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17/10/14 - WDSC – National League Success
On 11th October 2014 WDSC took part in Round One of the prestigious National Arena Swimming League 2014 and for the first time in the club’s history it was able to field 2 teams.
The National Arena Swimming League has 400 teams participating in 7 regions around the country with WDSC competing in the South region.
The 3 rounds take place in October, November and December and the Finals are held at Cardiff International Pool in April 2015.
Competing in Round One of the South Premier Division at Bexleyheath the A Team finished in a fantastic 3rd place; its’ best first round performance for almost a decade. The team is now ranked 7th in the whole of the Southern Premier League and it is the highest placed Berks & South Bucks Club so far.
The B Team also performed with distinction in Round One of Division Two West which took place at Waterlooville, winning with an impressive 30 point margin.
The B Team is now ranked 2nd overall in the division
Entering 2 teams is a sign of the club’s ambition and the rapid progress that it has made over the last two years under the guidance of Head Coach and Bucks Coach of the Year Kevin Brooks. He said “this is a significant step for WDSC and it is a statement of our intent. Both teams performed excellently in Round One and I’m very proud of them. It doesn’t stop there though. The A Team is targeting the South Premier Final, which means finishing in the Top 6 overall and the B Team is targeting promotion to Division Two. We still have lots of hard work to put in to reach our potential but this has been another big step in the right direction.”
Round Two takes place on the weekend of 14th November 2014.
For further information, please contact:
Press Officer, Wycombe District Swimming Club
Notes to Editor: "The aim of the Wycombe District Swimming Club is to provide an environment for the coaching and development of swimming and to provide the opportunity and encouragement to enable all of its membership to reach their full potential within the sport of swimming."
10/10/14 - WDSC Annual Presentation Evening
09/10/14 - Club Captain Nominations
A reminder for swimmers that we are looking for nominations for Club Captains for 2015.
Date for submission of nomination forms has been extended to Friday 17th October
The Nomination Form is available here.
01/10/14 - October Training Changes
Saturday 11th & 12th October
All swimmers competing in the Arena National League to train as normal at their usual Saturday & Sunday sessions. No resting!
Saturday 18th October – Wycombe B/C Meet
Training as normal for Junior Comp, P1, P2 and P3 5:45 to 7am, including Land Training
NO ACADEMY SESSION – Due to the Wycombe B/C Competition!
Stroke Improvers as normal
Friday 24th to Friday 31st October - Performance Training Camp
Amended Training Timetable will be produced for this week, for any effected Squads - TBA
Full details available HERE
05/9/14 - Swimmer & Parent Evening - Monday 15th September
Important Meeting for all Swimmers and Parents
Please join us for our our third annual parents evening, providing an opportunity for parents and swimmers from across clubs’ squads to learn more about their club, how to support the club through volunteering and how swimming development works.
Update from the Committee
Head Coach Presentation - What to expect in Year 3
MONDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER - 7:30 to 9:00 PM
St Andrew's Church, Hatter's Lane
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP13 7NH
05/9/14 - Special Offer from Mailsports
Mailsports are offering club hoodies for the start of the new season at a special price of £26.50 ( normal price £32.50 ) between now and end of Sept. Visit the Mailsports WDSC online store
or call in to the shop.
Mailsports are also doing another named hat order which will be submitted on
23/9/2014 as normal orders can be placed over phone or in shop price £8 each with order.
Mailsports are located at Unit 1, Wessex Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire SL8 5DT
tel. 01628 529206
05/9/14 - Update Club Fixture List Available
Please take a look at the updated fixture list for this season.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
31/8/14 - The Great Cake Sale is back
Dear Tenerife Parents / Swimmers,
There is a meeting for all the WDSC parents/swimmers on Monday 15th September (more info to follow), where Kevin will outline his plans for the coming year for the club.
If you attended last years meeting, you may remember the great cake sale (if not then see the photo's!) - cakes made by Tenerife swimmers (and parents!). We would like to have a similar cake sale at this years meeting - funds for the Tenerife swim camp towards team treats. Home made cakes sold best - but all welcome. Hope you / your swimmer will be able to help
31/8/14 - WDSC 2014 Club Champs - action required by 7th September
Dear Parents / Members,
Club Championships is a WDSC only event it is open to all swimmers (with 8 and unders able to enter 50m events), ages are as of 21st Sept 2014.
Note - in addition to the entry letter, there is specific information from coaches for 11 and under swimmers, selected distance event swimmers and nomination forms for relays.
Please complete and return forms along with payment by 7th September latest.
Any questions, please speak to the coaching team who will be happy to advise.
Download forms here:
Information for 9 & 10 Year Olds
Swimmers Selected for Distance Events
Relay Nomination Form
29/8/14 - PARENTS IF YOUR SWIMMER COMPETES AT ANY LEVEL - WE NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE
As our club continues to grow, the amount of competitions we attend is also increasing. We need many more parents to train as club time keepers, and so help distribute the work load.
Club time keeping is the first step in an officials role poolside. You will be able to time keep at competitions which are licensed level 3 and below, plus all unlicensed events.
We hava arranged a CLUB TIME KEEPERS COURSE BEING HELD AT HANDY CROSS, TUESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 6.30PM
The course involves a one hour classroom session (9th September) and a practical session (to be completed poolside during one session at Club Champs (20th or 21st September).
