Space on the Bus Seats for Portobello
We have a few spare seats on the team bus to Portobello. These are available to parents for £5.00. If you would like a seat please email email@example.com
Spaces are very limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis via email.
Becki Head Coach
FAO Swimmers for Portobello
The team for Sunday’s gala is on the club notice board and the team bus will leave Morpeth between 1030 and 1045am on Sunday 23rd September.
The portobello gala starts at 3pm. Swimmers need to bring lunch, snacks and plenty to drink (we will have water as well) for the day. They will be given a meal courtesy of portobello team after the gala. We will aim to leave portobello about 6pm to 6.30pm.
We should arrive back in Morpeth between 8pm and 8:30pm.
Becki Head Coach
FAO Nothumberland Hub 2018/2019
Morpeth ASC belongs to something called the Northumberland Hub as part of the regional swimming set up and Northumberland and Durham Performance programme. Within this Hub are Alnwick, Ashington, Blyth, Morpeth and Tynedale. Entry to the Hub is based upon a selection criteria decided by the Hub itself and once a swimmer reaches this criterion they are invited to attend.
We are fortunate in our Hub of having smaller clubs and therefore our entry criteria is attainment of an “Northumberland & Durham (N &D) ” time in that year. For some Hubs it is reaching the finals of the North East Regional Event!
Morpeth ASC have more swimmers on the Northumberland Hub than any other Northumberland club, with over 20 swimmers already selected for the programme
The benefits of the Hub include access to the only 50m pool in our area, Sunderland. The chance to train with other swimmers at a similar level, experience different coaching styles, use the most up to date training equipment. This season we will hopefully get use of the underwater video system at Sunderland pool.
The swimmers individually pay a small fee for the Hub session but the rest of the pool hire cost comes from Swim England so crucially none of the cost is met by Morpeth ASC fees.
Poolside you will see swimmers wearing Hub swim hats mainly in the Performance squad, the purpose of this note is just to explain what this is and that it is something that ALL our swimmers can aspire to and attend (subject to them reaching the selection criteria).
Swimmers from the Hub can progress through the Swim England system to a more select 'talent' camps where we were lucky enough to have three of our swimmers attend swim camps this year. The hub is also directly linked to the Northumberland and Durham Performance Programme for the county's top swimmers. Only 2 swimmers from Northumberland have been selected for this programme this season, 1 of these swimmers is in Morpeth ASC Performance squad.
Our Morpeth ASC representatives on the Hub are David Tate and Terry Hewitt so if you have any questions please ask them. Becki will be taking the lead coach roles at these sessions this season as well.
So if your child is new to the club and has an N&D for this year let us know or if your child achieves an N&D time through the year they gain automatic entry to Hub (subject to there being space) so please flag this up to us.”
David, Terry and Becki
Diddy League Final
Congratulations Morpeth ASC Junior League Team! Another fantastic performance finishing 2nd in our first ever Division 2 final!
We picked up three trophies: Runners Up, Top 11 years olds and Winners of the Cannon
Well done to everyone who took part in this years Junior League, heats and final. Looking forward to seeing what next years team can do.
I contacted you all recently to let you know that we had managed to secure our Head Coach Becki on a full-time basis. I am please now to be able to update you with the exciting developments we have been able to secure for the club and members. The full details can be found below in the ‘Morpeth ASA club Development’ document but in summary we now have:
· A full time’ Head Coach
· More Pool Time
· Quality coaching delivered by a good mix of qualified coaches (paid and volunteer)
· Ability to create space in lanes for swimmers due to a revised training timetable
· A program that is better suited to support a wide range of abilities.
To facilitate the changes, it has been necessary for us to look in detail at many aspects of the club including the fee structure.
The new training time table and fee structure will start from the 1st October 2018, the Head Coach will be sending out confirmation in the next few days to each member to advise which squad they will be in from 1st October.
We do appreciate that the new fees have gone up significantly. For some time now, the costs of providing the pool time and the coaching fees have not been covered by membership fees. When we increased pool time on a Tuesday and Thursday morning and introduced land training on a Tuesday afternoon, the squad fees remained the same.
However, the leisure centre has recently imposed a significant increase in pool costs (the first time for many years) so at the same time as increasing hours and coaching costs these can no longer be funded from club savings and it is only right this must be passed on to members who are benefitting from these changes. Even with this increase the club is still subsidising a part of the costs and certainly there is no intention to make any ‘profit’. A lot of time and effort has gone into working out a fee structure that is fair, transparent and still offers excellent value when compared with other clubs.
Please take some time to read and absorb the 4 documents attached:
MASC Development Document
We do anticipate that people may have questions and have arranged a drop-in session on Tuesday 18th September at the Bar/Coffee area at the Leisure Centre between 7pm-8pm where Committee Members and the Head Coach will be available to answer your queries. If you are unable to make that session, please either e-mail in your questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak with one of the committee members who are often to be found on the balcony.
Once we have launched the new program the Head Coach will be arranging squad meeting where every member and parent/carer will be asked to attend. It is anticipated that these will be held in October and November.
I hope you are as excited as the Committee and Coaching Staff are about these new changes, it is a significant step for the club and we look forward to seeing our members achieve their true potential.
