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Calling out to all new year 10's

Calling out to all new year 10s

MASC wants YOU!

If you are going into year 10 in September 2019 and would like to join our aquatic helpers programme and help out on poolside then please have a word with Valda on poolside or email her at Email Equipment Coordinator to find out more 

I have taken over the rota this last year from Kay Howe who has been running the programme for several years and it has proved successful in introducing swimmers to the coaching side of swimming. It also provides you an opportunity to start working on the many skills that you will need later in life. You will also have the opportunity to gain an ASA qualification in aquatic helping which will be excellent for your CV. 

This also gives you an opportunity to experience swimming from the other side and you will hear yourself repeating what you hear Morpeth coaches telling you !!!

The younger Children in the club look up to the older swimmers and you can be invaluable in inspiring them.

If  you normally train 5-6 however please tell me so when I prepare the rota that will be taken into consideration to allow you to train with your allocated squad and be part of the aquatic helpers programme 

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 

Valda Butterworth Email Equipment Coordinator

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

Swimming with the Stars Gala!!

Shortly we will be sending out the competition calendar for the 2019/2020 season. However one competition that you may be interested in before then is the Satellites Swimming with the Starts Gala. This is a unique competition and possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity for young swimmers to compete against some of the worlds best swimmers. 

The competition involves swimmers competing in heats as normal (4 x 50m events) however the fastest 7 in each age group will get the chance to swim against a member of the British swimming Team (with a head start I believe)...….Olympic Champion Adam Peaty, World Champion James Guy & European Champion Freya Anderson will be in attendance! 

Swimmers will need to enter this competition individually via the website below (you will need to create an account). There are lower qualifying times (swimmers must be faster than these) and upper qualifying times (swimmers must be slower than these). Once you have entered please email Kirsty Cunningham Email Competition Secretary so we can accurately track the number of Morpeth Swimmers attending.

The meet is first come first served so enter NOW to avoid disappointment. (Open to all swimmers who meet qualifying standards). 

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach

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. Dates tbc .

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 

and click ‘support this cause’.

Thank you all,
Andreas Leja, Treasurer
Email MASC Treasurer

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.

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

Northumberland Hub Training Dates 2018-2019

Further sessions for the Hub for the 2018 - 2019 season will be as follows:

  • 3rd August 2019         10:00 - 12:00   Sunderland Aquatics Centre

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

IMPORTANT Session Changes

There will be a number of changes to training times from Monday 10th June. The changes along with all other training times will be reviewed over the summer. Read more 

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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