Monday, 20 October 2014

Blog 2097: West Park Viewing Area Closure

Please be advised that the upstairs viewing area at West Park will be closed between 7-9pm on Tuesday 21st October due to a meeting. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Blog 2096: Saturday 25th October 2014

There will be NO Swim or Land training sessions at West Park next Saturday Morning 25th October 2014, due to the Belper Marlin Meet at Matlock. Morning warm up is 8.30am

Thank you

Blog 2095: Parking at The Arc

Dear All,
BMSC have been contact via the ARc leisure Centre re Parking at the Event.
They are asking for people to use the car parks firstly then the driveway upto the Centre and finally the A^ and if neccesary parking in Matlock.
Anyone parking in the disabled places without a Disabled Pass will be ticketed.
Please DO NOT park up the road towards the Housing estate.
Thanks for you help in this matter.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Blog 2094: The Power of the Parent

It sometimes may seem I'm down on parents but its far from it. Parents are the lifeblood of any club and need to be encouraged to be involved in as many ways as possible.  Without parents we wouldn't have a club. I do dream of the day that I can look up into the crowd and see all of our swimmers parents sat together in matching club supporters T-shirts, cheering in every swimmer in the club not just their own (hint hint :) ). I do believe in the continual education of all the clubs members so we are all singing from the same sheet. When I find useful tip bits I'll post them with an explanation. This is another article about the relation between a swimmer and  their parents that has a great message.  Again I'm not having a go at any parent here, merely educating and encouraging the correct interactions needed for a happy succesful swimmer/parent relationship. It is written by one of America's top coaches Mike Gustafson.

Blog 2093: Arena League

A fourth and a fifth for our Arena league teams in the first round this year. Whilst the results seem underwelming I have spent a long time analysing them and I am very pleased with the breakdown. Lets start with the non-performance points, team spirit was at an all time high in the A team, normally a high pressure event which forces swimmers into their shells we saw the opposite with everyone bonding and cheering each other on, behaviour and cleanliness were impeccable yet again and the swimmers were a credit to the club. My analysis of the results showed the vast majority of swimmers were either on pb, faster than pb or faster than this time last year and indeed in nearly every 11 year old age race we were a lot quicker than last season. All that being said you may wonder why were the results lower than anticipated and its a very simple reason. With a club our size (one of the smallest in Derbyshire with over 100 less members than the likes of Belper or Ripley) we are stretched to our limit in each age group bracket, unfortunately this meant that our 15 boys were 14 and our 13 boys and girls were mostly 12, we even had a few 9 year olds in the 11's and because of physical development it makes it hard to compete on a level playing field. Some may see this as a negative but I don't, I see a lot of positives, we were competitive even with bottom end age group swimmers as both galas were close in points totals, our 15+ swimmers were amazing, our youngest are stronger than before which can only bold well for the future and the vast majority will be in the same age bracket next season. This club is on the up and our performances are proving that, we are a fly weight boxer holding their own and in some cases out punching the heavyweights and I for one am very proud of this club.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Blog 2092: Ponds Forge

The closing date for this gala is Friday 31st October.

Thank you

Blog 2091: Midland Championships Rugby 6th/7th December

The closing date for this gala is Monday 17th November, full details can be found at
Cheques made payable to LESC.
Thank you

Blog 2090: DX Christmas Cracker Level 1, Long Course

The closing date for DX Christmas cracker is November 17th, at Ponds forge, Sheffield. Full details can be found at
Please make cheques payable to LESC.
Thank you

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Blog 2089: Long Eaton Open January 2015

Entries are now being taken for the January 15 open meet.

Entry information can be found on the website our through this link

This is a first come first serve gala, closing date 5th January 2015, avoid delay to avoid disappointment

Monday, 13 October 2014

Blog 2088: Presentation Tickets

I will be coming over to Trent College this evening just before 7pm, If you want to buy some Presentation tickets these are priced at £5 per adult and £3 under 16's.

