Club Newsletter Easter 2018

Dear Club Members,

Please find below a copy of the Easter Club Newsletter and additional documents.

Head Coach Chris White has been incredibly busy in his first four weeks and I am sure when you read the attached newsletter you will see what he has been doing with his time.

A very big thank-you to all our volunteers; officials, helpers and supporters for making the Black Swan gala such a success last weekend.

Club Championships and Mini Sprints will be upon us very soon, so look out for the entry forms in the coming weeks.

Have a lovely Easter and good luck to all our swimmers competing over the Easter weekend.

SSC Committee.


Dear Club Members,

This is the first of a bi-monthly newsletter which I plan to send out to all Staines members providing updates, all the latest information, results and swimming news.

Firstly it’s been a busy but very enjoyable first four weeks for me as the new Head Coach of Staines Swimming Club, I have met with many swimmers, all the coaches and met a number of the fantastic volunteers at The Black Swan Regional Qualifier.

Thank you all for making me feel welcome at the club and I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming weeks.

Black Swan Regional Qualifier 24th and 25th March

A massive well done to Julie and everyone involved in making this an incredibly well run meet, from our officials to the technical team and all the volunteers. There was lots of really positive feedback from the other clubs so well done everyone.

Swimmers performed really well with over 90% of swims being personal best times and more regional qualifying times secured. Well done swimmers. Results will be emailed out shortly.

British Championships and European Golden Series Tour Meet

Ewan Taylor and Ross Philp from Elite National Squad represented Middlesex County ASA at Round 2 of the European Golden Series Swimming Meet in Sarcelles France.

Both boys were selected along with the most talented swimmers in the County to compete at the internationally renowned meet. The boys rubbed shoulders with fellow Olympic Medal winning Brits Jazz Carlin, Siobhan Marie O’Connor and Chris Walker-Hebborn who all were competing alongside many other international swimmers from across Europe.

Both Ewan and Ross are British Championship level swimmers with Ewan competing in early March at the Open British Swimming Championships held in Edinburgh aged only 15. The likes of Adam Peaty et al as well as swimmers from the German and Spanish national teams took part in this event. The British contingent were aiming at securing their place at the Common Wealth Games held later in the summer.

Ewan competed in five events and Ross six at Sarcelles. Ross secured junior final places in the 200m Individual Medley, 200m Butterfly and 200m BK.

Both boys are working towards British and Summer National Championships in July and August. The event in France was a great experience for both boys and gives them much confidence for the rest of the season.


Maya Medals at CP Nationals

Maya Brisco competed at the CP National Swimming Championships in Nottingham coming away with three medals. Maya secured Silver in the 50m Freestyle, Bronze in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke. Maya is training this year with one eye on the CP World Championships in August and having great success as Nationals should spur her on for the rest of the season.

Well done Maya!


Club Vision, Club Structure and Training Amendments

As the new Head Coach of the club I have spent a lot of my time gathering information and reviewing the club as a whole and it’s individual squads. I have a clear vision of how I want the club to move forward and have consulted with the committee, coaches and swimmers and have put a plan in place. This is summarised in the statement below.

Club Mission Statement - Staines Swimming Club

“We aim to be the community hub for swimming in the boroughs of Spelthorne, Runnymede and the surrounding areas providing opportunity for all members at all levels from swim school to the performance squads to achieve, excel and enjoy.

We want to instil a lifelong love of swimming in all members and build a program of excellence, team unity, character development and family support where every swimmer has the opportunity to achieve their potential and compete at the highest level in a friendly, family orientated club.”

My initial aims are:

                     · Create greater integration and community atmosphere between the squads and club as a whole and create wider links and coverage within the local boroughs. 

                     · A clearly defined pathway in the club at all commitment and ability levels. 

                     · Provide consistency, continuity and structure of teaching and coaching practices across the club from swim school through to the performance squads allowing for smooth transitions and enhanced swimmer development. 

                     · Make provision within the club for a performance program to allow swimmers to reach their full potential in line with long term athlete development, and maximise opportunities at every level. 

                     · Increase athletic development within the club at all competitive levels increasing dry land work and introducing pre and post pool work outs. 

                     · Increase information, awareness and swimmer education on best practice and the sports science behind training and competition. 
It will take time to initiate some of the above, but plans are in place to achieve these aims. Initially I have amended the club structure which has many similarities with the previous but I think it clearly defines the different pathways and club structure. The squad names have been changed to be more representative of the aims and objectives of each squad. 


There will be some training changes to achieve the above, but these are minimal and increase opportunity, increase squad integration and won’t change anything financially. It will also allow me as the head coach to integrate with more squads getting to know more of the clubs swimmers and provide regular visits to all squads and coaches. Once the amendments take effect I will have more time to review and help Elite County Potential, County Potential, Development and the Advanced teaching squads.

