Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Blog 2020-82 Outdoor training Saturday 4th July - National/Senior/Midland/County Squads

Just to clarify as we only have 60 spaces available on Saturday which is  less than the total number of swimmers in the squads, you will need to email me to book a space. This needs to be done ASAP so I can sort the groups out and keep family units together, then notify people of when their session is etc.

Please do not turn up on the day if you have not booked a space. There are currently 21 spaces left for the morning.

You will need to bring your form with you on the day as these will be collected by the Covid19 Representative not the coaches.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Blog 2020-81 Thank you from The Trussell Trust

As you may know, Long Eaton and the rest of Derbyshire's swimming clubs came together in our event 'Step Sunday'. We raised a total of £433, smashing our target of £100!

Here is a message from The Trussell Trust:

"From all of us at the Trussell Trust, we'd like to say a huge thank you for all your fundraising. Thank you so much for all your hard work and for your generosity and compassion for choosing to do this. Congratulations are also in order for your incredible fundraising total! We appreciate every penny you've raised and every conversation you have started. Your support has never been more vital. During April 2020, food banks in our network saw a 89% increase in need compared to the same period last year, with a staggering 107% increase in emergency food parcels for children. You have helped the food banks in our network achieve a great deal in the last few weeks as they face this increased need and adjust to new ways of working. On behalf of not only the team here at the Trussell Trust, but also from each and every one who uses food banks, thank you.

With gratitude from the Trussell Trust Fundraising Team"

Well done and thank you to everyone who took part!

Friday, 26 June 2020

Blog 2020-80 Contact details

To ensure the Club has the most accurate information, if there’s been a recent change to your contact details i.e. email address and mobile number, please can you contact: members.lesc@hotmail.co.uk

Thank you.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Blog 2020-79 End of Season

Hi all

Following on from the governments announcement yesterday we are going to take our summer break from Sunday 5th July to Sunday 19th July inclusive. This will replace the normal summer break in August. It has always been the clubs intention to have this break prior to any return to the pool but with the delay looking like it will take us to at least 20th July before pools reopen we are getting ahead of the game and taking the break now. Hopefully this helps our members with plans etc.

On Monday 20th of July we will return to training and hopefully this will then involve some pool sessions. Details of the return to training will be communicated to yourselves as soon as possible.

In the meantime keep engaged with the the online sessions and club communications.

Whilst this season has been cut short it was shaping up to be one of our most successful seasons to date. The improvements in the lower age groups in terms of both standards and numbers were pointing to diddy league success and having over 20 regional qualifiers going into the break with more on the verge of qualifying showing the strength in the upper age groups as well. The way we have come together during this crisis and supported each other just shows how much team spirit has grown within the club. All of which I want to build on next season.

On July 4th we plan on having an online party/BBQ. If its safe to visit your friends within the club to BBQ together whilst being online with other friends and families please do so. Hawaiian shirts and party frocks are the theme for the evening and if anyone wants to send in song suggestions I will get a playlist for the evening sorted.

So lets come together and celebrate the greatest season that never was!!

Blog 2020-78 : A Message From Our President.

Dear Members

Following on from the disappointing news that swimming pools will not be opening as we had hoped.
Spencer and his coaching team have been working closely with the committee to progress the swimmers safe return to the water, despite the set back they will continue to keep the swimmers fit and mentally prepared for our eventual return.

I would like to thank the committee and coaches for all their hard work during the past months and the the dedication they have shown.

I would ask members to continue supporting LESC and look forward to a positive outcome soon.

Take Care

Keith Kelly
LESC President

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Blog 2020 – 77 – Update and Survey Feedback

Firstly, we understand how disappointing today’s Government announcement is by giving no date for swimming facilities to reopen. 

Swim England have launched #OpenOurPools campaign which is urging the Prime Minister to reopen facilities up and down the country as soon as possible. Please visit: https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/open-our-pools/

In the meantime, we will continue to plan for our return to the pool so when a date is announced we are ready.

Thank you to those that have completed the survey and for all of the feedback. We’ve had an overwhelming response with 95% of swimmers wanting to return to the Club once the swimming pools reopen. This is fantastic and the safety of our swimmers, coaching staff and volunteers is paramount and will be put first in all considerations whilst we plan for our return to swimming.

As mentioned in the previous blog, we are keen to keep you updated regularly. Conversations continue with the pool operators to ensure a smooth return to the pools, we’re in the process of finalising risk assessments and we’re formulating a return to pool timetable to support pool and land activity.

We are also working on our ‘Return to Training Briefing’ which is requirement of Swim England. The briefing will outline measures including:

  • Arrival and departure protocols
  • Activity pre, during and post pool
  • The standard of participants and the specific type of activity
  • Transitions between activities (e.g. from training sets to breaks)
  • The length of pool and width of lanes
  • The set-up of poolside space
  • Use and cleaning of equipment
  • Use of facilities such as changing rooms and dryland areas
  • Spectators
  • Lifeguarding and safety arrangements

Before returning to swimming, swimmers (over 18) and parents for under 18-year olds will be asked to agree that they have understood the requirements set out in the briefing and commit to adhering to them. Further details to follow.

We will at all times be led by the latest government guidance and regulations. Thank you again for your continued support.

LESC Committee

Friday, 19 June 2020

Blog 2020 - 76 Returning to Swimming Survey: Reminder

Quick reminder regarding completing the Returning to Swimming Survey which was emailed to you at the beginning of the week.

You have until Sunday 21st June, 6pm to respond.

