Bank Holiday - No Training
To confirm there is no training on Monday 29th May as the leisure centre is closed.
Blyth Summer Sprint
Unfortunately we have received notification that entry numbers for the Blyth Summer Sprint have been so low that it is not viable for the club to run the meet and it has therefore been canceled.
If anybody has already paid for their entries, please liaise with Andreas for a refund.
The Blyth meet management team have asked me to pass on their apologies and regrets.
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.
Becki 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
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@example.com,uk) and this will be arranged.
Simon Watson (Chair - MASC )
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
We have amassed quite a collection of goggles, water bottles and various other things in the lost property box at the club over the last few months.
Valda will be bringing it out on poolside and also on the balcony over the next few weeks to see if we can find the righful owners of the kit.
Anything that hasn't found a home by June 16th will be binned.
Northumberland and Durham County Team Championships - Please check
The following swimmers have been selected to represent Morpeth ASC at the Northumberland and Durham County Team Championships (N&D teams) on Saturday 10th June at Sunderland Aquatic Centre, see or club notice board.
All events are team relays. Events are morning and afternoon – can swimmers please tick (or email Becki) to confirm their availability ASAP.
If you are unable to attend please cross your name or let Becki know, as it may be that reserves can be called upon or the team will need to be withdrawn.
The final team entries will be dependent on swimmer availability.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 .
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 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)
The Diddy League Final is on 11th June 2017. This is an important competition for Morpeth ASC and we should be able to swim our strongest team! Please can you keep this date free wherever possible to give Morpeth ASC the best chance of competing well in the final.
Becki (Morpeth Head Coach )
Gala Entry Payments
The way the club will be administering the payments for galas going forward is.
- All entries need to be submitted to Lynda Garland (Gala Secretary) as normal.
- Once entries have been accepted by the organising club, these will be displayed on our club website.
- 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.
- 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.
March Swimmers of the Month
Congratulations to our Swimmers of the Month for March Jacob Light, Freya Johnson, Aidan Moody, Rosie Smith, Grace Coffey and Niamh Atchison.
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.
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
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.
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.