It was good to be part of Teacher Training last weekend, organised by our new Lessons Manager Connie Standen. The attendance was excellent and it was great to see good engagement and discussion. I hosted a quiz for the teaching team to help broaden their understanding of the Charity, who’s involved and how it runs. I think I had them stumped on whether they could name the six pool sites we use regularly for our swimming provision (answer at the end of this update).
There was a positive Board of Trustees meeting last week where, amongst other things, the Constitution, expansion of the Board and the Charity’s strategy were discussed. I will be hosting open meetings with members in due course to share the draft thinking and discuss all of these topics. Board minutes will be available on the website once finalised but should be soon.
I had a good meeting with River Park / Places for People this week to explore where there might be room for greater collaboration. We talked about talent identification from their Learn to Swim programme, joint training opportunities for teaching staff, collaboratively hosting qualifications, and a range of other opportunities. In the spirit of wider partnership working we also discussed engaging other local swim schools where working together would benefit the community we all serve. At this point in time we haven’t committed to anything other than to consider these opportunities and revisit in the near future.
I am very wary that we are yet to progress volunteer recruitment and meetings. I flagged at the AGM that we need to build and consolidate our volunteering base. As a priority I am keen to re-establish the previous work around communications / marketing as well as sponsorship / fundraising. I would also like to bring together the leads from our Safeguarding, IT, Club Shop, Squad Reps, and Open Meets groups to share what is currently happening in those areas.
Six pool sites regularly used by the Charity: St Swithuns, Winchester College, Kings School, The ATR, River Park LC and Norton Park Hotel.
Have a good week!
Good Luck to Rory Fitzgerald (masters squad) who will be competing at the British Ice Swimming Championships in Yorkshire this weekend!
Good Luck to George Budden (Performance Potential squad) who is competing for Great Britain at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup event in Cairo Egypt!
Good Luck to all of the swimmers competing in the Novice Gala at River Park this Saturday evening.
Hampshire Institute of Sport – Penguins swimming club selected for pilot programme
2018 is set to be an exciting year for young athletes with the launch of the new Hampshire Institute of Sport pilot project.
The Hampshire Institute of Sport is a joint venture between Winchester-based charity Energise Me, University of Winchester and Hampshire County Council. The pilot project, which was launched last week, will span four months and will provide tailored support for 16 athletes from three Hampshire clubs. The athletes are all aged between 13 and 17 and are aiming for the world stage.
Athletes involved in the pilot will benefit from video analysis and biomechanical testing to develop their technique, prevent injury and fine-tune their performance. Tests will be conducted by Masters students from University of Winchester under the supervision of lecturers.
The pilot project has grown out of the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS), which is managed by Energise Me and funded by Hampshire County Council. All of the participating athletes have come through HTAS.
The scheme offers grants for some athletes as well as sports science and lifestyle workshops to help athletes deal with the physical and mental pressures of competing. University of Winchester and Southampton Solent University have both delivered workshops through the scheme.
Congratulations to our Excel Squad swimmers – Tom Menlove, Marcus Scullion, Charlotte Prince-Rayner, Iona Morley and Fergus Phelan on being selected for the pilot programme.
Volunteers Needed for Primary Schools Gala planning team
Our annual Primary Schools Gala will be held on Friday 7th June 2018 at Riverpark Leisure Centre.
If you have some time to spare and would like to join our established team to help organise this great event we would love to hear from you. Our first meeting is next Friday 2nd March, so please do email Vicky if you are able to come along.
Lessons Manager Update
Welcome back to lessons!
While our termly lessons took a break this week, many of our staff and swimmers have still been super busy.
Last week we ran a half term course where we taught lessons for stages 1-8. Our feedback showed that 100% of swimmers felt that their swimming improved and 90% of swimmer rated the standard of teaching good to excellent!
We ran a free diving work shop on Saturday morning for swimmers in Stage 5 and above. We had 27 swimmers participate in an hour long session where swimmers learnt how to enter the water in a streamline position, dive through hoops and dive off the blocks. Thank you to Issy and Gina for coaching.
And finally on Saturday afternoon we ran Staff training. We had 42 members of the teaching team participate in the 3hr long training session which incorporated topics such as helpers best practises, butterfly teaching techniques, testing criteria and our club structure. Thank you to Thelma Hawkings, Issy Harrison, Henry Tighe and Gina Stables for running sections of it.
We awarded Joe Field our Helper of the Month Award and Sam Rhodes our Teacher of the Month Award.
I would also like to congratulate Charlotte Lewis, Eva Munden, Maya Nandy and George Barnes for all completing teaching qualifications this week.
A reminder that distance week will commence on the 26th February and Assessment week will commence on the 5th March. For more updates regarding our Lessons programme please follow us on FB!
Club T-shirts and Hoodies for the lessons programme!
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!
Development Squad – 24th February 2018
The Development Squad session at Kings on Saturday 24th February will be combined with Preparation Squad at Winchester College from 7am-8am. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
SUNDAY 18th MARCH 2018
Due to a coaching team CPD event the Sunday sessions will take on a different feel and allow our squad members to try out some different aquatic activities :
9.00-10.00am at Winchester College – land training (as per usual)
All squads welcome – Water Polo
9.00-10.00am at Winchester College – water polo (12 and unders)
10.00-11.00am at Winchester College – water polo (13 and overs)
Please put your name down for the session by emailing email@example.com
3.00-5.00pm at Kings – Foundation, Development, Preparation squads and Junior Challenge.
6.00-8.00pm at Riverpark – Academy, Aspire, Performance Potential, Challenge and Excel squads
A chance to take part in an hour of lifesaving skills followed by an hour of speed lifesaving. Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Masters – will have a swim session available from 5.00-6.00pm at Kings School
NEW - OPEN MEETS INFORMATION GUIDE!
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 3
FOREST OF BERE REGIONAL QUALIFIER MEET 2018 - March 10th, Waterlooville
All valid entries are likely to be accepted and the entry list will be distributed in the next few days.
As stated on the entry form, we will need help to run this meet.
Please can all officials who are able to help email Liz Faull on email@example.com – thank you to those who have already done so!
Thank you to those who have already been in touch to volunteer for specific roles. If you are yet to let us know about your preferences please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will allocate to roles in Session 2 over the next few days, and send this out with the entries list.
Portsmouth Easter Celebration Meet : 29th March – 1st April 2018
Entries are closed. Accepted entries will be published once the actual meet has closed early next month.
Inclusive Gala - March 23rd - Kings School - 10am
This is our swim gala for Primary School children with additional needs. It’s a hugely fun and rewarding event to help at. If anyone would like to assist in the running of this then please contact Liz Hatfield on email@example.com