WEEKLY NOTICES: 18.04.2018

Club Information

CEO Update

Hi all, hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!

For those that read last week’s update, you will know that the closing date for Head Coach applications was last Friday. We have had 23 applications for the role, some of which are known to us and quite a few that aren’t. A good number are also from abroad, ranging from Hong Kong to Canada. We will be short-listing this week / early next week, with a view to interviewing in the middle of May, when there is a short gap in the Regional Championships. We are looking at a formal and informal interview, plus a coaching observation, and taking feedback from a range if people involved in that, including swimmers. I will keep you updated on progress.

We are looking for a relationship with a printing company to help reduce the costs to the charity in this area. We spend several hundred pounds each year promoting opportunities, printing programmes and tickets, and producing flyers. You may think ‘why?’ in this digital age, but it’s still a necessary part of what we do. If you are someone, or know of someone, who would be willing to have an initial conversation about a mutually beneficial relationship then please contact me on mikef@wcpsc.org.uk.

The Summer terms lessons programme is up and running this week, with a pretty full intake. We obviously have some children join us nervous about entering the water for the first time as part of a formal lesson. Don’t worry though, we have some excellent teachers that know exactly what to do. ‘I’m just writing to say a big thank you – It was my daughter’s first lesson this afternoon and she had a complete freak out just before the lesson started and wouldn’t get in the pool. One of the instructors came over and spoke to her and was so kind and gentle and persuaded her to get in the pool. She had a great time and hopefully next week she’ll be more confident. The instructor was called Izzy and we just wanted to say how impressed and grateful we are.’

It was also lovely to hear about the Aspire and Academy squad social at Marwell Activity Centre. There was perfect weather for the 16 swimmers who were divided into two teams and built rafts made out of wood poles, ropes and barrels. Even though it was soggy underfoot, everyone still enjoyed working together in the sunshine! The competitive spirit showed when both teams had to be the first to build their own raft, take it across the lake to collect a giant rubber duck, return it to shore, unravel the raft and sit together​. Apparently it was a draw! The Swimmers then couldn’t resist a quick plunge in the lake! The parents then set a high-bar with an array of picnic delights for everyone to enjoy. A big thank you must go to Clara for organising, and I know she is grateful to everyone-else who contributed.

Anyway, back to some serious swimming action. The Grand Prix series is back on this weekend for our younger swimmers at St Swithuns. Thelma is, as always, at the helm, ensuring things run smoothly. I hope to drop in and catch some of the action, and look forward to seeing the fun and camaraderie that these events naturally engender, and maybe even some PB’s.

Have a great week,


Mentoring Scheme

We are delighted to be launching a mentoring scheme for young coaches. The programme, aimed at supporting eight coaches, will provide training, experience, mentoring support and a level 1 course as part of the package. For those that complete the programme it will be provided free of charge.

For full details on the scheme please go to the webpage by clicking here.

If you have a South East Region consideration or automatic qualification time, make sure you enter via the online swimmeets system and send a copy of your entry to open meets.

We need to know who you by the end of this week in order to invite you to a special briefing for qualifiers and give you details of a new regionals t-shirt that will be available for purchase for a limited time only.  Please identify yourself to open meets asap.

Easy Fundraising - please help raise funds everytime you shop online!

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club?

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It’s really simple, and doesn’t cost you anything.

All you have to do is:
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2)  Enter Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club in the search box
3)  Click Join Us and enter your details and click on Create My Account
4)  Choose from over 3,300 retailers, do your online shopping as normal and our cause will receive a free donation at no extra cost to you for every purchase you make.

Thank you for your support, you’ll be helping to make a real difference to Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club.


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 suef@wcpsc.org.uk or thelmah@wcpsc.org.uk and we can arrange collection.

Remember to contact Thelma at thelmah@wcpsc.org.uk 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.


Welcome to the Summer Term! I hope you all had a lovely Easter break.

This term we have lots of new and exciting new things happening! On Saturday mornings we will be starting Little Penguin lessons (for swimmers aged 1.5yrs-3yrs), Stage 2 will shall be moving to in to the main pool and the small pool will becoming widths. We have 12 new helpers and 2 new teachers joining us. We are introducing Personal Survival Award 1& 2 and the Rescue Award to Stages 6, 7 and 8. In Little Penguins we will be introducing Ducking Awards and in Stage 1 we will be introducing the “I Can” awards.

A reminder that if you ordered badges online they should be available to pick up at lessons this week. If you haven’t had a chance to order your badges you can do so by following this link HERE

Teacher and Helper of March:

Thank you to all those that nominated staff for awards.

The teacher of the month is: Maya Nandy – Maya is an enthusiastic teacher who works hard to keep her lessons creative. Having qualified fairly recently she has already made a big impact on the younger stages. She is constantly asking questions and challenging teaching methods. She is a team player, supporting other teachers with writing reports and mentoring helpers. Thank you for all your hard work this term Maya.

The helper of the month is Elizabeth Hart – Elizabeth is one of the first helpers to appear on poolside and always the last to leave. She is very attentive, making sure all stations have the correct equipment, collecting registers for teachers and making sure swimmers are walked over to the correct lesson. With in her lesson she continuously gives feedback to the swimmers and hands out Hi5s. Thank you for all your hard work this term Elizabeth.

Staff member of the Spring Term:

This award was chosen by our Penguins swimmers.   The staff member of the Spring Term is Thelma Hawkings. Thelma was voted by our swimmers as being the teacher who had made their swimming experience the most outstanding this term. Well done Thelma!

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)

Please Note:
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!


Competitive Swimming

Training Timetable Notices

Those swimmers attending Long-Course training at Aldershot this Saturday 21st April will not be expected to train at St Swithuns due to insufficient recovery time between each session.



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

Start lists are now 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.