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Last updated 06 December 2021

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ASC Winter Meet - 100m Backstroke As those of you who took part in the ASC Winter Meet yesterday will know, we ran out of time and were unable to swim the 100m backstroke event.

This now been arranged for tomorrow, 7th December, therefore all normal training tomorrow, 7th December, will be cancelled.  Although all the racing takes place in the main pool, the restrictions on numbers means that training in the small pool will also need to be cancelled.

The session starts at 7.15pm and ends at 8.45pm, although as there are younger swimmers entered who won't want to stay to the end, swimmers will be able to leave when they have finished their race.

If your swimmer has entered the 100m backstroke in the ASC Winter Meet, please can you drop them off at the leisure centre in time for the start of warm up at 7.15pm.

If your swimmer is entered into the 100m backstroke tomorrow night, but is no longer able to attend, can you please make sure you withdraw them from the event as this will help greatly with the organisation.   Withdrawals can be emailed This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
The licence for the event has been extended until tomorrow, so times recorded will still be able to be uploaded.

We don't currently have enough officials to enable the event to go ahead, so if there's any change to the schedule, we'll let you know, but if you have been contacted about helping tomorrow and haven't yet responded, can you please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are available to help.
Trafford Development Distance Meet The Trafford Development Distance Meet will be taking place on Saturday 18th December 2021 at Stretford Leisure Centre.

This is a gala that has been arranged for the Trafford clubs for swimmers who would like to do the longer distance events : 200m Freestyle, Fly, Backstroke, Breaststoke and IM.

There are no qualifying times, so any swimmer can enter - either for County qualifying times or just for race experience as the chance to compete in the longer distance events have been restricted recently.

The link to enter this is here.

The conditions for the Meet are here.

The closing date is midnight on this Friday, 10th December 2021, so if you'd like to enter, please make sure you do this before the deadline.

The cost of entry is £5 (regardless of how many events are entered), plus the £1.50 per swimmer processing fee, so a total of £6.50 per swimmer.  Payment will be arranged through Go Cardless.
Arena League Final Swimmers selected for the team have been emailed about the forthcoming gala on Saturday 11th December.  Please make sure you reply to this by this Sunday 5th December, to confirm your swimmer’s attendance and whether they’ll be travelling on the coach.
Christmas Training The final training session before Christmas will be on Saturday 18th December 2021.  The Leisure Centre is closing the pool completely from this date to drain the pool.  The first training session after the break will be on Tuesday 4th January 2022.  As always, the weekly training fees will continue over the Christmas period.  This is due to the fact that the fees are calculated annually to take the period of non-swimming into account and evens this out over the year so that the weekly fees don't change.
2022 Cheshire County Championships Entry is now open for the 2022 Cheshire County Championships via the Swimming Events portal.  Please ensure you enter via the event marked 'Altrincham Entries Only'.

Your swimmer will need to have achieved the necessary qualifying times before entering.

All conditions and qualifying and consideration times can be found here.

Achieving qualifying times for the Cheshire County Championships is a real achievement, so if your swimmer has achieved any of these, please ensure that they enter the event.

Entry fee is £5.75 per event, which is the fee Cheshire Swimming charge.  In addition to this, there is a one off £5 per swimmer fee (regardless of how many events are entered).  Part of this is the processing fee we pay to Swimming Events and the remainder will be used as a contribution towards Coaches' poolside passes and for the Coaches to attend the event.

Entry closes on Tuesday 21st December 2021, so please ensure entries are submitted by then.
Trafford Christmas Cracker Meet The Accepted Entries list for the forthcoming Trafford Christmas Cracker Meet has been released and is available in the Members Area of our website, under the tab 'External Galas'.

If you have entered this gala, can you please take a minute to check your entry.

Please note that the warm-up time for Session 1 has also been changed from 8.00am to 8.30am

If you have entered and are no longer able to attend, please remember to withdraw from the event.  Details of how to do this are also on the Accepted Entries document.
Videoing Swimming events/swimmers Can we remind all parents/carers  and swimmers  that any videoing/photography at swimming sessions (training or competition) is not allowed by the club.

On occasion, the club will try and facilitate the videoing of races for swimmers GCSE studies, but this must be pre-arranged with the club as it requires getting express consent by any other swimmers and officials for that to happen. (Bear in mind that some of our poolside assistants are also under 18). It may also require the removal of other children and/or officials from the area whilst filming happens which is obviously disruptive to the running of events.

There seems to be some confusion that the live streaming of competitions on social media has now allowed video/photography to happen. This is not the case.  Live streaming of specific events on private social media groups will be notified at the onset of entries to any event (as they are with external events) and is covered by our general Altrincham T&Cs accepted by all parents.

