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22 June 2022

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Club Distance Championships - Warm up times The start times on the Event Conditions for Club Champs are incorrect.  Start times for the remaining sessions are as follows :

Monday 27th June 2022 - Warm-up at 7.00pm
Monday 4th July 2022 - Warm-up at 7.00pm
Tuesday 5th July 2022 - Warm-up at 7.00pm
Sunday 10th July 2022 - Warm-up at 5.15pm
Cake Sales Our first cake sale last Saturday was a great success with an impressive £130 raised.  A big thanks to the Development squad cake donators and of course to everyone that bought a cake.

The pressure is on for Transition to compete with their cake sale this Saturday, 25th June.

If any Transition swimmers can donate cakes, please email Wendy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know.

The cake sale will start at 7.30am on Saturday, so can swimmers please bring their donations on their arrival at training on Saturday.

Any cakes left over will be sold at Pointscore on Sunday, so can swimmers please remember to bring some money if they'd like to buy a cake there.

We'll need a couple of Transition parent volunteers to help with cake sales at Pointscore, as the usual organisers of this will be on poolside, officiating at the event.  It's a good opportunity to be able to watch the swimming too, so if anyone is able to help, can you please email Wendy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know.
 Pointscore 4 Entries to Pointscore 4 on the 26th June are now closed; the programme (subject to withdrawals) is available in the Members Area of the website, under the tab Pointscore, to view.

If you have entered, please take a minute to check your entry is correct, and if you have any queries regarding this, please let us know as soon as possible This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that, in the entries list and Programme, the swimmers' ages are as at 20 November 2022 (the final Pointscore of the year).

As Pointscore is for swimmers to compete against their own times, and points are awarded based on the time they take off their swims, the entry times are the swimmers' "Pointscore" times ... times solely achieved during Pointscore events and therefore may not necessarily reflect their Personal Best times.

If you have entered, but would now like to withdraw from some or all of the events, you can do this using the form on the Pointscore page in the public area of the website or via the link here.  Enter your swimmers name and your email address and then select 'Withdraw'; once you have selected 'Withdraw' all the events will then appear and you just need to tick the specific event/s you wish to withdraw from, or select 'All Events' if you are no longer able to attend.
If you’re not sure which group your swimmer is in, you can check this in the Members’ Area on the Pointscore page.  If your swimmer is new to the Club, they will automatically start in Bronze.
As well as being a fun event for the swimmers, Pointscore is a great introduction to racing for the younger swimmers, as they are racing against their own times from previous events, instead of against other swimmers.  You can read more about the event and find out what each group will be swimming on the website too.
All swimmers are eligible and suitable to take part in Pointscore.
Due to Pointscore, all training on Sunday 26th June 2022 will be cancelled.
30th Anniversary Fundraising  As part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations we’re planning a big raffle to help raise funds.
We are therefore asking our members for any raffle prize donations you may have – however big or small – all are very welcome!  We’re hoping to get lots of a wide range of prizes, from a big grand prize to anything you’re able to donate, like a box of chocolates or a bottle of something.
Also, if any of you have any links to local businesses who may be able to offer bigger raffle prizes we would be very grateful.
All funds are going to our 30th Anniversary fundraising.  Details of which and the donation facility can be found here.
If you can help us with raffle prizes, either from ASC members or any businesses, please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Thanks as always for your help and support.
Club Distance Championships - Session 1 Last night saw the first session of our Distance Club Champs.  Well done to all the swimmers that took part and a big thanks to all the volunteers that helped make the event run smoothly

The results for Session 1 are now available on the website (Members Area -> Internal Club Galas) and will be uploaded to Swim England shortly.

Club records broken last night are below, although we're waiting for final confirmation on these.  Congratulations to the record breakers!

Boys 200m Backstroke

11/12 Age Group – Max O (2:27.12)

13/14 Age Group – Lachie B (2:10.41)

17 and Over Age Group – James P (2:10.40)

Boys 400m IM

11/12 Age Group – Max O (5.26.67)

13/14 Age Group – Lachie B (4:48.90)

Girls 400m IM

17 and Over Age Group – Emily I (5:31.38)

Boys 200m Breaststroke

11/12 Age Group – Max O (3:01.28)

17 and Over Age Group – James P (2:46.47)

Girls 200m Breaststroke

17 and Over Age Group – Emily I (2:58.03)
30th Birthday Swim Clinic with GB International Lauren Quigley The Coaches are extremely excited to be able to offer our swimmers an opportunity to take part in a specially developed swim clinic with Great British International Swimmer Lauren Quigley on Sunday 18 September.

Lauren competed for Great Britain at the highest level, winning 3 silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the 50 Backstroke, 4 x 100 Medley Relay and 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay. 

