Monday, 20 January 2020

Blog 2020-22: Lost Property from the Long Eaton Open Meet

A black Derbyshire 2020 Counties hoody was left at Queens yesterday, on a chair behind lane 2. Its a size small and no name in it.
If its yours, please email

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Blog 2020-21 amber meet

Tomorrow’s open meet is an amber meet. The only reason anyone should be in a race suit is if they are trying for a county time. Swimmers who turn up only with a race suit who are competing in events they already have a county time in will be asked to organise a none race suit for those events. This may mean parents returning home to pick up a training suit so make sure you pack a training suit.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Blog 2020-20: LESC Open Meet Sunday 19th Jan - Information for swimmers

LESC swimmers will be in the Studio upstairs at Queen Street this Sunday inbetween swims - not on poolside.  Please make sure swimmers bring chairs & warm clothing for the Studio and trainers / flip-flops to wear whilst walking from the Studio down to the pool for their races.

Swimmers will still use the Gala Pool changing rooms, and should go upstairs once they are changed.  Please bring £1 for the changing room lockers and try to leave as much 'stuff' as possible down there.  This will reduce crowding in the Studio.  The £1 is returnable, so swimmers can access their lockers as many times as they need during the day.

There will be parent chaperones on the day to walk younger swimmers down for their races.

Blog 2020-19: Presentation Night Awards

For anyone who was not able to attend presentation night, and has not yet received their trophies or blocks from Club Champs 2019, Catherine will be at West Park reception area tomorrow morning at 08:45am to give these out.
Anyone who swam at club champs has an award.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Blog 2020-18: Personal Belongings and Changing Rooms

Some airpods have gone missing from the boys changing room last night at Trent College. Please can I ask that all swimmers check their bags in case they have picked them up accidentally, or if they remember seeing these while they were there. I can be contacted at

Please can I remind all swimmers and parents not to leave any valuables in the changing rooms at any of our venues. We would strongly recommend that all belongings are placed in a locker where possible or brought poolside - and remain the responsibility of the swimmer - it is best not to bring any valuables to training at all, unless absolutely necessary.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Blog 2020-17: City Of Derby Meet - 14/15 March - National, Midland, County & JD2 squads

Entries are now open for the March City of Derby Meet:

Dates: 14th & 15th March 2020
Venue: Arc Leisure, Matlock
Age at: 31 December 2020
Events: 50m, 100m, 200m all strokes, 100m, 200m, 400m IM, 400FS
Fees: £6 per event (plus £1 per swimmer towards coach passes)
Squads: National (Non-DX Meet swimmers only), Midland, County & JD2
Closing date: Monday 27th January (entries into the box at West Park by 8.00pm)

The entry pack, including upper-limit times and entry form, is available here.  Please note swimmers do not need to have a time on the Swim England database to enter this meet, but if they have not previously swum the event and intend to use an estimated time, this must be signed off by a coach before the entry is posted in the box at West Park.

Blog 2020-16: Changes to training this weekend (Sunday 19th Jan)

Please note there will be no training sessions for National, Midland, County or JD2 squads this Sunday (19th January).

This is due to the LESC Open Meet.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Blog 2020-15: Italy Camp 2020 - Meeting this Tuesday 14th Jan

There will be a meeting in the cafe at West Park this Tuesday (14th Jan) at 7.00pm for all those who put their names down for the Italy Camp.  Spencer will explain a bit more about what the camp will involve, and the will also be more detail on the booking / payment process. 

The meeting is intended for swimmers and parents, and will finish by 7.30pm, in time for National Squad training.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Blog 2020-14: Swim Kit

Some 'nearly new' swim kit items will be available tonight in the West Park viewing area at 7.15pm for those who are in need!
These items will be free or for a small donation to club funds.
There will also be Long Eaton Swimming Hats available; these are £5 each.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Blog 2020-13: Info for Leicester League 11/01/20

Details of the Leicester League round 1 are as follows:

Warm up commences at 6pm with a start of 6:30pm.

Waterfield Leisure Centre
Dalby Road,
Melton Mowbray

LE13 0BG

Swimmers who haven't competed before will require their LESC swim caps, goggles, a towel and remember your drinks bottle to keep you hydrated throughout the night.

Good luck and swim fast!

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Blog 2020-12: Info for this weekend's City of Derby Meet

Click here for swimmers' info (including warm-up times) for this weekend's City of Derby Meet

Blog 2020-11 land training

Unfortunately land training tonight and tomorrow mornings lifting session is cancelled due to my illness. Alex is covering the pool session tonight. I should be back on deck tomorrow evening.

