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Sunday Squad Zooms Kate, Jade and Lucy wanted to say a huge thank you to all the swimmers who have been regulars on the Squad Zooms for the last 14 weeks, you have all been AWESOME!  Also, we'd like to thank all of our excellent speakers and older swimmers who have made the zooms so varied and informative. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all in person from now on! 

Please note that for the first 2 weeks only (17th April and 24th April) the SQUAD 5 session on Saturday evening will be for 1 hour only (5:15-6:15pm).  This is to acclimatise the swimmers to the longer session. From the 1st May the session will be 90 minutes as per the main programme. 

See you soon,
Kate, Jade and Lucy
Latest Back to Pool Information

We are finally returning to the pool after 14 weeks away! We have all stuck together to keep our Club spirit through our Zoom sessions and land training. I have been really impressed with our consistently high numbers on land training and the progress swimmers in all groups have made during their time away from the pool. 

Training will resume from today, Monday 12th April 2021, with all sessions taking place at Altrincham Leisure Centre.
 
Updates
Through discussions with the leisure centre, here are some key points you need to know ahead of your first training session:
- All secondary school aged pupils must wear a mask around communal areas of the leisure centre. This does not apply to poolside, however, swimmers can wear a mask to change on poolside if they wish to do so. 
- For all sessions that the leisure centre is normally open, swimmers must enter through the main entrance of the leisure centre as part of the centre's one way system. Swimmers will continue to exit out of the rear fire doors.
- As before, swimmers should assemble outside the entrance before their session, remembering the social distancing rules, and the Covid liaison for the session will direct them when they can enter the leisure centre.
- Entry for the early morning weekend sessions will be through the side door as usual.
- Swimmers must be 'beach ready' - changing rooms are still out of use unfortunately.  We’ll keep you updated to any change to these rules going forward. Swimmers can use the disabled toilet during session times if they need to.
- There will be no spectators at sessions yet - this is something we hope will change as we move through our different lockdown measures. 
- Covid liaison helpers and coaches must wear masks in communal areas but not on the poolside unless they wish to do so.
 
Coaching and Timetable
We have tried to plan the use of the limited pool space to challenge each group as best as we can. The pool space is limited as we are still not allowed to mix squad bubbles. Historically, seniors trained with a regional squad for a Thursday session for example - we will hopefully return to the old timetable as soon as we can, but for now, we have to keep within the guidelines and ensure we get up and running as smoothly as we can. 
 
The coaching team is more stretched as Hannah has left the team due to new work commitments. I want to thank Hannah for her 17 years of service to the club as a swimmer and coach and we will plan a send off for her when we are back. 
 
Swimmers are in the Squads which the coaching team believe are right for them.  Kate and I work closely together to ensure we are providing the best opportunities for all of our swimmers and will regularly discuss group moves and progression for everyone.  It's here where I ask for our parents to trust in our knowledge and expertise when it comes to group moves. Through my years as a coach and a head coach, I have seen many examples where parents have pushed their child against their Coach's will and this has resulted in swimmers being in groups well beyond their depth and losing a love for the sport.  Kate and I, along with the other Squad Coaches, will always happily discuss progression with you after training sessions and give you a clear path to swimmers' next steps.

The most recent return to training timetable is available here.  Please check your emails next week as we are still trying to negotiate training times with the leisure centre, so there may be a slight tweak or two. 
 
Please note the change to Squad 6 training times and the slight time alteration to the Monday Squad 2 session from what was previously sent out.
 
I have organised the coaching team so that each Squad has a lead Coach. Sometimes the lead Coach may not Coach the session, but the Coach will have planning to follow. I will be leading Squad 1 and Squad 6. Andy will be leading Squad 2. Kate is leading Squad 3 and 4. Jade will be leading Squad 5. 
 
Thank you for your patience over these past few months and we are looking forward to seeing you all back over the next week.
 
Kind regards, 
Chris 

Return to Pool -  Squad 6

Further to the previous email, please note that the session for Squad 6 has been changed due to the lack of Coach cover on the previous session day and time.
 
This session will now be on a Friday 8.15 – 9.45pm.
 
We appreciate that this day and time is not ideal and please be assured that we are looking at all possibilities to move this to a more favourable time, but in the interest of getting swimmers back in the pool as soon as possible, this is the time allocated to that squad at the moment.
 
The pool times and Coach cover that we have is limited and this is currently the only option, but we hope that this day / time will change.  Unfortunately for the moment this is the only option available to us.
 
Thanks
Louise
Return to the Pool We'll be returning to Altrincham Leisure Centre and all groups will be as they were in December.  Squads that were previously split into a and b are returning to swimming as one group.

Fees will be charged weekly, as before, and these will re-start ahead of training.

All swimmers who were eligible to swim in December are free to return to training, but if there are any swimmers who have not yet returned to training, they will need to have the Covid forms completed before they can swim.  The forms are as previously sent out, but if you don't have these you can access the forms on the links here :

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Declaration

Pre-Training Health Screen

On completion, or to check that these are in place, please email Michael, our Covid Lead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks
Louise
Swim England North West Update Swim England North West have issued their latest Newsletter today and you can find a copy of this below.

There are some opportunities for some courses that our swimmers may be interested in this, so please have a look.  Places on these courses tend to go quite quickly, so please book sooner rather than later if you're interested in taking part.

Young Volunteer Award

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

June 2021 – click here to book your place

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.
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Club Contact For any queries or questions, please email us here

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