If you would like further information at this stage, or if you wish to put your name forward please email with your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention all Tenerie Warm Weather Camp Attendees
Dear Swimmers and Parents,
Please can you consider carefully the appropriate sun cream for your swimmer, a high factor, waterproof sun cream - preferably 30-50 is needed for all swimmers. Please also discuss sun safety, prevention of this is better than having to manage unwell swimmers through sunburn.
Please be aware that Which have recently published a report on sun creams, you may like to look at this as there are a few surprises as to the effectiveness of some of the more popular and expensive brands. The full report is on Which.co.uk, the edited highlights are on the link below.
We have only received a few passport and EHIC copies back, with quite a lot are outstanding, please can you get these to Jancis as soon as possible along with a current, colour, passport size photo.
As the school year is almost at a close and families will be on holiday shortly can I ask you to:
1, Ensure all payments are made by Aug 1st, however if you are on holiday to do this before your departure. WDSC cannot pay your swimmers fees for Tenerife on your behalf.
2, Forward me passport and EHIC copies and a photo,
3, Return your swimmers room preference choices before July 22nd. We have to notify Sports Abroad over the summer recess of the room allocations.
Jancis will be at the pool Tuesday pm and Saturday mornings, also a lot of next weekend if you have any queries.
Otherwise please contact Jancis via email, Jancis@tshepherd.fsnet.co.uk
11/7/14 - End of Season Meet - HELP NEEDED
Dear Parents / Members,
As you know we rely on volunteers to run our Open meets. Please sign up on the Notice board if you are able to help for one or more of the sessions at our end of season meet which will be held on 19th and 20th July. No previous experience needed and you still get to see your swimmer compete.
Open Meet Manager Richard Lundie-Sadd will be giving his world famous and often eagerly anticipated briefing next Tuesday at 19:00 at the deep end of pool spectator gallery.
Looking forward to a great WDSC event to complete the season!
11/7/14 - Club Championships 20th & 21st September 2014 - Information
The 2014 to 2015 Fixtures list is currently being put together – and it will be released soon. In the meantime please see below details regarding the WDSC Club Championships 2014.
They will be held on the 3rd weekend on September and every swimmer in the club is invited to enter and
participate. Awards are given to all swimmers who take part with swimmers in each age group winning Top Age
Group awards, too.
The programme for this year’s event is the same as last year….. but with added “Mixed Relays”. These relays will all
be about FUN and they will combine various levels and ages of swimmers, parents? And maybe coaches?! Swimmers
will need to put their names forward for relay selection, upon completing the Championship Entry form! As with last
year, entrants into the 1500 & 800 will be by invitation only.
Daran will be sending out entry forms very soon – please watch this space.
The presentation evening FOR ALL SWIMMERS TAKING PART will take place on Friday 14th November at Crowne Plaza, Marlow
01/7/14 - Summer Training Schedule
Normal training will continue up to Sunday 10th August for all squads.
From Monday 11th August to Sunday 31st August we will be operating a “summer tick-over” programme of reduced training for the following squads:
Junior & Senior Performance
Junior & Senior Competitive
Potential One, Two, Three & Junior FT
Normal training will continue over the whole of July & August for the following squads, with no reduced training or break factored in:
All Academy Squads at Wycombe and Risborough
Junior & Senior Club Squads (with possible training time changes)
Masters (with possible training time changes)
Stroke Improver classes
A full training timetable (for 11th to 31st August) highlighting all the squad sessions IS AVAILABLE HERE
Monday 1st September will be the “start” of the new 2014 to 2015 season for all squads.
30/6/14 - Tenerife parents meeting with Jancis and Jean 8th July 7.30pm Party room Handy Cross
We would like to invite all Tenerife Swim Camp parents meeting about the Tenerife Swim Camp on Tuesday 8th July at 7.30pm in the party room at Handy Cross.
This meeting is for parents; particularly whose swimmers have not been to a swim camp with WDSC before, although all parents are welcome.
Swimmers and parents will be invited to a meeting in October where Kevin will discuss his expectations and we will finalise camp details.
Tenerife polo shirts - Polo shirts with the WDSC logo and the swimmers embroidered name are included in the camp cost. Please ask your swimmer to confirm with Kevin the size of polo shirt that they require and the name they wish to have embroidered on the polo shirt. Kevin has the sample sizes to try on.
For all parents to provide for July 8th: Please provide copies of your swimmers:
3, A current photograph
Please also complete the room preferences form, we will do our best to put swimmers with a chosen friend.
Please place all documents in a plastic A4 pocket and give to Jancis or Jean.
Just a reminder that the balance of payment is due by August 1st.
21/6/14 - Information for Parents/Carers and Swimmers - Maxwell Meet Level 3 Open Meet 28th & 29th June 2014
The Maxwell L3 Open meet is fast approaching, it will be a very busy meet for the WDSC #greenarmy with 102 swimmers attending over the weekend and the lowest number of swimmers we will have in any session is 86 swimmers. Below is information regarding coaching staff, warm-up times and sign-in, car parking and other key meet and centre information.