If any parent does have any concerns or questions on above, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
ASC Club Kit The club kit is always popular for Christmas presents and is available to buy online here.  Any orders are usually delivered within around a week, so will be available in plenty of time for Christmas.
Christmas Pizza Night We’re pleased to report that, after being forced to forego our annual Christmas Pizza Night last year, we’re planning to go ahead with it this year.
 
It’s always popular with the swimmers and is a great way to celebrate the festive season and to round off a difficult year.
 
It’ll take place after the Trafford gala – from 6.30pm until around 8.30pm on Sunday 19th December 2021 at Bowdon Rugby Club.
 
Tickets are £12 each and will include pizza, ice cream and drinks (orange squash, blackcurrant squash or water).  Payment will be sorted through the Go Cardless direct debit, so there's no need to pay anything yet.
 
Parents are welcome to attend also if you’d like – although the swimmers will probably be happy to hear that they’ll be seated together and there will be a separate area for the adults.
 
There will also be a raffle on the night, so swimmers may want to bring a small amount of cash for that.  We currently have a chocolate hamper as a prize, that has kindly been donated by one of our families.  If anyone else can offer a prize for the raffle, we’d be happy to add that to the prizes on offer.
 
If you would like tickets for the Christmas Pizza Night, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information :
 
Swimmer’s Name :
Parent’s Name :
Email Address :
No. of Tickets required @ £12 each :
Any dietary requirements (vegetarian / gluten free etc.) :
If you are able to offer a prize for the raffle, please give details here :
 
We may have to limit numbers attending, so please get your ticket order in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Spectators at Training
We pleased to announce that we are going to start phasing spectators back into our squad sessions on a trial basis. 

Spectators will be welcome at the following sessions, please enter and exit as requested by the Coaches: 

• Saturday am *(enter and exit through the main doors from 07:45) *
• Saturday pm (please leave the session as soon as the swimming finishes and wait to pick up your child at the side exit whilst the swimmers change) 
• Monday pm (enter and exit through the main doors)
• Tuesday pm  (enter and exit through the main doors)
• Wednesday pm  (enter and exit through the main doors)

We still request no spectators on a Sunday evening as there is a high turnover of squads and swimmers and limited changing space as we have no access to the main Leisure Centre. 

If there is a specific issue that means you need to spectate, please ask the coach in advance of the session. Please do not just turn up. 

Thank you for your on going co operation. 

See you soon, 
Kate and the Coaches 
Access to an Additional Swim Session  As part of our efforts to widen the training opportunities for our swimmers and as a result of our partnership working with other Trafford clubs, we are pleased to be able to offer access to an additional swim session.  The session is with Flixton Swim Team on a Monday morning 0530 to 0645 at Urmston Leisure Centre "Move Urmston" (Address: Bowfell Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 5RR) from Monday 15 November onwards. 

This session will be coached and led by the Flixton Coaches, and is open to swimmers from the following squads:

  • Performance
  • Competition
  • Senior 1&2 
  • Transition
  • Masters swimmers (Adults) Parents are also welcome if they would like to train with the Flixton Masters. 
To cover costs, our swimmers must pay £2.50 on the door to the Flixton Coach. We are running this for a trial period but hope that our swimmers will utlise this additional opportunity to swim. 

See you bright and early on Monday morning!

Kate
October's Swimmer of the Month We are delighted to announce the winner and nominations for October's ASC Swimmer of the Month. The Coaches found it really hard to choose this month with some brilliant nominations! 

The nominations this month were: 

Wendy D - Performance - consistently great attitude and training hard in every session
Frankie B - Performance -  for a brilliant meet at Burnley Bobcats with medals galore 
Ryan S - Performance - for determination and hard work to build strength and skills
Dougal R - Performance - Emerging as a multiple medal winner at Burnley Bobcats
Libby G - Competition - Libby has worked hard and been really determined. She shows a brilliant attitude to training
Oliver G - Transition - every squad needs an Oliver. He's a joy to coach and has great motivation and dedication and is awesome at getting the rest of the squad into order! 
Henry B - Development 2 - Henry has an excellent work ethic, and has progressed so well since joining in July. He has already moved up a squad and his attitude and effort has been noticed by all of the development Coaches. 

As you can see, this is a brilliant list but there is only one winner. The October Swimmer of the Month is Henry B from Development 2.

Well done Henry 👏🏼 keep up the good work.

The next question is... who will be the Swimmer of the Month for November? It could be anyone so keep training hard! 

