Friday, 23 February 2018

Holme Pierrepont Team Day Event – Sunday 10th June

I am pleased to announce we have been able to arrange a team building / fun day event for the whole club, to take place at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont Country Park in Nottingham, on Sunday 10th June.
This event is for all squads from JD1 up to Masters, (not Little Sharks).

The day will start at 9.30am and finish at approx. 3pm.
Currently we are planning for people to make their own way there; however, if there is sufficient interest it is possible we could arrange a bus from West Park for a small additional charge.

In the morning we will have use of the outdoor E-Combat Laser Tag arena.
In the afternoon we will have use of the Lagoon Wipe-out course.

All equipment / wetsuits etc will be provided on the day, although we would ask that you bring your own packed lunch/picnic to eat between activities.
The club have arranged to subsidise this event; making the maximum cost per person for the day to be £15.

It is possible we may be able reduce this cost per person further through fundraising activities, which we are looking to organise. The more support we get for fundraising activities, the more events such as these we can arrange and keep the cost to manageable levels, enabling as many people as possible the chance to go.
Now some important info:
You must be at least 8 years old to take part in the activities – however if you are under 8 and would still like to attend you are very welcome to come along with a parent and watch/enjoy a picnic. We are also hoping to arrange games of rounders etc while we are there. There would be no cost for this.
If you are aged 8 or 9 you can take part in the activities but you must bring a parent with you. The parent does not need to take part in the activities (unless they want to!), however any parent accompanying an 8 or 9-year-old child who does take part in the activities would also need to pay the £15 for the day. If you are not taking part in the activities there would be no charge.

For those wishing to go, we will need a £5 deposit per person by Sunday 11th March to secure the booking and provide numbers to the Water Sports Centre. The balance payment will be taken nearer the time.

There is a list on the notice board at West Park. Please add your name to the list if you would like to go, and put your £5 deposit into the box before Sunday 11th March. Cheques to be made payable to LESC.
Please ensure your deposit is in an envelope with you name/names on it. If we are unable to associate your £5 deposit with your name we cannot guarantee you a place.

If you would like to come but will NOT be taking part in the activities, please add your name to the list and tick the ‘no activities’ box.
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me on

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Blog 3336: Parking at Leicester League this Saturday (24th)

Please note we have received the following message this morning regarding parking at the venue for this Saturday's Leicester League:

Please can you communicate to your spectators not to park in the school car park directly to the left of the pool (as you are facing the building, the car park with gates) as they have been known to lock the gates before the gala has finished and people can’t get their cars out!  The main school car parks (no gates) has been used in the past as overspill from the pool car park and should be OK to use.

As a reminder, the venue is:

Wigston Pool and Fitness
Station Road,
LE18 2DP

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Blog 3335: Photos at West Park

The recording of still or video images at West Park is not permitted without prior consent being provided by the centre management.

Some of our training sessions occur at the same time as public swimming.

We are bound by the centre rules at all times

Blog 3334: Shoes in Changing Rooms

Please can everyone ensure that they remove their shoes BEFORE going into the changing rooms at West Park.

There are clearly displayed notifications at West Park related to this.

We are users of the facility not owners and as such we MUST follow the rules of the centre.

If you see members of our club not following these rules, please remind them of the requirement to do so. If you see members of the public not following the rules please highlight these to centre staff.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Blog 3333: Heating poolside at Matlock / withdrawals from County Champs

We have just been advised that

 'The pool hall heating system at Arc Leisure is still not working correctly. This may lead to condensation on the windows on the far side of the pool but otherwise the temperature difference is minimal. Although it is expected to be fixed by the weekend, it may be advisable to ask your swimmers to bring trousers and long sleeve clothing just in case. To clarify the swimming pool water is not affected.'

Also, just a reminder about withdrawal procedures for the County Champs:

'Competitors may withdraw from events up to 1 hour before the start of a session.

Prior to 8:00pm on the Friday before the session withdrawals can be made by emailing:

After this time withdrawals must be done so by sending a text message to 07929377809 and leaving a message stating swimmers name, gala, event number and competitor number. Withdrawals on the day of the competition can also be made on a completed form which must be given to the administration desk prior to the start of the warm up to avoid a fine.'

