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ESC joins Evesham’s Round Table on Santa’s Sleigh

Every year, the Evesham Round Table raises money for local charities by taking Santa in his sleigh around the streets of Evesham and the surrounding villages, collecting donations from well-wishers along the way. In recent years, ESC has taken part in the collection by joining the sleigh for an evening, and this year was no different.

Now, it’s fair to say with the exception of the food, I am generally fairly miserable about Christmas!  In full grinch-like mode I set off for the sleigh, hoping that the Christmas spirit would appear. Eventually we were greeted by a big sleigh, flashing lights and fake reindeer.  We soon got into the rhythm, running along to the festive tunes.  It was great fun, families and friends from the club were out together spreading Christmas cheer and raising money for local charities including our own swimming club.  When home time came we were full of the spirit of Christmas, though our legs were a little weary!

It was a great event to support, and I’m hopeful that next year we can bring along an even bigger crowd. For now though, I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.

Rob Harrison

Chairman, ESC

ESC Members join Santa on his Sleigh to raise funds for the club, and for local charities.


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Good Luck Chloe Golding! Are you next?

Many of you won’t realise that 6 years ago Chloe Golding was still competing in our winter championships and on the 8th April at 01:31 (our time) Chloe will jump in the water and represent England at the Commonwealth Games.

Huge respect goes to Chloe for all the hard work it’s taken to get there. Of course, some great people have been there throughout. Mum and Dad are exceptional people who have given loads to help her get there. Lesser but still important players in her journey have been Jill Biddle and Andy Mabbett; Head Coaches who always recognised her talent. Others that must take a tiny share of the credit were the great kids she swam with. The likes of Juliet Biddle, Katie Wright, Molly Hardwick and Chloe Mabbett pushed her hard whenever they could. Thinking about those girls has reinforced in my mind that trying hard in training is not just about benefiting yourself; it drives the others around you to be better.

I hope you will join me in making time to watch what we all hope will be the first of many international games for Chloe.

When we see her doing this exceptional thing (irrespective of how well she does on the day) take a moment to consider; at the age of 12 Chloe was swimming 50 metres backstroke in 35.12 and there are some of you not far from that mark now.

What I remember of Chloe is a girl with talent, who rarely missed a session and never cheated on a length.

I’m sure everyone who reads this will join me in wishing her every success at the games. If not this time … I’m sure we will be able to stake a tiny claim on ‘Chloe Gold Thing’ in the future (yes, I meant the dreadfully poor word play!).

Graham the challenge is well and truly set to find our next great swimmer.

For those that are interested I have included a few links to follow so you can learn more about her.

Chloe Golding Gold Coast Surprise Act

Chloe Golding

Golding 200m Backstroke Day 4

Daily Schedule


Nigel Denning
ESC Chairman


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PGL – Saturday 24th March 2018

On Saturday we took 35 swimmers to Bromsgrove to compete in the re-arranged 2nd round of the PGL League.  I am extremely proud of our swimmers who recorded a third place finish where we were competing against three strong teams in Northgate, Oldbury and Cheltenham. We accumulated a total of 125 points, slightly more than we achieved in the previous round.

10 swimmers in our squad were competing for the first time in a competitive environment and, for some, performed a competitive start from the blocks for the first time in a competitive race too. It was also the first time we saw all 35 swimmers performing a dive at the event for a long time (as opposed to starting from a push and glide). All should be proud of their development and achievements. There were no disqualifications in any of our individual events which highlights a significant step in the right direction as a club. This is a huge pat on the back for all the coaches who are continuously raising the standards.

Two take overs, in a relay and cannon event, resulted in our only two DQs which we will strive to remove from future events. Still, with these, significant progress is being made. We will continue to raise the standards of all swimmers’ technique and manipulation of strokes through sessions as swimmers and differing levels of ability can always tweak for improvements.

