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Last updated 19 September 2020

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Committee Roles The Club AGM is due to take place on Monday 16th November 2020 and we have at least of couple of members of the current Committee who are resigning this year.
 
We are therefore looking for volunteers to join the Committee to take up vacant positions.
 
If you are able to give some time to the Club and are interested in becoming more involved, can you please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
As you know, the Club relies heavily on our volunteers and our team works well together - we’d love to be able to recruit some new people and would be very grateful if you could consider helping us continue with the success of our multi award winning Club.
 
Nominations need to be in next month, ahead of the AGM, so if you’re interested in helping, can you please respond by no later than Sunday 4th October 2020.
 
We look forward to hearing from you.
Training Sessions We’ve had a couple of issues recently of swimmers arriving late for sessions, so I’m just emailing to remind you of the importance of prompt arrival for sessions please.
 
The leisure centre has been very accommodating to our use of the pool and failure to adhere to their protocols could jeopardise this for all swimmers.
 
From a coaching point of view, the coaches arrange the lanes, in line with Covid restrictions, at the start of the session, based on the swimmers there.  Swimmers joining the session after this has been done results in disruption for the swimmers already there and may mean having to alter lanes, if adding a swimmer to the appropriate lane means maximum numbers for that lane are being breached.
 
Under no circumstances should any swimmer enter the First Aid Room fire door if there is no coach / Covid Liaison volunteer there.  There are a number of reasons for this :
 
  1. There is no verification that the swimmer has followed hand sanitising routine.
  2. They are potentially not being ticked off on the register, which creates potential ‘track and trace’ issues.  After the session has started the register is closed and can’t be added to.
  3. If the swimmer is going through to the small pool, it creates issues, both if the main pool is occupied by the public or if it’s empty, i.e. potential contact with a public swimmer, or if the main pool was empty this would also mean that no lifeguard was on duty, so we have no way of ensuring their safety, and we are breaking a key leisure centre policy by having a swimmer on there.
 
Swimmers can arrive for their session up to 10 minutes before the session start time, but as soon as all swimmers are registered and once the official start time has passed, the Covid Liaison volunteer can no longer keep the door open as they have to be present at the training session.  Please remember that swimmers arriving for a club session should only enter the leisure centre through the First Aid Room fire door and only if there is someone there supervising.  If the door is closed, swimmers must not enter themselves and will therefore not be able to attend the session.
 
Thank you for your understanding on this and for your assistance in helping us to adhere to the Covid restrictions we currently need to have in place.  
Land Training w/c 14 September This week's Zoom land training sessions are:

Wednesday 16th September at 5-6pm
Saturday 19th September at 10-11am
Collection of Swimmers after Training Just a quick note to remind you that if you have stated on the Covid Risk Assessment Declaration Form that your child will be collected from training, they must be collected from the door.  We've had a few cases of parents just sitting in cars and our volunteers therefore having to escort the swimmers to cars, which obviously is not acceptable.  We need to be able to confirm that the child has been collected - especially now the nights are getting darker, earlier - so it's important that you collect your swimmer from the exit door please. 
Volunteering Oppotuntities There have been several sessions that have come very close to being cancelled as we don't always have enough volunteers available for all sessions.  Your swimmer's  session cannot run without a Covid Liaison (parent) volunteer present.

The more volunteers we have in place, the less likelihood of any sessions being cancelled and also, the fewer sessions our volunteers will be asked to cover.

In addition to Covid Liaison volunteers, Michael is also looking to appoint a Squad Leader in each squad.

The idea is that it is easier for one Liaison from each squad to communicate with the group to change/ensure cover is in place. Many of you that have children in the same group are in regular contact, so it makes sense to sort out the cover on a squad by squad basis.

This should also cut down the huge amount of Michael's time this role is taking up which can’t continue at the present volume.

If everyone fills in the slots on the Rota when they are available, the Squad Leads should only be required for last minute changes to ensure some cover can be arranged.  Michael will always be there as a fall back in any eventuality.

We've already had volunteers for the Squad Lead role in Squads 1,2 and 3, but still need these for Squads 4, 5 and 6, so if you're able to help out with this role, please let Michael know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered up to now - it's massively appreciated.  Whilst it took a huge effort from behind the scenes to get us back in the pool, it's you volunteers who are keeping us there and we're very grateful for your time and effort.
Training Session Time Changes Unfortunately, we've had a couple of time changes forced on us by the leisure centre.  These changes affect Squads 1 and 5 and are :

Squad 1 Tuesday Session will now be 7.15 - 8.45pm as the leisure centre are putting on an adult swim at 9pm.

Squad 5 Monday session will now start at 7pm, instead of 6.45pm, as the leisure centre have requested more time to clean down after swimming lessons.

We are aware that Squad 5 are the youngest swimmers in the club and this change would make an already fairly late finish time even later.  Therefore the coaches have taken the decision to make these sessions 40 minutes, instead of 45 minutes, so the overall finish time is only 5 minues later.

