select Winchester City Penguins as your charity and start shopping.

Please help support Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club by shopping online. If we all used it for our weekly supermarket shopping or amazon purchases I’m sure we will hit the target in no time!

If you prefer you can donate money directly through MY DONATE! 


Or, you can also start your own fundraising pages and donate directly to Penguins  If you fancy doing a challenge to raise money for your club you will be able to find Winchester City Penguins on the ‘my donate’ site and start fundraising yourselves. You can create your challenge page and collect money from sponsors straight to the site.

Please let us know if you are undertaking any challenges we would love to hear about them and promote them on our facebook site.

Thanks for all your help


Lessons Updates

It’s Week 12 in the Lessons programme and the count down to summer has begun! However, over the next three weeks we have lots happening!

Week 12: All swimmers should receive an email letting them know what stage and class has been reserved for them for the following term. If you have any issues or would like to move class do let us know. During this time we do tend to have an high volume of emails however we will try and respond ASAP.

Week 13: Reports will be handed out and badges will be available to purchase – so don’t forget to bring some change with you! This week is also Water Safety week so try to remember if your teacher has asked you to bring clothes to swim in!

Week 14: This week is the last week of lessons and is constructive play week! It mean that swimmers will be given an opportunity to try new skills including water polo, synchro, rookie lifeguarding, diving, sculling and some relays! If you have any issues with assessments or reports we encourage you to please do come and talk to us at the start of this week lessons. If swims are needing to be assessed we will do it during this session.

The last day of termly lessons is the 28th July and then it’s Summer Holiday Courses and Workshops! Termly lessons shall be returning on the 3rd September.

Summer Workshops

Swimmers Stage 4+ and Squad Swimmers
As well as offering Summer Holiday Courses this term we are also offering Workshops for swimmers in Stage 4 and above. It gives swimmers the opportunity to try new skills and think about other exit routes from the club other than just competitive swimming. This summer we are offering:


Diving Workshop – Saturday 4th August at River Park
£12.50 per hr
8-9am Stg5 – Stg8, Young Advanced
9-10am – Foundation, Development and Saturday Squad
Coaches: Gina Stables and Isabelle Harrison


Waterpolo Workshop – Saturday 18th August at Kings School
£15 per hour
4-5pm Stage 6-8, Young Advanced
5-6pm Foundation, Development, Saturday Squad
Coaches: Thelma and Sarah Hawking


Rookie Lifeguard Workshop – Saturday 25th August at Kings School
£15 per hr
4-5pm Stage 5-8, Young Advanced
5-6pm Foundation, Development and Saturday Squad
Coach: Gina Stables

Free Distance Swim Workshop!

Stage 3+  lesson swimmers and Foundation & Development Squads
Saturday 4th August 4-6pm
Free of charge to all WCPSC Members – bring a friend for £2.50 (Non- WCPSC member)
For swimmers who are aiming to swim 25m of more – however if your aiming to swim 1km or more we recommend you turn up early so you have enough time to complete your swimmers! All swimmers need to bring a adult with them who is happy to count lengths for them. Distance badges will be available to purchase on the day.

Summer Holiday Courses

We are running 4 weeks of holiday courses over Summer!

We have 1hour long lessons for Stage 3+ swimmers and 1:1 and 1:2 lessons available. On average 45% of swimmers progress after having completed a holiday course with us!

Book on while spaces are still available: http://wcpsc.org.uk/summer-holiday-swimming-courses/

Summer Term Dates

Summer Term 2018 lessons will run from Tuesday 17th April to Saturday 28th July.

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!


Competitive Swimming

Membership (Squads)

Please remember to give the Membership Secretary a month’s notice in writing if you/your child no longer wishes to swim with the Club and we can cancel your direct debit accordingly.

If you are going away to university in September, please contact the Membership Secretary to change your membership to a student rate.

Email:  Alison Crompton at memberships@wcpsc.org.uk

Training Timetable Notices

There will be a restricted timetable running from 30th July to 2nd September, with the summer closure being Monday 6th to Sunday 19th August, 2018.

The summer timetable can be found on the website HERE


Open Meets

Portsmouth End of Season Meet – 14/15 July 2018

Accepted entries and link to all other details are on our website.
If anyone is able to officiate please contact Fiona Knight on : pnscofficials@gmail.com

Timings as follows:

Saturday 14th July 

Session 1 – Warm up 11.20 to 12:00, start 12:10, 

Session 2 – Warm up 15:30 to 16:10, start 16.20

Sunday 15th July 

Session 3 – Warm up 08:40 to 09:20, start 09:30

Session 4 – warm up 12:30 to 13:10,  start 13:20  

Withdrawals- could swimmers who wish to withdraw please contact open meets, to avoid empty lanes 


Fareham End of Season Meet – 21/22 July 2018

Accepted entries and link to all details are on our website
If anyone is able to officiate please contact Dave Greenaway on: David.greenaway@ntlworld.com


Club Championships 2018

2.00-9.00pm on each of 8th September, 20th October, 24th November

A mailing has now been sent out with further details.

This information can also be found on our website along with the schedule and conditions.