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Last updated 08 October 2021

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North West Winter Regionals Entries for this year's Swim England North West Winter Regionals are now open and the closing date for this is Wednesday 20th October 2021.

The consideration times for this are difficult to achieve and these are generally for the older swimmers who qualify for this.  If you would like to check if your swimmer has qualified for this, you can see all the information here.

There have apparently been some glitches in the software on the entry and payment system, which we're assured will be sorted out by next week.  Therefore, if you are planning to enter your swimmer into this, the advice is to wait until next week at the earliest to do this, to avoid the early problems that have been encountered.
Trip to Aqua Chimp Just a reminder of the upcoming social event at Aqua Chimp and thanks to those that have booked on so far.

We've had some questions about friends and family being able to book a place, but we would obviously like to give priority to any swimmers that would like to attend.

If you would like to book a place for your swimmer, can you please do this by this Sunday 10th October 2021.  If there are any places left after Sunday, these will also be opened up to any friends and family that would like to come.

Please see the below for details of the trip.
Social Events We have been looking for opportunities to provide additional social events for swimmers, outside of the ASC setting and have secured an hour booking for up to 30 participants to enjoy the 'Aqua Chimp' at Wildshore, Delamere. 
Booking details:
Saturday 23rd October 2021
1pm arrival for 50 minute session, 1.30-2.20pm
Cost: £15 each
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you would like to reserve a place for your child please confirm This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please note, this is not an ASC supervised event. The club can take no responsibility for your child on the day. Participants will be required to make their own way and complete an individual waiver with the venue.
The venue requires that Children between 8 and 15 must have an adult on site (not on the activity) over 18 years old, with a ratio of 1 adult for every 3 children - don't worry, the adult doesn't need to be taking part.
Head Coach Update It's now October and the swimmers have been settling into their new squads and timetables really well. The Coaches are pleased with the progress and swimmers are bringing their best efforts to training. Squad 1 has been adapting well to the new land training: and a big thanks to Tom for a great job on the coaching side. 
Swimmer of the Month
The Coaches have started a new initiative to spotlight the hard work of one swimmer each month.
Each Coach nominates a swimmer from anywhere in the Club to recognise their effort and then we agree the winner collectively. 
We are delighted to announce that September's Swimmer of the Month is Lachie B in Squad 1. Lachie has really stepped up his swimming and his mindset recently, and has shown a brilliant attitude to both skills based sessions and the hard graft. He's inspiring the younger swimmers using his Young Volunteers Award assisting on a Saturday evening and we can't wait to see what times he can pull out when he starts racing! Well done Lachie. 
The other worthy nominees for September were:
  • Tatiana S for her work in Squad 3 - settling in brilliantly, making friends and attacking every session with gusto. 
  • Sam G in Squad 4 - brilliant focus in training, working so hard in every session and even swimming outside of the Club as much as he can.
Well done every one ! 
We had our first meet at the weekend at the City of Leeds, with some promising performances from Michael W, Ashley D, James P and Sam DD. Well done to all of them, notably Michael for 2 golds in the 100 and 200 free, 2 bronzes for Ash in the 50 free and 100 fly and a silver for James in the 50 free. 
We are looking forward to our first local meet at Burnley Bobcats on 16/17 October, and we can't wait to see how we fare against the local teams. 
Arena League will now commence on Saturday 13 November 2021.  We will be picking the team soon so please do keep that date free if you are in Squad 1 or 2. 
Cheshire County Championship Selection times and dates have now been released so please do have a look at the times and ensure that you enter the upcoming galas so that swimmers have the best chance to qualify. The link is here
Club Run
After the success of our first Club Run, the run for October will take place on Sunday 31st October at Wythenshawe Athletics Track. Meet at 845am beside the track and wear some club kit! All are welcome, siblings, friends and family. 
Please note this is not a club supervised session, but Kate will be there as a friendly face! 
Long Course Training 10 October Manchester Aquatics
Please note it is Manchester Marathon on Sunday 10 October, therefore you may need to plan your travel into Manchester carefully. There is access via Princess Parkway. Travel info is here:
On the subject of the Marathon – if you have volunteered to Marshall at this event, Kate will email you separately about this.
We are really keen to keep our high standards of behaviour across all the 6 squads.  We'd like to request that all swimmers revisit the Code of Conduct for Swimmers on the club website. The coaches are working hard to ensure the best possible training environment for everyone at all times, and we appreciate your support on this.  
Here's to another good month!
Kate and the Coaching Team
Level X Results Hopefully all of you will now have received your Level X Series 2 results via email from Swim England.