Every swimmer at the event excelled in their swims. We recorded a massive 28 Personal Bests out of 38 individual races. This is an amazing achievement for the squad. A few performances of note include a first place for Emily Byrd in the 9 Years age group 25m Butterfly (our first pole position finish in this age group this year), Henry Jackson claiming 1st place in the 25m Backstroke for the 10/u age group, Daisy Gregg who won the 10/u 25m Fly and 12/u 50m Breaststroke (recording a Speeding Ticket swim in the Breaststroke, two age groups above her classification), Nathan Gilbert and Molly Cresswell who both swam exceptionally intelligent races in the 13/14 Years 50m Backstroke to both finish 1st, Elysia Henly winning the 13/14 Years 50m Freestyle and Luke Plane also finishing 1st in the 13/14 Years 50m Breaststroke. Every swim was exceptional and all of the placings that children achieved contributed to an exceptional team performance.

Finally I would like to commend all of the coaches, poolside helpers and parents who supported the event on Saturday; offering their services to ensure the event ran smoothly in our hosting role. A particular mention should go out to Cindy Cape who always works tirelessly to ensure visiting clubs are welcome and we are set to put on an extremely organised event.

As we approach Round 3 on 21st April I know selection will be extremely difficult again as the standard of every swimmer is pushing on. We stand in a good position in the league table and I have no doubt our swimmers can push for a place in the Final in June.

Graham Begley

ESC Head Coach




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Ho Ho Ho – ESC joins Round Table Santa Sleigh Fundraiser

Lots of lovely, helpful ESC elves joined in with the Round Table’s Santa Sleigh this week, to help with their fundraising efforts! Overall, the evening’s efforts raised a whopping £357, and ESC are very lucky to claim a 50% share in the total to contribute towards club funds.

We’d like to spend the money on coach training. The courses are over £500 each, but of course they are a great investment for our club. Happily, Swim England subsidise the club’s coaching costs, and we can claim a grant based on the fact we’re a swim mark club, too. By using the opportunities given to us by Swim England, and the money raised by these smashing volunteers, we are now able to send another coach on a course!

Once again, a big thanks to the Round Table for inviting us along, and to all those who joined in on the night. We’re so grateful for your help!


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Swim Club Manager 6 is Live!

You may already be aware that we’ve gone live with Swim Club Manager version 6! Huge thanks to Jacqui Vale who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to migrate over to the newer version of our SCM system, so that we can begin to take advantage of the upgraded features. You should receive a new username by email, which you can use to reset your password and get access to the system.

To help you get used to the new system, there is a blog here, and you’ll also see links to FAQs and a knowledge base. As ever, if you have any questions, get in touch with Jacqui or any of the committee, and we’ll do our best to help you.

To get you started, Jacqui has put together a quick overview of how to get your swim times out of the new system. With Winter Champs underway, we know you’ll be wanting to see how you’ve got on!

Using SCM 6 – Swim Times



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Worcester County Development Meet

This is the first time we have competed at the new Worcester Pool, with swimmers being held in the Sports Hall and being called in to the pool for their swims. Brilliant organisation, the whole day went swimmingly!! Excellent marshalling by Cindy Cape and Anne Jones. We had 20 swimmers competing, a mixture of all squads, some seasoned open meet attendees, some first timers. Steve and I were team managers with Dave Granger on poolside for the warm up and throughout the meet to give guidance and feedback. The swimmers behaviour was brilliant, they did the club proud.

Looking through the results we did really well – out of 80 swims we racked up 45 PBs 😊 (almost all swimmers achieved at least one PB) but we did have 13 DQs 🙁

We had :
4 Gold – Nathan Gilbert (50 Fly, 50 Back & 100 Free) Lissy Henly (50 Back)
2 Silver – Nathan Gilbert (100 IM) and Sam Parker (100 Free)
7 Bronze – Sam Parker (100 Fly, 50 Breast, 50 Back) Lissy Henly (100 Back & 50 Free), Nathan Gilbert (50 Free), Dan Jones (50 Back).

To finish, the 8 fastest girls and boys in the 100 IM are asked to compete in the Skins. The competitors swim 50m races back to back with just a short rest between each round. In each round the slowest swimmer is eliminated until we have a winner. The stroke for the first race is drawn by the referee, the subsequent strokes are drawn by the eliminated swimmer. Nathan and Sam were picked to compete in the Boys Skins and swam brilliantly – Sam came 7th after a close 50 fly race, Nathan held out to finish a fabulous 4th. It was an exciting way to finish the meet and brilliant that two of our swimmers were involved.

if you are interested in learning more about county meets, feel free to speak to a committee member or get in touch via the website contact form or Facebook page.

