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Session Time Changes During Level X / Club Champs We hope your swimmer is looking forward to the forthcoming Level X / Club Champs which start on Sunday 4th July 2021.
 
Please remember that your swimmer is automatically entered for this and so if you’re not able to attend, please please can you withdraw using the form on the website, under Swimming and Club Champs, or via the link here.  In order to give us time to organise heats, the deadline for withdrawing was yesterday, so hopefully if you know you can’t attend, you will have already done this.  However if not, please can you do this today, Tuesday 22nd June 2021.  If you are planning to attend, but find you are unable to nearer the time, please can you email our Competition Secretary on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let him know.  We will be tight for time on the sessions, and so if we know you aren’t attending, it avoids having empty lanes and therefore potentially more heats than necessary.
 
There will be a few changes to sessions during these two weeks, so to make this as simple as possible, I have done a timetable for each of these specific weeks, so all squads know when they are training, racing or have had a session cancelled.  Please can you refer to these timetables for session times during the two weeks starting on Saturday 3rd July 2021.  They are the same in each week, but I’ve done a separate one for each, with dates, to make it as clear as possible.  Please note that the Wythenshawe session is on as normal for those swimmers invited to attend this.
 
Timetable for Saturday 3rd - Friday 9th July 2021
 
Timetable for Saturday 10th - Friday 16th July 2021
 
Please also note that there is a slight change for Squad 2 than the sessions previously advised as they don’t now have a session on the Saturdays in these weeks.
Level X Results Well done to all the Squad 3 and 4 swimmers that took part in the Level X gala on Saturday.  There were some great times recorded and even more importantly, the swimmers enjoyed it.

The results are now available on the website in the Members Area and then under the tab for 'Club Championships'.

The results for both Category 1 and Category 2 swimmers are included in this list, but only the times for the Category 2 swimmers will be uploaded on the Swim England Level X leaderboard - hopefully in the next couple of days.

We're looking forward to more Level X swimming in the next few weeks with our Club Champs.
Level X and Club Championships Our larger Level X programme next month for all squads, which will also double as our Club Championships, will take place over several sessions, starting on 4th July and running up to 13th July 2021.  Most of these sessions will take place during usual training times, but it’s not been possible to fit it all in, so there are a couple of changes to training, but we’re sure you’ll agree that it will be great to get some further racing done.
 
As the Level X racing that’s taken place so far has been very popular with the swimmers, it’s assumed and hoped that most swimmers will want to take part, so all swimmers will automatically be entered into all events.  If there are any races that your swimmer can’t do, we would ask that you withdraw from these events.
 
It’s a busy programme and fitting it all in will be a challenge, so we would ask for your assistance in withdrawing from any events you can’t do, so that the heats run smoothly and we don’t have empty lanes with swimmers remaining entered for events they don’t attend.

To further support our swimmers and encourage participation, all events are free to enter.
 
Our Competition Secretary has put together a document explaining the process and with the programme also listed, and this can be found here.  You can also find out more information about Level X on the Swim England website or via the link here.
 
Withdrawals can be done on the website and can be found in the public area under Swimming -> Club Champs, or via the link here.
 
Please can you ensure that wherever possible, you withdraw from events by no later than 21st June 2021 to give us enough time to put heat sheets together.
 
We know there will be times where you find you’re unable to attend unexpectedly, so if you find you can’t attend any events, please let us know any time before the event by emailing our Competition Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please give us as much notice as possible though and if you know you can’t attend, please remember to withdraw from events before the deadline of 21st June 2021.

Please also remember that unless your swimmer has competed externally before, they are likely to be Category 1 registered.  Whilst they can still compete and take part in the full programme as a Category 1 swimmer, they will need to be upgraded to Category 2 if they wish their times to be entered onto the Swim England Level X Leaderboard.  You can check your swimmers category by logging into Coacha, or via the link here.
 
At the moment we unfortunately don’t anticipate being able to accommodate spectators at the events, but the situation will be monitored and updated if at all possible.
Land Training Understandably, land training attendance numbers have taken a dip in recent weeks, since our return to the pool.

We're now down to single figures most weeks, so the decision has been taken to discontinue the Zoom land training sessions.

Thanks for your support with these over the past year - we hope you found these sessions valuable whilst we were forced to be out of the pool.

We aim to get land training back up and running at the leisure centre as soon as we're able.
Swim England's Festival of Swimming This week Swim England North West have announced plans for the Festival of Swimming event that will hopefully be taking place at Manchester Aquatic Centre towards the end of July.  If you'd like more information, this can be found here.
Competing in Galas As mentioned previously, we’ll be doing more Level X galas in the coming weeks.  If your swimmer has never competed in an external gala or Level X before, then there’s a fair chance that they are Category 1 members.  In order to compete in any gala (except our Pointscore and Club Champs) swimmers need to be registered with the ASA as Category 2 members and there is a cost of £18.55 incurred in doing this.  If you’re not sure what category your swimmer is you can find out by logging into Coacha and checking your ASA Membership Number under 'Member Profiles' or by logging into the Members Area of our website.  If you’d like to upgrade to Category 2 so that you can take part in the forthcoming Level X galas, can you please let our Membership Secretary know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can arrange it.  If you’d like your swimmer to remain as Category 1, they can still take part in Level X, but their times can’t be uploaded to the Level X Leaderboard.
Check Your Swimwear The Coaches have asked that all parents check their swimmer’s swimming costume / trunks / jammers please.  We know that it's easily missed at the moment as parents aren't able to attend training and see their swimmers in the pool.  As we’ve been out of the water for a long time, swimming costumes tend to degrade over time due to the chlorine in the pool and can start to become see through if they’re not replaced when this starts to happen.  Also, there are a number of swimmers who have grown considerably during lockdown, so if you could check their swimwear to make sure that it still fits and is still pool worthy, it would be greatly appreciated.
Welfare Officer We are always looking for volunteers and we are currently recruiting for a new Club Welfare Officer.  We have a male Welfare Officer who is experienced and continuing in the role, but it’s recommended that we have both a male and female Welfare Officer, so we’re looking for a female volunteer please.  If anyone is interested in taking on this role, please get in touch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can give you more details of what’s involved.
Manchester Marathon Marshalling The Manchester Marathon and Half Marathon is taking place this year on 10th October 2021 and they are looking for volunteer marshalls for the event.  Volunteers earn money for the Club as the event organisers pay the Club for everyone that volunteers.  It’s a great event to take part in, Kate is planning to organise an ASC group of marshals.  If you’re interested in volunteering for this, please can you contact Kate This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will coordinate this.
Use of Masks Just a quick reminder that all secondary school age swimmers must wear masks when entering through the foyer of the leisure centre.

We've had some swimmers arriving without masks, so can you please ensure your swimmer arrives with their mask and remind them that they need to wear this until they get onto poolside.

This rule is a prerequisite that the leisure centre have specified and so we don't want to be in a position where we have to turn swimmers away from training because they can't enter the centre.
Swim England North West Update There are still placed available on the Swim England Young Volunteer Award courses below.

Young Volunteers will be required to commit to 2 online sessions, and then complete all online work within 12 months.

September 2021 – click here to book your place

November 2021 – click here to book your place
Self-Isolation Reporting If your swimmer needs to self-isolate, please let us know by completing our online form here.  This will ensure that the Coaches are aware which training sessions you cannot attend.
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..
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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