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Swim England Talent Team Selection WHAT A WAY TO KICK START OUR RETURN TO THE POOL! Huge congratulations to our very own (reigning National champion) James P on being selected by the Swim England Talent team for the Diploma in Sporting Excellence Programme!

James was selected based on his excellent performances and British rankings prior to lockdown.  This unique programme aims to support athlete development by enhancing their knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes in their sport. The aim is to prepare athletes to continue to develop in their sport at an elite level and to acquire skills to thrive in the workplace.  James will follow in the footsteps of course alumni Olympic Champions Adam Peaty and Rebecca Adlington, World Champion Molly Renshaw and Paralympic medalist Lewis White.

Well done James.
Land Training Sessions Now that Chris has this parenting lark nailed (🤣😂), we're pleased to say that land training is back on this week.

The week's Zoom sessions are:

Tuesday 4th at 10am
Thursday 6th at 10am

Thanks to everyone who donated to Chris's baby gift - we gave him the gift (John Lewis vouchers) after training this morning.  He and Zoe are thrilled and overwhelmed by everyone's generosity - see photos here and here.

Amended Weekend Training Times Good News!  The leisure centre are reviewing the pool times they're giving us and so it means that the 6-8am sessions, in both the small and main pool, on Saturday and Sunday, will now be 8-10am.  This change is initially only for last weekend and this weekend (8th & 9th August) and will be reviewed after that.  Squads affected, with the new times for the next two weekends are as follows :

Squad 1 : 8.00 - 10.00am on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August 2020 in the main pool.

Squads 3A : 8.00 - 10.00am on Saturday 8th August 2020 in the small pool.

Squad 3B : 8.00 - 10.00am on Sunday 9th August 2020 in the small pool.

Enjoy the lie-in!
Covid-19 Liaison Volunteers Thank you very much to all those that have volunteered as Covid-19 Liaisons so far - although we might not have been in touch with some of you, you might not be off the hook yet!

All volunteers have to be Swim England registered, so to avoid additional costs at this time, we’ve just been concentrating on those that have volunteered but are already Swim England members and seeing if we have enough to get the job done …. Which we have, for now, but depending on how long we need to do this we might need more … so we may get in touch with people as and when (probably depending on which groups need more volunteers).

Thanks again for your continued support - as always, it's very much appreciated.
Swim Club Fees - Transition Period A note from our Treasurer:

Welcome back all, and apologies for yet another email! However, I thought it was worthwhile explaining how we have set up the new weekly fees for what is hopefully a transition period back to some kind of normal training.

As a club we are fairly well positioned financially, and thanks to parent generosity managed to show some financial loyalty to our coaches during lockdown. Having said that, it is also true that we have made a net loss on training fees over the last couple of years, and also our coaches have not had any rise in rates for quite a few years.  Bearing in mind the success we have had as a club, we had already made the decision to address that last point earlier in the year.

For this transition period, we therefore made a decision to ensure that we did not incur any significant losses on income vs expenditure whilst the club, and the world in general comes to terms with the change. So the following principles were applied:

  1. For the short term our aim is to recover actual costs incurred. Over the past two years we have made a loss on swimming fees, so its sensible at this point to ensure we are not losing significant amounts and take a pragmatic view once back to any sense of “normal”
  2. Current fees are based on far fewer kids in the pool. We only have about 70% of our previous numbers swimming in August and are of course restricted in how many we can have in pool at any one time so the “cost per swimmer” increases.
  3. The fees are based on actual pool time rather than the graduated scheme a club would normally operate as swimmers move up through the groups.

So, a fairly simple calculation has been done to work out the pool hire and coaching costs per hour, and apply that to the number of hours your swimmer(s) will be in the water.

We have decided to take first payment of fees for week starting on 1st August 2020 as we get settled into the new routine (So no fees for any sessions in the next week). You should receive an email next week from Go Cardless with details of the new Weekly direct debit(s). If you have for any reason cancelled your Go Cardless mandate then you will get a new mandate sign up also. Please keep an eye out for this and action asap.

Thanks for your patience and support. Any questions feel free to drop me an email or give me a call.
Congratulations We’re thrilled to be able to report that Chris has become a very proud dad today (20 July)!
 
His fiancée, Zoe, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at lunchtime; she weighed in at an impressive 8lb 12oz and they’ve named her Ava Alexandra.  Mother and baby are doing well and Chris, of course, is thrilled.
 
This is the reason for the cancellation of land training, so I'm sure you’ll understand and will be as pleased for them as we are and we send them all our love and huge congratulations from every one of us at ASC.  What a great way to celebrate our impending return to training!
 