Please make the Team Managers aware, if there is any swimmer with any medical conditions or anything else that they need to be made aware of email@example.com
Coaching Staff and Team Managers
Lead coach: Craig Oliver
Support coaches: Oliver Brewer and Daran Jones (tbc)/Cameron/Freddie
Team Managers: Liz Connick and Charles Pugh (tbc)
Lead coach: Craig Oliver
Support coaches: Oliver Brewer and Daran Jones (tbc)/Cameron/Freddie
Team Managers: Liz Connick & Greg Searle
Kevin will also attend part or all of Saturday.
A list of accepted entries is available here.
Aqua Vale Swimming & Fitness Centre , Park Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1DX
Please be aware that parking at Aqua Vale will only be available for Officials and Volunteers named on the Entry List. It is therefore advised that swimmers, parents and coaches allow extra time in order to find alternative parking. Detailed information on available parking in Aylesbury can be found HERE
Please ensure that you advise the Team Managers that you have arrived poolside, I am going to try to have a session sign in/out sheet on the wall for all swimmers to sign in and out. In between sessions all swimmers are the responsibility of their parent/carer.
Can all swimmers ensure that they have their WDSC poolside t-shirt, WDSC swim hat, poolside shoes, a small kit bag to take poolside as large bags are not allowed, spare goggles and swim suits.
Warm Up and Signing In
Reporting for your events:
The meet organisers have advised that all competitors must report to the competitor’s steward in the marshalling area one event prior to their own. Any competitor not reporting in time will be excluded from the event. The Team Managers will let you know when you should go and report in so could all swimmers ensure that you are poolside.
Emergency and Safety Procedures:
The meet organisers advise that everyone attending this Meet must familiarise themselves with the location of the emergency exits, which must be kept clear at all times. There is to be no standing on the stair ways. Everyone is asked to observe all normal precautions in the pool area and when moving around. Swimmers must wear suitable clothing and footwear on poolside and when moving around Aqua Vale. Swimmers wearing wet clothing are NOT allowed in the spectator seating area.
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, & 16+
All events will be Heat Declared Winners (HDW) and awards will be to the first 3 places in each age group per event. Speeding Tickets will be awarded to swimmers exceeding the “No Faster Than” times. Awards are to be collected from the medal table following posting of the results after each session.
Large swimming bags will not be allowed on poolside – please bring a small poolside bag. Lockers are available to leave belongings (a £1 coin, which is returnable, is required).
Please note, as this venue is a Leisure Centre the changing facilities are open to the general public during the Meet.
The Cafeteria area will be open during Meet.
There will be an official authorised photographer to take photos which will be available for purchase. No other photography is allowed.
Swimmers, parents and coaches are reminded that the taking of photographs and/or filming using mobile phones and tablets is not permitted inside the pool environs and changing areas. This policy is actively enforced and all visitors are asked to comply.
Maxwell will be running a raffle over the weekend with all proceeds being raised to support a young teenage swimmer Nat Armstrong who is suffering from severe health related issues, you can read more here
If on the day a swimmer is unable to attend please advise Craig Oliver or one of the Team Managers.
27/5/14 - Bob The Builder 'Brooks'
The building work continues at full pace down at Handy Cross. Today our very own Kevin "Bob the Builder" Brooks took to the controls of a 40 Tonne digger to lend a hand [hopefully we will still end up with a level pool after that Ed.].
The excitement continues to grow as every day we see new developments in the building program.
Meanwhile the club goes from strength to strength, with new acadamies in Princes Risborough now fully underway and the launch of our Aquatic Youth Club on Tuesday evenings.
The Club is working hard to be in the best position possible to deliver a leading coaching program today, whilst building the club for the future in the new pool.
Thanks to everyone who puts in hours of their free time to keep things running smoothly and especially to our committee - without whom the club cannot function.
25/5/14 - Team Managers - Free Training Course
We have organised a TM1 training course on the evening of Monday 16th June at The Hub in Wycombe from 6.30pm to 8.30pm This course will be run by Chris Glover one of the volunteers for South East Swimming. We have nine parents attending the training which is fantastic.
If anyone else would like to attend please let me know via email firstname.lastname@example.org The courses only run a couple of times a year so if you are thinking about it come along, no commitment to be an active team manager until you feel you are ready to do so.
What do Team Managers do?
Team managers play an important role in assisting our coaches when the club travels to Open Meet Competitions and Galas. The club's aim is to build up a large group of team managers so that it has limited impact on each individual team manager. i.e. that you will only be needed at occasional meets/galas where your children are swimming.
The main roles are:
• Sending out via Communications Officer the details for the event (in brief) including mentioning any specific promoters conditions that are relevant
• Checking that all swimmers have arrived at the venue
• Ensuring swimmers do their pre-swimming warm up, prior to the swimming warm-up
• Ensuring swimmers go to marshalling area time for their heat
• Advising swimmers to speak to the lead coach or assistant coaches for pre/post-race briefing
• Check that swimmers regularly drink and have something to eat
• Ensure behaviour is to WDSC expected code of conduct
• Welfare and safety of swimmers at the venue (poolside) when not with a parent/carer
This allows the coach(es) to coach the swimmers, watch the races and provide feedback. Kevin Brooks, Head Coach, sees this volunteer role as very important for the club and is keen to estalish a good group of parents as team managers from all squads in the club.
If you need further information please get in contact.
