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Last updated 19 February 2021

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Land Training  Firstly, well done to all of the swimmers who completed last week's challenge week. There were 5 difficult land sessions each morning and there was an average turn out of over 45 swimmers, which is fantastic!

Hopefully, we will all get a clearer picture of when we will return to the pool and more swimmers are starting to up their land work in preparation. This will make a return to training a lot easier for them! 

Next week, we return to normal land training times with one exception this week. The sessions will be:

Monday 5.15pm - Core Session
Wednesday 5.15pm - Whole Body S&C
Friday 5.15pm - Leg Session

There will be no Saturday session this weekend but we will return to normal the following week.

Chris 
Sunday's Squad Zoom
A big thanks to all the swimmers who were on the Zoom last Sunday to meet Bo and Sophie.

In preparation for a special session Coach Lucy is planning for this Sunday (28th Feb) please could you send 3 interesting facts about your swimmer to Lucy, via the email address in the newsletter, by Saturday 27th February.  Lucy will be organising a "guess who" presentation in order to help the swimmers get to know each other better.  Being part of the team is so important to us! 
ASC Photo Challenge
A little challenge this week for you. You need to take Altrincham SC to the 4 locations below, either on your bike/on a run; take a selfie with an ASC top or hoodie on to tick them off; use Facebook to post your photos or tag us in your story @altrinchamswimmingclub
 
This is level 1 - Altrincham.  If you get stuck in and give it a go, next week we’ll release 4 new locations.
 
1) @altrinchamleisure our home
 
2) The Bridgewater canal
 
3) Frank Sidebottom Statue
 
4) Dunham Massey
Lockdown 3 Run Plans As you all know, we are out of the pools again, and we are really keen that swimmers do not lose the fitness that they have worked so hard to build up in the last 4 weeks back in the pool.

We have talked a lot about the best way to keep fit in these times, and we really do think that running is the best cardiovascular exercise to keep fit whilst trying to balance school/home school, dark nights and poor weather conditions. This balanced with the Zoom Land Training sessions are a very effective mix. 

We've put together a plan which combines Chris's Zoom sessions with some short run sessions that should be accessible to most members.   Whilst we do not expect every swimmer to complete every session each week, the more sessions you can complete then the better the outcomes will be. 

Kate has put together a short video explaining how the run plan will work here

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iFq-gBcpSR2Jjsc3BGt1xs_onb6C22SL/view?usp=sharing

If you would like to follow the plan then please email Kate on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We hope that swimmers will engage with this programme so that we can be back up to speed as quickly and easily as possible when the pools do reopen!
Tier 4 - Training Cancelled and Training fees Further to the news that we're now in tier 4, unfortunately it means that swimming is once again put on hold and our return to Altrincham Leisure Centre is therefore postponed.

With immediate effect, there will be no more swimming training until further notice.

Training fees will be paused and we'll be in touch again in the next week to let you know what's happening with land training sessions and also with Membership renewals, which are due next month.

Despite the disappointing news, we'd like to wish all our swimmers and families a very Happy New Year.  Enjoy this evening as much as you can and let's hope that 2021 is a happier, healthier, safer and more prosperous one for us all!
2020 Presentations The 2020 Presentations were made this evening at Sale Leisure Centre; presentations were as follows:-

2021 Club Captains - Boys Captain, Arthur F and Girls Captain, Emily I

2020 Swimmers' Swimmer - Michael G

2020 Coaches' Swimmer - Bo S

2020 Chloe Waddell Cup Winner - Max O
Self-Isolation Reporting If your swimmer needs to self-isolate, please let us know by completing our online form here.  This will ensure that the Coaches are aware which training sessions you cannot attend.
Kit Shop As we no longer have the facility for selling kit, if you're looking for any kit, please see the shop on our website, where the remaining stock is being sold. 
Judge 1 Qualification Please see the email sent out previously (copy here) regarding becoming a Level 1 Judge.  It would help greatly if you can get involved in this.  Remember - swimming is for life, not just for Christmas! - so if you're likely to be spending the next few years watching your child compete at galas, why not consider becoming an official.  If you're interested in getting qualified, please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Lost Property Please remember that we have a Lost Property section on the website.  There have been a few things added to this recently, so, if your swimmer has lost anything during training sessions, please check this on our website or here.  
Volunteering Opportunities As always, we have several opportunities for you to get involved with the Club.  Full details of vacant volunteer roles within the Club is on the website.  
Medical Records Can you please ensure that any updates to Medical Records for swimmers are communicated to our Membership Secretary.
Fundraising by Shopping Please consider raising funds for our club via the Easy Fundraising online service. Shopping doesn't cost you a penny more, but as you make purchases online shops make a donation to the club. All you do is register (it's good to click the "Find & Remind" button) and start shopping. Please give it a go and encourage others to do so too – it's effectively free money to benefit the members of our club! Thank you.  More information is on the website, or via the link http://www.altrinchamsc.org.uk/index.php/club-information/fundraising 
Free Swimming A reminder that as a member of Altrincham Swimming Club, swimmers are entitled to free swimming at Altrincham Leisure Centre. You will need to complete a form which needs to be signed by your coach. If you need a form please let our Club Secretary know at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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