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This weekend - changes to training PLEASE READ

Due to competitions in Glasgow/Leeds this weekend and the Bank Holiday please see below changes to training. Please ensure your child attends at the correct time. 

Friday 24th May 2019

AM Sessions – As normal

PM Sessions

  • SD1 6:30-7:15pm
  • JP 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • SD2 7:15-8:15pm
  • C1/C1+ 7:15-8:15pm
  • C2/Sen 8:15pm – 9:00pm
  • Performance swimmers not in Glasgow or Leeds to speak to Becki about which session to attend

Saturday 25th May 2019

AM Session

  • P 7:00am-8:45am
  • JP/C1/C1+/SD1/SD2 7:00-8:45am

Sunday 26th May 2019

PM Sessions – As normal

Monday 27th May 2019

AM Sessions

  • P/JP 9:30-11:30am
  • P swimmers signed up to land – 11:30-12:30 land session

PM Sessions


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.

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach
Email Head Coach

Dates for your Diary

All proceeds to the 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

Monday 3rd June 2019

Closing date for entries to the “Design a Swim Hat” competition.

Friday 7th June 2019

Smarties Challenge – please return all tubes by this date. Full or partially filled tubes all gratefully received!!

Saturday 8th June 2019

Coffee morning in the bar/cafe area at the Leisure Centre from 9am until 12 noon.

There will be a cake sale, bottle tombola, sweet tombola, face painting & more. We will also be selling tickets for

the 50th event on Saturday 6th July. 

Donations of home baking, bottles of wine (screw top, full and empty  and sweets for the tombola are needed. 

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Bag pack at Morrisons, Morpeth.

We need volunteers to do one hour slots between 10am and 4pm.A list will be up on the notice board in the next few days so please sign up.

Saturday 6th July 2019

50th Anniversary Celebration Evening. Tickets on sale soon!!

MASC Chairperson

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) Email 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.

March 2019

View Head Coach Report March 2019


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!!

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

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. 

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach
Email 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,

MASC Committee

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:

  • 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?

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

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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