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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 18/03/2020 20:30

I'm very sad to say that all training will cease from tonight. We have kept sessions going for as long as we possibly can, but we have reached the point where we feel that it is in everyone's interest that we now stop.

Over the coming days the committee will be discussing ongoing costs and reviewing fees during the period that we are closed.

Head Coach Becki McGuire now has the unenviable task of reviewing the seasons swimming programmes for each squad in order to minimise the impact of closure.

I would like to thank all of our members for their continued support during these unpredictable times

Lesley Kennedy (Chair) Email Chair

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 2 - 17/03/2020 16:00

Please see earlier update from this morning regarding the training situation

Keep checking emails, facebook & twitter for updates

Competitions – The following competitions have been confirmed as cancelled or postponed:

  • North Tyneside Mad March Hare – Cancelled
  • Scottish Age Group Nationals – Postponed
  • Derventio Excel Open – Cancelled
  • British Swimming Championships – Cancelled
  • NER Age Group Championships – Cancelled/Postponed
  • NER Open Championships – Cancelled/Postponed
  • East District Open – Cancelled
  • National Qualifying Window – Ended with immediate effect
  • Morpeth May Mini Gala – Postponed

Other – The following ‘other’ activities that swimmers may have been involved with are also cancelled/postponed:

  • N&D County Camps – Postponed (Well done to Katy Otterson & Aidan Turner who were selected and due to attend this weekend)
  • N&D Performance Programme (Beacon @ Sunderland) – Cancelled
  • Northumberland Hub @ Sunderland  – Cancelled

Information around refunds etc will become available in due course.

We understand there will some disappointment amongst swimmers and still some questions we don’t have the answers to yet. Please remember everyone is in the same situation. Our club have made so many fantastic strides forwards in the last couple of years. We’ll be back to making more very soon!

Please can we ask ALL MEMBERS follow the governments advice regarding self-isolation. If they or a family member display any of the symptoms of COVID – 19 they self-isolate accordingly.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 17/03/2020 11:30

Following the Prime Minister's press conference yesterday please find below Morpeth ASC’s latest position. As you will appreciate this is an ever-changing situation.

1) Swim England have cancelled/postponed several upcoming National Competitions 

2) The National Qualifying Window, which opened 13th March has been suspended with immediate effect. An update regarding the qualifying/invitation process for the summer national meets will be provided when available                              

3) Swim England have advised that clubs can continue to train at present. As a club, Morpeth ASC will be continuing with our normal training programme until further notice. There may be some changes however and parents MUST keep a close eye on emails, Facebook, Twitter for updates

4) The balcony will be closed during training sessions, parents will not be able to spectate. Parents are also not allowed to enter the changing room areas! This is with immediate effect. We appreciate there are some younger swimmers (those aged 5-7) and we will provide an update regarding changing arrangements before Friday’s session.

5) Competitions – Currently there still does not appear to be a clear position from Swim England on upcoming licensed competitions. We will update members accordingly ASA

6) British Swimming Championships – Were cancelled at 10:00am this morning

Please see link below for full Swim England statement

Please see link below for full British Swimming statement

Please can we ask ALL MEMBERS follow the governments advice regarding self-isolation. If they or a family member display any of the symptoms of COVID – 19 they self-isolate accordingly.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 16/03/2020 14:10

The club continues to assess any risk to members and would ask that all swimmers  follow the below instructions:

  • MUST take home kit bags after each session for cleaning
  • All personal equipment should be clearly marked with the swimmers name
  • MUST NOT share their equipment with other swimmers

An up to date equipment list will follow

For those who attend land training:

  • MUST wash hands before and after the session
  • We have already started cleaning exercise mats before and after sessions (swimmers are welcome to bring their own mat if they prefer)
  • MUST NOT share a mat with other participants

The club continues to run as normal and we will advise you of any changes as soon as possible

Lesley Kennedy (Chair) Email Chair

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 12/03/2020 13:30

Swim England has issued the following advice regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 10/03/20

The health and wellbeing of anyone who takes part in any aquatic activity is of paramount importance to everyone at Swim England.

Swim England is currently following the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England and is advising its members, clubs, learn to swim providers and volunteers to do the same.

At this time, Swim England is continuing to plan for events as normal.