Thank you.
LESC Committee

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Blog 2020 - 75 Returning to Swimming

As you may have seen, Swim England has published comprehensive guidelines HERE to ensure the safe return to water once swimming pools are allowed to reopen.

Please be assured that the Committee and Head Coach continue to plan and are working together with the pools as we wait for the exact date when we’ll be able to get back into the water. The Committee will keep you informed regularly.

Whilst we know that returning to the pool will not be the same as before, it’s imperative that the Club follows the latest guidance from Swim England and the Government whilst we adjust to the changes.

We would like you to complete a brief survey by Sunday 21st June, 6pm. Please check for an email from the Club. This information will help shape decisions on how the Club will reinstate pool training once facilities are able to reopen.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
LESC Committee

Friday, 5 June 2020

Blog 2020 - 74 Family Quiz

I have put the wrong date on the invite for tonights quiz. It will allow me to start the meeting early so please join on the zoom invite that was sent out. See you tonight.


Saturday, 30 May 2020

Blog 2020-73 Step Sunday 31st May 2020

Following the success of the previous 'Step Sunday' on May 3rd, we are challenging other swimming clubs in Derbyshire to the challenge. This time around the target is 12.5 million steps between all the clubs, so we need as many people as possible to take part.

Remember, all the steps throughout the day count, everyone in your household's steps count and send us photos of you completing your steps in a colourful T-shirt or your LESC shirts.

Please email your step totals by 10am on the 1st June to: countysquadcoach@longeatonswimmingclub.org.uk

Lets try and beat our total from last time, but most of all have fun and enjoy it.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Blog 2020-72 Family Quiz

My apologies I have forgotten to send out a link for a family quiz this week. As its late notice and with so many emails going out we shall postpone this Saturdays quiz to next Friday.

With the further easing of lock down we shall switch the quiz night to Fridays from next week. Hopefully this will allow our members to enjoy a backyard BBQ with up to 6 family or friends on a Saturday night and Sunday.

So Fridays will be club night Yoga at 6pm followed every other week by Quiz night at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Blog 2020 - 71 Club Captain Presentations

This evening, 27th May 2020, the club captains Phoebe Golton and Bradley Evans have prepared a Zoom presentation to showcase to the JD1 and JD2 squads. The presentation will begin at 6pm so I would like as many swimmers there a possible.

Tomorrow, 28th May 2020 at 6:30pm, they will also be running a session for County and Midland squads so again make sure as many of you are there as possible.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Blog 2020-70 Goal Setting

Hi All

I sent out an email a few weeks ago about goal setting for the new season and whilst I didnt put a time limit on it, I feel its right to give you a nudge to get the process started.

The attached file is the championship comparison. You need to fill this in with your current times and the qualifying time for your age group for County, Regional, National and British which can all be found on line.

The spreadsheet will then give you a percentage around the times needed. We are looking at percentages instead of times to make it more process oriented instead of just saying "oh I need to swim faster".

This is the first part of the goal setting process. Once you have filled it in email it to your coach who will then send you a 360 degree questionnaire which will highlight areas for improvement. Return this to your coach who will then fill it as well and arrange a meeting to discuss the results and come up with a personal plan with you.


Blog 2020 - 69 Step Sunday Pics

Blog 2020-68 Step Sunday update

Wow is probably the best way of putting it. Between ourselves and Swadlincote SC, we not only smashed our step target but our fund raising target as well. Over £300 and nearly 3 million steps done in the day.

A massive congratulations to all who took part from both clubs and a big thank you to Ellie from LESC and Megan from SSC for orgainising this event.

On a personal note it was similar to watching the results at a gala come in online when Im not there. The added bonus was the joy in every picture and post that came through. Well done to all.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Blog 2020 -67 Step Sunday

On May 3rd ourselves and Swadlincote Swimming Club are challenging our members to walk/run/jog a million steps in one day between us.

Only steps taken on this day will be counted with myself adding up Long Eatons Steps and Dave adding up Swadlincotes steps. All household members steps can be included.

If participants which to use to this challenge to raise funds for a charity of their choosing they are more than welcome to.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Blog 2020-66 Climbimg to Success

Poppy Harvey from JD2 completed this weeks challenge of the 3 peaks Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, over 1000 flights of stairs in under 24 hours. Poppy has raised over £750 for the NHS whilst completing this challenge. An amazing feat and accomplishment. We are all very proud of you Poppy.

Blog 2020-65 Family Quiz number 2

After the success of the last family quiz, I will run another one this Saturday at 7:30 again. This time it will be done without Kahoot, so I will be relying on your honest when marking papers. I'll do five rounds with a break in between each so you can have a chat or a drink. The Invite will be going out tonight.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Blog 2020-64 Family Quiz

Following the responses Ive had so far we'll do the family quiz night this Saturday at 7:30pm

It will be done through zoom using an app called Kahoot. Once youve joined the zoom meeting the screen will give you the kahoot password to join the quiz. Do this on a mobile device as your pc/laptop will be the screen for the quiz. The question will come up on the zoom screen and you'll have to press the relevant answer on your kahoot screen. Each question will have a 45 second answer period and you score more points for faster correct answers. This one will be general knowledge.

I'll email the invite out on Saturday. If you havent received it be 4pm please email me.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Blog 2020-63 Family Quiz

Following on from the success of the on line land sessions, We are looking at holding a family quiz as a social night. Can you please email me you preferred day and time and I'll organise it through zoom and using "kahoot" for the quiz at the most popular day and time