In 2015 she was ranked 7th in the World for 50 and 100 Backstroke!  Lauren is a local to the Manchester area, having spent most of her swimming career in the North West, at City of Manchester, Stockport Metro and City of Liverpool before later moving to Spain to work, train and compete out there to finish her career.  She has SO MUCH to share with us!  

This inspirational clinic is designed to motivate our swimmers to help them kick off their  2022/23 season with a bang, and it forms a major part of our 30th Birthday Fundraising and Celebration. 

Lauren will share her experiences and knowledge during a morning Zoom session and follow this up with a skills clinic for the swimmers in the afternoon.  I would highly recommend this clinic to all of our swimmers! It's going to be amazing!

The cost of the clinic is £35 per swimmer and this includes a donation to the club's fundraising activities. 

Timings -
Motivational Talk - 10:00, Sunday 18th September, Zoom
Swim Clinic 1 (D1, D2, Transition) - 17:15-18:45, Sunday 18th September, Altrincham Leisure Centre
Swim Clinic 1 (Performance, Competition, Senior) - 18:45-20:15, Sunday 18th September, Altrincham Leisure Centre

Places are limited so we will be operating on a first come first served basis. 

To sign up please register here
The club will take your £35 via Go Cardless once your entry has been processed. 

Any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See some pictures of Lauren in action on the links below :

Lauren Quigley 1
Lauren Quigley 2
Lauren Quigley 3
Lauren Quigley 4 

We look forward to seeing lots of you sign up!

Kate, Dan and the Coaching Team
Training during Club Champs and Pointscore Our annual Distance Club Champs start this Sunday, so just to confirm that all training in the main pool will be cancelled on the following dates :
Sunday 26th June 2022 for Pointscore
Monday 27th June 2022 for Club Champs
Monday 4th July 2022 for Club Champs
Tuesday 5th July 2022 for Club Champs
Sunday 10th July 2022 for Club Champs
Land training will also be cancelled on the three Sundays above.
All training in the small pool will be on as normal for all Club Champs dates, but will be cancelled on Sunday 26th June 2022 for Pointscore.
All swimmers taking part in Club Champs and Pointscore should be there at the beginning of the session so they can take part in the warm up.  The start times for all sessions are :
Sunday 26th June 2022 for Pointscore starting at 5.15pm
Monday 27th June 2022 for Club Champs starting at 7:15pm
Monday 4th July 2022 for Club Champs starting at 7:15pm
Tuesday 5th July 2022 for Club Champs starting at 7:15pm
Sunday 10th July 2022 for Club Champs starting at 5.30pm
As always, please remember to withdraw from all events you have entered but are no longer able to attend.  For Pointscore you can do this using the same link as the entry link and for Club Champs, please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Following the complaint we received from the Leisure Centre after the last Pointscore, please can you remind your swimmer to make sure that they remove all their rubbish from poolside before going home – either in the bins provided or by taking it home to dispose of.
Club Champs Programmes The programmes for the forthcoming sessions Club Champs are now in the Members Area of the website, under the tab 'Internal Club Galas'.

If you have entered, please take a minute to check your entry is there.

For those of you not coming to watch, there are timings on the programmes, which should give some guidance of what time your swimmer will finish and be ready for collection.  However, these are estimates only and may run over as it's expected that we'll need to have a break in between som of the races to give swimmers who are competing in consecutive events a chance to rest.
Spectating at Club Champs We are happy to be welcoming spectators back for all Long Distance Club Champs events, so if you would like to come along to watch your swimmer, please make sure you get there in time to get a seat.  There may be a small entry charge for this, so please remember to bring along some cash.  All money raised from this will be going towards our 30th Anniversary fund raising.
30th Anniversary Fundraising The donation facility on the website has now been finalised.
You can access this on our website, via the ‘Club Information’ and then ‘Fundraising’ tabs, or via the link here.  There is information here on what we are hoping to raise money for during our 30th Anniversary year’s celebrations and beyond.  The donation link is also on the home page of the website and should be visible on the right hand side of all pages on the website.  There are two ways in which to donate : 
  • Members : any current Club members can donate via the ‘Member Donate’ link underneath the fundraising amount thermometer.  This will take you to a page where you can specify the amount you’d like to donate and leave any message you’d like.  Your donation will then been arranged through the Go Cardless direct debit that you already have set up with the Club. 
  • Members and non-Members : Below the ‘Member Donate’ button, there is also a ‘Donate’ button that will take you through to a Paypal account where you can donate, if you don’t have the Go Cardless direct debit set up with us, or even if you have and would prefer to donate with Paypal, you can use this option.  Please note – my name is on the Paypal account as I’m managing it, but this is just the administrative function and I can assure you that you’d be donating to the Club’s 30th Anniversary events, not to my personal account!  If you have any friends or family who would like to donate or sponsor, please pass on the Paypal donation information to them.