Thank you

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Blog 2087: Voting for Club Captains

We shall be giving all swimmers the opportunity to vote for their new Club Captains throughout this week. There will be chance to vote before and after training sessions at West Park and Trent College.
Each swimmer is entitled to vote once for both the Senior Female and Senior Male Captain and swimmers aged 11 and under by end of year are also entitled to vote once for both the Junior Girl and Junior Boy Captain.
Any swimmer not training this week or who misses the paper voting can email their votes to
Please register your votes by Sunday 19th October.

Blog 2086: Miami Travel Insurance

The Post Office seems to be the best bet for those requiring travel insurance.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Blog 2085: Nominations for Club Captain

The following nominations have been proposed, in alphabetical order and age by end of year is in brackets.

Junior boy    
George Buckingham (10)
James Paterson (10)
Ben Tipping (10)

Junior Girl    
Isabella Askham (11)
Liberty Hazelton (10)
Katie Sanderson (11)
Harmony Torrington (10)

Male Club Captain      
Samuel Frearson (14)  
Oliver Tipping (14)

Female Club Captain  
Chloe Blaydon (16)  
Katie Tew (15)  
Lauren Wilcox (15)

Details of Voting will follow shortly.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Blog 2084: Lost

An I pod touch was lost at West Park while the C squad were training on Sunday 5th October, If anyone has found this please could you contact myself .

Thank you,

Blog 2083: Belper Marlin

As some swimmers may have noticed, some of the times are not correct. I have re-sent the entry file to them with the correct times.
I am not sure if they will issue an updated programme.
Thank you

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Blog 2082:Kit

Alex and myself will have some team kit with us at the weekend, for sale. Swim hats are £5 each and we have some poolside shirts at £16 sizes upto 32/34 and £18 for sizes above.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Blog 2081: Gala entries

As you are all aware, at this club, gala entry times are all taken from the rankings system. There is now a facility where we can put time trial or league results into the rankings and whilst these will not be included for level 2 or higher meets we can use these times for level 3 meets. Swimmers who do not meet entry times on the offical database for level 3 meets, must get their forms signed off by their coach after a time trial to prove they are of the correct standard. Any entries not signed off and outside the qualifying times for the meet will not be processed.

Blog 2080: Arena A team

Here is the list of swimmers for the A team. The bus leaves West Park at 3:45pm if you are not going by bus please let me know ASAP. Please wear club kit as we will be having a team photo done. If you have spare T shirts please bring them just in case.
Isabella Askham
Chloe Bates
Joshua Beech
Harry Charitos
Mathew  Cross
Mathew  Cross
Mollie Daniels
Lana Dilks
Oliver Dodic
Martina Drasnarova
Bradley Evans
Daniel Foss
Adam Freundlich
Helen Gorman
Samuel Hardy
Kathleen Humphrey
Hannah Jones
Rhys Llewellyn
Imogen Mellor
Mischa Menzies
Eden Michell
Francessca Muir-Harris
Joesphine Parker
Elle Pryce
Bethany Rae-Mclean
Katie Sanderson
Thomas Strachen
Benjamin Tipping
Lewis Tipping
Harmony  Torrington
Sky Torrington
Kevin Wallbank
Daniel Wilson
Katie Sloan

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Blog 2079: Arena B Team

Here is the list of swimmers for the B team. Please B at queens leisure center for 5:30 as we would like to get a team photo. Please wear club Kit.

Danny Anderson
Steven Barrett
Thomas Baxter
Rebecca Beech
Elliot Bestwick
Joshua Bestwick
Chloe Blaydon
Elliot Box - TBC
Adam Brokes-Elbaz - TBC
George Buckingham
Ryan Cendrowski
Hannah Cox
Joshua Davis
Hannah Dodic
Hannah Dowell
Megan Duncan - TBC
Samuel Frearson
Phoebe Goulton
Esther Halford
Callum Henley
Sian James
Megan Kelly
Imogen Marshall
Edward Martin
Aine O'Regan
Anna Pancisi
James  Paterson
Joesph Pipes
Hannah Searby
Lauren  Searby
Peter Softley
Oliver Tipping
Zoe Tomlinson
Katherine Williamson
Luke  Witten

Blog 2078: Arena League Round 1 2014

Following a great weekend of racing the teams are confirmed as was published. I am only waiting to hear back from

Adam Brookes-Elbaz, Megan Duncan and Elliot Box

Everyone else is has informed me of their availability.