Saturday, 19 August 2017

Blog 3337: Renewal and training time changes

Some will have observed that renewal notices normally issued in August have not yet been this year.

The reason is that we had been waiting for new pool hire charges to be agreed but also changes to the West Park pool schedule to be finalised.

The new time table will be launched imminently and squad training times will be updated on the website very soon.

Letters with updated training fees will be sent over the next few weeks.

Thank you for your patience

Blog 3336: Club Champs 400m events

A reminder that the 400m events will be held on the 9th September 6pm at West Park.

We will need officials and volunteers to run this event

Blog 3335: LESC House Cup

Whilst I am proud of what this club has achieved I am always looking at ways to improve the swimmers and club. Some say Im never happy, but Im actually never satisfied which is why Im always pushing forward.

Hopefully the house cup will help us improve as a club, as swimmers and have some fun whilst doing this.

The onus will be on the swimmers to take responsibility of their actions, behavior, attendance and improvement, supported by coaches and parents.

All swimmers in JD1,JD2, County, Midland and National squad will be divided up into "houses". Swimmers will receive marks based on the following.

Attendance - scored as a percentage of available sessions both land and pool when swimmers complete pre and post as well.

Listening - how well have you behaved during the session

Coach ability - The ease of improvement of skills etc

Team Spirit - have you supported your team mates in their goals, do you know your, your teammates, your squads goals, have you encouraged your team mates and congratulated your team mates during the session.

At galas swimmers will be scored on Process improvements "5 fly kicks every wall etc", Race Tactics and Outcome in terms of season and personal bests, the last 2 scoring more marks at the focus meets of the end of each cycle whilst the first 2 will score more in earlier meets. The more events you do the more points you can earn. Swimmers will earn bonus points again for team spirit and behavior, attitude and how they do things right around their races, i.e. pre pool, recovery, warm down, nutrition, hydration.

We will be emailing the scoring sheets which swimmers will get coaches to mark at training sessions or galas. For processes and tactics swimmers are to fill these based on conversations with coaches, the more they do this the more knowledgeable they will be become and they will be able to set their own process and tactics goals.

I have secured prizes for top 3 overall individual point scorers and will be looking at prizes for the top house and individual each cycle as well as the top house over the season.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Blog 3334: Intial Arena League Squads

Below is a list of swimmers initially selected for the A league meets. These will be subject to change on membership, availability and gala performance before the teams being finalised at the beginning of October.

Harry Charitos
Ben Webster
Benjamin Mellor
Arron Simpson
James Webster
Bradley evans
Benjamin Tipping
Ethan Douglas
Kevin Wallbank
Daniel McFerran
Finlay Moss
James Bartram
Matt Cross
Joshua Davis
George Amor-Hughes James Bartram
Matt Leech
Lewis Tipping
Joseph Searby
Joseph Cooper
Rhys Llyweln
Mathew Fearn
Luke Witten
Lukas Barto-Smith
Ryan reader
Thomas Strachen
Sky Torrington
Mackenzie Willey
Sam Parker

William Baxter
Oliver Osborne
Sam pearson

Thomas Dalton
Steve Barrett

William Mellor

Beth rae Mclean
Aine Oregan
Abbie Hall
Abbie Tunnicliffe
Chloe Bates
Holly Cooke
Freya Birkin
Alice Leek

Eden Michell
Immogen Mellor Patching Hannah Dodic
Isabel Wright
Emily Osbourne
Isabella Askham
Hannah Searby
Jemma Dilley
Esther Halford
Lana Dilks
Harmony Torrington Maia Hunter
Hannah Cox
Naomi Dilley
Hattie Cook
Maisie Fullerton
Helen Gorman
Olivia Stevenson
Jasmine Bryan
Matilda Hase
Jess Cross
Summer Wood
Kathryn Humphries
Phoebe Warwick
Lauren Wilcox

Katie Cooke
Plaifa Punthakeirtpaisarn
Leanne Atkins

Phoebe Golton
Sophie Cooper
Liz Simpson

Tamzin Meese
Su Alpan

Megan Kelly

Mollie Daniels

Summer Kennedy

Blog 3333: Sunday pm training

Just a slight adjustment to training on Sunday at queens street...

Midland are in 4 - 5 pm

Masters are in 5 - 6 pm

Both sesssions are in the family pool

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Blog 3332: Ghoul in the Pool Open Meet

I am now accepting entries for this open meet. It will be held on Saturday 28th October at the Arc Leisure Centre Matlock.

This meet is for National,Midland, County and JD2 Squads. There are no minimum qualifying times but there are 'no faster than ' times. Age is as a 28th October.

This is a very popular meet and it fills up very quickly. Because of this I am putting a closing date for entries into the box at West Park of  FRIDAY 8th SEPTEMBER.

The entry form is attached - if you do not have a time registered on the ASA databaselease ask your coach to complete an approximate time and sign the form.

Please make cheques payable to Long Eaton Swimming Club. The entry fee is £5.00 per event plus the additional £1 per swimmer for coaches passes. Alternatively you can pay be BACS - please email for account details.

Thank you.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Blog 3331: Off to Budapest

Matt, Liz, and the two Helens just prior to leaving for Budapest and the World Masters Championships.

