Hi all, hope your weeks are going well!
Monday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Winchester City Council Overview and Scrutiny Cabinet Meeting where they were discussing the Sports and Leisure Facility due to be built at Bar End and opened in 2020. Last week the pool specification was agreed as a 50 metre community pool and this week’s meeting was supposed to progress to looking at the Outline Business Case for the new centre – in essence checking whether the financials stack up. Although most of the debate still centred around the specification of the centre, and primarily 8 vs 12 badminton courts, there was certainly consensus that a new facility is needed and bar end is the best place for it. The new Sport and Leisure site will certainly offer us a great opportunity and we have already started considering what the club programme could look like there.
This week we have been a coach down so have to apologise for any cancellations or changes we have had to make within the squads programme. We are looking at our schedule for the remainder of this week and early next week to ensure we only cancel sessions as a very last resort.
It is no secret that the coaching programme we are currently trying to run is not resilient enough at the moment, meaning if a single coach is away or off we struggle to service it. We are in this position for a number of reasons, not least of which is a desire to offer the most expansive and diverse programme we can for our swimmers. We are taking a number of steps to strengthen our position, including advertising for a new coach. In December we will also review the programme for the new year and may make changes to reduce the fragility. In the meantime I would ask that you continue to work with us, or at least bear with us. Any ideas or suggestions please drop me an email.
We have been putting in place some of the final jigsaw pieces needed to be able to start promoting the Club Presentation evening, coming up on the 13 January 2018 at the University of Winchester. We are planning a fun-packed evening for everyone. Tickets will be on sale soon.
This week we have held a Club Champs wash up meeting to celebrate the successes and identify any potential improvements for next year. We hope to bring you a fuller write up on this next week but the group wanted to re-iterate their thanks to all the officials and volunteers – without you guys we can’t do much of what we do!!
WCPSC Novice Gala
Well done to everyone who took part in the WCPSC Novice Gala last weekend. We had 76 Penguins swimmers from our lessons programme and Junior Squads swimming in three teams, along with a team from Andover and from River Park Swim Academy. A great evening of fun with individual races & lots of relays. For many swimmers it was their first gala so there were lots of nerves at the start but these soon vanished as the swimmers found what fun it was to race and to support their team.
A BIG THANK YOU to all those who helped on the evening to make it such a fantastic experience for so many swimmers.
Club Squad Kit - last chance to order before Christmas!
If you need any club squad kit before Christmas please note the cut off date for orders is Friday 1st December 2017. Club kit is now available to view and order via the website HERE.
All orders placed after Friday 1st December will be processed in the New Year.
The following role is still vacant. If you think this could be something you are interested in and want to find out more about the role, please contact Katie Thorman or Amanda Frisby.
Open Meets Administrator/ Data Inputter
Alison Oakley (Open Meets Co-ordinator) is looking for a volunteer to join her team. The role requires the volunteer to:
- Assist her team in inputting data for open meets i.e. entry times
- Meet at ATR during squad training times in the evenings when is required
- Input some data from home as required and liaise with Alison via email.
The time commitment required for this role would vary depending on the number of Open Meets occurring but would average 2 hours a week. The volunteer would be fully supported in this role and be working as part of a team.
To help with this role please contact Katie Thorman and Amanda Frisby on email@example.com
Friday 24th November:
Preparation land training at Winchester College cancelled.
Preparation Swim moved to ATR 17:30-19:00
Excel & Performance Potential Swim starts at 19:00, land training as normal.
Saturday 25th November:
Excel & Performance Potential St Swithuns session is cancelled due to staff sickness.
Development Squad at Winchester College with Preparation 7:00-8:00am
Sunday 26th November:
Masters Fitness 15:00-16:00 at Kings – uncoached.
Aspire session at Riverpark moved to WC 9:00-11:00am, either 9:00-10:00 land training then 10:00-11:00 swim, or 9:00-11:00 swim only.
Grand Prix 1 – Saturday 25th November
An email has been sent to all entered swimmers with additional details about the session.
Start Lists for this weekend’s Grand Prix Series 1 are available to view and print on the website HERE .
Peter Bull Level 3 Meet - 2nd / 3rd December, Waterlooville
Entries have closed. Accepted entries will be confirmed as soon as available.
If you are able to officiate at this meet please contact Liz Faull from HWSC on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentoring will hopefully be available to trainees.
Basingstoke Last Chance County Qualifier 16/17 December
The focus for the Basingstoke meet is qualifying for the County Championships. Swimmers should focus on entering those events they are close to qualifying for, or on getting closer to automatic QTs if they already have base times.
Details, further guidance and entry form can be found HERE
Swimmers should discuss entries with their lead squad coach.
Closing date for entries is 2359h on Thursday 23rd November for those NOT competing at Bournemouth.
Closing date is 2359h on Monday 27th November for those at Bournemouth, to allow these results to be taken into account.
(please get entries in as soon as you can, our latest date for submission is 30 November so time is tight!)
Hampshire Counties 2018
All information is here: https://www.swimmeets.org/calendar/showevent.php?id=801
Entry forms will be available by the end of this month.
Closing date for entries will be around mid December, with extra days for amendments for swimmers at Basingstoke.