The coaching team are looking ahead to next season and what Open Meets to target.
The first one takes place on Saturday 27th September at Matlock. The closing date is the end of August, but we have our summer break. Please could we have all completed entries including entry fee by Sunday 10th August.
If you are unsure what to enter please see Scott or one of the coaching team. For an entry pack please download one from www.madswimming.org.uk
14 swimmers recently took part in the City of Derby Open which was held at Queens Street. What a fantastic Open these swimmers had.
Between them they swam 44 events, with a brilliant 32 personal bests, 7 1st places and 2 speeding tickets.
The swimmers as usual represented the club extremely well both in and out of the pool, with special thanks to Chris Willgoose & Dean Greenwood for their support poolside.
George Atkin (11) took a huge 13 seconds off his 100m freestyle time to win 1st place but having that replaced by a speeding ticket. George also came 1st the the 100IM. Megan Crompton (9) not only came first in the 50m butterfly but also posted a club new "all time best" with a time of 46.77. Emily Field (13) came first in the 100m freestyle & 100m butterfly. Sam Marsh (11) taking first place in the 100m backstroke, Lizzie Howe (12) came 1st in the 100IM as did Ella Ingram (13). 9 year old Freya Layton was also given a speeding ticket for the 50m butterfly. Great swims also came from Rosie Greenwood (10), Gracie Dawes (10), Liam Dawson (9), Joel Tannahill (10), Amber Hughes (11), Leila Grainger (12) and Georgia Lees (12).
Fantastic results for the end of the season, well done to you all. We are all very proud of you.
Congratulations to Lifesaving for great results at the Blyth Beach Festival and the Regional Lifesaving Championships.
See the Lifesaving Section for full Results.
This year the Small Pool Party will be on Friday November 14th 2014 at The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, Derbyshire, DE55 2EJ.
This year it will be separate to the Small Pool Championships and at a different venue as The Committee felt that the two events on the same night was a little chaotic and the Sports Hall at Ripley Leisure Centre was a little too large, so the room at The Post Mill Centre is smaller.
An Invitation with all the details and times on will be going out to the Small Pool Swimmers in September when we return from the summer holidays.
Susan & Gail
Following the success of the Timekeeper training that took place in the Spring, I am now considering the next stage of Officials training.
Judge Level 1 is the first level of the British Qualification covering the role of Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns. You can register for Judge Level 1 when you are 15, however, you must have turned 16 years of age before your final assessment. Those of you who have already completed the Timekeeper course will already have an idea of what is involved, but you can still become a Judge Level 1 even if you haven’t completed a timekeeper course.
The ASA website states that “the course takes around six hours of group work and 10 hours of poolside work with self-study and a practical assessment to complete the course”.
This sounds very onerous but I should point out that in the past the group work normally takes place in someone’s home and the practical training can be done at your own pace. I do not run to strict timetables – it is all about learning the rules and enjoying the experience.
If you have questions about officiating please contact me.
I look forward to hearing from anyone interested in becoming a judge level 1 and I can then arrange a suitable group session.
Due to the continued development of our Club, budgeting and forecasting, and the wider financial regulations and taxation issues, we would like to ask if any one currently involved is a qualified accountant and would be interested in working with the Committee to develop a strategy for the future.
We expect to pay for this support, and may also consider working with an external accountancy practice to develop this role in order to ensure that we consider all aspects of the Club’s finances in light of current and anticipated expenditure.
If you are interested, or would like to recommend an external provider, please do so by Friday 12th July for discussion at the next Committee meeting on 14th July.
Tom Parr - Chairman
Welcome To John Davey
You may have noticed in the past few weeks that we have a new face on Poolside, he is the newest member of our coaching team, John Davey and The Committee would like to welcome him to the Club.
John has been swimming competitively all his life and was at Matlock for eight years before joining Derventio at age 15. He has competed at County, Midland and National level, competing in the British Championships and taking part in the Olympic Trials of 2008.
He has also swum for City of Sheffield for six months before leaving but then returned to their Masters Level and won the 400 IM at The British Masters Championships.
After this he moved onto the coaching side at Buxton Swimming Club and spent two years with them, half of which as their Head Coach.
We are lucky that he has recently moved into the Ripley area and he is now coaching the main pool swimmers at Rascals.
So a very warm Welcome to John and if you see him passing through Reception on his way to Poolside, do say hello.
Your Chance To Get Involved!
Due to people’s changing roles and circumstances, we have a vital job that we would like to know if any of you could volunteer to get involved with.
Brief details are below, please contact Tom Parr (07831 190518) for more information..
RASCALS Opens Promoter
Karen feels that with her other commitments to RASCALS that she can no longer be Promoter for our two Opens in January and July. Therefore we are looking for someone to take on this job. It involves emailing details out to Clubs, collating entries and producing the programme, collecting the fees, organising the Coaches passes and being available on the day of the Opens for any queries and to assist on the day. Karen will obviously be available to help anyone who takes on the role and the rest of the Committee will also help out where needed.
YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!
Holiday Closure Dates for Rascals
Summer - Last Session is on Thursday August 21st 2014
First Session back is on Friday August 29th 2014
Christmas - Last Session is on Thursday December 18th 2014
First Session back is on Friday January 2nd 2015
Rascals Annual Club Championship - Alfreton Leisure Centre
Gala 1 - Sunday 2nd November 2014
Gala 2 - Saturday 22nd November 2014
Rascals AGM - Meeting Room, Ripley Leisure Centre
Monday 3rd November 2014
Rascals Small Pool Championships - Ripley Leisure Centre
Friday 7th November 2014
Rascals Small Pool Party - The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, Derbys
Friday 14th November 2014
Rascals Lifesaving Club Championships - Alfreton Leisure Centre
Sunday 7th December 2014
Rascals Presentation Night - The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton.
Friday 19th December 2014
Tuesday January 20th 2014 - Update
We have today spoken to the Duty Manager at Alfreton Leisure Centre and the latest information is that the pool has been inspected and the loose tiles have been removed. It has also been inspected for safety and it has been deemed safe to be fully open for use. Therefore all RASCALS sessions will continue as normal.
There are ongoing discussions regarding the permanent replacement of the tiles and we will let you know as soon as we know anything.
Tom Parr - Chairman
Tuesday January 14th 2014
We have been informed by the Management of Alfreton Leisure Centre that some of the floor tiles in Lanes 5 and 6 of the Main pool (near the windows) are lifting. Therefore they have had to close those lanes.
At the present time swimming will continue in the reduced lanes. The Coaching Team are aware of the situation and will adjust the children in the lanes and the sets accordingly. This will also be the same for the Wednesday session.
We will keep in touch with Alfreton regarding the resolution of the problem and let you know as and when we hear anything on the website.
Tom Parr - Chairman
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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