Good Luck and Swim Fast.

Blog 3330: Neil's Sponsored Swim - Update

Many of you may remember Neil Meadows who was a member of Trident and Long Eaton for many years. Neil is to take part in the BLDSA Two Way Windermere Challenge on Saturday, involving exactly what it says in the name, from Ambleside to Fell Foot and back again - no wet-suits allowed.
The race starts at 5pm and the 21 miles are swum throughout the night, without stopping, food and drink being thrown to him from a support boat.
Neil is raising money for Parkinson's UK and The Silver Line, a helpline supporting isolated and lonely elderly people, and hopes to raise £1,200.
You can help by sponsoring Neil via

Update: Neil has already passed his target, but don't let that stop you.
Thanks to all who have donated so far.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Blog 3329: New Gala Programme

Updated 2017 Gala Programme added to left-hand side.

Blog 3328: Team Bath Open Meet - 17th to 19th November

This meet is both Level 3 and level 1 50m Competition. It's a great opportunity for the majority of the club (National, Midland and County squads, with some JD2) to go away together and compete as a big team. Its a pool we have never been to before and will be against a lot of clubs we don't normally compete against, so this will take the swimmers out of their comfort zone, which will mean improved performances. This will not be an "away" gala, therefore swimmers and families will need to provide their own transportation and hotels. There are a lot of hotels near the pool, with the Premier Inn being on the same leisure park as the pool. For entry details please see the link below. We would like all entries for this event to be in by 1st October 2017.

Blog 3327: Summer Champs round up

British Champs

Ryan Reader 400 fr 10th, 1500fr 15th, Open water Bronze
Summer Kennedy 200fr 9th, 100fr 10th, 50fr 19th.
Emily Osbourne 100Bk 14th,  200bk 8th
Chloe Bates 200Br 17th
Esther Halford Open Water 7th
Hannah Cox 50br 16th

English Champs

Chloe Bates 400 IM 6th
Bradley Evans Silver 50fr 100fr 9th
Summer Kennedy 100 Fly Bronze
Harmony Torrington 400fr 15th, 800 fr 9th
Esther Halford 800fr 6th
James Webster 200br 13th
Adam Freundlich 50br 7th

Welsh Champs

Helen Gorman 100br Bronze 200 Br Bronze
Thomas Strachen 200br Silver

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blog 3326: Swim Camp

Unfortunately we do not have sufficient interest to run our proposed swim camp in February 2018.

The intention is to run a long haul camp in February 2019 with the intended destination of

The proposal is that camp will be held around the February half term dates for Derbyshire with a duration of 10 to 14 days depending on flights and availability.

We have given this much notice to allow adequate time for planning and financing.

Obviously we will need to know numbers for accurate costing an indication of interest now is not a irreversible commitment but is essential in providing likely costs.

If you are interested please email

Again this camp is for 2019

Friday, 28 July 2017

Blog 3325: Chloe in New Jersey

Chloe Blaydon is currently acting as a Swimming Teacher and Lifeguard with Camp America in New Jersey.
Halfway through her nine week "holiday" she has sent us this picture of herself and a few of the children on the Camp.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Blog 3324: Club Champs

Huge thanks to all involved in this year's club championships sessions 1 and 2.

From the organisers, the officials, the poolside volunteers, the parents/supports but especially the swimmers.

Results from both sessions are now posted on the website and the Championship best have been updated.

Have a great summer break

Friday, 21 July 2017

Blog 3322: Club Champs

Can people please stop contacting me regarding club championships, I have nothing to do with the running of the event. All contact details are in the entry pack.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Blog 3321: Further Club Champs Info

It is always difficult to give an approximate finish time for this event.

I am anticipating we will finish somewhere between 8.30 and 9pm

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Blog 3320: LESC Distance Meet

I am now accepting entries for our distance meet which is to be held on Sunday 22nd October at Queens Street, Derby.

This Open Meet is purely long distance events and is an ideal opportunity to gain County Qualification Times. The events are 400 free, 400 IM (for both boys and girls), 800 free (girls only) and 1500 free (boys only). Minimum age is 10 years as at 31st December 2017.

If you wish to enter a race but do not have an official time on the ASA database, please ask your coach to complete the entry form and sign it. I cannot process any entries without a time.
The link to the entry details is below:

Entry fees are as follows:

400 free and 400 IM - £8.00 per event
800 free - £11.00
1500 free - £12.00

Please make cheques payable to LESC or you can transfer the funds by BACS.

As there are not many long distance meets this is a popular Open Meet and gets full quickly, therefore I am putting a closing date for entries at Friday 8th September. Please ensure all entries are posted in the box before that date.

Thank you.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Blog 3319: Club Champs Draft Programme

Out now

Please email any errors to

Details of the 400s will be posted in due course

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Blog 3318: T20 blast

Nottingham county cricket have kindly donated a family ticket to a T20 blast game, the game is this Friday 21st July Notts vs Derbyshire.

Given the very tight time scales I will be selling these tickets to the highest email bidder.

Bidding will close midnight Wednesday 19th July. Please email with your bid, your name and the squad in which your swimmer swims.

We will also have a family ticket to a Derbyshire T20 blast in the raffle on Saturday.