This event took place earlier in the Summer and Chris, myself, and the coaching team were delighted with how the swimmers applied themselves.

Now that we have the official results, we have some truly outstanding performances to report.

Firstly, to bring context to these results, this was the only racing available during the pandemic, so engagement was extremely high across the country. 26,000 swimmers took part in the competition which was live between 12 April 2021 and 22 August 2021.

Any swimmer hitting the top 100 in any race is an extremely good result in this national Level X competition. Many of our swimmers achieved this in one or more of their races. This is especially good as Altrincham’s pool is not known to be the fastest!

A top 50 result is outstanding, with Michael G coming 32nd in the Male 13 years 100 Individual Medley and Michael W coming 49th in the Male 13 years 100 Freestyle.

We have 3 swimmers who made the coveted Swim England Level X Top 10 leaderboards and who ranked in the Top 30 or higher in all of their events.

Please join the Club in congratulating these swimmers for their success in this competition, making the Top 10 in the following events:

• Ashley D
4th - Male 17 years 50 Butterfly
9th - Male 17 years 100 Freestyle

• James P
4th - Male 17 years 50 Freestyle
6th - Male 17 years 100 Freestyle
7th - Male 17 years 50 Backstroke
8th - Male 17 years 100 Backstroke

• Max O
2nd (Silver Medal) - Male 12 years 100 Individual Medley
6th - Male 12 years 100 Backstroke

Great effort everyone! There’s so much more to come now that “real” galas are back!

Keep up the good work,
Altrincham Swimming Club Winter Meet 2021 The Altrincham Swimming Club Winter Meet is due to take place on Sunday 14th November and Sunday 5th December 2021 at 5.15 - 8.15pm.

This event is suitable for all swimmers in all squads to enter, but if you’re at all unsure as to whether to enter, please speak to your swimmer’s Coach.

Please note - there will be no normal training on either of these dates.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find dates to fit in formal Club Champs prior to Christmas, so this is a compromise to allow all swimmers to get some racing in, within the internal Club environment.
Any swimmer who swims faster than the current recorded Club Record time for that stroke, distance and age group will be awarded the new Club Record.
Your swimmer can take part regardless of whether they are ASA Level 1 or Level 2 registered, but only times for swimmers who are Level 2 registered will be submitted to Swim England.  Times for all swimmers will be posted in the Members Area of the Club website.
Without our usual Pointscore events, this is a great introduction for swimmers new to competition and all the swimmers enjoy these events.  We’re planning to re-start Pointscore afresh in 2022.
Event Conditions and the Programme can be found here.
There will be a flat entry fee of £10 per swimmer – regardless of how many events are entered, and this will be processed using the Go Cardless direct debit, so you don’t need to do anything about payment.
Entry opened today and will close on Sunday 31st October 2021.

Entries are now live on the website at Swimming -> ASC Winter Meet or via the link here.

We look forward to seeing lots of you entering.
SENW 2021 Winter Regional Championships The Swim England North West 2021 Winter Regional Championships are due to take place on 6th and 7th November 2021 and the Entry Pack for this event has just been released, with entry opening on Wednesday 6th October and closing on Wednesday 20th October 2021.
You can find all the information via the links below.
SENW 2021 Winter Regional Championships – Consideration / Qualifying Times
SENW 2021 Winter Regional Championships – Meet Conditions
SENW 2021 Winter Regional Championships – Entry Pack
SENW 2021 Winter Regional Championships – Draft Programme
Please note – this is a Regional Championships event and the qualifying times are difficult to achieve.  There are only two categories of qualifying time (16 yrs and under or 17 yrs and older) and this is probably therefore only suited to the older, more competitively experienced swimmers.
Times have to have been achieved since 1st January 2021 and this can be from any external individual gala or Level X.
Your swimmer can only be entered into events in which they have achieved the qualifying time.
Entry is done on an individual basis, so you will be responsible for entering your swimmer.  Swim England North West will publish the link to this on their website from Wednesday 6th October 2021 and further instructions on entry are in the Entry Pack.