However, the national governing body will be following the latest information and assessing risk as appropriate. Specific guidance regarding forthcoming Swim England events will be issued as necessary to those who are due to attend.

Due to the ongoing spread of novel coronavirus, there have been a number of calls to Swim England about whether it is safe to still go swimming.

The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) has been in contact with Public Health England regarding novel coronavirus.

A spokesperson for PWTAG said: “Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time.

“Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus.

“However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.”

These include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Most importantly, if you feel unwell, please avoid using the pool.

This announcement is not intended to panic anyone and Swim England is sharing the above information to ensure all possible precautions are taken.

Please can all swimmers/parents be considerate when using showers/changing rooms so that everyone can use the facilities that are available with the minimum of fuss.

If any of our members have or think they have the virus,it would be appreciated if you could inform us to assist us in our continued risk assessment.  This should not replace seeking advice from NHS 111. 

Please advise 

I am in regular contact with Active Northumberland regarding any change in risk. At present there are no reported incidents in any of their centre's and it is business as usual.

Thank You,
Lesley Kennedy (Chair) Email Chair


Swim England have advised all swimming clubs to carry out a risk assessment in relation to the Coronavirus.

This is not an indication that the risk has changed.

I'm sure most of our members have had advice from school or places of work, but to reiterate:


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze (obviously our swimmers can't do this when they are in the pool so please try and direct your cough or sneeze away from others)
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Below is a link to NHS advice.

Also please read this general guidance View General Guidance previously sent by Becki

Lesley Kennedy (Chair) Email Chair

Swim England Club Awards & Speed Awards

Morpeth ASC uses both the Swim England Club Award scheme and Speed Award scheme. Please find below two information sheets that explain a bit more about what each scheme involves.

Speed Award Information

View Speed Award Info

Club Award Information

View Club Award Info




Good evening,

We’ve reached that time of year when the committee are looking to recruit new members.

If you are interested, would like to be more involved with the club, have some time that you can spare or maybe have some skills that you think would help with the smooth running and our continued development, please email

Lesley Kennedy (Chair) Email Chair

Postponed - Aquatic Helpers Meeting

Due to developments yesterday the Aquatic Helpers meeting tonight (Tuesday 17th) has been postponed. A new date will be sent out in due course.

A further update regarding club activities will be sent out.  

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach

Updated Competition Calendar

Please find View 2019/20 Competition Calendar the updated competition calendar for the rest of the 2019-2020 season. 

Please check your child's new squad and which competitions are targeted at their squad. Swimmers in all squads (with exception of Seniors) are expected to compete at appropriate level competitions. 

Junior League - Our young swimmers did a fantastic job on Saturday, finishing 5th in the 2nd round. We were only 11 points (across nearly 50 events) away from 2nd place. The next round will likely be just as tight so please keep the 12th July free so our strongest team can be selected. 

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach

Updated Structure/Criteria/Training Times - MUST READ

As mentioned in a number of correspondents over the last 5-6 months Morpeth ASC have being sourcing additional pool time and space to benefit all of it's members. The club apologise for the delay but this was out of our hands.

The good news is Active Northumberland have now confirmed a start date for the new Northumberland Development Squad: ( ).

This allows Morpeth ASC to update it's own programme to ensure the short and long term development of the club. 

Changes will be effective from Monday 9th March 2020

You will receive an email by Wednesday 26th February to advise which squad your child has been allocated to. Swimmers selected for the Northumberland Development Squad will be notified of this by Monday 2nd March. 

Please read the information below carefully.

Outline of Changes

View Outline of Changes

Formalized Coaching Structure

View Formaliized Coaching Structure

Morpeth ASC Test Set Data

View Test Set Data

Morpeth ASC Squad Criteria

View Revised Squad Criteria

New Training Times

View New Training Times






Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach

Squad Fees

Please see the Squad Fees Page and check that you are paying the correct amount.  If your squad name has changed but you haven't moved, there should be no change.

For those who have changed squad, standing orders need to be changed for your April payment.

Sibling discount remains the same.

Many Thanks,
Lesley Kennedy (Chair) Email Chair

Head Coach Report - December 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.

December 2019

View Head Coach Report December 2019


Click here for all reports.

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. 

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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.

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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