Simon Watson (Chair - MASC )
Bags 2 School
Carol D is organising another 'Bags 2 School' collection to raise funds for MASC. If you have any old clothes, shoes, soft toys, bedding (no duvets or pillows) please put them in a bag and ideally drop them off at Carol's house (address is on the bags) by the evening of 23rd October. If you can't take it there we can store a few bags at the pool, but space is limited.
Bags will be handed to swimmers at pool sessions and all donations need to be handed in by 24th at the latest.
Thanks for the support.
Simon Watson (Chair - MASC )
Morpeth ASC Competitions 2018/2019 Season
The most up to date competition calendar for the 2018/2019 season is now available on our Galas page.
Please take the time to read and note competition dates for your child's squad.
The main updates are:
Chester Le Street - will be for JP & P and we will be entering the 'full weekend'. However swimmers who have a full programme at NERs will not enter the full weekend.
Morpeth Club Championships 16th & 17th November - This is for ALL swimmers and our annual club championships! A great opportunity for the whole club to get together.
Alnwick Meet - 25th November. Will include distance events and 8 year olds can compete at this one!
Sunderland New Year - removed due to pool being most likely closed by January.
Becki Head Coach
Morpeth Riverside - Cafe opening
From this Friday 7th September 2018 the cafe will be open at Morpeth pool for the club to use on a Friday evening. The cafe will be open until 8pm with food served until 7:30pm.
The cafe is located upstairs and there is a door which will be open directly from the balcony area.
We are aware a lot of swimmers, parents, grandparents and younger siblings spend a lot of time on the balcony and at the pool. We want to encourage as many members as possible to use the cafe for food, snacks and drinks while at the pool.
The cafe will be open every Friday throughout September as part of a trial. If the trial is successful there may be the possibility of the cafe opening at other times convenient for the club and our members.
Morpeth ASC Committee and Coaching Team
September - Training Changes
Just a reminder that weekday morning sessions have restarted, but there are a few changes to training times throughout September to help relieve some congestion in lanes. Please note these changes are just short term (September only).
Monday AM – No adult swimming. There will be a lane for Adults on Tuesday morning instead 6:30-7:30am
Monday PM – No Seniors. Seniors are invited to attend Sunday evenings 5-6pm throughout September instead
Monday PM – Performance, JP, C1 – No Changes
Friday PM – SD1/2 – No Changes
Friday PM – Performance 6:30-8:00pm
Friday PM – C1 7:15pm – 8:00pm
Friday PM – JP, C2 and Seniors 8:00pm – 9:00pm
These changes are not part of the upcoming plans for the club. Information regarding the bigger and more exciting changes at the club will be communicated to parents throughout September with the view to implement these at the beginning of October.
Any questions about training times in September please ask or email me
Becki Head Coach
NER Short course qualifying times for November
NER Short course qualifying times for November can be found here http://asaner.org.uk/mdocs-posts/swim-england-north-east-age-group-winter-championships-25m-2018/?mdocs-file=16239&mdocs-url=false
You might need to do some ‘converting’ http://www.pullbuoy.co.uk/times
Conversions from long course to short course are allowed.
IMPORTANT - SAFETY during sessions
Just a quick note to advise ALL swimmers should not be wearing jewellery during sessions. Swimmers should also remove watches and Fitbit type products.
The lanes are narrow and with sometimes 8-10 swimmers per lane during club sessions an accident could easily happen.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Becki Head Coach
Head Coach Report - June 2018
Please find Below a report I hope to send out each month highlighting some of the key achievements of our swimmers and any important changes within the club. A copy can also be found on the club notice board.
Becki Head Coach
Click here for all reports.
Kit Bags at the Pool
Please see below message from Kay who has with others worked hard to tidy up the Kit bag area over half term.
"I have marked up the kit bag pegs into squads please use the correct peg when returning your kit. Please do not return your kit if it is not marked up with your name in all equipment
I will be carrying out periodic checks on the kit and any on the wrong pegs or not named will be returned to cupboard and you will not be allowed to use the facility and will need to take your kit bag home after each session
Please do not hesitate to contact me if there are any questions"
Thanks Kay Howe
Important Information - Drinks at Training
A quick reminder that all swimmers should be bringing a Water Bottle to ALL training sessions. Concern has been raised about the number of children turning up to training working hard sometimes for over a hour without a drink! Swimmers should attend with at least 750ml to 1L of fluid (water or dilute juice) for each hour of training. Swimmers in Performance and Junior Performance may need two bottles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Swimmers who attend training without a sufficient amount to drink will not be allowed to swim.
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.
MASC Privacy Notice
The policy now exists for the Club, there is nothing further you need to do. The full policy can be found here
Annual Membership Renewals 2018
For full details regarding renewals please read
Gala Entry Payments for Competitive Swimmers
The Morpeth ASC committee has decided to change the way parents are asked to pay for their swimmer’s Gala entry and to use a system of payment at the time of entry, which is common for most clubs. Read more
New MASC Twitter Account
Please follow our new twitter account @morpeth_asc for important announcements, training changes, gala results etc.
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.