Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Blog 2020-45: Eckington Open Meet - All squads Nat - JD1

Entries are now open for May's Eckington Open Meet:

Date: 17th May
Venue: Eckington Leisure Centre
Age at: 17th May
Entry fees: £6 per event (plus £1 per swimmer towards coach passes)
Closing date: Saturday 7th March (entries into the box at West Park by 9am)

Meet info, including the entry form, is available here

Monday, 24 February 2020

Blog 2020-44: Reminder - Withdrawal procedures for Open Meets

Please remember it is the swimmer's (parents') responsibility to withdraw from an open meet if they are unable to, or decide not to, compete.  Contact phone numbers or email addresses, along with withdrawal procedures are always detailed in the Meet Entry pack, which can either be accessed through the original Meet Blog, or easily found with a quick Google search of the host club and a look round their website.

If a swimmer decides to withdraw, please also make sure you contact LESC - either sending a message via another swimmer at the meet or preferably emailing one of the club's contact emails (I am at most meets, and have contact details for all the TMs, so feel free to email if that is easier).  Team Managers will be looking for your swimmer and could be distracted from the swimmers that are at the meet while they try to find your swimmer / confirm whether or not they should be there.

Thank you

Blog 2020-43: Reminder - Bus for Leicester League

The bus for this Saturday's Leicester League gala will leave West Park at 4pm.  Cost will be £5 per person.

Blog 2020-42: Counties

Counties are finally over for another year and as usual its review and reflect time.

I haven't had time to do a full statistical analysis of the results, so this is done on feel, impressions, feedback and knowledge of the swimmers prior to and during the event.

In my 10 years as head coach at Long Eaton I have had the privlage to work with some of, Long Eaton's best swimmers as well as Britain's best. Whilst this may not of been our biggest medal haul in that time, this was one of, if not the proudest counties I have coached at.

Recently we have lost a lot of our senior swimmers for a multitude of reasons so the club is in a transitional period, this is normal and is to be expected, so, as with Arena league this was our youngest ever group of swimmers competing in the County Championships, many for the first time.

It wasn't the estimated pb ratio of 73%, the numerous finalists and medal winners or the new regional qualifying times achieved that impressed me.

What impressed me was the development of all the swimmers on an holistic scale. We preach a lot about our holistic approach to coaching within the club, where we develop the swimmer as a person and not just an athlete and this is now bearing the fruits of success.

Whilst this is County Championships, where it sits in the season and given it is short course from a coaching point of view it is a frustrating and awkward competition, It takes up the whole of February as you cant compete around it because of the need to train and the level is wrong for the event. Ran over two full weekends, it is a very tiring meet for all concerned, swimmers, volunteers, parents and coaches so performance levels are never at there fullest potential. So with all those factors we took the decision to not focus on this event and train through it once again.

In previous seasons this has caused swimmers to be upset, because lets face it, they want to perform at their best, not just for themselves but in front of their peers and family, especially as they tend to race their county opponents more than any others.

This year however felt very different, for the younger swimmers not by much as they really don't need a tapper and the first time swimmers would know no different anyway, but the bottom end youth (13-15) and senior (16+) swimmers handled themselves with professionalism and determination throughout the competition. It makes it easier that parents are now understanding the "process" more and letting the coaches coach for the most part. I cannot stress how much this helps your swimmers relax and enjoy the sport knowing the clock is not the only measurement parents are looking at.

Despite being in what we coaches call a "hole" due to a heavy workload in training, swimmers stepped up in every race, they listened to the advice of coaches and executed race plans and tactics, most worked, whilst, some were basically a learning curve as the swimmers don't have a history of racing the event. The swimmers did this time and time again, showing the day one race one mentally and toughness we have been reinforcing in them in abundance.

Swimmers are starting to appreciate more and more that what they do off pool is as important as what they do in the pool, looking their hydration and nutrition in particular this was a massive improvement. I would still like to see better pre and post pool done especially as there was no warm down facility, but even this was better with less reminders given. Following team mangers instructions was better but again still needs improving, the team managers are following the coaches guidance and therefore should be listened to in the same way, but this was only an issue for a couple of swimmers.

All in all this was one of our best counties ever, race craft, tactics, self awareness and understanding all massively improved. It wouldn't be me if I didn't want more though, faster turns, stronger under waters and smoother transitions all need working on every opportunity you get in training, as with many of the disqualifications, which we didn't have a lot of, these were mainly down to poor training habits and not practicing things right.

As swimmers you have set a high bar over the last two weekends and I am proud of that and you, however, I expect that bar to be raised every competition from now on.

A massive thank you to all who helped out and ran the galas.

I am proud of this club and the direction we are going in. Well done to you all.