We can’t wait to see her poolside!  Congratulations!
Tokyo  (and beyond!) Challenge On the 6th April we set off walking, running, cycling, rowing, bootcamping and any other type of workout-ing from Altrincham for Tokyo (9,458km) and got there in record time, so it was then off to Rio (a whopping 18,558km), having achieved that goal our next target was London (9,264km), then off to Beijing (8,136km), we hardly had time to catch our breath before heading to Athens (7,612km), then with a pool opening date from the Governnent, we finished our adventure in Sydney (a final challenge of 15,316km)!

With celebratory videos in every city (all on Facebook) and such a great team adventure, Kate has taken us on a tour of the world and we've loved every (sometimes grueling!) minute.

Thank you Kate.
ASC Run Wednesday On Wednesday the 13th May, we launched ASC Run Wednesday (like a Parkrun day) where swimmers are encouraged to log a best effort 5k or 2k run each week on a Wednesday, This will help push their fitness on whilst they are not swimming.   Full details have been emailed out and there has been good participation so far ... so if you've not already started, join in!
Kate's 3pm Bootcamp Swimmers are welcome to complete Kate's 3pm Bootcamp sessions which are on YouTube (to be clear, these are not Club insured sessions and are Kate's initiative outside of the Club, designed to help children generally stay fit in lockdown, and you can find these by following this link :
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh8PWRfW18_txw7XVMoUXMA)
Message from Jennie about Easyfundraising I hope you are all managing to stay well during these unusual times.

I wanted to ask you to spend a few moment to register for Easy Fundraising. You have probably been sent numerous links for this from different clubs and schools but I registered about 12 months on behalf of Altrincham Swimming Club and since then I have raised over £150 for the club, just by clicking on a link every time I shop online. It really is that easy! Imagine if all of our swimming families did this, we would be able to raise over £25,000 a year that we could use towards new equipment, training aids, social events etc - anything that could benefit all of our swimmers. At a time when you are probably doing most of your shopping on-line, using Easy Fundraising will make a noticeable difference.

Here is the link:  http://www.altrinchamsc.org.uk/index.php/club-information/fundraising

It will ask you to embed a reminder into your task bar - it is very easy to do and that is the key to successfully fundraising for the club. The amounts you raise each month aren't huge but added together, it could really add up. If you can also encourage friends and other family members to do the same, we will be able to raise even more.

You can use the Easy Fundraising link for all sorts of shopping - Ocado, eBay, John Lewis & Partners, Argos, ASOS, Expedia, M&S, Just Eat are just a few retailers who accept it.

Thanks for all your help
Kit Shop As we no longer have the facility for selling kit, if you're looking for any kit, please see the shop on our website, where the remaining stock is being sold. 
Judge 1 Qualification Please see the email sent out previously (copy here) regarding becoming a Level 1 Judge.  It would help greatly if you can get involved in this.  Remember - swimming is for life, not just for Christmas! - so if you're likely to be spending the next few years watching your child compete at galas, why not consider becoming an official.  If you're interested in getting qualified, please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Phones At Training Please refer to the email sent out by our Club Welfare Officer - copy here.  Please can you ensure this message is passed onto your swimmer.
New Trials Trials for new swimmers are currently planned to take place on the 11th October. This date will be revised once the restrictions have been lifted.
Lost Property Please remember that we have a Lost Property section on the website.  There have been a few things added to this recently, so, if your swimmer has lost anything during training sessions, please check this on our website or here.  
Volunteering to Chaperone Swimmers Please refer to the email sent out previously regarding the need for more volunteers to chaperone our swimmers on poolside at external galas.  Your help with this would be greatly appreciated.  If you are able to offer help, please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Volunteering Opportunities As always, we have several opportunities for you to get involved with the Club.  Full details of vacant volunteer roles within the Club is on the website.  
Medical Records Can you please ensure that any updates to Medical Records for swimmers are communicated to our Membership Secretary.
Fundraising by Shopping Please consider raising funds for our club via the Easy Fundraising online service. Shopping doesn't cost you a penny more, but as you make purchases online shops make a donation to the club. All you do is register (it's good to click the "Find & Remind" button) and start shopping. Please give it a go and encourage others to do so too – it's effectively free money to benefit the members of our club! Thank you.  More information is on the website, or via the link http://www.altrinchamsc.org.uk/index.php/club-information/fundraising 
Club Kit The new kit is now available online and via the kit shop on our website.  It's Nike branded clothing with the new Club logo and an option to personalise with your swimmer's initials.  Check it out via the link  https://www.kitlocker.com/yourclub/club/other-sports/altrincham-swimming-club
Free Swimming A reminder that as a member of Altrincham Swimming Club, swimmers are entitled to free swimming at Altrincham Leisure Centre. You will need to complete a form which needs to be signed by your coach. If you need a form please let our Club Secretary know at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Calendar For all the galas and events coming up, please click here
Club Contact For any queries or questions, please email us here

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