Therefore Squad 5a session on a Monday is 7:00 - 7:40pm and Squad 5b are 7:50pm - 8:30pm in the small pool.

These changes are with immediate effect.

Please ensure that all swimmers needing collection after their session, are collected within 5 minutes of their finish time.

Session times have been amended on Coacha and a full timetable reflecting these changes can be found here.
Return of Kit Bags to the Pool Most of our swimmers are now used to being back in the pool and they're coping well with the 'new normal' methods introduced.

Therefore, the coaches would now like to reintroduce the kit bags to training sessions, so that swimmers can enjoy a more comprehensive session, using their kickboard and hand paddles (for those groups that utilise these) as well as the flippers and pullbuoy that have been used up to now.

So, the net kit bags can now be brought to training by swimmers.  However, it's more important than ever that all kit is named, so that swimmers only use their own equipment and can identify their kit for taking home after sessions too.

Also, please note that due to restrictions currently in place, if any kit is left behind after training, our coaches will not be able to store this and you'll need to contact the leisure centre directly as we don't have details on how / if they're currently storing lost property.
A Warm Welcome A big welcome to the new swimmers who had their first session with the club yesterday.  We hope they all enjoyed their session and are looking forward to a long and successful membership with the club.  Traditionally, the club has a presence in the foyer of the leisure centre during training sessions on a Sunday and are available then to answer any questions then.  Unfortunately, this isn't currently possible, so if you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch by email.
Changing At Training Sessions Just a quick note to ask you to have a word with your swimmers please to remind them that, after swimming, they DO NOT take off their swimming costume - they simply put their clothes OVER their costume please.  The poolside is not a changing facility AND (more importantly) there’s a whopping big window to any passers-by!

There’s been a couple of incidents of swimmers (younger ones) stripping off poolside, so if you could make sure they're aware of this please.
New Training Fees As we now have confirmed timetable for September onwards, I have reviewed fees and increased where appropriate. Just to reiterate, we are still operating under extraordinary circumstances at the moment whilst still ensuring that the club has a long term future. We have costed the squad/sessions based on running as economically as possible in the short-medium term.  A few considerations we have had to deal with:
  1. We are actually using about 10% more pool time than we traditionally did. We are extremely fortunate to have that available, some pools are only starting to open now, in some cases only for adults and some not at all. The fact is with reduced numbers of swimmers in the pool, we are not using the time as efficiently.
  2. We agreed a coaches pay rise early this year. They had not had one for several years, and specifically with the success of the club it would have felt wrong to backtrack on this at a later date once Covid hit.
  3. It’s unlikely we will be able to undertake many fundraising activities this year with restrictions in place, although we are looking at any available opportunities for grants etc as always.

For a normal months training, once we have collected fees and paid for pool hire and the coaches, we are making a loss of several hundred pounds. At the moment we don’t have any other activities that create income or costs, so it’s fairly simple maths at the moment to work in survival mode and try not to delve into reserves and affect the long term stability of the club. With the collection of Annual Fees in January it is therefore our aim as far as possible to break even at worst for the year to July 2021 and then review.

Having said that we are also conscious that the economy as a whole has taken a massive tumble and this will have affected some of our members adversely. We have tried to minimise the raises, but if you are having any difficulties or issues at all with the new fees, please contact me in confidence to discuss. At the end of the day we are here to provide a great club for our swimmers and don’t want to see any leave unnecessarily.

You will receive advice of fees starting from this weekend for your swimmer(s).  At the moment we have decided to retain a weekly fee structure to enable change more flexibly if we need to.

Thanks for all your support and patience.

Pete
New Club Kit Just a reminder about the new club kit available with Swimzi through the link

https://teamwear.swimzi.com/brand/altrincham-s-c/

There's all sorts of new kit - from T-shirts to personalised bags and towels. All kit is royal blue and will be acceptable on poolside and when representing the team. 

Availabilty to order your items closes on 20th September and it's unlikely there will be another chance before Christmas to order, so if you'd like any of the new kit for Christmas presents, please make sure you get your orders in by 20th September. 

Further details can be found here.

The new kit coincides with our return to the pool and it would be great if we can have our swimmers poolside in the new kit in the future.

Speaking of new kit (!) - please see here for a picture of Chris's daughter, Ava, in her new bouncy chair, bought with some of the money Chris and Zoe received from your generous gift.  Ava is 7 weeks old today and looks mesmerised with her new chair!
Collection of Swimmers from Training Just a quick note to remind parents that if you have previously indicated on the Risk Assessment Declaration form that your swimmer is not to be released from training without someone being there to collect them, then they must be collected from the leisure centre.  Our Covid Liaison volunteers should not be put in the situation of a swimmer telling them that they can leave unsupervised if we have previously been advised from the form that this is not the case.  We're sure you'll understand the position that this puts our volunteers and the club in when this happens, so we would ask you please to adhere to your instructions previously given.

If you wish to change the instruction that your swimmer needs to be collected, then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., but please remember that if you do this, it will apply to all sessions.
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 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 
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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