Well it’s busy, busy, busy at the moment.
I am pleased to be able to say that through great work from Darren Whitt and a small team of IT volunteers, the charity have now adopted Swim Club Manager as our IT System of choice. We recognise that there is not any single perfect IT solution available, and this system has the least amount of compromises for where we are as a charity at the moment. We have been working on the system over the last two weeks ready to renew memberships through it, and after this the initial focus will be to use it for general communications. We will then expand the use of the functionality slowly and purposefully. This is significant step forward for the charity, with lots of potential over the next year. Once again, a big, big thank you should go to Darren and the team – the amount of work that has gone into assessing the various systems has been significant and comprehensive.
Two weeks ago I challenged people to see if they could get a picture with the penguins at the Christmas Markets ice-rink in Winchester. It’s made my week to have a few pictures come through, and very impressive they are to. Well done to Erin Woo and Christopher Davies – brilliant work!!
I have recently been discussing re-establishing the Swimmers Forum with a number of our brilliant volunteers. A few swimmers have put their names forward, initially to help myself and Marie Prince shape what the forum should be established to do – we obviously have some ideas but are keen for it to be shaped and owned by our young swimmers. Once we have established what the group’s function and form should be, we will initiate recruitment to ensure it is truly representative. This is another exciting and important step in ensuring we are truly swimmer-centred.
I’m very much looking forward to my first Squad Reps meeting tomorrow (Thursday) evening. This will be a good opportunity to revisit what we all want these roles to achieve and to set out some actions for the months ahead. I see the Squad Rep as a critical role in ensuring we have a collaborative approach across coaches, swimmers, where relevant, parents, and the wider club.
My update tends to have a Squads bias, which I am always very aware of. As such, I thought I would take the opportunity to shine a light on the brilliant and hard work Vicky Harrison does in overseeing the Lessons programme, especially at this renewals time of year. We have a brilliant Lessons programme, the best in Winchester (yes, I’m biased, but also right). We ensure that at the crucial entry point to our programme the ratios of teacher / helper to child are high, above what we are required to provide, and that we have a structured and progressive curriculum. The Lessons team work tirelessly to ensure we are responsive to parents and place children in groups and stages we feel are appropriate to them. We try desperately to avoid groups having different teachers within the term as we place great importance on that relationship. Massive thanks and well done to Vicky and the Lessons team – you know who you are!
Finally, it is the Winter Nationals this week and we have four swimmers from the Excel squad attending. I want to wish them the very best of luck and to do themselves and the club proud.
Membership Renewals FAQs
As you will know, we are in the process of renewing memberships through our new IT system, Swim Club Manager. To do this we have migrated our previous membership database into the new system. A great deal of work has gone into reformatting and improving the database prior to upload however there will inevitably be information anomalies that have emerged or challenges with the system.
Through the feedback we are receiving we are changing things within the system constantly, however we will also be maintaining an FAQ document that should help address a number of your queries. If these don’t answer your questions please get in touch with Alison, our Membership Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Jacob impresses in Army Swimming Champs!
Arena League Success
Winchester secure their place in the Premier Division for the 3rd year in a row!
And that’s a wrap on the Arena National a swimming League 2017! The Winchester city swimmers have secured their position in the Premier division of the National swimming league for the 3rd consecutive year.
The Winchester swimmers fought hard and raced tough through all 3 rounds of the 2017 competition. There was some impressive swims from many of our swimmers.
Jack Kneller led the way for Winchester by taking 5 individual and 4 relay victories for his team. Jack was joined in the relays by Archie Thorman, Zakkos Lekkas, Haidar Rauf and Ben Hatfield. Ben also won in the 50m Breaststroke in the final round.
Adding to the wins through the rounds were Rory Quirk in 100m Breaststroke and Oskar Priesemann in the 100m Fly. Rory and Oskar were also joined by team-mates Jacques du Plessis and Andy Lunniss placing first in the Medley Relay.
Flying the flag for the girls – Charlotte Prince-Rayner won the 100m Backstroke in the final round achieving a personal best time in the process.
Head of Performance Kim Hill says ‘This Year’s national league rounds have been the toughest yet for our swimmers. There were many displays of improved race skills throughout the rounds, and improvements through the weeks from many on our team. This has also given the coaches an insight into areas that we need to focus on for the future’.
Well done to all of our swimmers competing in all 3 rounds!
A huge thank you to our team managers, officials and travelling supporters too!
Marcus excels in Edinburgh!
Marcus Scullion competed at the Scottish National Short Course Championships in Edinburgh last weekend.
In a flurry of events Marcus posted personal best times in 6 out of 7 races including topping the placings from a very competitive 14 year old age category, catapulting Marcus up the short course rankings.
Head of Performance Kim Hill said ‘As a member of the Scottish National Youth Squad this was a target meet for all on the national squad. For Marcus to step up at his first senior meet is a great confidence boost leading into the rest of the season’.
County Qualifying times fall at Peter Bull Open Meet!
Well done to many of our young swimmers competing at the Peter Bull meet last weekend. There were many many personal best times achieved and medals won. In addition to this many of the swimmers who were striving for County qualification hit the mark!
Head of Performance Kim Hill said ‘It was great to get the feedback from this meet! Coaches Sam, Thelma and Issy gave great reviews on the swimmers abilities to give increasingly positive and detailed self reflection on their swims. Lots of smiles and lots of fun was had by all! Well done everyone!’
GOOD LUCK - Winter Nationals and Basingstoke Last Chance Qualifier!
Good luck to our 4 Junior swimmers competing in Sheffield this week at the Winter National Championships. This competition doubles as the Commonwealth Games trials for the England team and our Junior swimmers will be looking to glean some invaluable racing experience at this level! Good Luck to you all!
Good luck also to our 30 swimmers competing in the Basingstoke Meet this weekend. Last opportunity to step up and gain those county qualifying times!
Swim fast, Race Tough and have FUN!
If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer roles within the club please contact Katie Thorman and Amanda Frisby at email@example.com
Term Dates and End of Term Reports and Re-enrolments
This week is the last week of lessons before Christmas.
By now you should have all received your re-enrolment emails and end of term reports. If you have a query regarding the lessons reserved please contact the Lessons Admin Team.
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 wish you a very happy Christmas, and look forward to seeing you all in the new year!
The Lessons Team
NEW! Lessons Club Kit - available to buy now!
We are proud to announce the launch of our new Lessons Programme Club Kit.
Hoodies and T-shirts are available to buy now in a variety of colours! BROWSE AND BUY HERE!
Fareham Valentines meet 11 February
Information is on the website HERE
This meet is aimed at non-county swimmers and swimmers with some non-county level events.
The closing date for entries is Monday 18th December
Basingstoke Last Chance County Qualifier 16/17 December
Good luck to everyone competing this weekend!
Hampshire Counties 2018
All information is here:
The link to the entry system is here:
A reminder that all swimmers / parents need to enter themselves directly this year.
Please send a copy of the entry confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to check and for us to include in our summary statement.
The closing date for entries is 2000h on 27th December.
However we would strongly advise ALL entries should be submitted well ahead of Christmas to allow for correction of any errors.