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Summer Training Plans

Please find below the Summer training schedule for Summer 2019. Please read the timetable and points included carefully. 

2019 Summer Training Schedule

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Advanced notice - In 2020 Morpeth ASC will be adopting a complete Summer break for 2-3 weeks. Swimmers (especially those competing at County, Regional & National level)  will be encouraged to take any holidays during this period. More information below.

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach
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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


Important Information

All members please read this important letter from our Chair Lesley Kennedy View Members Letter


Morpeth ASC Update

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer holidays!

Just a quick update regarding changes at Morpeth ASC. As normal the summer is our key time for any squad changes as we prepare to start another new season in September 2019. These changes include those to the squad structure, the squad criteria and training times. Any changes made are done so to best support all of our swimmers and ensure swimmers at Morpeth ASC are provided with an environment where they can fulfil their true long term potential.

Currently we are awaiting confirmation from Active Northumberland around the pool time and space we can gain access to. Once we have received confirmation of the pool time and space we can make any changes needed to our squad structure and training times at Morpeth ASC.

Please note that until this confirmation is received we are unable to finalize any changes to the squad structure and unable to advise swimmers and parents of any changes to squad allocation and training times.

I hope to be able to get back to you all in the next couple of weeks with an update.

In the mean time pleased find below on this page two excellent pieces (courtesy of Nicki Hewitt) from the recent British Summer Championships and Swim England National Meet, held over the first two weeks of the school holidays! Huge congratulations to Libby and Richard who represented the club fantastically on the National stage!

Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach


Open Water National Championships 2019

Please find below report detailing the club's recent success at the Swim England Open Water Nationals! A big well done to Kate, Libby and Sam who qualified for this event. Read the full report View Open Water National Championships


English Summer Championships 31/07/2019 - 04/08/2019 Report

Another busy week at the pool for  Morpeth ASC at the English Summer Championships, involving Richard Butterworth and Libby Freeman. Read the full report View English Summer Championships


Libby Freeman - British Champion at Tollcross

Congratulations Libby Freeman! British Champion in the 13-14 years 200 Back (and still just 12!). 3 second PB in the morning heats then another 2 seconds off in the final for a new PB of 2:16.94!

Read more View Libby Freeman and full results View Results


Morpeth ASC - Competition Calendar 2019-2020

Please find the latest version of the 2019-2020 competition calendar for Morpeth ASC on our Galas page. This calendar cover ALL SQUADS so it might look very busy to begin with but not every swimmer in every squad goes to every competition. The competition calendar is carefully designed to meet the needs of individual squads and swimmers in line with their stage of development and 'level' of swimming.

Morpeth ASC is a competitive club and all swimmers are expected to compete at appropriate level competitions outlined in the calendar (with the exception of Seniors). 

Before each competition, closing date, a list of events for swimmers to enter will also be circulated via email. It is important that swimmers (and parents) enter into the correct events. Swimmers follow a training program and competing is part of this, swimmers learn through competing. It is the coaching team who know which events swimmers should be entering at each stage of their development and training program. Swimmers should speak to the coaching team if they wish to enter different events to those listed. 

If any swimmers in Seniors wish to compete during the 2019 - 2020 season they should speak to me about which competitions are appropriate for them. 

This is an updated version of the competition calendar originally sent out There are a small number of changes due to N&D changing dates to avoid Sunderland playing at home and further meet information becoming available. Please check carefully dates that will likely effect your child. 

N&D's 2020 - 1st & 2nd February, 14th & 15th February, 14th March (Team Day - Keep free) 

Swim England Winter Nationals 2019 - 5th - 8th December - Qualifying times not yet published. Swimmers who achieve times will need to discuss entries for English and Scottish with me.  

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
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Head Coach Report - March 2019

Please find Below a report I hope to send out each month highlighting some of the key achievements of our swimmers and any important changes within the club. A copy can also be found on the club notice board.

March 2019

View Head Coach Report March 2019

 

Click here for all reports.


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.


Information for Potential Summer Nationals Qualifiers

Would swimmers who may qualify for this summer’s Nationals, please read the information on the web site link below.

https://www.britishswimming.org/news/latest-swimming-news/2019-summer-meets-information/


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.


British Swimming Competition Pathway Handbook

It is an exciting time for swimming in Britain. The Domestic Competition Structure is changing. This brochure will outline the changes, and explain how these aim to contribute to the development of swimmers in the sport going forward.

Read the Handbook

View BS Competition Pathway Handbook


 


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

Gala Entry Payments for Competitive Swimmers

The Morpeth ASC committee has decided to change the way parents are asked to pay for their swimmer’s Gala entry and to use a system of payment at the time of entry, which is common for most clubs. Read more

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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