Jayne Henly

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Breaststroke Technique Clinic

Richard has arranged a “breaststroke technique clinic” at no extra cost for Performance squad on Friday nights. Harry Ackland will be working with Richard to help you swimmers perfect your techniques and these sessions will be aided with the “gopro” cameras. This will start from this Friday 19th May through until end of August so we are looking for maximum numbers in the pool.

For those of you who don’t know Harry, he swam in our club many years ago and had one to one coaching with Richard too. He represented team GB in Rio too so we really are exceptionally lucky to have him attend these sessions.

Click on these links for more indepth info and compare your times to his!!!

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15th May Deadline for Summer Champs Entries!

The entries for this years Summer Champs are flooding in thick and fast!! Just a last reminder that you need to get your entries in for all events by close play on 15th May.

On the event nights there will be no normal swim sessions, with the exception of those Seals not competing who will still swim 6-6.30pm in the studio pool, so you may as well enter the races so that you don’t miss out on your swim time!

Performance sessions may still go ahead on the Monday evenings, dependent on running time of the events.

Just also to verify that if you come in the top 5 for your age group in the 25/50m events you will then be invited to Finals Night on Monday 3rd July so that you can try and come in the top three and gain a medal! The medals are then presented at our presentation evening, details to follow.

This year we are extremely lucky to have Andrew Jackson attending lots of the events and taking photographs of our swimmers for our web page. Please email me or advise at registration, if you do not want your photograph taken.

Any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.


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PGL Round 4, Bromsgrove

Our swimmers competed in the fourth round of PGL on Saturday 6th May, at Bromsgrove Leisure Centre. ESC were the hosts of this event, and it was great to see so many club members and their friends/family turn out to compete, support and help out.

We had four first places in the individual races, which was great to see. Megan Davies won the 25m freestyle and we had breaststroke winners in the 25m and 50m races (Daisy Gregg, Amber Cape and Toby Vale). We did really well in the relays too, winning 9 out of 20 races. Well done to our relay winners (Isabelle Hornblow, Amber Cape, Mollie Cresswell, Bryony Tustin, Nathan Gilbert, Luke Plane, Toby Vale, Thomas Sims, Elysia Henly, Abigail Tustin, Holly Langston, Joshua Keys-Cabrele, Jonathan Plane, Thomas Davies, Cameron Brydon, Jaden Matthews & Sam Parker), you did a great job of representing ESC!

As if this isn’t enough, we had 24 PERSONAL BESTS! For the record, the swimmers who got PBs are….

  • Nathan Gilbert
  • Isabelle Hornblow
  • Jonathan Plane
  • Daisy Gregg (x 2)
  • Thomas Sims
  • Cameron Brydon
  • Megan Davies (x 2)
  • Jamie Gilbert
  • Grace Elias (x 2)
  • Theo Rodgers
  • Thomas Davies
  • Sian Sims
  • Emily Shakespeare
  • Freya Rodgers
  • Toby Vale
  • Jaden Matthews (x 2)
  • Luke Plane
  • Mollie Cresswell
  • Joshua Keys-Cabrele
  • Skye Fidler

Congratulations to you all – it’s clear that our swimmers are getting better and better! and learning so much from our wonderful coaches. We had 5 speeding tickets (more info on our website FAQs if that’s a new term to you).

Thanks again to everyone who helped out on the day (and in the build up) – it’s very much appreciated by the committee. On to the next!

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First Schools Galas

A big thank you from Evesham Swimming Club to everyone who contributed to the huge success of the Evesham First Schools galas! The galas were held over three days, with 18 schools taking part. We saw great swimming from all the children, and it was lovely to see so much encouragement from family and friends who came to watch, too.

Particular mentions to the winners of each day:-

Ashton Under Hill First School

Sedgberrow C of E First School

Bengeworth CE Academy

Thanks again to all the volunteers who made these galas possible. Evesham Swimming Club is hosting the next PGL gala, on Saturday 6th May. The gala is being held at Bromsgrove Leisure Centre. We are always looking for volunteers to help with all our activities, and this would be a great one to start with! Do you think you could help out? If so, let us know via our contact form.