Weekly Notices: 18.07.2017

Club Information

Facility and new programme update from the CEO

It’s that time of year again when we review the coaching programme for the forthcoming season.  We will be looking to build and improve on this year’s programme.  After final dialogue with the pool operators and the management team we will take the programme, budget and monthly training fees to Trustees for agreement next week and will then be able to share this along with squad lists before the summer break.

Thank you to those who were able to offer feedback through the online consultation and drop in sessions for the new sports facility.  A sample of comments from the feedback were presented at the WC cabinet leisure centre committee meeting on Monday.  Committee papers for this meeting are available HERE

Stride Treglown architects in conjunction with LA architects, on behalf of Winchester City Council and the University of Winchester, are opening a second phase of engagement ‘drop-in’ sessions:

• Friday 21st July between 3.00pm and 7.30pm at Guildhall Winchester
• Saturday 22nd July between 10.00am and 4.00pm at Winchester Sports Stadium
• Tuesday 25th July between 3.00pm and 8.00pm at Winchester Sports Stadium.

This phase of engagement will focus more on the emerging Design Framework and early concept ideas for the Sport & Leisure Centre.

We need as many members as possible to attend one of these sessions and make your comments known to the project team.

If you are unable to attend, copies of the exhibition boards and a feedback questionnaire will be available on the Council’s website from Friday 21st July until Friday 18th August.

For more information see https://www.facebook.com/WinchesterFit/

Following on from the great successes up in Edinburgh from our Scottish National swimmers, the British, English and Welsh swimmers will begin competing next Tuesday.  The club has a record number of swimmers competing in a wide range of events from 50m freestyle to 1500m freestyle, from individual medley to butterfly and even open water.  You can follow the swimmers in action on the live stream on http://www.britishswimming.org

George Budden competes at World Modern Pentathlon Championships

Good luck to George who has already arrived in Prague to compete for Great Britain at the U19 World Modern Pentathlon Championships.

Alicia competes at Spanish National Championships

Good luck to Alicia Peinado who is competing at the Spanish National Championships in Barcelona this week.

Hampshire Development Meet Team Photo

Thanks to Thelma for organising a photo of (most of!) those who swam in the Hampshire Development Meet, helping the club win the Top Club Trophy.

Here they are with their trophy…


Congratulations to 16 year old Jack Morgans from Excel Squad who has passed his Judge 1 official qualification.

If anyone is interested in qualifying as a timekeeper or Judge (no prior experience needed) contact Thelma who can give you more details.

Congratulations to Will Blount who took part in the European Biathle Champs in Portugal last weekend, winning an individual silver and team gold. Well done to Mia Goodall who was also competing for Great Britain!

Swimmers' Medical Information

Members are reminded to inform the Membership Secretary in writing of any change in medical condition or medication of a swimmer. Please email alisonc@wcpsc.org.uk with updates. This information will be treated confidentially and only shared with those who need to be made aware for safeguarding reasons.


The last day of lessons this term is Saturday 29th July.

Re-enrolment emails will be sent out during this week detailing the lesson reserved for your swimmer(s) for next term. If you have a query regarding the lessons reserved please contact the Lessons Admin Team.

End of term reports are being given out to swimmers at their lessons this week, and Awards are available to buy at all sessions (badge and certificate £3.50).

The Autumn Term 2017 will be 14 weeks long, from Tuesday 6th September to Saturday 17th December (no lessons during half term Monday 24th – Sunday 30th October 2017). Payment for the Autumn Term lessons will be requested by DD on 6th August 2017.

Lessons Admin Team

Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club will again be running their intensive holiday swimming courses at Kings School during the 2017 Summer Holiday.

Week 1: Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th August

Week 2: Monday 14th to Friday 18th August

Week 3: Monday 21st to Friday 25th August

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!

Places are strictly limited. Book early to secure your place!

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Please note that for the safety of all children, parents are not permitted poolside at Riverpark Leisure Centre pool during our lessons sessions.  Parents can view their child’s swimming lesson from the balcony by the main pool, or the bridge over the learner pool.

Children are requested to arrive 5 minutes before their lesson begins and to line up by the wall next to their stage sign for registration purposes.

The teachers and helpers will come and collect their classes.  Children from the learner pool will be walked back to the changing rooms at the end of the lesson to meet their parents.

If there is a specific medical reason why your child needs chaperoning during the session and therefore requires the parent to be poolside, please contact Vicky in advance of the session, or see the poolside supervisor before your child’s lesson begins.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Please remember to wear a swimming hat to lessons.  If you don’t have one we have club hats available to purchase from the poolside supervisor at lessons, cost £5.

Why is it important to wear a swimming hat?

* To keep your hair dry
* To protect your hair from damage caused by chlorinated water
* To reduce drag in the water caused by loose hair
* To insulate your head while swimming, as most body heat is lost through the head
* To keep your hair out of your face while swimming, and prevent your hair from becoming entangled in your goggle straps
* To help keep the pool water clean by preventing the contaminants on your hair being washed into the water.
* To help prevent clogging up the swimming pool’s filters with loose hair that falls out in the pool.
* To look a proud member of Winchester City Penguins!
* To swim faster (how many Olympic swimmers do you see not wearing a hat?)


Winnall Primary School - Swim for the Future

Congratulations to all the swimmers from Winnall Primary School who have completed their Swim for the Future programme, and made excellent progress with their swimming.

Thank you to their teachers Chris Stride, Allie McLean and Thelma Hawkings and to Winchester Round Table for sponsoring this community programme.

Competitive Swimming

Timetable Changes


Saturday 22 July – There will be no session at Kings pool.  Development swimmers are invited to join Prep 1 and 2 at Winchester College from 7-8am.


Wednesday 26th July – There will be no land training at the ATR for Excel squad.

Summer Timetable

The summer timetable starts from Monday 24th July (next week) and can be found HERE.  Please check the timetable carefully as there are numerous changes to the normal schedule.  Please note that each week has different alterations, so check each week separately.

Summer Closure

The summer squads club shut down dates are Monday 7th August to Sunday 20th August inclusive.

New Season Information (2017/2018)

The information for the squads training timetables, squad allocations and moves, competition calendar, and new season meetings will be sent out via email before the summer shutdown.


Fareham Summer End of Season Meet

This meet will take place on 22nd/23rd July in Waterlooville.

For the emergencies on the day you can contact the Coach or Team Manager on 07503 251411.

Swimmers, please be aware of the Code of Conduct available HERE which applies at competitions as well as training sessions.