Notification of AGM
For details of this year's MASC Annual General Meeting please read the document below.
Any questions, please send them directly to Jennie Belton .
The clubs AGM will take place in April when volunteers are elected to join the committee. Jennie B (Club Secretary) will send out official details in due course but I thought it was worth asking people now to think about volunteering and giving up some time to help run the club. Before 'signing up' at the AGM now is the time to ask questions of me, or any of the current committee if you want to know more or are considering volunteering.
Below is a brief summary of the roles available, some of which will be done at the AGM, some of which can happen at any point (Competition officials). Please take some time to read through it and ask any questions you may have.
Simon Watson (Chair - MASC )
Brilliant Weekend for MASC! (10th / 11th March)
I just wanted to thank everyone who took part in any of the club activities last weekend.
On Saturday we entered 17 teams at the County Team Championships, 13 of which got to the finals.
At the same time, back at Morpeth we had three teams of swimmers, parents, coaches, siblings and friends taking part in the fun event organised by the Lions - well done for all those who turned up and did MASC proud - setting the bar high for all the other teams.
The weekend then finished off with our younger swimmers doing brilliantly in the Diddy League event. It is our first year in Division 2 and we managed to put in a great team performance to come first in this round.
I can't remember such a busy and exciting weekend for the club, thanks to everyone who played a part.
For anyone who is collecting sponsorship (or if anyone would like to donate) to the Lions Swim if they could please send the payment to MASC via normal payment methods (electronic payment or the letterbox on the back of the door) as long as they are clearly marked 'Lions Swim' we will collate all the money and forward onto the Lions in one payment.
Thanks again, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Simon Watson (Chair - MASC )
Every year the Lions organise a fundraising sponsored swim at the Leisure Centre. This year MASC has three lanes available from 1pm until 2pm where we can have three teams trying to swim as many lengths as possible.
Any ages, any squads, Parents and/or coaches can take part. If anyone is willing and able to join one of the teams could you please let me know ASAP.
It takes place Saturday 10th March - apologies for the short notice, please email me if you can take part, either in the pool or as a volunteer 'Team Captain'.
Thanks Very Much
Simon Watson (Chair - MASC )
Annual Membership Renewals 2018
Club annual membership renewals are here again. This is for every member of Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club.
Membership for 2018 will be:
Category 1 £17.00 - Non-competitive swimmers.
Minnow and Skill Development squads.
Normally swimmers can not compete in galas until they are 9, however there are a few invitational galas for 8 and overs, who can enter without upgrading their membership to Category 2.
Category 2 £34.00 - Competitive swimmers.
Everyone in C1, C2, Junior performance and Performance squads
Category 3 £12.50 - Voluntary contribution
Coaches, administrators, officials
Note to Seniors – Which category you swim in will be your decision.
If you are unsure which category your child should be in please ask.
This year there will be no forms to be completed unless your personal information has changed.
- contact number
If everything has stayed the same, there will be no need to compete a new membership form. Incase anyone needs to update their information the membership form can be found here
Deadline: 4th February 2018
Membership runs 1 January – 31 December.
We are requesting a deadline for every swimmer 4th February this will give everyone just over 3 weeks to confirm their Category and make payment.
By BANK TRANSFER online or by BANK DEPOSIT at the bank into the MASC Barclays account.
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.
In the recent past…
parents often didn’t know whether and when to pay for a gala entry and we were frequently waiting - often for many weeks - to hear of rejections. This has not been ideal as payments came trickling in at random and reminder emails were often required.
This also meant, that the club had to pay the Gala host long before recouping the cost from the entrants.
Please pay for your swimmer’s entry at the time of online registration. Lynda Garland, our gala secretary, may also insert a payment prompt into the registration system. There will be several days for payments to be made before the Gala host's deadline.
Payments are best made by BACS. Alternatively, you may put cash or a cheque into the poolside payments box, but in this case, please drop me a quick email to let me know you’ve paid.
As a parent you can then forget about the entry formalities and look forward to the gala.
Like most well run clubs, MASC has updated it’s banking capabilities and - in the case of rejections - neither a credit system nor refunds to parents are now a problem.
Credits: I already run a credit system. When owed a £10 refund, most people chose to stay in credit and redeem the £10 on any other payment to the club: the next Gala, squad fee, hoodie, ASA fee, swim cap…
If you are in credit, I will email you and remind you of that option.
Refunds: If you prefer a refund, this can also be done. I would just ask you for your bank details so I can BACS you promptly. Cheque refunds are time consuming and only available in exceptions.
As always, if you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to email Andreas (Treasurer) .
Just a quick reminder for those notified about squad movement that this effective from Monday 19th February 2018.
N & D Full Report
Click here for a full report from our recent success at the 2018 N&D Championships attached. Congratulations again to everyone involved.
Well done to Kate Kennedy and Ben Hewitt who have been invited to be part of the N&D Swim England Talent program in 2018 following their strong performances.
Nutritional Workshops for Parents, Coaches, Team Managers and Swimmers
Please see the information Kay has received below.