Lead Team Manager
25/5/14 - Welcome back - Coach Alex Vine
Some of you may have noticed a familiar face on poolside last Tuesday 20th April. Home grown Swimmer and Coach; Alex Vine is making a return to WDSC as a member of our ever growing coaching team.
Alex will be taking up the role of Lead Coach to our new Aquatic Youth Programme on Tuesdays 9:00-10:30pm and will also be taking lead of our new Gold Academy based at Princes Risborough on Mondays 6:00 -7:00pm.
In addition to this he will also be assisting coaches Craig Oliver and Oliver Brewer with the Junior & Senior Club Squads on Tuesday nights.
Alex is a very experienced coach having once been the Assistant Coach at WDSC from 2006 to 2012. He then became the Assistant Coach to Windsor Swimming Club from 2012 to 2014. Alex is a Level 3 Coach and has coached swimmers up to National Level, assisted on England Talent Camps and importantly he’s always been able to deliver sessions for all abilities and aspiration levels – including those who are non-competitive.
As a teenage swimmer, Alex swam at WDSC to a very high level - he reached International standard when he was selected to swim in the 200 IM at the European Junior Championships for Great Britain in 2003.
I hope you’ll give Alex a warm #greenarmy welcome back!
24/5/14 - Wycombe District Swimming Club - Regional Youth Championships 2014
Wycombe District Swimming Club had 25 Swimmers qualify for the 2014 South East Regional Championships and the club achieved some of the best results seen over the last 8 years.
British Championship Junior Finalist Luke Thomas (17) spearheaded the Wycombe campaign with a GOLD in the Open 1500m Freestyle and a SILVER in the 400 IM, his main event. Luke also swum a huge PB in the 200 Fly earning himself his 4th National Qualifying Time. Daniel Manners (18) helped to make it a 1st and 3rd in the Open category, with his BRONZE in the 1500m Freestyle – with an awesome 16 second PB.
Fiona Shaw (19) led the way for the girls with the Women’s Open 800 Free, earning herself a GOLD and a PB, along with a BRONZE in the 400 Free. Youngster Sophie Millen (14) shone at what was her first Regionals; earning herself a GOLD in the Junior (14 years) 800 Freestyle, having earned herself a SILVER in the 400m Freestyle the previous day! Sophie also earned herself National qualifying times in both of those events, along with qualifying for the Open Water event, based on her 800m swim!
Liam Jones (17) ensured that the medal winning class he showed at the recent County Championships continued to the next level when he earned himself a GOLD in the Open 50m Backstroke – also qualifying him for the National Championships in the summer; along with the British International Meet in June.
WDSC had 6 Relays at the event and based on (unofficial) National rankings it appears that the Boys 4x100 Medley Relay (Liam Jones, Luke Thomas, Connor Lewis & Matt Penning-Lambert) along with the 4x200 Freestyle Relay (same boys) have qualified for the National championships – that will be the first time the club has had National Youth relay teams in around 8 years.
The girls 4x200 Freestyle Relay narrowly missed out on National selection by 2 seconds.
Other swimmers reaching the Top 8 in their Age Groups were; Rachel Cox, James Baxter, Ethan Cater, Natasha Garry, George Longhurst, Connor Lewis, Issy Baxter & Kate Lees.
Head Coach Kevin Brooks commented: “It was a great Youth Regional Championships for WDSC with many PB’s, new national qualification times and more medals earned than the whole of the last 8 years put together! – The kids deserved these wins, improvements and medals - they’ve worked so hard and have embraced the culture change at the club since I arrived in 2012 – the future looks very bright as we build towards our new pool”
Congratulations to all swimmers competing! Wycombe’s Age Group Regional swimmers (10-13 years) will compete at their Championships at the end of May.
19/5/14 - Handy Cross Hub redevelopment - keeping you up to date
Phase 1: A new sports and leisure centre
Spring 2014 Construction work starts on site. From 22 April, cable diversion works at the existing road junction will start for a period of four weeks. Traffic management will be in place during these works, which may impact on our journey time to and from the sports centre and Fair Ridge.
January 2015 Parking for sports centre users moves to the new coachway park and ride car park.
Summer 2015 New multi-storey car park opens.
October 2015 New sports and leisure centre completed.
Phase 2: Food store, coachway park and ride and spine road
Spring 2014 Building work for new food store, spine road and associated car park starts.
Autumn 2015 Completion and opening of new food store and coachway park and ride.
NB: Roadworks on the A404 are restricted to off-peak hours and construction traffic is restricted to new accesses, not the existing access road.
New sports and leisure centre
The new sports and leisure centre will be completed by October 2015.
Facilities will include:
an eight lane 50m pool with moveable floor and sub-aqua dive pit
20m by 8m learner pool with moving floor 1.2m deep
fun water for toddlers
150 station gym
dance studio (s)
12 court sports hall
bowls (four rink)
two squash courts
two party or meeting rooms
The current Wycombe Sports Centre will remain open while the new sports and leisure centre is being built next to it in the footprint of the running track.
A new synthetic turf pitch
A new pitch has been created at John Hampden Grammar School, which is opposite the sports centre site. The like-for-like replacement is a second generation, sand-dressed pitch, ideal for hockey use and for football. Changing room and parking facilities are provided at the school for out-of-hours public use.
To find out more about the new pitch, or to make a booking, please contact the reception staff at Wycombe Sports Centre.