The current information is that spectators will be allowed at the event, but this will be confirmed nearer the day.  It will also be live streamed on YouTube.
Chair Update Thank you for the lovely feedback and support for the change in leadership, with Kate & Dan leading our Coaching team as Head and Assistant Head Coach.  I'm really pleased to see the level of ambition and commitment that they have already invested into developing our swimmers, and am really excited for the future of the Club.
It's been fantastic to see the Club return to some form of normality, with restrictions eased and the reintroduction of many competitions. Whilst restrictions have been eased, the club is committed to the duty of care we have to our swimmers. We are navigating the updated government guidance alongside awareness of individuals at risk, including swimmers or family members.  As a result we would like to highlight additional measures, which will also be posted on our website. We ask that these are followed to support us in safeguarding our swimmers.
- please follow government guidance for schools to take a lateral flow test twice a week
- please alert the club if your swimmer tests positive for COVID.
- we will issue an alert for all members who have attended the same training session within 48 hours of the PCR test, so they are aware of a potential positive contact. Please note, we are not able to provide any further information regarding individual cases due to privacy restrictions, so please do not respond to these emails.
- if any member of your household is isolating following a positive test for COVID please do not allow your swimmer to attend training sessions until the isolation period has ended and your swimmer has tested negative with a lateral flow test.
If your swimmer does test positive with a PCR test, can you please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to advise the swimmer’s name and the date of the positive result, together with the date they last attended a training session.

The Self Isolation Notification form on website is still active.  This has obviously been used less often since the rules changed on who has to self isolate, but please still use this to notify us of absence for any prolonged period due to the need to self isolate.  However you will only be notified if a swimmer in your child's squad has tested positive and has attended a session within 48 hours of their positive PCR.
We would like to reinforce that due to the need to minimise numbers on poolside and therefore the associated risk of infection, we are not able to accommodate spectators at this time. The only adults in attendance should be by exception and with the coaches prior consent - thank you to the 3 individuals that are training for their coaching qualifications.
We thank you all for your continued support. If anyone has any questions or would like to discuss in more detail please contact me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Baby News! We’re thrilled to report that Coach Andy became a Dad a few days ago, when his wife Nicola gave birth to a gorgeous baby boy, George James Walton, last Thursday, 16th September 2021.  They’re all doing well.  You can see a picture of the new arrival here.
Workshops Kate is looking into putting some workshops on with information that will be useful for both swimmers and parents.  The first one is on the subject of Girls, Puberty & Swimming as she's had lots of questions on the subject.

There will be information from Kate during the session, from some of the older female swimmers and also from a medical point of view.

The idea would be to have it as a recorded session that could be accessed at the time or in the future.

If anyone has any questions on the subject that they would like answered or have more information on during the session, could you please email Kate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will include these.
Welfare Officer We are always looking for volunteers and we are currently recruiting for a new Club Welfare Officer.  We have a male Welfare Officer who is experienced and continuing in the role, but it’s recommended that we have both a male and female Welfare Officer, so we’re looking for a female volunteer please.  If anyone is interested in taking on this role, please get in touch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can give you more details of what’s involved.
Swim England North West Update There are still placed available on the Swim England Young Volunteer Award course below.

Young Volunteers will be required to commit to 2 online sessions, and then complete all online work within 12 months.

November 2021 – click here to book your place
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 
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.
Calendar For all the galas and events coming up, please click here
Club Contact For any queries or questions, please email us here

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If your swimmer needs to self-isolate, please let us know by completing our online form here.

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The object of the Pointscore competition is for swimmers to compete against their own times on a regular basis under competition conditions. This will allow them to challenge for places in teams and prepare them for competition. They will be gaining experience of racing. Points are scored for any improvements gained and are aggregated for the purpose of making periodic and annual awards. The competition is open to all members of the club.

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