Hi all, hope you are having a good week so far!
Even with Kim away this week, the Management Team and committed volunteers continue to plough on with key pieces of work. We have been relooking at our Swim21 accreditation, and will be submitting updated information during October. This is an important kite-mark of quality from Swim England (formerly the ASA) that showcases our teaching, coaching and community programmes as well as our good governance.
The charities Trustees met at the weekend to discuss a range of topics including end of year finances, strategy, facilities, safeguarding, and the future make-up of the Trustee group. We intend to make the notes available to the membership once complete.
I must take the opportunity to thank Sue Falconer for organising our attendance at the Winchester Community Games. It is important that we are visible in our community, and the Community Games was at an important site for us in the future.
In looking to ensure we have a quality and sustainable workforce, I can share that we will be offering coaching bursaries to Isabelle Harrison, Jacob Randle-Bissell and Sam Chadwick for their Level 1, 2 and 3 respectively. We have also welcomed three new Level 2 teachers onto the programme, and are mentoring another six towards their Level 1, taking advantage of the teaching bursaries we are offering.
It was fantastic to meet our Safeguarding Team last night, led up by Pip Varley, and more than ably supported by Sue Humphrys, Caroline Lunniss and Julia Passingham. It also gave me great confidence to know that the support we receive from Swim England’s independent Safeguarding expert is accessible and useful. The Safeguarding team took the opportunity to explore best practice, review the codes of conduct and identify future educational opportunities. This team will be meeting regularly and working with the management team to address any safeguarding concerns and cases, in a timely and appropriate fashion.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
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Car Boot Sale - Sunday 8th October 2017
Venetia has kindly arranged a fundraising Car Boot sale at the Cattle Market, Andover Road, on Sunday 8th October. Volunteers are needed at 8.00am to help collect entrance fees, and also at 12.30pm to help clear up.
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Thank you to all who came down to Bar End to support WCPSC at the Winchester Sport Art and Leisure Trust (Winchester SALT) Community Games on Sunday, particularly Clara and Anoush, who stayed to talk to anyone interested in the club and help with the table top activities. Anoush was able to talk about competitive swimming and show some of the many medals she has won in just one year in the club! Although the club was unable to offer a ‘taster’ session like other sports clubs (for obvious reasons) children loved our ‘hook a duck with the P for Penguins’ and ‘Guess the name of the swimming teddy’ named after an Olympic swimmer’. The sports clubs and local organisations offered an impressive range of opportunities for all ages to try out an activity. This is something we will definitely support next year and our thanks go to Winchester SALT for organising the event.
Parking at Kings School
Please note that no parking is permitted at the front of Kings School before 5pm during weekdays. Please use the main car park which is accessed through the gates to the right of the roundabout. Thank you.
October Half Term Intensive Swimming Lessons
Our intensive holiday swimming course are running again at Kings School during the October half term week, Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October.
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!
Foundation/Development – There is no training next Wednesday evening 20th September at Kings School due to their Open Evening.
Masters and Masters Fitness – There is no training at Kings this Sunday 24th September from 3.00-4.00pm. Masters and Masters Fitness swimmers are invited to attend the session at Riverpark on Sunday 24th September for land training from 5.00-6.00pm (function room upstairs), followed by pool session from 6.00-8.00pm.
Development – For the following Saturdays (16th, 23rd and 30th September) your training session will be at Winchester College from 7.00 – 8.00 am and not at Kings.
Land Training at ATR – Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th October – Due to a Regimental Dinner Night the Top Gym will be closed and land training will therefore take place in the bottom gym on these dates.
Basingstoke - 24th September
Details will be emailed about this meet separately, as we were still waiting them at the time of writing.
The meet is over-subscribed and the schedule has been altered to swim all the events over 2 rather than 3 sessions. This loses 1 warm up and thus creates more swim time.
We are expecting some swimmers to be scratched – this will be communicated as soon as details available.
Club Championships 2017
All information can be found here:
The closing date is Monday 25th September at 2359h.
Any late entries will be subject to an additional fee!
We need lots of volunteers to help run our club champs: please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which sessions you can help with and what role(s) you might like. It’s much more fun to get involved than to sweat on the balcony!