A new athletics facility
The new facility at land south of the A4155 Marlow Road in Little Marlow is almost finished and will be ready for use in the summer.
They've created an eight lane track with parking and improved road access. We've also turned a building on site into changing and storage facilities and we've installed some clever new lighting.
The green top surface of the track has just been laid and the in-field seeded, ready for use next year.
New transport connections
The proposal to combine a new park and ride terminal with a regional coachway on the Handy X Hub site aims to improve transport links between High Wycombe and the surrounding area, as well as within the town itself.
24/5/14 - Training Changes - May and June 2014
Ammendments to training schedules for May and June - Available HERE
23/5/14 - The WDSC Summer Fun Evening at the Wycombe Rye Lido
The WDSC Summer Fun Evening at the Wycombe Rye Lido is now on Sunday, June 22 from 4-7pm.
The club will have exclusive use of the outdoor pool and changing facilities. There is a cafe on site but families can bring their own picnics and drinks. The WDSC coaches will organise a some games and hopefully the sun will shine as it has in the past two years!!
Tickets are £3 each and can be bought from the club desk on a Tuesday evening or directly from Nicky Matthews, Nicola Ross or Jenny Searle. There's also a form on the notice board to pre-book tickets.
19/5/14 - Milton Keynes Junior League (MKJL) – Saturday 7th June, 2014
The first round of the MKJL is only a couple of weeks away. Oxford B will be hosting (round 1, gala 1) at Temple Cowley Pools and the teams and lane draws are as follows:
Lane 1 Oxford B (Hosts)
Lane 2 Maxwell
Lane 3 Ealing
Lane 4 City of Guildford
Lane 5 Staines
Lane 6 Wycombe District
Lead Coach is Craig Oliver and Team Manager is Liz Connick. They can be contacted via email email@example.com
. Craig will also be supported by other coaching personnel and helpers.
All swimmers should wear their Wycombe Team tops, poolside shoes and have a small poolside bag with a drink and snacks.
Arrive at pool: 5.00pm
Warm up: 5.30pm
Gala Start: 6.00pm
There is limited parking at Temple Cowley so the organisers have arranged for parking at Henmans Freeth LLP, 5000 Oxford Business Park South, Oxford OX4 2BH
This is about a 5 minute walk from the pool. Please note that parking at the pool is reserved for officials and Oxford have asked us to respect that as without the officials the gala would not run.
Adults £4 each, Children/OAP FOC
I said I could attend, what do I do if I can’t attend on the day?
Please contact the Lead Coach, Craig Oliver or Team Manager, Liz Connick as soon as you can, this is essential so that another swimmer can be contacted and the team sheets amended.
Find out more about the league at http://www.mkjuniorleague.org.uk/
We are looking forward to an evening of exciting racing and welcoming some of our younger swimmers who will be competing in the league for the first time. If you have any questions please do get in contact.
WDSC Lead Team Manager
21/4/14 - Stroke Improvers is Changing
From Tuesday 22nd and Saturday 26th April our Stroke Improver classes will now become “rolling squads”; similar to all of our current squads within the club. This means that there will be no defined start/finish date anymore.
Swimmers will be able to join Stroke Improver classes each month (provided that there is space) and swimmers will be moved up to the Silver Academy (when ready) at the squad movements dates – roughly each quarter. This change will ensure alignment with the rest of the club along with continued swimming during holiday periods (apart from any cancelations or holiday timetable changes that you’ll be informed of in advance).
Fees are going to kept largely the same; even whilst including our clubs annual £60 membership.
£60.00 per quarter (payable in full before each January, April, July & October)
£60.00 annual club membership
Annual ASA Category One Fees
21/4/14 - Coaching Update - Cameron Roberts
From Tuesday 22nd April Cameron’s role at Wycombe will be increasing slightly. Since gaining his UKCC Level 2 a few months ago he has progressed rapidly and will soon be studying for his UKCC Level 3. As many of you’ll know he is also studying for his degree in Sports Coaching and has 1.5 years remaining with this.
Cameron will be taking up the following roles within the new Squad Structure & timetable:
- Lead Coach of Potential 3 Squad – with support on Fridays from Assistant Coach Craig Oliver
- Lead Coach of the Platinum Academy – whilst still providing support with the Silver Academy
- Land Training Assistant – Saturday mornings and all Junior/Senior Competitive Sessions
- Performance Assistant – Helping Kevin & Craig at varying performance sessions
If that wasn’t enough, Cameron will also be continuing to lead Potential One Squad on Thursday mornings once the Lead Coach to this squad (Oliver Brewer) starts in mid-June.
It’s great to see a “Wycombe Swimmer” make such a solid transition into coaching at his home club; and become such a valued member of our coaching team. If any other swimmers (14+) or indeed parents want to get involved with volunteer coaching then please get in touch with either Craig or Kevin directly.
11/4/14 - Luke Thomas - Bronze British Championships - Junior Final
Our very own Luke Thomas, had the whole club cheering for him, as he took to the blocks for the British Championships 400 IM Junior Final. After swimming a PB in the heats this morning the pressure was on to deliver in the finals this evening.
Luke smashed it in the final, leading the pack through the breaststroke and finishing 3rd place and 3rd place in the Euopean Junior Trials Final.
