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To find out about joining Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club please email us at info@morpeth-asc.org.uk

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MASC Pasyments

I appreciate it can be tricky for swimming parents to keep on top of payments to Morpeth ASC and some of you still have club credit too (from gala rejections or overpayments).

Here's an offer:

If you're ever unsure how much you owe, if you still have credit, if you have already paid but can't remember, don't hesitate to send me an email to check. It's easy for me to find out, usually same day.

And it's easier all around if you then go on pay the correct amount with credit redeemed (if applicable).

Kind regards & happy swimming,
Andreas Leja (Treasurer) Email Head Coach


Minnows/SD1/SD2 & C1 - Mini Gala 2020 - Save the date

This is advance notice of a 'Mini Gala' that we will be hosting on Sunday 17th May 2020 (4-6pm). The gala will be aimed at our swimmers in Minnows, SD1, SD2 & C1 and will be 25 or 50m races depending on age & ability. We would like to see a big turn out especially from Minnows & SD squads. 

More information will follow regarding arrangements but please make a note of the date. 

Aquatic Helpers/Parents - We will be asking for help running the competition nearer the time so please keep an eye out for emails/notices. 

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach


Swim England Renewals

It is that time of year again when everyone needs to confirm which category they want to be registered with swim England for the year. Please read this file View Swim England Renewals carefully and confirm and pay by end of January. Everyone who is a member of the club needs to confirm, including coaches, volunteers, committee members, everyone! If you details have changed in the last year you need to complete a membership form, available on the club website, with any changes.

Please confirm your category by email Claire at Email Claire Logan.

Any questions, just ask.

Thanks,
Claire Email Claire Logan


Junior Leage 2020 Dates

Following the meeting held in November regarding Junior League 2020. Please click View Junior League Info Sheet for the information sheet for reference and below the confirmed dates for Morpeth ASC 2020. 

19th January 2020 - 11:45 warm up - Stanley, Louisa Centre 

29th February 2020 - 11:45am warm up - Tynemouth Pool

12th July 2020 - 2:30pm warm up - Middlesbrough, Neptune Centre 

6th September 2020 - Final (if we qualify) - South Shields, Haven Point 

As previously mentioned it will be a big ask for Morpeth ASC in Division 1, especially if we are unable to field a full team. Please can all swimmers (born 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) keep these dates free.

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach


Diddy League Volunteers Wanted

On Sunday 19th January 2020, we are hosting the first gala of this seasons Diddy League.

This is an opportunity for us to raise much needed funds for the club. In order for us to make a success of this event, we need many volunteers to help on the day and with the preparations.

The gala will be held at The Louisa Centre, Stanley.

There are two sessions so we will be looking for volunteers to arrive between 8.30am-9am ( we will know better nearer the time) and estimate that it will be finished by 3pm.

MASC swimmers will be arriving at approximately 11.45am. Any volunteer who has a child on the team will be able to go and watch when the session starts at 12.15pm.

Firstly, We are looking for volunteers to take charge of collecting for a raffle and tombola in each session.

Closer to the date we will require volunteers to bake so that we can have a cake stall and on the day we will need volunteers on the admission table, raffle, cake stall.

There will be a sign up sheet on the notice board and hope to have as many names as possible before the Christmas break. Please state if you can do one or both sessions.

Thank you


Social Media

We now have 3 'Social Media' accounts for everyone to follow, join, like.....

Closed Facebook page - Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club. This is for members only, important club information is shared here and parents can ask questions. 

Open Twitter page - @morepth_asc  Good for knowing what our swimmers are up to locally and nationally 

Open Facebook page - Morpeth Swimming Club. This page is NEW and needs some 'likes' - open page and will be used to promote the club and swimmers achievements. 

Please sign up for all 3 to keep up to date with what's going on at the club.


Summer Shut Down 2020

As previously mentioned, in 2020 Morpeth ASC will have a full summer shut down where there will be no training sessions. Rest and recovery is one of the most important parts of any athletes training programme and this breaks fits in with the competitive season. Taking a break at this time will optimise swimmers recovery and set them up for the 2020/2021 season. This is particularly important for swimmers in Performance and Junior Performance. Hopefully the advanced notice gives everyone the opportunity to organise family holidays etc. 

