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Club Championships Presentation Evening

Thank you to everyone who supported the raffle on club championship day we raised a massive £168 which was fantastic. There are 3 prizes which have not been claimed yellow 436-440, orange 131-135 and green 416-420.

We will be running a tombola at club championship presentation evening (Sunday 3 December 6.30pm for 7pm start )and we need donations of prizes. If you would like to donate a prize please hand into one of coaches on poolside. Tickets are also available from Kay Howe in poolside any evening and Sunday 19th November. Cost of ticket is £5 per person which includes buffet.

Thank you for all your support.

MASC Committee

Named Hats Order

Valda is putting together a new order for swimming hats with names printed on the sides.

If anyone wants one ordering, please put £7 into an envelope and write the name you want printing on the outside of the envelope - then post in the box on the cupboard door.

Deadline for ordering is Dec 1st. Unfortunately they won't be ready before Xmas but should be available early Jan.

If you have credit from a Tynemouth rejection, you can use it against a hat purchase. But do still post a note with the desired name on into the box.

If you’re unsure how much credit you have, just email Andreas Email MASC Treasurer.

Tynemouth Meet - This Weekend


  • Sun 07:30


  • Sun 07:50


  • Sunday 19th Nov AM: 08:00
  • Sunday 19th Nov PM: 12:30

Swimmers need to be on poolside 15 minutes BEFORE these times - if swimmers do not arrive on time they may be withdrawn from their events.

Parking: While Tynemouth Pool has a good parking area please consider using the Morrisons car park across Beach Road from Tynemouth Pool. Please do not park on the Grass verges around the pool.

Any swimmer in team events will be informed on the morning of each day (Sat & Sun) following the coaches meeting.

Young Leader Development Day

The 2018 North East Young Leader Development Day will take place on Saturday 27th January. This is a fantastic opportunity for young adults within aquatics clubs across the North East to widen their skills, get more involved in their club and develop their personal CV. The details of the day are as follows:

      Date:                    27th January 2018
      Where:                 Castleford Campus, Wakefield College WF10 4UA.
      For Ages:            15 to 25 years olds
      Time:                    9:15am to 2:45pm
      Cost:                    Free

Attendees will be able to undertake the following two training workshops:

Team Manager Module 1  - This will give participants the knowledge and confidence to help to manage a team at a local level. It will raise awareness of the key areas to consider such as being safe and effective; help identify likely problems and challenges; understand the need for risk assessments and being aware of where further help, guidance and support is available. (Note that candidates cannot take on the role of a Team Manger until they are 18 years old but are able to assist a Team Manger to gain valuable experience).

Where Volunteering Can Take You - Experienced volunteers will give an insight into volunteering at a club level right through to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They will provide a valuable insight into taking the first steps in volunteering, explain the volunteering roles at the highest level in the sport and give an insight into volunteering both at World Championship events and with TeamGB.

In addition, Club Grants are available for providing additional training opportunities. Clubs can receive a £10 grant per young person who attends the day, if they support them with a personal development opportunity before the end of March 2018. Suggested opportunities could be an aquatic helper; assisting to organise a fun session; supporting with coaching or teaching; promoting the clubs activities on social media; being a young people’s representative at club committee meetings or whatever idea the club may have to support young leaders into volunteering. Clubs should contact us with the details of the Young Leaders who you’re looking to support and the opportunity which are looking to provide.

An application form and a promotional flyer are below. These are also available on the regional website where applications can be completed and submitted online.

Please contact David Parry on if you have any questions about the day. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Application Form

View Application Form


View Flyer



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

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.

In the recent past…

parents often didn’t know whether and when to pay for a gala entry and we were frequently waiting - often for many weeks - to hear of rejections. This has not been ideal as payments came trickling in at random and reminder emails were often required.

This also meant, that the club had to pay the Gala host long before recouping the cost from the entrants.

In future…

Please pay for your swimmer’s entry at the time of online registration. Lynda Garland, our gala secretary, may also insert a payment prompt into the registration system. There will be several days for payments to be made before the Gala host's deadline.

Payments are best made by BACS. Alternatively, you may put cash or a cheque into the poolside payments box, but in this case, please drop me a quick email to let me know you’ve paid.

As a parent you can then forget about the entry formalities and look forward to the gala. 


Like most well run clubs, MASC has updated it’s banking capabilities and - in the case of rejections - neither a credit system nor refunds to parents are now a problem.

Credits: I already run a credit system. When owed a £10 refund, most people chose to stay in credit and redeem the £10 on any other payment to the club: the next Gala, squad fee, hoodie, ASA fee, swim cap…

If you are in credit, I will email you and remind you of that option.

Refunds: If you prefer a refund, this can also be done. I would just ask you for your bank details so I can BACS you promptly. Cheque refunds are time consuming and only available in exceptions. 

As always, if you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to email Andreas (Treasurer) Email MASC Treasurer.


After a review of training times and squad costs it has been decided that the Senior squad fee will be reduced to £18/month from the start of November. The available training hours will also be reduced slightly in line with this reduction. The morning sessions available to the Senior squad will be limited to Wed only (no more Mon or Fri am sessions for seniors).

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.

Northumberland 2017/8 Hub Sessions

The dates for 2017/8 Northumberland Hub are as follows:

4th November 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 & D’s






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)

Please note, with effect from November Seniors fees will be lowered to £18 per month.

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

Welfare Office Update

We have a new welfare office, please read more

Morpeth ASC - New Code of Conduct

As you may be aware, MASC is a 'Swim 21' accredited club. This year, the recommendation by Swim 21 was that our club code of conduct should be revised in line with the ASA's standard. Please read the revised code of conduct

NEW Squad Criteria Document

Becki has updated the MASC Squad Criteria document, to see the new version please go to the Squad’s page.

MASC Payments Box

To make paying ONE OFF FEES more convenient for parents, there are now TWO ways to pay, read more

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 Becki’s 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

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

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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