February Newsletter - Good Things Come To Those Who Swim!

February Newsletter

County Success for Farnham

Message from Head Coach

WOW! FSC really enjoyed a fantastic month of racing! Almost every weekend of the month was
spent poolside at the Surrey County Championships and FSC swimmers rocked! Many swimmers
from the ‘A’ Division Champs received podium honours as well as FSC ‘B’ Division swimmers.
Jennifer Holland led the way with, not one but two County Champion first place finishes in the girls
open 50m and 100m Breaststroke events. Other notable podium finishers for FSC were Ella Rose
Walton receiving runner up awards in the 13 year old girl’s age group in the 200m, 400m and 800m
Freestyle events. Other FSC top three podium swimmers included Amy Strode, Jordan Hammond
and Alessandro Harker. FSC swimmers finishing in the top eight ribbon positions were Georgia
Strode, Ella Cheeseman, Ethan Binding, Andrew Stanley, Tamara Clover, Jasper Coggins, Ross Porter,
Katie Stanley, Kit Humphrey and Molly Webster.

FSC ‘B’ Division swimmers were led by Elliot Morpuss who placed first in the 15 years boys 100m
Backstroke, Ella Cheeseman first place 12 years girl’s 400m IM, Daniel Pearce 2nd place boys 10 years
200m Freestyle. Other notable FSC ‘B’ Division finalists were, Alex Riddell, Ross Porter and Katie

A Fantastic County Championships to date, with just one weekend of ‘B’ Division racing to go
at the Guildford Spectrum.


Congratulations to all FSC swimmers who participated and Good Luck to all of you competing this


Coach Martin

Message From Chairman

Over the past three weeks, I had the chance to watch our younger squads, from Minnows to Frogs a bit more and I was really impressed with their progression. I had a chat with a few parents who validated it and I have to say that made me very happy. At the same time, there seems to be great interaction and bonding between the swimmers which always is a first step to great friendships. As I mentioned in our presentation evening, our aim as a Club is to see happy, healthy, hard working swimmers and, in result, happy parents. It all sounds great but I am convinced we can do even better and there is a few things that we will discuss in the Committee and with the coaches this month, to further improve the programme.

Well done all and keep up the good work!

Dimitri Tsopanakos

Message from Treasurer

It is the member’s responsibility to make sure their standing orders are correct. Please also check your invoices on ‘swimclubmanager’ and that any outstanding fee’s from Club Championships and Mini meet are settled as soon as possible.

Nick Rusz

Important News

Changes to Land Training
Frogs Red and Starfish will have Land Training Saturday mornings from 8:45-9:15am AND Regional Squad will have Land Training Saturday mornings from 9:15-10:00am.

This schedule will go into effect this coming Saturday March, 4th.

 'All swimmers that attend Land Training who were NOT at the preceding swim session MUST come prepared by warming up at home.  There will not be a warm-up designated portion during the Land Training session.  This is for the participants' safety to help prevent muscle injury.'

 Coach Martin

Presentation Evening

Thank you for attending this year's Club Presentation Evening, it was a great success and lovely to see so many of our talented swimmers recognised for their efforts and hardwork in the pool and for our team of young volunteer with the club. A huge thank you to our league of mature volunteers without whom the club would not run so smoothly.

Dates for Summer and Christmas

Easter Break 2017 - Last swim Thursday 13th April and return Tuesday April 18th

No swim on Bank Holiday Monday - May 1st, and 29th 2017

Summer Break 2017 - Last swim Sunday 23rd July and return day Sunday August 13th - revised schedule for swim clinics and return to regular schedule to begin Tuesday September 5th.

No swim on Bank Holidays - August 28th 2017

Christmas Break 2017 - Last swim Friday morning December 22nd and return Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Should be 4 lanes at Farnham 9-11am 27th 28th 29th 30th December (selected squads)

RAF Pool Maintenance

We have been notified that Odiham Pool needs remedial works to flooring and lighting that needs completing before the end of this month. The pool will be closed from 13thMarch 2017 to 26th  March 2017 inclusive in order for the planned repairs to the lighting and flooring to take place.

Work is scheduled to last for 2 weeks (1 week to replace the lighting and 1 week to replace the poolside flooring). We will keep you posted regarding the refurbishment.

