RASCALS Committee are saddened by the recent death of Martin Middleton, and wish to extend their condolences and support to Jayne, Fearn and Kyle, and the families.
We shall miss Martin and his quiet but reliable support at our Events, and hope that the friendships formed with us will be a positive aspect at this time.
The Funeral is on Tuesday 7th July at All Saints Church, Ilkeston Road, Marlpool, Heanor, DE75 7BP at 10.45am with a significant presence from the Fire Service in recognition of Martin’s dedication. There are to be no flowers, but donations can be made to the Fire Fighters Charity via the Funeral Directors, Gillotts, or a collection box at the service.
We will be represented by our Chairman, Tom Parr, and others, please contact him for further details on 07831 190518.
RASCALS novice swimmers celebrated a stunning victory at the Matlock Novice Gala held at the Arc Leisure Centre on 13th June, after seeing off teams from Matlock, Rykneld, Swadlincote, Derby Phoenix and Biddulph. They finished 18 points ahead of their nearest rivals Matlock ‘A’, with Rykneld third.
The novices did themselves and their Club proud with a series of impressive swims, with 13 first place finishes and an unbelievable 36 personal best times from 44 swims.
All of the 10-year-olds swam personal best times in every single event: Elliot Lawrence, Harry Quinn, Barney Render, Oliver Thompson, Corey Kohut, Scarlett Swift, Kenley Massey, Jessica Dadley-Webb, Trinity Li and Isla Berkin.
There were also personal best times from George Whittle, Timothy Alldred, Thomas Eason, Noah Tannahill, Anna Booth, Hannah Minshull, Molly Emerton, James Forrest, Benjamin Holmes, Gilbert Li, Georgina Carey and Martha Atkin.
Head Coach Glenn Fisher was very proud of his swimmers, who produced a fantastic result against some very good teams. Well done to everyone who took part!
The Presentation Evening is now on
Saturday 19th December 2015
The Post Mill Centre
RASCALS Swimming Newsletter June 2015
We will be producing a Quarterly Newsletter with all the latest news and information from the Club. Please also check the Club’s website, www.ripleyrascals.org.uk which is regularly updated.
Welcome back to our new Head Coach Glenn Fisher. Glenn has been with RASCALS since he was five-years-old, and knows the Club inside out, and we are delighted to welcome him back as our Head Coach.
Please can all swimmers arrive at training sessions in good time to get changed and be poolside for the start of the session. Don’t forget your hat, goggles and your kit bag which should contain fins, snorkel, kickboard and a pull buoy. If you don’t already have these, they can be purchased from the club shop. You should also bring enough drink to last throughout the session.
The warm up is a crucial part of any training session, as it reduces the likelihood of injuries, so it is vital that you arrive in good time to warm up. If you are late to a session, please report to your coach.
If a swimmer needs to leave a session part way through for any reason, we will endeavor to let parents know to collect the swimmer early if possible. Swimmers must not leave the Leisure Centre until collected, and must change promptly and sit in the reception area if a member of the committee is present or return to the poolside if not.
If you have an injury that may affect your training, your parent/guardian will need to fill out a ‘pre-existing injury’ form. This can be obtained from the coaching team.
Saturday 6th June: Jamie Rigby Memorial gala, organised by Ilkeston Swimming Club, being held at the Arc in Matlock.
Saturday 13th June: Matlock Novice Gala – an excellent opportunity for some of our novice swimmers to compete for RASCALS.
Saturday 20th June: Diddy League, third and final round, this is for swimmers aged 9 to 12 years.
Saturday 11th July: Elaine Bowler Memorial Gala at the Arc in Matlock.
If you are selected for a Club gala, please make every effort to attend, and support the club that you represent.
Please note that all swimmers competing for RASCAL should wear a yellow club hat. These can be purchased from the club shop run by Marie Barrett at Ripley Leisure Centre on Thursday evenings.
