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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.

Morpeth Vs Portobello - 10th September 2017

Please find below information and the team selected to represent Morpeth ASC at the upcoming Morpeth Vs Portobello meet. The competition will run at Morpeth Leisure Centre 4-6pm (swimmers will need to arrive by 3:30pm). 

As a result of this meet, there will be no normal training for Minnows, SD1/2, C1 or C2 on Sunday 10th September.

Information  & Team Selection

View Information & Team Selection



This is a team competition and it is important that we can field a strong team, can all selected swimmers please confirm their availability asap by emailing 

Many thanks
Becki (Morpeth Head Coach Email Head Coach)

Durham Medley - 15th October 2017

Please find Beckiís suggested events Click to view Suggested Events for swimmers to enter at the Durham Medley Challenge in October. 

At this Meet swimmers compete for points in each stroke. (Please note not all swimmers will be 'ready' to enter all 4 strokes, see spreadsheet for details). At the end of the afternoon the 8 swimmers with the highest number of points in each age group compete in an Individual Medley final (100 IM or 200 IM).

There is also a team event at the end of the day which we will be entering. 

This meet is aimed at swimmers listed on the attached spreadsheet. Swimmers in Competitive squads are expected to enter competitions.

Further details are on the Galas page.

Many thanks
Becki (Morpeth Head Coach Email Head Coach)

Club News Update

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


The club has to have a Welfare Officer in order to continue running. Andrea is stepping down as soon as a replacement is found so if anyone would like to support the club and take up the role please contact me (Simon W) or Andrea Tate and we can explain more about the role and what is needed.


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)

Summer Session Update

From Monday 24th July there will be no weekday morning sessions.

Sessions will run as follows from Monday 24th July until Sunday 10th September*:

  • Monday PM - Sessions as normal
  • Wednesday PM - Sessions as normal
  • Friday PM - Sessions as normal
  • Saturday AM 7:45 - 8:45 - SD1/SD2, C1, C2, Junior Performance + Performance can attend
  • Sunday PM - Sessions as normal

There will be no land training during August. Please note there will be no training on Monday 28th August. (BANK HOLIDAY).

* - Please note that there will be NO normal training for Minnows, SD1/2, C1 or C2 on Sunday 10th September as we will be hosting the Morpeth Vs Portobello.

Full training will begin again on Monday 11th September.

I would advise swimmers to continue training over the summer, those swimmers in Junior Performance, Performance and C2 who regularly attend 4 or more session per week should take 1-2 weeks off completely over summer. Swimmers attendance in August will not count towards attendance levels in terms of squad movement/criteria etc. Those swimmers who are being moved squads will be advised shortly.

Many thanks
Becki (Morpeth Head Coach Email Head Coach)

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

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.

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

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 Beckiís 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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