Session Cancellations & Changes this weekend - PLEASE READ
Changes to training this weekend:
Friday 28th June - All sessions as normal
Saturday 29th June AM - Due to Northumberland Hub Session swimmers in C1, C2, SD1 & SD2 are invited to Saturday AM Session 7-9am
Saturday AM 30th June - Adult Session 9-10am as normal
Sunday PM - There will be NO TRAINING due to Morpeth ASC 50th Anniversary gala. This gala is for swimmers in Minnows, SD1 & SD2. Entries should have already been submitted - if you have missed the closing date but would still like to enter please email email@example.com (we might be able to add you in).
Becki 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
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 .
Becki Head Coach
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. Please read carefully.
- C2/Seniors - 6-7:30am
- Adult Swim - 6-7:30am - (2 lanes available) Please see below information regarding Adult Swim.
- Junior Performance 7-8pm
- Performance 7-9pm
- Seniors 8-9pm - 2 lanes available - however swimmers need to use this time and space more. Currently there are not enough swimmers regularly attending this session. Those swimmers who do attend regularly do a great job on a Wednesday night.
Saturdays (From 22nd June 2019)
- Performance 7-9am
- Junior Performance 7-9am
- Adult Swim 9-10am - (2-3 lanes available) - Please see below information regarding Adult Swim
- Morpeth ASC are opening up some lane space for Adult Swimming
- Sessions will NOT be coached initially but potential for this to start if interest in this following trial. Swimmers will just access lane space for now
- This is a trial over June/July to gauge interest. Please spread the word if you know anyone who would be interested
- Open to all competent swimmers aged 18+
- £5 Per Swim to be paid at each session (Pay as you Go but swimmers need to join Morpeth ASC)
- Please spread the word and encourage swimmers to attend (parents are more than welcome!)
Becki 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
New Club Captains
After successful interviews, I can now inform you that Niamh Atchison and Dominic Anderson are your new club captains.
Well done Niamh and Dominic
Lesley Kennedy (Chair)
50th Celebration Update
The plans so far...
We have lots in store for our younger swimmers - trophies & medals will be presented to those who compete in the Minnows/Skill Development gala, along with a disco, glitter tattoos and Shakeys milkshakes on sale.
Guests can take a trip down memory lane as we will have a wall of old photos/memorabilia of how the Club looked 50 years ago. There will be members past and present in attendance.
A buffet (included in the ticket price) will be served to your table, a bar to purchase drinks, and a raffle with some great prizes. The disco will continue until midnight.
Due to the amazing support and donations we’ve had from our members we are able to offer tickets for this event at a cost of only £2.50 per person. Tickets will be on sale from 8th June from our 50th Celebrations Committee.
Thank you for your support
50th Celebration Committee
Regional Open Water Championships
Please see below link for Open Water Regionals on 29th June 2019. Swimmers need to enter direct however they MUST speak to me first before entering to ensure they fully understand what the event involves. I will speak to specific athletes as well who I think should be trying out this event.
Becki Head Coach
Dates for your Diary
All proceeds to the 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
Saturday 6th July 2019
50th Anniversary Celebration Evening. Tickets on sale soon!!
Dear Swimmers, Parents, Guardians, Coaches & Committee Members,
I am pleased to introduce myself as the new Chairperson at Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club.
I have a daughter who currently swims at MASC and I have served on the committee for the past year. To many of you, I am a well known face on the balcony and at swimming galas, but for those of you who don’t know me, I’m sure I will meet you in the near future.
I have spent several weeks acquainting myself with the workings of the club but there is still much for me to learn, so please bear with me.
I would like to thank the outgoing Committee members for the years and years of commitment and time that they have given to the club in their various roles – Simon Watson(Chair ), Lynda Garland (Competition Secretary and former Chair), Helen Seymour (Swim Mark coordinator) and Kay Howe (who will continue to coach and is of course coordinating our 50th celebrations).
I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce to you the new committee members elected on 25th April 2019 – Kirsty Cunningham (Competition Secretary), Ruth Tweedie, David Parsisson and Fiona Blacklock. Ruth Tweedie will also serve as Swim Mark coordinator.
I look forward to the year ahead working with Head Coach Becki McGuire and continuing the good work at MASC.
Lesley Kennedy (Chair)
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.
Click here for all reports.
Lions Swim Update
Just an update from the Lions Swim 2019, many thanks to everyone who supported this great event,whether it was swimming, helping on poolside or sponsoring the swim, the club raised a total of £668.50, of which we will receive 75% of that amount and it will be used toward the Clubs 50th Celebration evening in July. A big thank you to everyone involved and especially to Lindsey Henderson who pulled everything together in and out of the pool.
Well Done to ALL!!
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
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.
Swimmers in Performance and C2 identified by the Head Coach will take part in a 12 week block of work. Further details will be communicated to these swimmers this week. This session is aimed at swimmers for whom land training is an immediate priority. We plan to continue to explore opportunities for land training for younger swimmers in other squads. However I would like to emphasize that younger swimmers especially (12 & Under) can benefit substantially from being involved in other sports such as gymnastics, dancing, martial arts etc. For older swimmers who have not been identified for this block of land training please continue to work hard and attend pool sessions regularly. Regular attendance at pool sessions will greatly enhance the chance of swimmers being identified as requiring land training the in the future in line with Long Term Athlete Development.
Becki Head Coach
MASC celebrates 50 Years!
Morpeth ASC was first established in July 1969 which means we are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion we are planning a “Celebration Evening” later in the year - July 6th - for all of our members, so save that date in your diaries!
We really hope every member of the Club will get involved and join in the celebrations.
In order to keep ticket prices for this event to an absolute minimum we will need to do some fundraising events, the first of which was our Easter Egg Raffle.
Please do let the Committee know if you can lend a hand or have any fundraising ideas, and together we can make this an exciting and successful year for Morpeth ASC.
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.
Help with Fundraising
We are desperately looking to involve volunteers to help with fundraising. If you are willing to give up a little of your time to benefit the club, please speak with Mark Atchison or add your name to a list that will be put on the notice board over the next few days.
Morpeth ASC is also signed up to Easy Fundraising. It’s very easy and at no cost to you.
Fist sign up, then visit Easy Fundraising before shopping online and if you make a purchase the retailer will make a donation to the club.
Any help is greatly appreciated,
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
Northumberland Hub Training Dates 2018-2019
Further sessions for the Hub for the 2018 - 2019 season will be as follows:
- 29th June 2019 10:00 - 12:00 Sunderland Aquatics Centre
- 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?
Eating at Competitions
Travel Snack Ideas - Protein
Travel Snack Ideas - Carbohydrates
Becki 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
New 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
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.
Squad Equipment Lists for 2019
Please find the most up to date equipment lists for each squad . 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 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.