**thats the line drawn, now time to move forward :) phahahaha **

55 entries this year, lets make it 100 next year.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Blog 2020-41 Nottingham Panthers Tickets

We have an unclaimed raffle prize that we would like to auction to the highest bidder...!
The prize is 2 tickets to a Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey game which can be taken any time up to the end of the 2020/21 season.
If you would like to place a bid for this prize, please email me at with your name and how much you would like to bid.
The highest bid received by 8pm on Monday (24th February) will win the prize!
Good luck everyone!!

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Blog 2020-40: Retford Open Meet - All squads

Entries are now open for June's Retford Open Meet:

Date: Sunday 14th June
Venue: Ponds Forge, Sheffield
Age on: 14th June 2020
Events: 50m, 100m each stroke, 200fs, 4x25IM, 4x50IM
Entry fees: £6.00 per event (plus £1 per swimmer towards coach passes)
Closing date: Wednesday 26th Feb (forms into the box at West Park by 9pm, please)

The entry pack (including entry form) is available here

According to Retford's website, entries are coming in 'thick and fast', and it is a first-come-first-served meet, so please make sure forms are in on time.  If your child does not have a time on the database for a particular event, but wishes to enter, please make sure their coach has signed off an estimated time before you submit the form.  Forms submitted with just a tick, where a swimmer does not have a database time, or saying 'no time' will not be processed.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Blog 2020-39 - Leeds Level 1 Open Meet - closes this Friday - please enter asap

The April City of Leeds Open Meet closes this Friday (21st February), which is very early for a Level 1 / fastest first meet, but means we need to enter quickly.  Details are as follows:

Dates: 17th - 19th April
Venue: John Charles Aquatic Centre, Leeds
Fees: £7.50 per event (electronic entry fee - please ignore the £8.50 paper fee shown on the entry form) plus £1 per swimmer towards coach passes
Age at: 31st December 2020

The entry pack (including entry form) is available here

Given the short notice, please email entries - either a scan of the completed entry form, or just confirmation of which events you wish to enter - (  I will confirm receipt of email entries - if you haven't heard from me, please feel free to double check that I have received the email.  Please send entries by 9pm Thursday 20th.

Blog 2020-38: County Champs info - lost property from weekend 1 & Team Photo for weekend 2

Lost property
The following items were left behind in our area at Matlock this weekend:

  • Green Gelert chair cover
  • Clear water bottle with strap and grey / white lid
  • Nike (running?) shorts - size S, black with grey geometric design on them
If any of these are yours, either contact me to arrange collection, or I can just take them up next weekend and you can claim them then.

Team Photo
There will be an LESC County Champs team photo this Saturday (22nd) at 12noon at Matlock.  This will (hopefully) be in the break between sessions 7 & 8.  Please meet in the Sports Hall.

Blog 2020-37: Changes to training this weekend (22nd & 23rd Feb)

Please note the following changes to training this weekend:

Saturday 22nd February
No a.m. sessions for National, Midland or County squads (land or pool)

Sunday 23rd February
No sessions for National / Midland + squads (Loughborough) or Midland / County squads (QLC)

These changes are due to the second weekend of County Championships taking place at Matlock.

All other sessions will continue as normal.

Blog 2020-36: LESC are Recruiting!

Are you interested in helping to make a difference and ‘giving back’ to your club. We’re looking for someone to fill the position of Volunteer Secretary.

Some key responsibilities include:
  • Acting as a main point of contact for volunteers within the club
  • Building effective relationships with all club volunteers
  • Supporting the development of club volunteers by co-ordinating and helping organise appropriate training to meet their needs
If you’re interested in the position and would like to find out more information, please contact Helen Tunnicliffe on:

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Blog 2020-35: Information for County Championships

Please read the following info received regarding this (and next) weekend's County Championships at Matlock:

The spectator entry will be via the upstairs studio this year and not in the usual position after the cafĂ© – signage will be in place to direct spectators.

Confirmed timings for the competition days are as follows (these are of course subject to change dependant on how the meet runs on the day):

Saturday 15th
S1: 8.30am Warm Up – 9.30am Start.
S2: 12.00pm Warm Up – 13.15pm Start.
S3: 16.30pm Warm Up – 17.15pm Start.
Day 1 approx. finish: 19.20pm.

Sunday 16th
S4: 8.30am Warm Up – 9.30am Start.
S5: 12.40pm Warm Up – 13.40pm Start.
S6: 16.25pm Warm Up – 17.10pm Start.
Day 2 approx. finish: 19.10pm.

Saturday 22nd 
S7: 8.30am Warm Up – 9.30am Start.
S8: 12.30pm Warm Up – 13.45pm Start.
S9: 16.00pm Warm Up – 17.00pm Start.
Day 3 approx. finish: 19.10pm.