Kate & the Coaches
County Qualifying Times COUNTY QUALIFYING TIMES : These have been released and sent out previously, however, our Head Coach Kate spotted that some of the qualifying times are quite challenging, especially after a prolong period away from the pool in the last year.  Kate has been in touch with them and they have subsequently reviewed and amended these, as well as increasing the dates in which these can be achieved – well done Kate!  The amended times include ‘Consideration Times’ as well as formal qualifying times, which will allow swimmers with these times the possibility to compete, depending on numbers.  More information and news of the updated times can be found here.
Squad Criteria In view of the recent change of group names, the information on the website has been updated to reflect this.  If you’re unsure, or would like to understand more about the pathway through the squads, this can be found in the Members Area of the website, under the tab ‘Training Group Criteria’.
Reporting Absence There is no need to report any absence from training sessions.  The only exception to this is if the absence is as a result of a positive Covid result or if the absence is anticipated to be prolonged (more than a couple of weeks).  If your swimmer has tested Covid positive, please report this via the form on the website, or via the link here.
Swim England News As most of you will know, your swimmer is registered with Swim England as Category 1 or 2 and if you are a parent volunteer with the club, you will be registered as Category 3 (you might also know these as they were formerly referred to as ASA categories).  The categories mostly relate to the level of insurance you / your swimmer has, relative to what you / your swimmer does.
 
When your swimmer joined the club, they were automatically registered at Category 1.  This allows your swimmer to train and compete in internal events, i.e. Club Champs and Pointscore etc.
 
When they choose to progress to external galas, they need to be upgraded to Category 2.
 
All volunteers with the club are registered as Category 3 members.
 
Swim England are changing the names of these to make them more ‘meaningful and relevant’, so each category name describes it’s function.  Going forward these names are changing as follows :
 
Category 1 will become Club Train
Category 2 will become Club Compete
Category 3 will become Club Support
 
You don’t need to do anything – this is just for information.  All the existing member benefits will remain the same.  If you’d like to read the Swim England press release on this, it can be found here.
Coaching Update Wearing Club Kit When Representing ASC
As we grow our presence at galas and continue to build our identity as a club, I would ask all swimmers to wear club kit on poolside when representing Altrincham Swimming Club.  We have recently changed our kit supplier to a local company who can provide our kit with a fast turnaround and a more affordable price. However, all of the previous club kit looks great, so swimmers are fine to keep wearing any kit they already have.  The link to the new kit is here: https://thekitstop.co.uk/club-shops/ols/categories/altrinchamswimming
Club hats are available from Louise via the Secretary email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AltrinchamSC
Twitter feed @AltrinchamSC
Instagram feed @altrinchamswimmingclub

We have grown our social media presence over the last few years and would like to continue to do so. Please do give us a follow!

We'd also love it if any of the older swimmers would like to give Kate a hand to pull together some interesting stories, vlogs and posts to give a real view of what life at Altrincham Swimming Club is like. If you'd like to volunteer to help Kate (this could be put towards a DofE volunteering process or similar) then please do let us know!
COVID Procedure Update Following the recent rise in Covid case numbers, we have sought advice from Swim England, who have confirmed that they don’t have specific additional guidelines, other than the fact that the Government states that you don't need to self-isolate (even if someone in your household tests positive) if you are under the age of 18 or double vaccinated.
 
The guidance from Trafford is also now in line with this and therefore if there is a Covid positive case in your household, there is no requirement for your swimmer to self isolate or stay away from training.
 
We would ask you to remain vigilant though and not send your swimmer to training if they develop any symptoms and also comply with the Club’s requirement to carry out a lateral flow test every day (for the duration of the household member’s self isolation) and only attend training if you have a negative result from this.
 
If we have knowledge of a Covid positive swimmer being in close contact with another swimmer, we will notify them of this and strongly advise them to go for a PCR test.  We may also ask them to stay away from training until they’ve received a negative result from this.  Similarly, if you know your swimmer (or anyone in the household) has been in close contact with someone who they later learn is Covid positive, we would again recommend a PCR test.
 
Further information on the need to self-isolate as per the government guidance can be found via this link
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/
 
If your swimmer is Covid positive, we’d ask you to please notify us by completing the form on our website, or via the link here.

Whilst it isn't possible to illiminate the risk of transmission at the club, we are making every effort to minimise this and we very much appreciate your help in this.
Workshops Kate is looking into putting some workshops on with information that will be useful for both swimmers and parents.  The first one is on the subject of Girls, Puberty & Swimming as she's had lots of questions on the subject.

There will be information from Kate during the session, from some of the older female swimmers and also from a medical point of view.

The idea would be to have it as a recorded session that could be accessed at the time or in the future.

If anyone has any questions on the subject that they would like answered or have more information on during the session, could you please email Kate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will include these.
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 
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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