Our first big news is that the swimming Club committee has been working hard over the last year and we have gained our club accreditation, Swim 21 from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). This means they recognise that we have all our paperwork and procedures in place.
The council required we obtain this accreditation in order for us to stay at Leytonstone leisure centre.
This has involved a lot of time and work from our Swim 21 coordinator, Andy White, for which the committee are very grateful.
Please see the page on the web site http://leytonswimmingclub.co.uk/swim-21/
There are a number of important documents on the website, including those outlining parent and swimmer codes of conduct, that everyone should be familiar with.
Finance and fees
Last year, the committee decided to give members the opportunity to pay swimming fees by monthly Standing Order, rather than the traditional method of quarterly cash/cheque. This has been very successful and we have around 95% take up, with positive feedback from members that it makes life much easier.
For those members who still pay quarterly by cash/cheque, can we please remind you that fees have to be paid in the first two weeks of the quarter. The next quarter starts on the first of April. For new members joining, monthly Standing Order is now the only way that we accept payment of fees. Please note, the annual Club and ASA membership fees is not covered by our Standing Order arrangements, so is still paid by cash/cheque at Leytonstone Leisure Centre every January.
The club is run entirely by volunteers, including our coaches, and we always welcome new people to help. If you would like to help then please look out for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) date in May. Alternatively speak to our existing volunteers or look out for any requests for specific help.
A HUGE thank you to our wonderful helpers on Saturday when it was our turn to host a mini gala. Great team of parents and younger siblings who sold programs, raffle tickets and refreshments. Special thank you to Rosa and her mum Katie who made jam tarts to sell which were very popular.
Anyone else wanting to make cakes or biscuits when we host a graded gala later in the year please do. If you want to help at a gala but don’t have anyone in the team please do as it means parent helpers can go in to watch and cheer on their own children too!
Thank you to our poolside helpers, time keepers and announcer too.
Since 2008, the Club has had an annual trip to Ronse in Belgium to take part in a two day gala against teams from across Europe. We have had a lot of success over the years but more importantly swimmers and their families have had a great weekend. Some of our members have been for many years.
This year it will take place on the weekend of 14th/15th October 2017.
Although the club organises the swimming and pays the cost of taking part in the gala, swimmers and their families will need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. You will need to arrive on the Friday evening as there is an early start Saturday. The club does have some information on local accommodation, including the local youth hostel where many of our families stay as it is so close to the pool.
On the Saturday night there is a meal for all the teams and this costs around £15 per head.
There are races across all strokes and ages so everyone is able to take part.
If you are interested or would like to find out a bit more then please speak to Andy White/ Paul Golightly? Who will be collecting names. Or ask around and have a chat to others who have been before who will tell you all about it and what good fun it is!
Being on time
Could we PLEASE make the request that swimmers are ready for the start of their session. Always arrive 10 minutes early so you are changed and ready to hit the water!
It is difficult for coaches in a short one hour session to have to keep informing new arrivals of what they need to do and this does impact on the coaching of others. If you arrive late then swimmers may not be allowed to swim.
If the sign-on desk is manned on arrival the swimmer needs to inform them they are present. Otherwise parents need to ensure they tell the desk.
Never go poolside until the coaches are present.
Presentations and trophies
Preparation are being made for our annual award event to celebrate the 2016 achievements of our members. This will be held at the Epicentre on SUNDAY the 23 April 2017. Invitations for those receiving rewards will go out in the next few weeks. As always those who are receiving an award will be given an invitation and attend for free. There will however be a small charge for the adults and siblings accompanying the winners to go towards the buffet.
BUT we need the club trophies back as soon as possible so that the new names can be engraved ready for the event. If you could give them a bit of a polish before their return that would be very helpful.
Annual galas and championships
Every year the Club holds two intra-Club competitions.
The first is the Club Championships which takes place at the start of several of the Friday sessions over a period of a few weeks, usually in the first half of the year. This is for under 17’s, they race 100m on all four strokes and an Individual Medley, there is also an IM for the Open swimmer (any age). This means a 10 year old may swim against a 17 year old but it is fun and gives everyone a time they can aim to improve on the next year if they don’t win.
The Annual Gala usually takes place in September/October each year and has categories for all ages of swimmers. Open races of 4 lenths and then age related categories. Swimmers compete in heat races and times are compared across years of birth. The fastest time is the age champion for that year and has their name added to the club trophy that they also get to keep until the next year’s awards event.
To qualify to compete in the Annual Gala, you must be a fully paid up member, have attended at least 60% of your weekly training sessions., and if asked to have swam for the Club in a gala must have said yes to 60% of those.
There is also a learn to swim race and an officials and parents race at the end. This is open to all parents so we look forward to seeing you later in the year!
The club keep records for the best times ever swum in the 4 strokes and the IM, for under 11, under 13, under 15 and Open swimmers
This year the following records have been broken
Joe, under 13 25m F/S, 14.74 seconds and Paul, Open 25m Fly, 13.32 seconds