December Newsletter - It�s a New Year - Practice Like A Champion!

Message from Head Coach

What a memorable and thrilling end of the year!

The month began with a fantastic team trip to the London Olympic Pool! Everyone who attended had a really GREAT time and felt that Olympian THRILL of swimming laps in the venue that provided such excitement in the summer of 2012.

This was followed up by the nail biting, down to the wire excitement of the final Round of the Arena League held at the Aldershot Garrison Pool Saturday evening December 10th . FSC swimmers rallied to a FANTASTIC 4th place finish, just 1 point from 3rd . There were many tremendous swims with lots of personal best times and team support. This was a big improvement from last year’s 8th place finish and what promises to be an even better team performance next year!

Sunday December 11thmany FSC swimmers competed in the HART Last Chance meet in the hope of achieving those elusive County qualifying times. Only a hand full of swimmers seem to be able to shake off the exhaustion of the previous evenings competition to gain additional qualifying times but still it was a good evening of racing. Remember those of you who are still chasing those qualifying times the FSC Last Chance Qualifier is just around the corner!!!

Also December was a chance to measure your fitness and to bring your ‘A’ game to practice! The 5 P.R.I.D.E. Test Sets were held and many swimmers excelled gaining that level 5 status! Well done to all of you who received at least one Level 5 key fob! The test sets are meant to be challenging so if you missed out on a level keep practicing as hard as you can so next time yoU will achieve your GOAL!

We really had a memorable and thrilling 2016 keep working to being the best you can be! and 2017 will be even better!!

Coach Martin

Message From Chairman

2016 has been a mixed year of fantastic but also unfortunate events both in the UK and worldwide.

2016 for FSC though, was a year of continuous achievements at County, Regional, National and International level, both in pool and Open Water competitions from competitive to Masters, while the improvement and progression of our younger squads has been highly impressive.

For us, 2016 was a year of fun, enjoyment, great moments, team bonding, ethos, respect and inclusion.

For all that, I would like to thank you all and wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Joyful 2017!Dimitri Tsopanakos

Message from Treasurer

Members paying the wrong fees – 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

Presentation Evening – Friday 3rd of February at Farnham Rugby Club

 This year's Club Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 3rd February at Farnham rugby club. Please arrive from 6:00pm 

This popular event is a fun evening for ALL FSC MEMBERS and their families.

 For those new to the club, our presentation evening is where we award certificates and trophies in various categories including the most improved swimmer in each squad, swimmer of the year, age group winners from the Club Champs etc. As well as the presentations we will have some games for the younger ones  (older ones will join in eventually!), food and  music until 10:30pm.

Parents from our competitive squads provide the food as follows and the club supplies soft drinks and cups.

Frogs:  Crisps

Newts:  Salads, crudités etc

Starfish Sandwiches/wraps/rolls etc

Regional: Savouries - eg sausage rolls, quiches etc
Sharks/Masters:  Cakes/desserts

It's really nice for the whole club to get together in a relaxed sociable atmosphere and most importantly have some fun!

 TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE AT THE SUNDAY DESK.  £3 EACH/£10 FAMILY TICKETEveryone in the Club is most welcome!

Congratulations Richard Allen!

Farnham SC swimmer and 2016 Junior World Aquathlon Silver Medalist Richard Allen competed in the 10k run at the Northern Road Championships on the 27th December and achieved his first sub 30 minute time finishing in 29 minutes and 59 seconds. Richard is over the moon and when the rankings are published on 1stJanuary 2017 this time will put him in 2nd position in the Great Britain U23 rankings, a mere 2 seconds behind another Hampshire County runner.

The Brownlee brothers have both said that they were surprised and impressed at him running that time at his age, especially as Alastair Brownlee who is also the 2016 Senior World Aquathlon Champion has done this event before and commented that it was a tough hilly course. 

Chris Lee 

Bracknell Masters – 4th March

We are targeting this as the main Masters meet for the year so hope to get as big a team as possible – individuals and lots of relay teams. Also a curry night afterwards to celebrate success!

Skin Tattoos

We now have amazing FSC skin tattoos available! They are available in packs of 10 for £12, two packs maximum per swimmer.

Packs will be available for the Arena League team on Saturday and the rest available at the Sunday desk.

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, for  Newts, Frogs Black, Tadpoles Red Tadpoles Black, AND Minnows  - 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:

Swim Events coming up during 1st Qtr:

1. Fareham Nomads – 7th January – Swimmers with times close to County A/B qualification will be swimming, entries closed.

2. FSC Last Chance County Qualifier – 10/15th January - Swimmers with times close to qualification for County A and B events have been invited by the coaches to participate. Entries have now been finalised.

3. 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 see the Promoter’s Conditions for details (found on link from FSC website Events page). Please be ready to decide which qualifying events you wish to enter by reviewing the events schedule online – details on how to enter will follow soon. Actual entries need to be submitted by FSC by 18/1/17.

4. Hants &  South Coast Junior Invitation Gala– 18/19th March – Team selection details to follow during February.

Take a look on the events page for the latest all-important galas and meets for your diaries.

Nicky Goodall

Events Secretary

[email protected]

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

We recently have recruited some new helpers for the next season but if you 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!

Squad Reps Needed

We are looking for a Squad Rep, for Tadpoles Black, it’s a sizeable squad so there must be someone 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.

Welfare Issues

Now that we've started our new schedule of swimming I would like to remind Swimmers and Parents about some of the basic do's and don'ts. We need to be respectful to our fellow swimmers and observe any rules set down by the Club and the host Pools that we use. 

Sadly these are the top six moans that we receive from your fellow Club members so if we can all take note we can easily resolve them I'm sure:

  1. Please do not leave your bags and items in a change cubicle whilst training, each pool has lockers available. We cannot reserve changing cubicles. 
  2. Swimmers are requested to use the shower areas promptly and appropriately. 
  3. Parents are reminded not to use the Blue seats poolside at Farnham, our Policy is we request you not to go poolside during training. You may occasionally see parents there whilst a swim trial is happening or whilst members of the public are supporting swimmers in private lessons, or for the collection of Minnows. 
  4. Please arrive poolside ready for training, with your kit swim hat and goggles. If you must leave the pool to use the toilet please get acknowledgement from your Coach first and return promptly. 
  5. Be observant of the lane you are in and whether you are swimming on the right or left side of the lane. In general Odd number lanes you swim on the right, Even number lanes on the left, check this and be aware of fellow lane swimmers. 
  6. Make room for incoming swimmers to tumble or finish their length.
  7. Finally - take care when overtaking or catching up to a swimmer, a tap on toes lets them know you are there. 

Most of all, enjoy your swimming!??


Should you have anyone wishing to enquire about swimming trials please refer them to the website to register for a trial or contact Carrie.  ?

For any membership enquiries contact Rachel.


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. ?

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