Details of the break are as follows:

Sessions will run as normal up to and including 16th August 2020 

Full Summer shut down 17th August 2020 - 6th September 2020 

Training resumes 7th September 2020 

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach
Email Head Coach


Please help MASC with easyfundraising

Parents we need your help! If you shop online, please could you sign up to easyfundraising to support Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club? 

It’s a really easy way to raise money for us and it doesn’t cost you a penny!

Use the link below, sign up to easyfundraising to support Morpeth ASC, bookmark the page in your browser and that’s it. 

Each time you shop online, buy insurance, switch utilities or broadband provider or book travel, open Easy Fundraising and from there click through to the desired retailer / provider. When you buy something, a donation is automatically made to Morpeth ASC

If you shop on your tablet / phone, please download the easyfundraising app and shop through the app!

Some companies are very generous, like insurance or broadband providers (e.g. Aviva donate £30, BT £52!!). Holiday, hotel, train and travel websites are also very good (Travelodge give 2.5%, Expedia 3%, booking com 4%, trainline 0.5%….) and most retailers participate too: Clarks, Boden, Next, John Lewis, M&S, Boots, Currys PC World, Amazon, Apple, ebay, Argos, Halfords, you name it… (although groceries shopping is not included unless it’s your first online purchase).

With 115 families in the club we could fundraise so much that we could offset some of our running costs and keep swimming affordable for all :)   So, please visit our easyfundraising page at

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/morpethasc/ 

and click ‘support this cause’.

Thank you all,
Andreas Leja, Treasurer
Email MASC Treasurer


Approved Swimwear

Following a brief conversation at training, if anyone wants to double check if racing suits are FINA approved then you can check on the FINA website. Select the brand and a full list should appear.

Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach


IMPORTANT - Changing Rooms

Can all swimmers please aim to use the wet side changing facilities at all times, especially on a Sunday when between 5-6pm as this is when the dry side changing facilities are closed for cleaning.   We appreciate the changing rooms are busy so can we please encourage everyone to put their bags and clothes in lockers and refrain from keeping their things in a changing cubicle. All belongings are left at the owners own risk. Anything left in a changing room could be moved. Lockers are lockable with 20p to guarantee the safety of all belongings. 

The leisure centre staff have had problems cleaning the wet side changing rooms at other times in the week because some swimmers have left kit in cubicles or draped over locker doors. Please put all belongings into a locker properly so that they can do a good job without your kit getting soaked.


Issue with Spam

We have been alerted by Parentmail that there are some people experiencing problems with emails going straight into spam folder. If you know of anyone in the swim club having this problem please encourage them to use the Parentmail APP.

Message from Parentmail

Outlook/Hotmail Spam Issue
We are aware of an issue with Outlook and Hotmail inboxes incorrectly classifying our emails as spam, meaning parents may be unaware of emails they are receiving from ParentMail. We have made contact with the provider and we are treating this as a high priority. In the meantime, we highly recommend all users download the ParentMail App to ensure you are receiving messages. We will update you as soon as this issue has been resolved, and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


IMPORTANT - issues at training and competition

I would like to remind you that when swimmers are in the pool working in a session (or at a competition) it is extremely important they are paying attention to the coaches at all times. They should NOT be distracted by anything including communication from the balcony. This is to ensure they are receiving the correct instructions, technical feedback, that sessions run effectively and most importantly health and safety principles are followed at all times.

We want parents to enjoy watching their child’s swimming and progression however if the problem continues and swimmers are unable to complete sessions correctly and safely we will consider closing the balcony during sessions.

Parents are there to support their child and help with logistics (e.g. getting there on time or having snacks ready for after) but should NOT  be giving technical feedback. Technical feedback is the job of the coaching team who are qualified to do this. This is at training, in the car and at competitions.

Thank you for your cooperation

Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach


Eating Well at Competitions

As parents you don't need to analyse your child's swimming, that is the job of the coaching team! One way you can really help and support them to perform well though is encouraging good eating and drinking habits at competitions. 

