09 November 2020
We hope this email finds you and your families well.
We are delighted that despite the restrictions in place we have over 100 main pool swimmers and 108 learn to swim swimmers back in our pools. As we know this is fabulous for physical, emotional and mental health needs.
Unfortunately, new national restrictions have forced us to halt our sessions for now, but we hope to be back very soon. We will keep you informed of any updates.
Living with such a huge amount of change and uncertainty at present is unsettling but as a committee we are keen to ensure that we keep you informed. Below are some key updates.
Staines Swimming Club committee is made up entirely of volunteers. Without the dedication of these individuals and their commitment the club would not exist. It has taken a huge amount of work to bring the club back to life after lockdown and we are constantly preparing for the next chapter in the Covid pandemic. At present we have a small number of committee volunteers undertaking a significant amount of work. We would be delighted to welcome anyone who can give some time to support the club. This could be just an hour a week and as they say, "more hands make light work". Do get in touch at [email protected]
Due to personal circumstances Jeff Spence has had to step down as Club Chair. We are delighted to share with members that Elaine Cinquegrana has taken up the position with immediate effect. Elaine has been a prominent figure in the club for some years both behind the scenes and poolside. She has a son who swims in the junior performance squad (currently Fitness 2) and is keen to take the club forward.
In order for the club to operate under Swim England Covid rules we must have a number of volunteer Covid Officers for each squad. Each session requires 2 Covid Officers. One to take the register and ensure safe exit (they can leave and return) and another to remain present throughout the session to support coaches if required. We need more people to come forward and assist in this role to ensure we have resilience in numbers. You would be given a full briefing and support from Elaine, our Covid Liaison Officer. If we do not secure volunteers, we cannot comply with regulations and may have to review squads.
Code of conduct and Covid risk assessment
We understand that for all of us the restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic can feel oppressive and restrict social engagement, however they have been imposed for the safety and wellbeing of us all. We are fortunate that as a club we have been able to operate but to do so we need to ensure that all swimmers and parents/carers follow the code of conduct and covid risk assessment. Failing to do so could result in placing others at risk and the club will not tolerate such behaviour. Please take the time to ensure you and your children are familiar with the expectations.
Fees and Pool time
Fran, our Pool Coordinator is in constant dialogue with our pool providers seeking to secure more pool time and drive down costs. The committee are keen to bring costs down for all swimmers as soon as possible. Your patience and support are greatly received. Helen, our Membership Coordinator is working round the clock to respond to current and new member queries and Sandra, our Treasurer is diligently managing the finances and crunching numbers.
For many the thrill of racing is sadly missing and whilst gala's as we know it may not run for some time we are delighted that "virtual" galas known as "Level X" racing have been able to take place. This is a completely new concept, but it has been amazing to see our swimmers taking part. The atmosphere and the support swimmers have given each other has been outstanding. More races will be taking place once we are able to return to the pool. Results are available to see on Swim England’s website:
A big thank you to Coach Julie and our Fixtures Secretary, Tracy, for all their hard work in organising this event.
As the clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and temperatures are dropping so please do take care of yourselves:
If you have coronavirus symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Please stay home and get a test.
Thank you for your continued support and should you have any questions or feedback please do get in touch [email protected]. We would be delighted to hear from you.
Staines Swimming Club Committee