September Newsletter

September Newsletter

A Racing Start into the New Season

Message from Head Coach

The new swim season is beginning to get underway with several competitions and galas on the calendar. 

Our first meet of the new season the ‘County Qualifier’ took place Sunday, 24th September at the Arun Leisure Centre in Bognor Regis hosted by Littlehampton Swim Club.  FSC were represented by over 30 swimmers competing in 3 sessions and many ‘first timers’ (swimmers competing in their very first open meet).  FSC swimmers tallied many medals over the day’s events and many personal best times were recorded.  It was a very promising start to the season and I will look toward all of our swimmers building on their early season success.     

Upcoming events to look forward to in October include Club Champs events, the BBS Sprint Gala, Arena League Round 1 and the Hart Open.



Coach  Martin


Message From Chairman

Quite a busy month already! We are all, already, running “full steam ahead” and I wanted to keep you up to date with a few things which we started in September: as discussed in the parent evening briefings, we have kicked off our initiative of focusing more on the swimmer, than the squad this year. This means that, in the younger squads, coaches have been focusing more on individual drills like, for example, starts and turns while in the older, competitive squads, individual plans with targets are being discussed and agreed with the swimmer and their parent/guardian. The Club Champs have also commenced and we are all looking forward to some great races!


Dimitri Tsopanakos

Message from Treasurer

Many members have not updated their swimming fees after the changes made in September – will any who are on the wrong fee please make sure the amount is corrected for October payment and any underpaid fees settled as soon as possible. Emails will be sent during October to those paying the wrong amount.

(Please make sure your payment reflects any change in squad as well as any change to the fee due.)

 Nick Rusz


Important News & Reports

1. Summer BBQ Report

Fantastic turnout at the FSC BBQ at Alice Holt with what must have been about 120 people! We were so lucky with the weather considering it was supposed to rain from lunch time. We managed to tempt the sunshine to stay throughout, it was a beautiful warm sunny day with lots of laughs and giggles all round! At this event, the adults beat the youngsters at the press up challenge (evidence was posted to the Facebook group).

Kayleigh Prytherch



2. Awards Night

We are currently working on the date for the Awards night which will be in January AND a new location for it to be held. More details to follow….

Kayleigh Prytherch


3. T30

T30 - anyone over 18 can swim for FSC! We are hoping to have our biggest team ever in our 125th year.   All you need to do is swim for 30 minutes and see how many lengths you can do.


Please ask your friends, relatives, grandparents - anyone over the age of 18 to join in. There will be a sign up sheet available shortly on the website - an email link will be sent when it is ready.


Sharon Porter




4. Pool Disruption


Thank you for your patience over the recent pool closure at Farnham Sports Centre.  This was out of our control but on both occasions the Sports Centre worked swiftly to resolve the situation.  It was great to see so many swimmers at the alternative session provided and with smiles on their faces!  Many thanks to our Parents!

FSC Committee






5. Masters Curry Night


Please keep 1st weekend in Dec free for annual Christmas Curry night – exact date and details to follow (Probably Mahaan in Farnham).


Nick Rusz – Masters Rep

6. Kit Ordering 

All orders for kit are placed to Cathie directly, or via the Sunday desk. Hoodies, T-bags and onesies are available with the club logo, and the option for a name to be printed on the back. We have one zoodie in stock for sale at £10 in age 9-11 size.  Samples for trying on are available every Sunday at the sports centre. Cathie


Swim Events coming up:

The following Meets are all very different so please carefully review the details posted on the FSC Events page, including the Promoter’s Conditions, before declaring interest using our new Team and Swim Event Management software, TeamUnify.  All entries will need to be approved.  A current version of this information can always be found on the website, so please check regularly:


  1. FSC Club Championships 2017 – 30th Sept, 7th, 8th, 22nd Oct, 19th Nov – All active swimmers were invited to participate in eligible events for their squad and age.  The events are closed to additional entries.
  2. Arena League Round 1 – 14th Oct – Swimmers will be notified if they are selected.
  3. Rushmoor Royals Distance Meet – 15th Oct – 1500m/800m events with minimum entry qualification times.  Entries are closed – 2 FSC swimmers are competing.
  4. Hart Autumn L3 Open Meet – 28/29th Oct – All FSC entries were accepted. 
  5. Haslemere Autumn Sparkler L3 Open Meet – 5th Nov – All FSC entries, meeting qualification times, were accepted.  We are waiting to hear about other non-QT entries.
  6. Atlantis Christmas Cracker L3 Open Meet – 25/26th Nov – Aimed at Regional, Sharks & Starfish squads.  All FSC entries were accepted.
  7. Guildford City SC L3 County Qualifier – 2/3rd Dec – Aimed at Regional, Sharks and Starfish squads.  Entries must be declared by 29th October (last day of Hart Meet).  Please email Nicky if you meet or exceed a QT during the Hart meet (and wish to enter this event), as this will need to be updated by ‘admin’.  Entries will not be approved for swimmers owing membership or other meet fees.


The 2017-2018 season Meets schedule is available to download from the Events page of the FSC website.


If anyone enters additional competitions independently, please let me know so that swim times can be updated in TU.  The current swim database is incomplete and it is your responsibility to check before entering Meets.


Take a look on the FSC events page for further details of the latest galas and meets.  This page will be used to communicate information relating to Meets, such as ‘submitted entries’, ‘accepted entries’, etc.  Please check regularly for updates.


Nicky Goodall

Events Secretary

[email protected]


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-6.30pm or perhaps even for the first hour or last hour, full training given!



Welfare Issues - Welfare

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 contact Carrie