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Peter Rushworth Funeral Arrangements

Following the sad news about Peter's passing away, the details of his funeral arrangements can be found below for anyone wishing to pay their respects.

Private cremation followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary's Parish Church, Morpeth on Wednesday 28th June at 1.15pm. Friends please meet at Church. Family flowers only, donations if desired to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

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

Diddy League Final Update

2017 Diddy League (Division 3) Chanpions MORPETH!! Winners of the 9,10,11 and cannon trophies as well.

Well done swimmers what a fantastic result Division 2 next season!!

Mini Time Trial Series - Gala 2

Results for the second time trial gala are now available on our timed swims page.

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..... Following a meeting last week with the pool we have made some good progress.

Changes are as follows:

  • Performance - Tuesday AM session NEW TIME 6:30-7:30am
  • C2 - Tuesday AM session NEW SESSION ADDED 6:30-7:30am
  • C1 - Thursday AM session NEW SESSION ADDED 6:30-7:30am
  • Junior Performance - NO TUESDAY PM SESSION.

We are still looking at securing additional pool time on a Tuesday evening. Swimmers in Junior Performance who attend all other sessions normally can attend Friday AM 7-8am to make up for the 1 hour lost on a Tuesday night. 

All other squads stay the same.

Please note Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings are still 7-8am. Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-7:30am.

Many Thanks,
Becki Head Coach Email Head Coach

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)

Changes to training - Fridays

Due to some issues with lane space on Friday 12th May, the following changes have been made to training times. 

  • Skills Development 1/2 will swim from 6:30-7:15
  • Performance will swim from 7:15-9:00pm 

NEW Squad Structure

After spending nearly 4 months coaching and observing at Morpeth ASC I am now in a position to begin moving the club forwards. The current club structure Minnows-Development – B – A – AB -AA does not offer clear enough guidelines on how swimmers progress from one squad to the next. The age, ability (physical & technical), attendance and goals of the swimmers in each squad vary significantly. This has and will continue to make planning and implementing training programmes very difficult. It also makes it difficult for swimmers in each squad to work towards their individual goals. Many of the squads are also overcrowded with too many swimmers in each lane.

I have been in discussions with the pool regarding the pool time allocated to the club and each squad. The current squad structure will be replaced week commencing 8th May 2017. Training times for each new squad can be found below.

The restructure is necessary to allow all swimmers to fulfil their potential, this includes swimmers who no longer wish to compete and Morpeth ASC will continue to have a non-competitive option. However, we must also meet the needs of our younger swimmers and top end swimmers to allow them to fulfil their potential at Morpeth ASC. The new structure will fall in line with the Long Term Athlete Development plan.

Parents will all receive an email to let them know which squad their child has been allocated to by Wednesday 3rd May.  If you have not received an email by 9pm please contact No swimmer is being moved ‘down’ or ‘up’ we are starting with a blank sheet!

As part of the restructure Squad criteria for each squad will be introduced to give more guidance on how swimmers progress from one squad to the next. The Squad Criteria for each squad is split into 4 sections: Goals, Entry criteria, Maintaining your place (attendance and performance), Exit criteria.

Squad movement and review will be 3 times a year, September, December and April. However, on occasion if I feel a swimmer needs to be moved between these times they will be.

A FAQ sheet about the restructure cand be found here Click to view Restructure FAQs.

With the new pool proposals and a lot of young talent in the club these are exciting times for Morpeth ASC! I hope the whole membership will get behind moving the club forwards over the coming months.

Please find the new Squad Criteria for Morpeth ASC here Click to view Squad Criteria which is effective from 8th May 2017. This is a 'live document’ and will be reviewed.

I understand some swimmers and parents will need to adjust timetables etc to hit new session times and/or minimum attendance criteria. This will be taken into account initially. Also the minimum attendance level is not the recommended attendance level Swimmers should be aiming to be at as many of their session as possible to make continued progress.

It was agreed by the committee that for the remainder of this season swimmers will continue to pay their normal fees while the new squads run on a trial basis. Following a review in July/August, Fees will be adjusted to reflect changes in training times for each squad.

Squad Training Times will change from 8th May 2017 and the new times are available on our Squads page.

All swimmers in AB have been allocated to 'Seniors'. Please note morning training is available to swimmers in Seniors, they will need to speak to me about which AM session(s) they wish to attend.

If your child currently swims in Minnows and you have NOT received an email please assume they are staying in Minnows. If you have received an email - the changes start from Monday 8th May (so they still attend Minnows as normal on Sunday 7th May, 4pm to 5pm)

Becki McGuire
Morpeth ASC
Head Coach Email Head Coach

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

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

New Treasurer

Please join me in welcoming Andreas Leja to the club as our new treasurer, read more

Lions Swim Update

This year MASC entered three teams in the annual 'Lions Swim', read full report

Mini Time Trial Update

Well done to all swimmers from Minnows, Development and B Squad who competed at the Morpeth ASC Mini Time Trials Series - Gala 1. Results for each 25m race are now available on our Timed Swims page.

Head Coach Introduction

Read Becki’s introduction here

New Leisure Centre Consultation

Full details here.

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.

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