I have attached to this email a copy of the new club structure and training timetables which will take effect from Thursday 19th April.

It’s also the time of year after Counties and building up to the summer where squad coaches move swimmers who are ready to progress. Squad coaches will be in touch with swimmers ready to move to the next level.

The squad structure, in depth squad aims and criteria will all be published on the clubs website before Thursday 19th April.

A brief summary for the changes are below;

Elite National – Now Performance (P1) National – A ten session a week program has been created in line with long term athlete development allowing for enough training and recovery time with increased flexibility around training sessions. Weekly long course training has doubled and additional land training including pre-pool introduced.

Elite Regional Age - Now Performance (P2) Regional – A nine session a week program has been created in line with long term athlete development allowing for enough training and recovery time with increased flexibility around training sessions. Weekly long course training has doubled and additional land training including pre-pool introduced.

Elite County Age Group - Now Junior Performance – Swimmers now have the opportunity to take part in weekly 50m pool training. Friday PM sessions will now be at LEH pool. Pre- pool work outs have now been introduced and further provision for land training will be explored.

County Youth – Now County Squad –Friday gym session will revert to Mondays 6.15- 7.15pm. Swimmers will have the opportunity for weekly 50m pool training as well as additional land training on Saturday at Bishopsgate, Sunday sessions will be at Spelthorne 6.00-8.00pm not Bishopsgate 5.15-7.15pm and swimmers will be able to enter the squad at 13 years of age under coach advisement.

Elite Potential – Now Junior County - no amendments just name change, squad age ranges will be from 8-12 years.

County Potential – Now County Development – no amendments just name change, squad age ranges 8-13 years.

Development Squad – No amendments squad age range 7-11 years.

Advanced Teaching – Sunday Groups with Amanda and Amy will change from Spelthorne 6.00-8.00pm to Bishopsgate 5.00-7.00pm. This is so we can offer swimmers the opportunity to use diving blocks on a weekly basis to enhance their development. If you can’t change to Bishopsgate, Bradleys sessions 6.00-8.00pm at Spelthorne will still be on so you won’t have to change location or time.

Junior Fitness – Now Junior Swim Fit/Multi-Sport – Wednesday at Spelthorne 8.00-9.00pm will revert to Tuesday at Bishopsgate 7.00-8.00pm so swimmers can train alongside the Swim Fit/Multi-Sport Squad, train an hour earlier and have the regular use of diving blocks.

Fitness Squad – Now Swim Fit/Multi-Sport – Monday night at St John’s Beaumont will change to Tuesday night at Bishopsgate 7.00-8.00pm. Swimmers will now training alongside Junior Swim Fit/Multi-Sport allowing both squads to train together and swimmers will have the regular use of the diving blocks.

Masters – Wednesday 9.00-10.00pm at Spelthorne will revert to 8.00-9.00pm Tuesdays at Bishopsgate. This will increase the number of lanes available (3 to 4), bring the session forward an hour and allow for the use of diving blocks.

Club Nights – With the training amendments we now have a club night on Monday 7.30- 8.30pm at Spelthorne incorporating six squads; Performance P1, Performance P2, Junior Performance, County Squad, Elite Masters and University Squad.

There is the potential to have a club night for the Fitness Pathway squads on Sunday. Currently whilst Emma and Bradley are away the squads (Masters, Swim Fit/Multi-Sport and Junior Swim Fit/Multi-Sport) are training together 8.00-9.00pm at Spelthorne. We’ll assess this session over the next few weeks and gauge feedback with the possibility of maintaining this moving forward. This increases squad integration and allows swimmers to train alongside each other which allows for smooth transitions when swimmers are ready to move up.

I appreciate change is not always easy, but I believe these are positive changes which will support swimmers now and the long term development of the club.

Please be patient as the amendments will be made on the clubs website shortly, if you have any questions please speak to your squad coach alternatively please feel free to email me at

From Friday 20th April land training and gym sessions will be taken by myself after much consultation with swimmers and coaches we feel a fresh approach would be beneficial alongside our new swimming program. It will also be an opportunity to train existing coaches in land based work enhancing their development with the aim at having them take sessions in the near future.

Sport Plus have been providing land training services for the club for a number of years and they have been thanked sincerely for their efforts, endeavours and service to the club. I’m sure you’ll all join me in thanking them and wish them all the best for the future. Both Alex Ferrelly and Ameeth Ruparelia will continue till Tuesday 17th April.

Coming up in the Easter holidays we have Ewan Taylor swimming at Scottish Age Group Nationals and 18 swimmers competing at The Portsmouth Easter Festival good luck swimmers and Happy Easter.

Chris White

Head Coach

Staines Swimming Club