We hope you have all had a good break and are raring to get back into training especially after watching the Olympics.
The Olympic swimming is still available to watch (and download) on iPlayer, so make sure you make the most of it and see how the best in the World do it.
There's nothing better for your own swimming than to watch the best. In particular watch the dives, turns and the technique for all strokes. Pay special attention to the underwater shots and the slow motion. Take what you see into your training and talk to your coaches to find out how you can improve.
We can all dream of competing at the Olympic Games and at Matlock SC there is a pathway for you to get there. It takes 100% dedication and commitment and only the very best make it, but even for those who don't aspire to go all the way, setting achievable goals for your swimming and reaching those goals can be just as rewarding and provide you with valuable lifeskills on the way.
The start of the season is a great time to take a look at what you want to achieve in the coming year and beyond, so take some time to think about what goals you want to achieve in your swimming this year, talk to your coaches about it - they can help you get achieve those goals!
You've probably all been wondering what's happening now the small pool repairs are complete. The good news is, that except for a small minor changes we will be getting back to normality when we return this Tuesday, 23rd August
Here's the main changes that have taken place:
- Monday mornings have now been cut (please also note there will be no morning training during our first week back 22nd-26th August)
- No lessons in the small pool on Wednesdays and Sundays.
- Club 3 will continue with a longer session on Thursdays 7-8:30.
To view and download printable versions of the new timetables please visit the following pages:
Sunday 3 July, 2016, saw a squad of twenty three ‘MAD’ swimmers descend on Alfreton for the annual Ripley Rascals July open meet. The swimmers had a very successful day as was evident in them achieving a total of forty personal bests between them!
The atmosphere and team spirit on the day was fantastic with the squad really getting into the warm-up routines and the ‘sing-a-long’! (see Di for evidence!). To quote from the Rascals website, “The swimmers deserve to be proud of their performances both in the pool and between races (numerous comments were made as to how well they had all behaved). We hope that they all achieved their goals and enjoyed it as much as the smiles suggested.”
Results to be published soon.
Report provided by Phil Barrett
This year’s Club Championships took place over two weekends Friday 20th. November Sunday 20th November and Friday 27th November. 84 swimmers entered although all main pool swimmers are encouraged to enter less than 50% did.
Gala 1 - 143 swims / 98 pbs
Gala 2 - 168 swims / 113 pbs
Gala 3 - 79 swims / 56 pbs
Well done swimmers.
Many thanks are expressed to the electronics team all poolside officials and all poolside helpers without these people the Championships would not happen.
With this years Championships being licensed all the swimming times will be on the a.s.a. ranking lists and can therefore be used as qualifying times for the 2016 County Championships being held at Matlock in February 2016, a total of 41 swimmers now have the qualifying times.
Once again congratulations to everyone involved.
The presentation evening will be at the village hall in Rowsley on Saturday 16th January 2016 starting at 7.00.p.m. Tickets are now available to purchase from Mrs.Monteiro or Mrs.Gregory.
Your Committee met on 8/11/15. Yes, your Committee. Without your Committee you have no one to run your Club and without you, your Committee has no Club to run. Your Committee members are volunteers and do their best for you. It appreciates that it cannot keep all the people happy all the time, but it tries its best and hopes that its failings are met with understanding and sympathy rather than resentment and frustration. To help you express your views it has created an informal Parent Representative Committee comprising John Curran, Ian Broadbent, Philip Barrett, Chris Beech, Marlene Monteiro and your Welfare Officer Marie Davey. Your Committee asks that if you have any concerns you contact one of your Parent Representatives. Your Representatives are there to receive and express your views and keep you informed of developments within the Club. It is not a secret cartel focused on self-interest. Its interests are reflected in your Club’s Vision Statement that can be found under “Policies.” Club Captains will be invited to comment on Club matters prior to the Committee’s monthly meeting so any swimmer (no matter their age or ability can air their views via their Club Captain).
Your Head Coach encourages all swimmers and carers/parents to the read the information contained in Swimmers’ Info under the heading Important Nutrition and Coaching Information for Galas.
Rather than sit, talk, watch and wait for your child to finish swimming have you fancied getting involved? Would you like to be a lifeguard? If interested please email Chris Hallas on
Refinement to Training Times
Your Committee has been listening to you. Following the introduction of the new training regime/fee structure further developments have resulted in a change to pool and training times. With effect from 1/10/15 the monthly fee for Clubs 1, 2, 3 and Masters will be £40. Club 1 will get 1 hour extra pool time on a Tuesday. Pool time for the rest is more or less equalised and Clubs 1, 2 and 3 will have the benefit of land training on a Sunday.
Also from 1/10/15 training will start and finish 15 minutes earlier on a Sunday. This means land training will start at 4.45 pm and finish at 5.45 pm and all swimming will be brought forward by 15 minutes so it will start at 4.45 pm and finish 15 minutes earlier at 7.15 pm every Sunday. This is at the request of the Arc so that it can ease the transition of the pool for Water Polo.
We regret to advise that we are forced to increase the Club Fees with effect from the 1st of September 2015, agreed at the AGM held on 24th June 2015.
The increase is caused by a number of factors but primarily due to a non-negotiable increase of our pool hire costs. We have tried to have an even increase across all groups
The Committee has decided to amalgamate the two Masters Squads into just “Masters” from 1st September 2015. Hence all Masters swimmers will have to pay the same fee as they all have the same training time.
Please, can all those with STANDING ORDERS arrange to change these in line with the appropriate NEW FEE before the 1st of September.
In January 2016 all swimmers will have to contribute towards the ASA Membership Fees. Swimmers in Teaching Pool will have to pay £10 and swimmers in the Main Pool will have to pay £20. These Fees will be collected annually.
The Club Committee would very much like to thank you for your continuing support and participation, and trust that you will understand our position in this matter.
||FEE||10% OFF (for 3 or more swimmers in family)|
|TP 1 to 4||£21||£18.90|
|Development 1& 2||£24||£21.60|
The new fee structure can be found on the Fees Page.
I am sure you will all be thrilled to hear that Helen Thornhill has been selected to represent England, in the Mountain Running International Youth Cup, in Bulgaria later this month. Helen was selected after a number of recent amazing runs in fell race/mountain races throughout the country. Helen who swims in Club 3 and who regularly coaches Masters groups at the club, should be an inspiration to you all. I and no doubt all of you, wish her good luck in her International Debut.
Gary McCaffery Chief Coach
Please note that if swimmers do not complete the session the coach/teacher or helper has set them, they will be asked to get out of the session. Swimming club is not to place to undergo your own sessions, if you don’t wish to do the session, please leave and pay to use the public sessions. At no point are any swimmers masters or children to disobey club coaches and helpers.