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Aquatic Helpers Meeting

On Sunday 17th September 2017 Kay will be holding a series of meetings with aquatic helpers new and established:

    3.45pm to 4pm - all swimmers from year 10 who wish to participate in the aquatic helpers programme, parents are also welcome to attend.These swimmers will then be taken onto poolside and given a brief tour and explanation of what they will be doing

    4.30pm to 4.45pm - current year 12 students who are established in role or want to start helping out in the role

    4.45pm to 5pm - current aquatic helpers who have been helping for some time and waiting for their aquatic helpers course between, Kay will try and have some sort of confirmation on when the course can be run.

It would be helpful if as many of you attend as possible as we need to re-establish a rota for the new season.

Should you have any problems please send Kay an email or catch her on poolside.

Welfare Office Update

I am pleased to announce that we had a volunteer to become our new club Welfare Officer. Sarah Watson has been appointed, with immediate effect.

The role is very important to the club. Sarah will be responsible for ensuring all members and volunteers are up to date with all the necessary training outlined by the governing body, relating to the welfare of our members.

In addition to this, the welfare officer is available as the first point of contact if any child, parent or adult within the club ever had any child safeguarding or welfare concern. The welfare officer is independent of the committee and of the coaching squad for this reason.

Should anyone ever need to contact Sarah directly, email here Email MASC Welfare Officer.

Please join me in welcoming Sarah to the role and thanking Andrea for doing the role over the past few years.

Simon Watson (Chair - MASC Email MASC Chair)

Portobello Result

Just to thank all the swimmers, coaches, officials and other volunteers who made the competition with Portabello such a great event.

What a truly great 'Team Effort' - one to be very proud of.

And the final score? MASC- 265 pts, Portabello - 188pts

Thanks and well done to everyone who took part.

Northumberland 2017/8 Hub Sessions

The dates for 2017/8 Northumberland Hub are as follows:

30th September 2017

 - Backstroke and Freestyle Technique

11th November 2017

 - Breaststroke and Butterfly Technique

23rd December 2017

 - Starts and Turns

27th January 2018

 - Sprints / Race Practice for N & Dís






Kay Howe will be sending invite letters to those selected over the coming days.

Club News Update

I hope you are all enjoyed the summer break. The hard work behind the scenes is still going on so here is a few things to be aware of:


The Competition calendar for the first part of the 2017/2018 season is now on the Galas page. Other competitions will be added as information is released by clubs hosting competitions. The calendar acts as a guide for swimmers and parents on which competitions each squad will be competing in and their training will be aimed towards. Swimmers in competitive squads should keep these dates free where possible.


As our older helpers now disappear off to Universities Kay has started to look for a new group of volunteers, anyone starting Year 10 or above in September who is interested should contact Kay in the first instance. She will be running a course in September for any current helpers who have not completed the Aquatic Helper course and there should also be space for those interested in becoming poolside helpers in future.

On behalf of all the club I would like to thank Ed, Joe, Eve, Matthew and Emma for all their help poolside over the years.


The club has moved to a new email system - apologise in advance for those members who get this email more than once. As far as I can tell it is going to be sent to each member so if you are a parent who is a member with two children who are also members you may receive this email 3 times!! As soon as I figure it out I will try an stop this duplication, please bear with me for now.

Simon Watson (Chair - MASC Email MASC Chair)

Morpeth ASC - New Code of Conduct

As you may be aware, MASC is a 'Swim 21' accredited club. By following the guidelines and good practices outlined in the 'Standard' we ensure we are following the advice of the governing body of the sport - the ASA.

This year, the recommendation by Swim 21 was that our club code of conduct should be revised in line with the ASA's standard. The new code of conduct now contains details for all members - swimmers, coaches, volunteers and committee members.

The revised code of conduct document can be found on our Club Policies page and would ask all members to take a few minutes to familiarise themselves with it and also ensure their children see and understand the part relevent to them.

There has also been a specific section added regarding Social Networking that now plays such an important part in our everyday lives. This can also be found on our Club Policies page. Again, if you could take a few minutes to read and discuss with any younger members that would be greatly appreciated.

Simon Watson (Chair - MASC Email MASC Chair)

MASC Payments Box

To make paying ONE OFF FEES more convenient for parents, there are now TWO ways to pay for things like:

  • a first Minnows squad fee
  • a top-up / catch-up payment
  • a gala entry fee
  • a hat purchase
  • the annual ASA membership fee
  • etc.


...posted (in an envelope with at least the swimmer's name on) by parent or swimmer into the poolside payments box


2. as before, by BANK TRANSFER online or by BANK DEPOSIT at the bank into the MASC Barclays account.

Please note that the RECURRING SQUAD FEES should continue to be paid by STANDING ORDER as is the case now.

My hope is that the payments box will be welcomed by Minnows parents to get started and by all others for the money owed for bits and bobs.

Many thanks
Andreas (Treasurer) Email MASC Treasurer

New Squad Fees

As I am sure everyone is aware we have been having some changes in squads that Becki has outlined.

The committee has given Becki full support on these changes and we firmly believe they are a good move for the club, giving swimmers (and parents) some clear goals and guidelines to what is expected from each squad and what it means to be a member of each squad.

Ideally, when the changes were announced we would have liked to have announced the monthly fees for each of the new squads but we did not have enough information at that time to make an informed decision. Even now, several weeks into the changes there is still much discussion with the Leisure centre about exactly what time we are allowed in the pool.

Although there may be some minor changes to training times we are confident that there will be no significant change to training times so have agreed on the monthly fees as set out below.



Skills Development 1 & 2


Competitive 1


Competitive 2


Junior Performance













They are based broadly in line with the amount of pool time allocated to each squad and the committee feel strongly that every squad offers very good value for money and they compare very favouorably with clubs of similar size and similar pool time, 

Could anyone who is affected by these changes please alter their monthly payments for June in line with these changes. I realise the squad changes took effect in May but we are not asking to collect any 'arrears' from May, we will start from June 1st.

If anyone who is now paying less than before wishes to get a refund for the 'overpayment' in May, please send an email to Email MASC Treasurer (,uk) and this will be arranged.

Simon Watson (Chair - MASC Email MASC Chair)

Gala Entry Payments

The way the club will be administering the payments for galas going forward is.

  1. All entries need to be submitted to Lynda Garland (Gala Secretary) as normal.
  2. Once entries have been accepted by the organising club, these will be displayed on our club website.
  3. Payment must then be made for your entries. Please can you make sure that payment is made before the gala has taken place but not before entries have been accepted.
  4. Once entries have been accepted no refunds can be made.

I hope this is self explanatory however please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish.

Many thanks
Andreas (Treasurer) Email MASC Treasurer

May Swimmers of the Month

Congratulations to our Swimmers of the Month for May Sophie Almond, Emma Dewhirst, Kate Richmond, Simone Syndercombe, Laurie Blacklock, Holly Gillie, Sam Tate and Will Pallet.

Swimmers of the Month for 2017.

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

IMPORTANT - Change to training times

As some of you may be aware the new pool times agreed with the pool management didn't 'work out' for a number of reasons and have been amended slightly, read revised times.

NEW Squad Structure

Read Beckiís full announcement

New MASC Twitter Account

Please follow our new twitter account @morpeth_asc for important announcements, training changes, gala results etc. 

Club Captain Update

New captains have been appointed, read full announcement

2016 Swimmer of the Year

Full details here.

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.

Squad Session Equipment Requirements

Please read here for what you need to bring to each session.

NESS Swimwear

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