Club Sec News Jan 2017

SWIM 21 – is the ASA ‘kitemark’ for a well run club. We have been awarded this for another year.


OFFICIALS TRAINING – we are running our next course on Monday nights at  Kettering pool during the early session - starting on MONDAY 6TH FEBRUARY.

The course is free and run by Howard Wilkinson from Corby ASC.

As we now run 2 teams in all leagues, it is vital that we maintain a good level of qualified officials. At the moment we do struggle to staff two galas on a Saturday. The more qualified officials we have, the less often you would have to officiate!

It might look quite scary but in fact it isn’t ( it also means you get free entry to galas and you won’t have to fight for a seat in the viewing area!!!). You can just do the Timekeepers qualification ( 3 weeks theory and a practical) or the Judges qualifications ( can take up to 10 weeks and then practicals). We do need to have both types of officials at galas.

The Monday time slots will be Judge 1 – 5-6pm ( for those who currently have a timekeepers qualification)

                                           Timekeeper – 6-7pm – for those new to officials training – you could go on to do Judge 1 or 2 afterwards.

Please do contact us through the club sec email if you are interested or see Carol Simms at Kettering on Sunday and Monday or speak to your coach.

WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK - The website is a fantastic source of information, including news, entry forms for competitions (when they come out), membership information, about KASC kit and up to date swimmers times. For the latter, you need to request access to the members area from the webmaster. You can also find us on Facebook, which is amazingly useful, especially when we want to get news out at short notice!

SWIMMERS’ TIMES – These are on the website and Amanda ( team manager) emails times from galas on a regular basis  to those who competed. Swimmers and parents should also keep a record of times so that they can see their progress and have them ready for entry forms. There are also, of course, the set of badges and flashes which can be collected as certain times are reached. Information is on the website and noticeboard at Kettering or ask your coach.

SAINSBURY’S VOUCHERS – We will be collecting these again this year. We have managed to get some great equipment for land training sessions over the last two years. If only we could use them to buy a new pool!!!

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Award Night

What a great night the awards night was last Friday! We hope that everyone who came enjoyed themselves!

A huge thanks to Jo and Neil Freeman and Claire for putting the whole thing together and to everyone that helped with the planning, the running of the event on the night and the donation of raffle prizes and desserts.

Also, a big thank you  to Councillor Scrimshaw and Steve Edwards for giving up their time to present some of our awards and we are very grateful to Councillor Scrimshaw for the £1200 cheque to replace our much worn lane ropes. A big thank you to our President, Don Ward too for presenting awards – we have now lost count of the number of awards nights that Don has attended!

If you have any ideas for next years’ awards night or would like to get involved in the running of it or other social events, then do please let us know.

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Hi everyone


Well done to our two teams who have begun their Leicester Winter League journey. They both faced tough opposition but swum their hearts out and again did lots of pb’s!

The ‘A’ team were unexpectedly promoted to Division 1 because one of the other teams in that division had pulled out at short notice but the team gave a great account of themselves. We look forward to the next round so look out for Amanda’s ( team manager) email and do please reply to her about availability AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

County champs

Entries for these are now closed. This year we have again increased the number of swimmers entered so that we have almost 40 competing. Please come along to support them on the championship weekends. It would be great to see all of our supporters wearing red and cheering loudly! County swimming hats are available for those new to the counties

Sainsbury’s vouchers

These begin again at the end of January so it would be great if you could again be generous in donating them to the club. The last two years we have used them to get equipment for land training.


As a club we can only exist with a strong volunteer workforce.

If you would like to volunteer to help out with the club in any way do please let us know through the club sec email or your coaches or committee members. In particular we are looking for someone ( or perhaps 2 people) to take on the club secretary role.

We also need parents or older swimmers to become qualified officials. As we now run two teams for all leagues we need to keep a steady flow of officials coming through. We will be running an officials course at Kettering pool on a Monday evening during the early session, starting in the next couple of weeks so if you would like to train as a timekeeper or judge or would like to further your current qualification please let us know. It’s not as daunting as it sounds, honestly!


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Team Captains 2017

Our captains for  2017 were announced at the awards night on Friday.

They are:

Seniors – Harriet Palmer and Austin Reed

Juniors – Declan Bell and Charlotte Johnson

We wish them luck in their roles.

At galas you will recognise them by their captains t-shirts


Hi everyone

We finally have names for our gala teddy mascots. Many thanks to Curtis Minney who organised the vote for us.

The ‘A’ team teddy ( complete with goggles, hat and t-shirt) – is going to be called – ‘Bob’

And the ‘B’ team teddy is going to be called ‘Sprint’.

They will be appearing at galas with their respective teams and will need some volunteers to look after them on poolside!


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Junior Swimmers of the month - November 2016

Mia Brockway - Mia has been awarded the Swimmer of the Month due to her brilliant attitude towards her training and the effort she is puts in. She always tries her best during training and is willing to push herself in order to continue improving. She listens to advice from her coaches and takes it on board straight away. She also entered her 1st club champs this year and was keen to enter a variey of events. Keep it up Mia!

 Fred Robertson-Smith - Fred has been given the award this month to say well done for all the hard work that he has been putting in. He has recently progressed up to the final stage of our Academy section and he is taking his new training load in his stride. Fred has also made recent improvements with his tumble turns and diving skills. He has entered this year's club champs and has begun participating in galas with the club. Well done Fred!