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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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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.

Cindy

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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.

 

 

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Stourbridge Sprint Meet

The Stourbridge Sprint Meet will take place on 11th June at Wolverhampton Swimming Baths. 

There’s more information at the address shown below, including entry forms, meet conditions and programme of events

http://www.stourswim.co.uk/?page_id=2423

This is a perfect introductory meet as the entry times are set to discourage the really fast swimmers and encourage the younger or less-experienced swimmer.  There are medals for 2nd to 6th place and a Crystal Trophy for 1st place in each event/age group.  

As this is a very popular meet and they are operating on a first come, first served basis I am asking for entry forms to be returned to me no later than Monday 20th March.  Entry forms and cheques (made payable to Evesham Swimming Club) can be given to me or posted in the club postbox on the noticeboard.

It would lovely to see some of our younger/newer swimmers at this meet, it’s one we have supported for some years and really is geared up to encourage swimmers to give an Open Meet a go!

What you need to know

  • Date of Meet: Sunday 11th June 2017
  • Warm-up Time: 08:40 (TBC)
  • Venue: Central Baths, Wolverhampton
  • Open to swimmers from 9 years old to 14 years old who are registered as ASA CAT2
  • Age is at midnight 11th June 2017
  • Upper Qualifying times apply, no time faster than the upper time will be accepted
  • Events are 50m All Strokes, 100m IM
  • Awards go to the fastest 6 in each age group, male and female, in all events
  • Entry fee is £5.25 per event, cheques to be made payable to Evesham Swimming Club please as we will send in one cheque from the club
  • The organisers wish to encourage entries that have times to make it easier for them to plan the meet and so any swimmers entering with no time will only be accepted if there is sufficient capacity
  • There will be a guaranteed minimum of 2 Team Managers .  I will also ask Richard and Andy to let me know if they are able to support this with a coach, so there could be 2 Team Managers or 1 Coach (Level 1 or 2) and a Team Manager, I will be able to confirm nearer the date.

CLOSING DATE for entries is 20th March 2017

If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me.  If you are unsure as to whether this would be a suitable meet for you/your child please speak to your coach for advice.  Any queries as to how an Open Meet works please feel free to ask me.

Kind regards

Jayne Henly

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PGL Second Round – Bromsgrove

Our wonderful swimmers attended the Second PGL round in Bromsgrove, in competition with Haden Hill, Bromsgrove and Warley Wasps. This was the first time attending a PGL gala for Lily Mae Jones, Skye Fidler, Freya Rodgers, Rhys Tombs & Max Aris, and they swam brilliantly!

We were also really proud to get a number of individual first places from Johnny Plane, Elysia Henly, Tom Davies, Daisy Gregg & Rosie Denning. We had first places from relay teams too – 12yr Girls Medley (Izzy, Amber, Bryony & Megan K) and Girls 13/14yr medley and freestyle teams (Elysia, Rosie, Abby & Holly).

Overall, it was a brilliant atmosphere and our team spirit was really strong. We gained more points this round, so the hard work that our swimmers and coaches are putting in is obviously paying off.

We had a couple of speeding tickets (more info on our website FAQs if that’s a new term to you) and unfortunately we had 6 DQs (disqualifications) too. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and it means we have been able to highlight a need for more relay practice, especially in the younger age groups.

If you are chosen to swim at PGL (or any gala), it’s really important that you turn up if you have accepted the place (with the exception of last minute illness). PGL is a team event, and everyone’s in it together – so please make sure you attend if you have said you will, so we can achieve our best possible results.

We must take this opportunity to thank Anne and Lis (team managers), Steve and Jayne (timekeepers) and Jo & Nigel (timing the splits) – without them giving us their time, the event wouldn’t have happened!! Thanks to all our lovely swimmers too, and to their parents for giving their time for transport and supporting us from the galleries. Finally, but very importantly, a big thank you to Cindy Cape for managing the whole PGL process, and organising everyone on the night :).

The next round is 22nd April, and after that we are hosting PGL at Bromsgrove on the 5th May. We will definitely be looking for volunteers to help out and show off Evesham Swimming Club’s team spirit – please come forward if you can help out in some way, we have lots you can contribute to and the kids are the ones who benefit. Go on, you know you can help!

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Can you help us to brighten up our noticeboard!

Would you like to help us brighten up our club noticeboard?

We have two boards up in Evesham Leisure Centre, where we post important information about the club. We think they need some colour!!
We’re looking for posters from our members, on the theme of “Why I like Evesham Swimming Club”. Create your poster on an A4 or A3 sheet and either give it to a committee member or post in the club postbox by Monday 3rd April.

All posters will be put on the noticeboard, and some may even make it to the website or Facebook page too!

There will be prizes for the judge’s favourites – have fun creating!!!!!