As always, we really appreciate your support and would be grateful for any donations to get us towards our target.  We have some great ideas for putting the fundraising to good use that will benefit the Club members and the wider community.

Thanks, Louise.
Cake Sales Our 30th Anniversary fund raising events cake sales have now commenced!  Always popular with swimmers post training, but open to the general public too, we’ll be running these at  weekends and each squad has been allocated a weekend for which we would greatly appreciate your cakes donated to sell on these dates.  The remaining dates are :
25th June - Transition
9th July - Competition
16th July – Performance
However, if you have a swimmer in a group who has been allocated a date they won’t be swimming on, please feel free to bring cakes on any of the other dates.
The sale will start at 7.30am at the leisure centre on each Saturday, so please bring your cakes to drop off then.
For the dates of the cake sale for swimmers in Competition and Performance, there will be somewhere to leave cakes on their arrival for training at 6am on 9th and 16th July.
Any cake donations would be very welcome, but if you are able to let us know before hand, so we can get an idea of stock levels, it would be appreciated.  Please email Wendy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know.
We are also awaiting delivery of our commemorative 30th Anniversary Club swimming hats and these will hopefully arrive in time to be on sale at the cake sales on 9th and 16th July 2022.
Swimmer of the Month May was another great month of swimming with our National Qualifiers confirmed and our younger swimmers continuing to work very hard on their skills.
We had some great nominations this month, with all the coaches highly praising the nominees. All of our nominees embody the Swimmer ABC’s and their hard work is paying off.
Well done to our 3 runners up who are:
Tom A - Development 1: Tom has been making great progress and is growing in confidence every session and in Pointscore. He has also been coming along to the open water meet ups and is taking to open water like a pro!
Jessica S - Transition: Jessica is technically very good and really works hard to improve her swimming skills. She turns up to every training session embraces the harder sessions with an iron will and lots of enthusiasm. She’s made lots of friends in her squad and is always the first to make new members feel welcome. She’s started to challenge herself by entering external galas and swam brilliantly for ASC at the Trafford Borough Development League gala.
Harriet J - Senior: Harriet has rejoined the club post covid and has been working really hard in training. We were delighted to see her race at the Trafford Spring Meet where she came away with some great PBs. She’s a great addition to the squad.
There can however be only one Swimmer of the Month!
Holly L - Development 2 was voted by the Coaches because of her fantastic attitude and the way she has really taken a step up in training. All the Coaches who have had involvement with her commented on her improvement, dedication and effort level and noted her attitude and performance at the May point score. Really well done Holly, you have embodied our Swimmer ABCs and impressed all the Coaches! Great job!
Swim England National Awards Please see the email sent out on 1st June 2022 regarding the Swim England National Awards, which are now open.  If you would like to make a nomination, please do this before the closing date of 31st July 2022.  More details can be found here.
Club Kit If you need a swimming hat, these are available for £5.50 each – please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  All other Club kit can be purchased through The Kit Stop website, or via the link here.
Resource Information There is now a ‘Members Resources’ section of the Members Area on the website and there is already lots of interesting and useful information on there, so please have a look if you haven’t already.
30th Anniversary Celebrations As we’ve previously let you know – 2022 marks the club’s 30th Anniversary.
Plans are afoot to arrange some events this year to celebrate.  Below are the upcoming events that have been scheduled so far – hopefully with the advance notice, lots of our swimmers will be free to attend and celebrate with us.
4th September : Swimathon at ASC
9th September : Celebration and Presentation at Bowdon Rugby Club
18th September : Swim Clinic with Kate
More details will follow when available.
Fundraising by shopping When shopping online, 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 here.
Reporting Absence There is no need to report any absence from training sessions.  The only exception to this is if the absence is as a result of a positive Covid result or if the absence is anticipated to be prolonged (more than a couple of weeks).  If your swimmer has tested Covid positive, please report this via the form on the website, or via the link here.
Contacting Coaches If you need to contact the Coaches, for any reason, please remember to do this via email and not via Coaches' personal mobile phones, on text/WhatsApp etc.  Messages should be sent by email to either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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.  
Club Contact For any queries or questions, please email us here

Dates for your Diary

18 Jun 2022
Open Water Swim
19 Jun 2022
05:30PM -
Distance Championships
26 Jun 2022
05:15PM -
Pointscore 4
27 Jun 2022
07:15PM -
Distance Championships
02 Jul 2022
Ramsbottom Summer Fun
02 Jul 2022
Richmond Dales Summer Madness
02 Jul 2022
Ramsbottom Summer Fun
04 Jul 2022
07:15PM - 09:00PM
Distance Championships
05 Jul 2022
07:15PM -
Distance Championships
10 Jul 2022
05:30PM -
Distance Championships

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30th anniversary fundraising progress!
£ 30000
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donation thermometer
£ 1262.86
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