Malcolm Campbell - Pools Co-Ordinator

Club Contact Details Update

Club contact details have been updated at http://www.farnhamswimmingclub.org.uk/page/contact-us/546

Sharon Porter - Club Secretary

Skin Tattoos

We now have amazing FSC skin tattoos available! They are available in packs of 10 for £12, two packs maximum per swimmer. They are available at the Sunday desk and payment can be done online (preferred) or by cheque or cash at the Sunday desk.

Kit Ordering 

Orders can now be taken for Hoodies, T-bags and the new slimmer style onesie. Orders can be placed via SCM or at the Sunday desk or via Cathie 

Vacancies for Squad Reps

We are looking for a Squad Reps - who can help, so your squad can get information more quickly regarding any updates. 

Our Reps forward Club emails to their squad members but to also take enquiries from their members and forward to the relevant person in the Club.  It is a useful link through the Club and allows information to be distributed and received quickly. If you are a parent of a swimmer in one of these squads and can help please contact Sharon

 Swim Events coming up:

1. Surrey County ASA Age Group Championships 2017 – County A and County B Divisions will be
held during Jan-Mar 2017 (previously known as County Championships and County Age Group
Development). Dates: 29th Jan, 4-5 Feb, 11-12 Feb, 25-26 Feb and 4-5 Mar. For swimmers who
meet qualifying times. Please check the Surrey ASA website for any changes to schedule (Key
Times Report). A link can be found on the FSC/Event page.

2. Hants & South Coast Junior Invitation Gala – 18th March – A team of twelve 9-11 year old swimmers
has been selected.

3. Atlantis Regional Chaser – 18/19th March – Entries are closed.

4. Guildford City SC L3 Regional Qualifier – 8/9th April – Swimmers with eligible qualification times
have received invitations. Entries are now closed.

5. Haslemere Open Meet – 24th April – Entries have been submitted and we are waiting for confirmation.

6. South East Regional Champs (15 & over) – 29/30th April, 1 st May – Entries close on 10th April.

7. South East Regional Champs (14 & under) – 13/14th May, 28/29th May – Entries close on 18th April.

8. Cranleigh Open Meet – 11th June – Details not yet available.

9. FSC Mini Meet – 25th June – All swimmers in Newts, Frogs Black and Tadpoles Red/Black/Lane 6 squads
will be invited to take part in 25m or 50m events, depending on age.

10. FSC Club Sprints – 2nd July – All swimmers in Regional, Sharks Red/Black, Starfish, Barracudas and
Masters will be invited to take part.

Take a look on the events page for further details of the latest galas and meets.

Nicky Goodall - Events Secretary

Social Committee

Ideas are welcome regarding social events for the New Year & Spring time as well as anyone wanting to help our social committee. 

We have already had some brilliant suggestions and are swaying towards a 'total wipeout' style watersports event.

Nikki Douglas

Sunday Desk Helpers

Can you spare a couple of hours every few weeks to help on our Sunday Desk? If so, please contact Carrie. Ideally you would be asked to be available from 4.45pm-7pm or perhaps even for the first hour or last hour, full training given!

Welfare Issues - Welfare

If for any reason swimmers need to leave a training session earlier than the scheduled finish time can the responsible adult please approach the coach to advise them of this rather than just leaving without letting anyone know. The coaches have a duty of care to our swimmers and therefore understandably need to know where each swimmer is during training (if not in the pool). 

 Top moan  - It has been brought to our attention by the Sports Centre staff that a number of swimmers/centre users not being able to find a changing cubicle. We cannot reserve changing cubicles!
Please do not leave your bags and items in a change cubicle whilst training, each pool has lockers available and should you be using a locker please make sure you lock your clothes and valuables away as it has been noticed that belongings are being putin lockers without being locked, you do this at your own risk.  We cannot reserve changing cubicles.

Swim Trial Enquiries  - contact Carrie

Membership Enquiries - contact Rachel.

Fundraising - Please use the Easyfundraising link from our website when you shop on-line – there are lots of different companies that will donate money to the Club when you shop.  Also by using the ProSwimwear link on the website you can earn back money for the Club. ?

Items for the Newsletter: Please email Carrie if there is anything you would like to see in the newsletter