Blog 2020-10: Any more names for the Italy Camp?

There has been a really good response to the Italy Camp so far - if any one else is thinking of adding their name to the list, please do it by Friday this week.  We can then move forward with further information and hopefully confirm the booking and deposits with the organisers.  If you're not going to be at West Park before Friday, please email me and I'll put your name down (

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Blog 2020 - 9: Changes to training this weekend (11th & 12th January)

Please note the following changes to training this weekend:

Saturday 11th
No a.m. training for National squad (land or pool) - Midland squad to train as normal
There is the opportunity for JD1 to train at West Park 07.30 - 09.00am

Sunday 12th
No session at Loughborough for National / Midland + squads

All other sessions will run as normal.

These cancellations are due tot he City of Derby meet.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Blog 2020 - 8: Lifeguards and Lifeguard Helpers wanted!

The club are looking to recruit new lifeguards to work at our sessions at Trent College.

If any club members are interested in becoming a lifeguard, please let me know - you must be 16 or older to become a fully qualified lifeguard and the club can help you with your lifeguard qualifications. Equally, if any club members know of any qualified lifeguards who would like work, please refer them to us.
This is a paid role and a great part time job.

In addition to lifeguard positions for 16+, we are also looking to recruit 'Lifeguard Helpers' to support our sessions. As well as helping with safety by watching swimmers in the pool, the Lifeguard Helper will be prepared to set up and clear away.
To be a 'Lifeguard Helper' you need to be 14 or older and a club member, with a desire to become a qualified lifeguard when you are 16. Lifeguard Helpers will also be paid for their time.

If you are interested in either of these roles, please contact me at

Friday, 3 January 2020

Blog 2020 - 7: Open Meet Raffle

We will be running a raffle at our Open Meet on Sunday 19th January and are looking for prizes!
If anyone has anything they would like to donate, please pass these to your squad rep, any committee member or your squad coach.
Many thanks in advance,

Blog 2020 - 6: Little Sharks

It has been brought to my attention that some Little Sharks parents were not aware that the starting date back for Little Sharks is next Friday - 10th January.

My apologies to those who were not aware of this; letters were distributed by the Little Sharks team in December detailing the Christmas break dates. I'm sorry if not everyone received this letter.

Little Sharks sessions will resume on Friday 10th January.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Blog 2020 - 5: Italy Camp - October 2020

The Club would like to run a swim camp in October 2020 to Piombino, Italy.

This is currently in the planning stages - as a first step, we need to find out if we have enough interest to allow the camp to run.  Initial information is as follows:

Dates: 7 nights, between 22nd - 31st October 2020 (subject to flight availability)
Venue: The Poggio All'agnello County & Beach Residential Resort, Piombino, Italy (see website here for more info)
Squads: The camp will be open to swimmers aged 12 and over at 31 December 2020 who are able to train twice a day (2hr swim sessions)
Cost: Final cost will depend on numbers, room configuration & flight availability, however we hope to keep this around £950 per swimmer.  This price will include flights, 7 nights full board accommodation, airport transfers (in Italy), pool and gym hire.

A list will go on the board at West Park on Saturday morning.  At this stage we are looking for an expression of interest only.  Putting your name on the list does not mean you have a place, nor does it commit you to the camp, but we need to know how many swimmers would like to go to be able to confirm arrangements with the travel company.

If anyone has any queries at this stage, please email either me or Spencer

Blog 2020 - 4: County Championships 2020 - all qualifiers

Entries are now open for this year's Derbyshire County Championships:

Dates: 15th /16th & 22nd / 23rd February
Venue: Arc Leisure, Matlock
Fees: £6 per event (plus £1 per swimmers towards coach passes)
Squads:  Qualifiers from all squads
Closing date: Monday 20th January 2020 (entries into the box at West Park by 7.00pm)

Please use the following links to access Meet info:

Entry Pack (including Entry Form)
Qualifying times

Blog 2020 - 3: Fees for 2020

Happy New Year – ALL MEMBERS
New year also means new fees and it is now time for the club to collect membership fees for 2020.
Please see the attached document for the amounts due.
Please make payment by cheque to the post box at West Park or by transfer to the same bank account as your monthly fees, ensuring that the reference will enable us to match up the payment with your swimmer.
If you are unsure of the appropriate category you can check your current membership at
Payment must be made by 31 January 2020 – if this is an issue please contact Any late payers who have not made contact will not be included in the clubs annual renewal of Swim England membership and will therefore not be insured to take part in any club activities (i.e. training) and will not be able to compete.