Once again, please do not rely on Team Managers or Coaches to withdraw swimmers from races.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Blog 3332: Training cancellations this weekend & next weekend

Due to the County Championships taking place up at Matlock, there will be no training for any squads either this weekend (Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February) or next weekend (Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th February).

Little Sharks and Masters sessions will be on as normal.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Blog 3331: County Squad

All County squad parents are asked to attend a meeting with Olly at 6:30pm at Trent College this Wednesday

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Blog 3330: JD2

Melissa would like all swimmers to bring a pair of tights, socks and a car wash sponge on a piece of rope 5 feet long to training tomorrow night

Blog 3329: DX Level 1 Long Course Meet 6th - 8th April

Entries are now open for the DX  Level 1 Long Course Meet - to be held on 6th – 8th April 2018 at Ponds Forge.  This meet is aimed at qualifiers from National and Midland Squads.

Entries for this meet are based on qualifying times, which must be in the ASA rankings database and must have been achieved since 9th April 2016.  Short course conversions will be accepted.  The closing date for entries into the box at West Park is Monday 26th February.

Here is the link to the entry pack:

Entries are £7.00 per event (£10.00 for the 800m and 1500m events), plus the additional £1 per swimmer for the coaches passes.  Please make cheques payable to LESC or alternatively you can pay by BACS transfer - please contact for details.

Blog 3328: Reminder for Rushmoor Royals meet

Just a reminder that entries close for the Rushmoor Royals meet this Thursday (15th) Feb - please see Blog 3313 for details

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Blog 3327: Round 2 of Leicester League

Round 2 of the Leicester League will take place on Saturday 24th February at:

Wigston Pool and Fitness
Station Road,
LE18 2DP

There is no bus for this gala.  We have been warned that there isn't much parking at the pool however, so if people can share lifts at all, that may help.  There is a team list on the board at West Park - could the following swimmers confirm availability to Ollie Purgavie asap please:

Evie Rogers, Isla Greig, Mayliss Mesbah
Aoife Lynch, Estella Pendry, Katie Cooke
Savannah Hunter, Tamzin Meese
Eden Michell, Sian James, Chloe Bates

James Cutts, Joe Geekie
Oren Morter
Thomas Baxter, James Webster

Blog 3326: Revised warm up times for County Champs

Warm up times have been altered for sessions 6 (evening of Sunday 19th) and 10 (morning of Sunday 25th February) of the County Championships.  The new times are as follows:

Session 6 - 16.15 - 17.00 (was 17.15)
Session 10 - 08.30 - 09.45 (was 09.30)

Friday, 9 February 2018

Blog 3325: Drills

On the link below is basic set of drills for each stroke broken into what area of the stroke they are most effective for. This will help the swimmers when the coach asks them to do a catch drill or rotation drill etc.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Blog 3324: Raffle Tickets

Please help support the club by purchasing Disney on Ice tickets, these can be purchased from your squad reps.  The draw will take place Saturday 24th February 2018.

We will also be holding a raffle on Saturday 24th at the counties, if anyone is willing to help  sell tickets and raffle prizes could you let me know.

Thank you

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Blog 3323: Annual Membership and Swim England Registration

Further to Blog 3297, thank you to those of you who have now paid the amounts due. If any of you have not yet received your letter, please see your squad rep or contact for a copy.

In order to meet the Swim England deadline and avoid suspension of the club, we will be submitting our annual return on Monday 19th February 2018. Anyone who has not paid by that date, or contacted me to make alternative arrangements, will not have their registration renewed. This will mean that any parents or swimmers affected will not be members of the club and will not be insured to take part in any club activities or competitions. If you have any queries, please ensure that you contact me before the 19th February.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Blog 3322: Nova Sprint Meet - accepted entries

Here are the accepted entry lists for the Nova Sprint Meet:

Accepted entries - boys

Accepted entries - girls

Please check your child is entered for the correct events.  If you did not submit an entry time on your form, this has been estimated.

The withdrawals procedure is as follows:

If a swimmer is unable to swim or simply wishes to withdraw (on the day) then it is important to notify the recorders. Known withdrawals prior to the meet should be notified immediately by email to: No later than 6pm Saturday 10th March, start sheets will then be produced and be viewable via the website.'