Sunday 23rd
S10: 8.30am Warm Up – 9.30am Start.
S11: 12.15pm Warm Up – 13.15pm Start.
S12: 15.30pm Warm Up – 16.30pm Start.
Day 4 approx. finish: 18.45pm.

Further information, including withdrawal procedures and a break-down of warm ups into age-groups is available on the Derbyshire ASA website here

Blog 2020-34: Changes to training this weekend (Sat 15th - Sun 16th February)

Please note the following changes to training this weekend:

Saturday 15th February
No a.m. sessions for National, Midland, or County squads (land or pool)

Sunday 16th February
No sessions for National / Midland + squads (Loughborough) or Midland / County squads (QLC)

These cancellations are due to the County Championships taking place at Matlock

All other sessions will continue as normal

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Blog 2020-33 Training this afternoon

Just to confirm for all training is still on this afternoon despite the windy weather!
Please take care travelling and give yourself extra time. There was an overturned lorry which closed the M1 earlier for those going to Loughborough, so check and take an alternative route if possible.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Blog 2020-32: Derbyshire Development Camps 2020 - Parent Workshops

As in previous years Derbyshire ASA in conjunction with Swim England are organising development camps to support Coach development in the County. As part of this process swimmers will be selected to attend after County Champs, this year it is aimed at swimmers born 2009. There will be a presentation taking place on the first Saturday of County Champs (15th Feb) in the Community room at 12pm – this is for any parents of 2009 born swimmers and or coaches who would like to attend.  The presentation will explain the purpose of the camps including selection criteria and will be delivered by Development Camp’s Head Coach Kyle Hudson and Liz Dempsey as Programme Lead.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Blog 2020 - 31: Leicester League Round 2 Team

Round 2 of the Leicester League will be on 29th February 2020 and will be held at The Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby (CV22 5LJ).

There will be a bus for Round 2, leaving West Park at 4pm. £5 per person.

Please email: or tick the sheet at West Park ASAP to confirm attendance.

Girls -

Sophia Ireland
Isabel Plummer
Eloise Cami
Florence Stirling
Hannah Jepson
Annabel Tipping
Holly Smith
Charlie Scanlon
Maya Lynch
Sophie Goodman
Ruby Ireland
Estella Pendrey
Jasmine Bowles
Jasmine Bryan
Isabella Moody
Tamzin Meese
Kathleen Humphrey

Boys -

Jack Harling
Adam Worley
Samuel Cooper
Christian Brown
Kai Ward
William Gallagher
Ryan Davies
Oliver Jepson
Ethan Aldous
Lewis Fretwell
Ewan Ascott
Joseph Cooper
Rory Batchelor
Benjamin Tipping
Benjamin Mellor
Luke Witten
George Casartelli

Monday, 3 February 2020

Blog 2020-30: DX Meet 20-22 March - Qualifiers from National & Midland squads

Entries are now open for the March DX LC Open Meet:

Dates: 20-22 March 2020
Venue: Ponds Forge, Sheffield
Age at: 31 Dec 2020
Entry fees: £12 per event for 800m & 1500m events, £7* per event for other events (plus £1 per swimmer towards coach passes)
Squads: Qualifiers from National & Midland squads
Closing date: Tuesday 18th Feb (entries into the box at West Park by 9pm)

Meet details, including the entry form, are available here (click to download file from website)

*entries will be submitted electronically, so fee is £7 per event.  £8 per event quoted on the entry form is for paper entries sent direct to the organisers only, not for those submitted by the club.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Blog 2020 - 29: Morning training Friday 31 Jan

Training is still on in the morning (Friday 31st Jan).  West Park have posted on their Facebook page that they are experiencing problems with the heating, but the temperature will still be ok for us to train.  There will be no hot showers however.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Blog 2020-28: Accepted entries for County Championships

Accepted entries for the Derbyshire County Championships are available here

Please let me know of any errors or omissions asap - these must be notified to the organisers by February 2nd.

Blog 2020-27: Club Champs 2020

Following a few enquiries, I would like to confirm that Club Champs 2020 will take place on the weekend of 18th/19th July.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Blog 2020-26: Team Manager Courses - Sunday 5th April

Fancy helping out at Open Meets and Galas but not sure where to start?
We are always in need of Team Managers to support our swimmers at events.
Dont worry if you've never helped before - this is a great way to get started by doing the level one Team Manager course.

There are also places available on the Team Manager level two course, for those of you who have already done level one.

Both courses are on Sunday 5th April at Sport Park, Loughborough.

If you are interested, please drop me an email -