Swimming competitions are long days and a lot of young swimmers tend to overeat early on and then not eat or drink anywhere near enough towards the end of the day. 

Below are a few documents with snack ideas and information on when to eat at competitions (for example swimmers should be snacking and drinking straight after each race on their way to swim down). 

Our young swimmers don't need to be following any fancy nutrition plan just yet! Equally they don't need to be finishing off a family sized bag of chocolate buttons or Haribos before 9:15am or eating a large Pasta bowl 7 minutes before their 400 Free heat gets on the blocks. 

Please provide swimmers with all their snacks and drinks for each session at competitions. 

How much should an athlete drink?

View How much to drink

Cereal Bars

View Cereal Bars

Eating at Competitions

View Eating at Competitions

Travel Snack Ideas - Protein

View TravelSnackIdeas-Protein

Travel Snack Ideas - Carbohydrates

View TravelSnackIdeas-Carbohydrates

 

 

 

 

 

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach
Email Head Coach


Early Morning Training

Morning sessions: I have had confirmation from the pool that we will be able to get in the building no later than 5:50am so hopefully no standing in the cold over winter! 

Below is an article about how best to support your child with early morning training. While slightly earlier mornings is a change for Morpeth ASC it is the norm in all successful swimming clubs, it is part of any successful swimmers (and their parents) routine. Most clubs would love 6am starts! 

Breakfast: Also attached are some ideas for Breakfast to help set swimmers up for a good training session and day at school.

Morning Training Tips

View Morning Training Tips

New Breakfast Ideas

View Breakfast Ideas

 

 


IMPORTANT - SAFETY during sessions

Just a quick note to advise ALL swimmers should not be wearing jewellery during sessions. Swimmers should also remove watches and Fitbit type products. 

The lanes are narrow and with sometimes 8-10 swimmers per lane during club sessions an accident could easily happen.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach


Kit Bags at the Pool

Please see below message from Kay who has with others worked hard to tidy up the Kit bag area over half term.

"I have marked up the kit bag pegs into squads please use the correct peg when returning your kit. Please do not return your kit if it is not marked up with your name in all equipment

I will be carrying out periodic checks on the kit and any on the wrong pegs or not named will be returned to cupboard and you will not be allowed to use the facility and will need to take your kit bag home after each session

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there are any questions"

Thanks Kay Howe


Important Information - Drinks at Training

A quick reminder that all swimmers should be bringing a Water Bottle to ALL training sessions. Concern has been raised about the number of children turning up to training working hard sometimes for over a hour without a drink! Swimmers should attend with at least 750ml to 1L of fluid (water or dilute juice) for each hour of training. Swimmers in Performance and Junior Performance may need two bottles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Swimmers who attend training without a sufficient amount to drink will not be allowed to swim.


News Summary

Land Training Update

Land training will continue Tuesdays 5-6pm for swimmers in Performance and C2 who are identified by the Head Coach. There will be no session 4-5pm from now. Read more

Squad Equipment Lists for 2019

Please find the most up to date equipment lists for each squad View Equipment Requirements. The club have some of these items but we can't guarantee these will always be available. If swimmers don't have the correct equipment this will impact on their ability to complete the session correctly.

Ness swimwear have ALL of the items on this lists and have shops at many of the external competitions we attend. Alternatively, click on the NESS logo at the top of this page to go to their website.

MASC Privacy Notice

The policy now exists for the Club, there is nothing further you need to do. The full policy can be found here

MASC Twitter Account

Please follow us on our twitter account @morpeth_asc for important announcements, training changes, gala results etc. 

Important Information for Inhaler Users

Can parents please ensure that if their child has an inhaler that it is brought onto poolside, that it is named and in a sealable clear bag so it stays dry.

NESS Swimwear

NESS Swimwear have given club members the opportunity to receive a 5% discount when ordering, use the discount count morpasc20 in the shopping basket. At the same time the club will also receive funds from NESS.

Click on the NESS logo to go to their website.


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