Head Coach Kevin Brooks commented "Luke delivered an amazing performance, swimming as a 17yr old in the 17/18 Yr category. He has shown he can perform under pressure and who knows what the future holds for Luke and swimming. We'll be back next year and Luke will still be simming in the Junior Category and I expect if he continues swimming at this level, he will be in the running for a place in the Team GB European Junior Team; I can't wait."
Kevin went on to comment "It was an amazing evening, with some awesome swimmimng from Wycombe District Swimming Club's home grown talent!"
Meanwhile back in Wycombe, Team WDSC were cheering Luke on from the cafe at Wycombe District Leisure Centre, courtesy of Coach Craig's iPAD connect to the TV. It has opened our swimmers eyes to what is possible, and we are immensely proud of Luke and his achievements.
A Massive Congratulations to Luke from everyone at WDSC
6/4/14 - Information Crawley L1 LC Open meet - 12 & 13 April 2014
Please find below information with regards to the Crawley L1 LC Open meet next weekend. Please do take the time to read all details especially items to take note of. If you intend to withdraw from an event or are ill on the day please advise the coach.
Saturday - Craig Oliver - Team Manager - Louise Sansome
Sunday - Kevin Brooks - Team Manager - Louise Sansome
K2, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9BQ
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• Travel & parking
(note SCR means rejected)
WARM-UP TIMES/SIGNING IN:
Sign in required for all 400m events. Signing in will be on the poolside entrance
Active withdrawal for all other events by the start of the warm up for each session. Forms will be available poolside and on the desk.
Please ensure swimmers wanting to withdraw from events complete the forms provided, we do not want empty lanes. Withdrawals in advance can also be emailed.
Session 1 Warm-up 9.00am Start 9.45am Sign in for 400s no later than 9.00am
Session 2 Warm-up 12.15pm Start 1.00pm Sign in for 400s no later than 12.15pm
Session 3 Warm-up 8.30am Start 9.15am Sign in for 400s no later than 8.30am
Session 4 Warm-up 12.15pm Start 1.00pm Sign in for 400s no later than 12.15pm
Please note the following:
Poolside Bags: Please be aware, that Crawley will be restricting the size of bags taken poolside at this event. Bag size limit 65cm x 35cm x 30cm. Any large bags will be removed and must be placed in lockers. (Returnable £1 coin)
Balcony Area: Swimmers must not go up to the balcony without first drying off and putting on footwear and clothing before leaving the poolside.
Video/Photography: any person wishing to use video, zoom or close range photography, including mobile phones that have photographic capabilities should first register their details at the spectator entrance.
It is requested that all mobile phones are switched off or to silent during the competition and that there is no flash photography at the start of each event.
4/4/14 - Club Announcement - WDSC Development Coach
Wycombe District Swimming Club are pleased to announce that Oliver Brewer will join the club as our 3rd full time coach, starting in June.
Oliver completed his UKCC Level 2 in 2011 and over the last 3 years he has been studying a for a degree in “BSc Sports Coaching” at Loughborough University. Whilst studying for his degree Oliver was also balancing his own swimming training within the Loughborough University Performance Squads. His highest achievement was reaching British Championship Level when he competed at the British International meet in 2013. He main event was 200m backstroke.
Over the last few years Oliver has gained experience of Coaching (and Teaching) at all levels of swimming. He has been instrumental in recently setting up and coaching a new “Development Squad” for students at Loughborough University, along with assisting the performance coaches with their National and International standard swimmers.
In addition to his personal experience as a swimmer and coach at performance level he also has multiple years’ experience of working with adults and younger children on an individual and small group basis, from those learning to swim, up to swimmers training for fitness. He’s also taken the lead with competitive age group swimmers on local stroke camps and at some training sessions at a number of clubs.
The role of the new WDSC Development Coach is very diverse. Oliver will become the new Lead Coach of our ‘Potential One Squad’; along with leading the programme of our Junior & Senior Club Squads, along with our Masters Section. He’s very much looking forward to this role and working with the fantastic team of coaches that WDSC now boasts.
Oliver will start his new role officially in Mid-June, after completing his final year exams; however we'resure you may see him coming to visit before then in order to get to know our set up in further detail and get accustomed to how we do things here at Wycombe!
Before Oliver starts at Wycombe, Craig will continue to lead the Potential One Squad and the Club Squads with support from our excellent volunteer coaching team.
We hope you will join us in making Oliver feel welcome, and part of our team here at Wycombe.
2/4/14 - Easter Training
Friday 18th April
AM: Training rearranged to 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Performance Squads & Masters only (6x25m lanes only)
PM: All training cancelled
Saturday 19th April
Training as Normal
Sunday 20th April Easter Sunday
Training as normal
Monday 21st April Easter Monday
All training cancelled
Happy Easter from WDSC!
30/3/14 - WDSC @ The Berks & South Bucks County Championships 2014
Team WDSC completed our most successful County Championships ever, with a staggering medal count of 132 Medals - nearly double the amount won last year.
Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part, and to those who won medals and trophies - look out for a full report soon.
21/3/14 - Under Starters Orders!
It's official, work has started at the Handy X Hub site!
