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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.