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Morpeth V Blyth Gala, Riverside Sports Centre, Morpeth - CANCELLED

Unfortunately, Blyth ASC are unable to attend the scheduled gala for Friday 12th February. As a result normal training sessions will take place.

Any questions please ask Kay (head coach) Email Head Coach or Simon (MASC Chair) Email MASC Chair.

Pool Closure - Update

The committee has been working hard to try and find some pool time during the Morpeth closure in April. We have managed to find several options, none of which are perfect but we should at least be able to provide some training for everyone throughout the closure.

At the moment none of these sessions are confirmed, before we can do that we need to guage which swimmers are likely to turn up to each session if we did manage to secure the necessary pool time, life guard cover and coach cover. Could I therefore ask everyone to have a look at the attachment and let me know which sessions you (or your child) are likely to attend and any that you are NOT likely to attend. Once we know that we will be able to firm up details.

Two committee members (Mark A- evenings, Derek T - mornings) will make themselves available over the next week should you wish to discuss the options or email Simon (MASC Chair) Email MASC Chair.

Squad Name Change - Update

The votes by swimmers regarding a name change were counted up last week and the result showed that the majority of those voted in favour of keeping the current squad names rather than go back to the 'fish theme'.

Gala Secretary - Update

Lynda Garland has volunteered to take over the role of competition secretary, Denis is currently handing the detials over to her. As soon as Lynda is up to speed she will send her contact details, at the moment Denis is still the main contact for any gala queries.

World Winter Swimming Championships - Siberia

Do you sometimes think the pool is a bit chilly?

One of our coaches always thinks it is too hot and is goes to some extreme measures to find somewhere cooler to swim! Catch up with her latest adventure and donate to her fundraising, click here.

Good Luck in Siberia Sylvia from all at MASC!

Annual Membership Renewals 2016

It is now time to complete a new membership form again - Sorry.

The annual fee has gone up from last year, this increase has come from the ASA and this has and always has been set by the ASA.

As a swimming club we must be registered with the ASA, to run and allow swimmers to be competitive.

All swimmers and members of the club must complete a new membership form and correct fee to be set in with completed forms.

Cat 1 - £17.00  For all swimmers who are NOT a competitive swimmer.
Cat 2 - £34.00 For all swimmers who are COMPETITIVE (the club may have paid for you to compete last year)
Cat 3 - £12.50 Volunteers & administration.

From 20th January 2016 untill 28th February 2016. This gives everyone 5 weeks to complete, return and make payment. You can open the file Click to download 2016 MASC Membership Form and complete on your computer then print off to be handed in. This does eliminate many handwritting errors.

If you are unsure about which category is assigned to you, I will be happy to help. Email MASC Membership Secretary

Kind regards
Lindsey Henderson
Membership Secretary 

Stirling Training Camp

The club are looking to organise a trip to Stirling University for a weekend training camp. This has been done several times before and has always received very positive feedback from swimmers/coaches and parents.

At the moment we need to know approximately how many people might be interested so we can look at the detials of costs, lane numbers, coaches (the wheeled type and the poolside type), accomodation etc.

The program would probably follow something similar to previous years, I have outlined a draft program below but this is subject to change once we have an idea of numbers.

The sessions will be 2 hours each in the 50M pool at Stirling, they will be tough going - so will not be suitable for our younger swimmers.

The minimum age requirement will be 10 years old and each swimmers ability will be taken into account before a place is confirmed. If you are unsure if your child is suitable, please speak to Kay for advice.

Provisional date 18/19th June 2016

Sat - early morning start - bus from Morpeth 7am ish

At Stirling - probably 2 x pool sessions, some land training, a classroom session (maybe a talk about nutrition, or maybe some motivational speaker or maybe 'Professional' athlete)

Evening - fun games/events/quiz


1 x pool session, + 1 other land activity

Bus back to Morpeth for the afternoon

There will be a significant cost to this as we will have to organise transport, food, accomodation as well as pool hire. The cost per swimmer is likely to be around about £100 each but this depends on how many swimmers we take. This also assumes that we can do some fundraising activities that 'Stirling swimmers' would be expected to participate in.

Nobody will be asked to commit at this stage as the plan is a bit vague and the cost somewhat unclear but if anyone is interested, or wants to discuss it in more detial, please email Email MASC Chair Simon and your response will be directed to Sylvia Bland who is pulling together all the detials on behalf of the committee.

The sooner we have an idea of numbers who may be interested, the sooner we can put together a more concrete plan.

Christmas Party Fun Night Results

The results from the fun night are:

    1st           Red Team            58 Points

    2nd          Black Team         52 Points

    3rd           Green Team       50 Points

    4th           Blue Team           38 Points

Presentation Evening Photos

Click View Presentation Evening Photos to view photos from Sunday’s Presentation Evening.

2015 Swimmers of the Year

Congratulations go to our overall 2015 Swimmer of the Year Hannah Seymour.

Also congratulations to our Squad Swimmers of the Year Ben Hewitt (Development), Katherine Rowell (B Squad), Fay Smith (A squad), Lauren Howe and James Wells (AA Squad) and William Pallett (AB Squad).

The two new awards were won as follows:

Swimmers ‘Coach of the Year’ – went to Sarah Lewis

Swimmers ‘Swimmer of the Year’ – went to Hannah Seymour

January Swimmers of the Month

Congratulations to our Swimmers of the Month for January Ella Tilmouth, Holly Ghillie, Pheobe Bland, Eve Smith, Erin Atchison and Katie Cook.

Swimmers of the Month for 2016.

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


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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

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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