For the last few months, enabling works have been ongoing to divert a substantial mains electricity cable and a large water main and to lower fibre optic cables alongside the A404 Marlow Road. Over the next few weeks, part of the redevelopment site will be enclosed by hoardings and construction contractors Willmott Dixon will begin to bring in plant equipment in preparation to dig the huge 50m swimming pool 'pit' and create a new access road.
Phase one of the redevelopment includes building a new, multi-million pound sports and leisure centre, coachway park and ride and food store. Before the foundations for the new sports and leisure can be created, however, the old synthetic turf pitch, running track and flood lights must be removed. While a number of trees which are currently in the way of a new access road will also need be removed (and some have been cut down this week), future landscaping plans for the site include planting 170 new trees and creating new green amenity space, along with an area of water space linked to the site’s sustainable drainage system.
Cllr Richard Scott, Wycombe District Council’s Leader, commented: “It’s been a long time in the planning and preparation stages, so we've now reached a major milestone in the redevelopment of the Handy X Hub site.
“While it may be a case of ‘no pain, no gain’, we’ll be working with the construction company Willmott Dixon to keep disruption and inconvenience to local residents and sports centre users to the absolute minimum and all deliveries to the site will be made in off-peak hours.
“We’ve already got a fabulous new synthetic turf pitch up and running across the road at John Hampden Grammar School and the athletics facilities which have been relocated to Little Marlow are well on the way for completion in late spring, now that the weather is finally warmer and drier meaning the top surface can be laid. I cannot wait for the day that we open the doors to what will be a stunning new sports and leisure facility, a convenient, sustainable new coachway park and ride and a stylish new food store for Wycombe district residents.”
Designed by AFLS+P architects, the 10,750 m² Wycombe Sports Centre will be clad in metal panels that have different finishes to give it a distinctive look. Inside, sport and leisure facilities will include a 12 court sports hall, eight lane 50m swimming pool, sub aqua dive pit, 150 station gym, four rink indoor bowls hall, two squash courts, climbing wall and a café.
05/2/14 - Success is Long Term - an important read for swimmers & parents
We are delighted to share a document produced by British Swimming regarding the important stepping stones that swimmers MUST go through in order to reach their full potential. I explained this is great detail at my first introduction meeting to WDSC in September 2012; however its important to remind everyone of its importance at every opportunity.
The document explains whats needed at every development level of a swimmer and If any of these phases are “neglected” (or “missed out” all together) – particularly the “Training to Train Phase” for swimmers aged 12 to 16 (broadly speaking) then that swimmers life span (in competitive swimming) and ultimate success (in the long term) will never be truly realised.
At Wycombe the squad structure is designed so that these phases are catered for and are properly met – no other club locally can boast the pool time stepping stones that Wycombe has access too. Full commitment to the training programme offered in each squad ensures a balanced programme and the correct work needed to achieve in the long term. Every squad has target competitions and training cycles of work and these become more important as the swimmer moves through the structure of the club. Not everything is covered at every session, each week! The training week/cycle is split into differing phases and types of work; such as (but not limited too): Technique development, Aerobic Endurance, Kick, Skills, Turns, Starts, Pull, IM development, Speed and so forth.
Put simply – please ensure your children attend an absolute minimum of 80% of the hours/sessions available each month to the squad that they are placed in. Less than this will delay their progression and most importantly of all – their ability to cope with the evolving and progressive nature of the training programme – it will simply become too hard for them to cope with as the rest of the squad moves forward. The way to ensure that swimmers can keep up in training, improve in fitness and ultimately achieve PB’s at their target meets is ensuring that swimmers (through the support of their parents) commit to the training programme being offered. Swimmers will only have themselves to blame if they underperform and they haven’t been doing what the coaching staff have been asking them to do – the coaching staff want what’s best for each swimmer in the pool – so if we ask you to do something then it’s only going to be due to it benefiting you in the long term. Areas such as attending the correct number of sessions, staying in longer in the mornings before school, starting land training, ensuring you do your pre pool and flexibility work etc.
Swimming is a sport like no other – it depends very much on the “feel” of the water and the “physical conditioning” needed, in order to retain that feel in the water. The less a swimmers attends the less of an opportunity they have to enhance and develop that feel, efficiency and swimming fitness/capacity.
The document attached is the most recent document. Please note that this document is soon to be re-launched and enhanced imminently; I will ensure this reaches everyone at WDSC.
If you have questions about Long Term Athlete Development and what you child needs to do in order to ensure they are on the right path for improvement then please contact one of the coaching team; ideally your squad coach in the first instance.
DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE HERE
23/1/14 - County Championships Entries
Just a reminder to complete your online entries for your swimmers entries to the Counties at http://www.bsbasa.org/
Note - all recent PBs, including from last weekends Windsor meet are on the ASA website and will aoutomatically appear when you complete the online entry. Swimmers should enter all events for which they qualify as per Coaches instruction.
Note - entries close on 29th Jan - please don't leave it until the last minute!
20/1/14 - Progression of the new Wycombe Sports and Leisure Centre
Implementation of plans for the new Wycombe Sports and Leisure Centre continue to move forward.
Just before the Christmas break, the Council placed further orders for more ‘enabling works’ and submitted a planning application for the detailed designs of ‘Phase 2’ which involves a foodstore, coachway park and ride, and overall site infrastructure.
