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Merry Christmas &

A Happy New Year

From All at Morpeth ASC


Christmas Training Timetable

  1. Friday 20th December – Christmas Fun Night. Information to follow
  2. All other sessions will run as normal up to & including Monday 23rd December 2019 (AM & PM)
  3. There will be No training for Minnows, SD1, SD2, C1 & Seniors from Tuesday 24th December to Thursday 2nd January
  4. Normal training times recommence Friday 3rd January – there may be some adjustments to session times

Tuesday 24th December – 7:00-9:00am – Performance & Junior Performance

Wednesday 25th December – No Training

Thursday 26th December – No Training

Friday 27th December – No Training

Saturday 28th December – 7:00-9:00am – Performance, Junior Performance

Sunday 29th December – 8:30-10:00am – Performance, Competitive 2, Competitive 1+

Monday 30th December – 2:00-4:00pm – Performance, Junior Performance

Tuesday 31st December – 7:00-9:00am – Performance, Competitive 2, Competitive 1+

Wednesday 1st January – No Training

Thursday 2nd January – 6:00-7:30am – Performance, Junior Performance

Parent Evening Sessions

As part of improving our communication with parents at Morpeth ASC we will be offering 2 'Parent Evening' sessions per week for parents to come and speak with Head Coach. We understand that parents can often have questions, queries or concerns and these will be best answered or addressed by speaking directly to the Head Coach. While the club use email to communicate with parents 'on mass' for ease, it is preferred moving forwards that parents bring questions/queries that require a 'longer response' to a face to face meeting.  

To book a 15 minute slot please email - Becki at Email Head Coach (all slots will be first come first served) 

Parent Evening sessions will be: 

Monday 6:15 - 7:15pm 

Friday 5:15 - 6:15pm* - This session will be effected by competitions 

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach

Club Update - Please read

I hope everyone has settled back into the new season well. This is quick update on squad changes and pool time.

Morpeth ASC is the top club in Northumberland and last season significant progress was made at all levels of the club. We currently have a very healthy membership and the club continues to grow in popularity. Following an encouraging meeting with Active Northumberland last month the club should be able to continue to grow, improve the service we provide and increase the number of swimmers we can cater for.

The aim is for changes to squad structure, squad allocation and training times to be made in January 2020.

In the meantime:

  • There will be a small number of squad moves from Monday 4th November 2019. These swimmers will be advised individually via email
  • Skill Development 1 & Skill Development 2 - swimmers will be expected to start competing at appropriate level competitions
  • We will be introducing a Junior League Training session on a Saturday afternoon 4-5pm up until Christmas for swimmers born in 2011 & 2010. This session will be by invite only, invited swimmers should attend wherever possible. Invites will be sent via email this week
  • Parents & Swimmers should take the time to re-read the Squad Criteria View Squad Criteria. Squad criteria gives swimmers and parents clear expectations for each squad at Morpeth ASC. Some small changes have been made to this document so please check

If you have any questions regarding the above please arrange a suitable date & time to meet with myself.

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach

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.

Junior League Final - Results

Congratulations to our Junior League Team today! Division 2 WINNERS!! We are very proud of you all and everyone who swam during the heats. What a fantastic team effort!

Full results to follow....

Division 1 next year

Morpeth Vs Portobello Result

Well done to everyone who competed at the Annual Morpeth Vs Portobello event (in its 48th year!). Morpeth retained the trophy 293 points to 154.

Big thank you to Becky Freeman and Lesley Kennedy for all their organising and everyone who helped before hand, poolside and afterwards.

Great start to the 2019/2020 season.

Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach

Morpeth ASC - Competition Calendar 2019-2020 Update

Please find the latest version of the 2019-2020 competition calendar for Morpeth ASC on our Galas page. Competitions will be added for later on in the season once more meet information becomes available. 

Some changes to note for September - December:

19th & 20th October - Middlesbrough Halloween Meet (Level 2) - This meet is in place of the Carnegie Meet and is for those swimmers. Events will be issued soon. 

16th & 17th November - Stockport Metro (Level 2) - Higher level meet. Due to swimmers not attending Carnegie this meet is important for swimmers in Performance to attend to compete 'out of area'. It is a high level meet, swimmers will be directed to enter if appropriate. 

23rd November - Morpeth ASC Club Championships. This will be an all day event this year and is suitable for ALL SWIMMERS. Minnows up to Performance 

1st December - There will be NO BLYTH XMAS CRACKER - this is due to the pool closure at Blyth pool.

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach

*IMPORTANT* New squad fees & annual gala payment

Please read this info View 2019 Squad Fees relating to new squad fees and annual gala payment.

Please be advised that the current sibling discount will not be affected by the change in squad fees.

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

Please 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

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

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

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

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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