The Mabel Mansey trophy is awarded to the male and female swimmers who have won the most points in galas for RASCALS in the previous four months. The winner for the period December to March for the boys was Tom Middup , with George Atkin in second place. For the girls, the winner was Hannah Middup with Mia Barber and Fearn Middleton in joint second place. Many congratulations to you all. The next award will be based on points scored between April and July.
As well as competing for the Club in galas such as those listed above, swimmers can also compete at Open Meets. Swimmers are competing for themselves rather than as part of a RASCALS team, although RASCALS coaches will be there to support and guide you at certain Opens. The most recent one attended by the Club was at Eckington on 10th May.
Open meets are usually organised by individual clubs, but anyone can enter – there are usually qualifying times, and these vary between meets:
• Level 1 meets are always held in 50m pools (eg Ponds Forge in Sheffield), and typically attract elite level swimmers – the entry times for these are very fast, and are often over-subscribed, ie not all swimmers who enter will be accepted, even if they have the times.
• Level 2 meets are also usually aimed at elite swimmers, but are held in 25m pools, times aren’t typically as tough as for Level 1 meets!
• Level 3 meets are designed to attract club swimmers who want to compete in a variety of different events, and often the entry times are set so as to actively discourage elite swimmers from entering! These provide fantastic opportunities for swimmers to improve their personal best times and win medals!
• Level 4 meets typically are held within one club, eg for their Club Championships.
Opens are often held over either one or two days, with medals being awarded for the top finishers in each event.
RASCALS support several Open meets throughout the year, keep an eye on the noticeboards for more details of ones we will be attending.
RASCALS organises two Open meets a year – with the next one coming up on Sunday 5th July at Alfreton Leisure Centre. This is a Level 3 meet, and we would encourage ALL eligible swimmers to enter. Please support your club – these Opens are an important source of income for the club, but take a great deal of time and effort to organise. Parents, please volunteer to help out on the day, we couldn’t run the meet without you! All entry details are on the RASCALS website. Our meet lasts for one day, and gives medals to the top 6 finishers in each age group in each event. The closing date for entries is Monday 15th June.
RASCALS relies on parents/carers to help run the club, if you would like to contribute in any way, you will be very warmly welcomed. Please speak to any of the Coaches or Committee.
We hope you will find your time with RASCALS rewarding and enjoyable. Please speak to any of the coaching Team or a Committee Member if you require any information or advice.
Dates For Your Diary
Date Event Venue
Sun 5th July 2015 RASCALS Summer Open Alfreton LC
Sat 10th Oct 2015 Club Championships Alfreton LC
Mon 2nd Nov 2015 RASCALS AGM Ripley LC
Fri 13th Nov 2015 Small Pool Championships Ripley LC
Sat 14th Nov 2015 Club Championships Alfreton LC Gala 2
Fri 20th Nov 2015 Small Pool Party TBC
Sun 6th Dec 2015 Lifesaving Championships Alfreton LC
Sat 19th Dec 2015 Presentation Night Post Mill Centre
Holiday Closure Dates for RASCALS SWIMMERS
Last Session Thursday 27th August 2015
First Session Back Friday 4th September 2015
Last Session Thursday 17th December 2015
First Session Back Saturday 2nd January 2016
Holiday Closure Dates for RASCALS LIFESAVERS
Last Session Thursday 6th August 2015
First Session Back Friday 21st August 2015
Last Session Saturday 19th December 2015
First Session Back Saturday 2nd January 2016
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Current child protection legislation demands that anyone wishing to use photographic equipment – including mobile phones – must obtain permission from the leisure centre.
Anyone failing to obtain permission will be asked to leave and may be reported to the leisure centre and/or the police. Previous actions of this nature have resulted in prosecution.
R.A.S.C.A.L.S. have no wish to be kill-joys but we have to respect the law and also the leisure centres' own rules. Most importantly of all, we must put the safety and comfort of all the children first.
R.A.S.C.A.L.S. management committee