Please note, it is your responsibility to check entries / withdraw your child (if for any reason they cannot swim).  Please do not ask or rely on Team Managers or Coaches to do this for you.

If this is your first Open Meet, or you are unsure of how things work at these events, please ask your coach, other parents or contact me ( and I will try to help.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Blog 3321: LESC Swimzi Shop

Long Eaton SC - Shop Now Open!

Great news! You will now be able to order your Long Eaton SC kit again from:

5% off Long Eaton products is available to all members via the code (in capitals): LONGEATON5

You will have until midnight on Sunday 25th February 2018 to order your kit before the club shop closes.

Orders placed after the closing date may delay the whole kit order and therefore will not be accepted. So to avoid disappointment, please place your order at your earliest opportunity.

Delivery expected 8-10 weeks from shop closure.

Checkout options:
Please Note:
 Your home address is required for billing purposes, the delivery options will come after this step, we do not require you to enter your clubs address.

Please choose CLUB SHOP ONLY: Your kit will be individually packed and delivered to the club.

Do not choose 7 Working Days: We are unable to remove this from the website due to our retail range. Please choose the club shop option as you will not receive your kit any sooner by choosing this option.

We no longer offer personalisation on sweat items (hoodies, Swimzi's), however you can still add a name to your shirt.
Our Junior shirt sizes have changed. The size JNR relates to the old '13' size; and the old '11/12' is now called 'XS JNR'. If you are unsure about sizing, please email with your measurements and we will try our best to advise.

If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Many thanks,


Blog 3320: JD2 Sunday

Can JD2 please bring the following sheets to Sundays land training session for a meeting please. Those swimmers who normally do the extra session at Queens on Sunday are asked to attend this session instead.

Process Gala Sheet

House Cup Weekly Sheet

Goal Setting Sheet

The links will open printable copies if you have not already downloaded them from previous emails.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Blog 3319: Chesterfield Open Meet 7th & 8th April

Entries are now open for the Chesterfield Meet - to be held on 7th & 8th April 2018 at The Arc, Matlock.  This meet is aimed at National, Midland and County Squads.

Entries for this meet are on a first come, first served basis, and the 400m events tend to fill up very quickly, so the closing date for entries into the box at West Park is Friday 9th February.

Here are the links to the entry pack, qualifying times (no faster than…), and entry form.

Chesterfield entry form (note - this seems to be Chesterfield SC's own internal entry form - please ignore the comment about Club and Masters Squad swimmers at the bottom.  A coaches' signature (Spencer, Alex or Ollie) is only required if you have had to estimate an entry time, ie you don't have a time on the ASA database.  Any queries, please just ask).

Entries are £6.00 per event plus the additional £1 per swimmer for the coaches passes.  Please make cheques payable to LESC or alternatively you can pay by BACS transfer - please contact for details.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Blog 3318: County Championships - warm up times & draft programme

Warm up times and provisional programmes have now been published for the County Championships and can be viewed here:

Derbyshire County Champs - warm ups & draft programmes

Please check your child's entries - any errors should be notified to the competition manager ( as soon as possible - after the 3rd February changes will not be possible.

Please note that for sessions 7 and 8 (a.m. & p.m. Sat 24th) warm ups will be 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

Any withdrawals should be notified as soon as possible via the channels detailed in the entry pack, including session and event number:

Competitors may withdraw from events up to 1 hour before the scheduled start of the session. Prior to 20:00pm on the Friday before the session withdrawals can be made by telephoning 01332 677709 or by email to Joyce Mellor: After the above time withdrawals can be made by texting 07929 377809 prior to the start time of the warm up and leaving a message stating swimmers name, gala, event number and competitor number. Withdrawals on the day of the competition can also be made on a completed form which must be given to the administration desk prior to the start of the warm up to avoid a fine.

Late withdrawals and no-shows without an acceptable written reason being reported to the administration desk will result in a £5.00 fine per swim, payable by the club under whose name the swimmer has entered the competition. Non-payment of the fine will result in the swimmer being prevented from entry to any other competition promoted by Derbyshire ASA until the fine has been paid.'

Please do not rely on coaches or Team Managers to make withdrawals for you - it is your responsibility to notify withdrawals to the competition organisers.

Finally, please can you let me know ( if you are able to help at any sessions.