In the meantime it is continuing to work with the preferred construction contractor to achieve an acceptable build and price. It has also obtained a number of financial bids from leisure operators for the new facility. The aim being to bring these two strands together in February and start the main construction works on site in March.
Following on from the recently completed diversion of a substantial mains electricity cable, the further enabling works involve diverting a large water main alongside the motorway and laying fibre optic cables alongside the A404 Marlow Road. These works will see further change to the appearance of the site.
The new synthetic turf pitch at John Hampden Grammar School is now in full use and the existing floodlights on the sports centre site will glare no more. They, along with a number of trees that are in the way of the new access roads into the site, will soon come down.
The landscaping plan for the site involves extensive new tree planting and the formation of new ’green’ amenity space, along with an area of waterspace linked to the site’s sustainable drainage system.
In total, some 170 new trees will be planted. Linked to the quality of the hard landscaping, the overall environment will be much enhanced.
Cllr Richard Scott, Leader of Wycombe District Council said:
“The efficient progress of the enabling works marks another milestone in our plans to transform the district’s sports and leisure offer.
“We've always been determined that the new Wycombe Sport and Leisure Centre will be a flagship facility and a most significant improvement on the existing building. The new centre will provide enhanced facilities and will give residents an Olympic legacy of which to be proud.
“Once built, these new facilities will put us on the national sporting map and really help our drive to encourage more people to take up a sport and enjoy better health and fitness.”
Read the full press-release HERE
2/1/14 - ICE WATER SWIM CHALLENGE
Our very own Andrew Allum is organising an attempt on the world distance record for ice-cold water swimming (http://www.internationaliceswimming.com/
). He is going to attempt 3km - The current record is 2.3km.
Andrew will be carrying out this attempt on Sunday 19th January at 10am. at the Wycombe Rye Lido
There will be a video recording made for ratification purposes, plus official witnesses and time-keepers.
Spectator Entry is free but donations to Rays of Sunshine (https://www.raysofsunshine.org.uk/) will be accepted.
Andrew also has a "Just Giving" Account set up and would welcome any sponsorship for this Record Breaking Attempt!
GOOD LUCK ANDREW from all at WDSC!!
2/1/14 - Recent Open Meet - Individual Results
WDSC Individual Results are available to download from a number of recent Open Meets and Competitions:
2/1/14 - Abingdon Winter Open Meet 2014
VENUE Temple Cowley Pool Temple Road Cowley Oxford OX2 2EZ ¦ 01865 467111
MEET FORMAT Short course. Level 3 licence
DATES Saturday and Sunday 4/5 JANUARY 2014
WARM-UP 9.00am, RACE START 10.00am each day.
Open Meet Schedule of Events is available HERE
Accepted Entries Available HERE
Get Directions to Temple Cowley Pool here:
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23/12/13 - Windsor Level 2 Open Meet - January 2014
Accepted Entries are now available - CLICK HERE
Note Windsor have released a revised schedule for their Open Meet - Download the Schedule here
Get Directions to the Magnet Leisure Centre here:
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10/12/13 - Coach of the Year Award for Kevin Brooks!
In its eighth year, the Bucks and MK Sport Awards highlight and recognise individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to sport in the county, in essence the people who make sport happen.
Last Friday’s awards ceremony was preceeded bu work over the last few months , nominees from across the county have been put forward for eight categories, from Young Sports Leader of the Year and School of the Year to Coach and Unsung Hero of the Year.
The nominations for Coach of the Year Kevin Brooks (Aylesbury), Wycombe ¦ The Bucks Sports Awards nominees
District Swimming Club ¦ Nigel Willard, Olney Tennis Club (MK) ¦ Lee Sadler, Shenley FC (MK).
The winner was our very own Kevin Brooks, Head Coach at Wycombe District Swimming Club.
The event was hosted by women’s cricket legend Charlotte Edwards and former England hockey goalkeeper Roger Dakin
10/12/13 - WDSC Christmas Fun Night
Tuesday 17th December 18:00 @ Wycombe Leisure Centre - Balcony
On behalf of the social committee - a quick reminder that next Tuesday is our annual festive fun evening at the pool, during club night.
For those that have not attended our Christmas Club Evening, it is not to be missed. Kevin and the coaches will be running a lighter training session than usual, with some fun and games in the pool towards the end of each squads session.
On the balcony we have a great social event, with mulled wine and nibbles on the balcony and some obligatory Christmas music to get us in the festive spirit.
In order to facilitate this event, we would like to ask all families if they can help, by contributing to the refreshments that will be on offer. This is an informal event and relies on each family bringing along a plate of either sweet or savory food or non-alcoholic drinks. Please complete the section at the bottom of the poster on the notice board, with your preferred offering that you can bring on the night. We would also welcome any parents who could offer a little bit of time during the evening to man the food and drink stations to share the workload.
A member of the social committee (Jenny Searle, Nicky Matthews, Nicola Ross) will be on the balcony from 6.00pm and will be very happy to take your donation ready for the evening to commence at around 6.00pm - 6.15pm.
Changes to Training Times for Tuesday 17th December
5:30 - 6:15
Stroke Improvers, Bronze Academy, Silver Academy, Gold Academy
Platinum Academy, P3, P2, P1
7:00 - 8:00pm
Performance, Competitive, Club Squads
Masters fitness swim as normal
We hope you can support this evening event and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 17th December.