FSC Newsletter May 2018


May 2018 Newsletter

“No one ever got stronger by working less”

Message from Head Coach

All of the Regional Championships took place during May.  The 15 & Over Championship Meet was held the first weekend at Wycombe FSC was represented by two swimmers Alice Davis and Elliot Morpuss.  Alice competed in the 16 year old girls 1500m Freestyle and finished in 7th place with an impressive 18:46.58 while Elliot competed in the 16 year old boys 200m Freestyle finishing in 14th place with a time of 2:07.46.  Well done Alice and Elliot on such impressive swims!!


The first weekend of the 14 & Under Regional Championships were held at the K2 pool in Crawley the following weekend.  FSC were represented by Amy Strode, Georgia Strode and Alessandro Harker.  Amy competed in the 14 year old girls 200m Butterfly finishing in 9th place in a time of 2:38.79, just missing out on swimming in the finals!  Sister Georgia swam the 100m Butterfly in the 11/12 year old category finishing in 26th place with a time of 1:20.83.  Alessandro competed in the 14 year old boys 100m Breaststroke finishing in 27th place with a time of 1:19.32.  Well done Amy, Georgia and Alessandro!!


The final weekend of the 14 & Under Meet was held during the last weekend of May, Alessandro Harker swam the 14 year old boys 50m Breaststroke and finished in 32nd place with a time of 36.50 and Jordan Hammond finished in 17th place in the 14 year old boys 200m Butterfly with an impressive time of 2:32.27.  Well done Alessandro and Jordan!!


Congratulations to all of our regional competitors and hopefully we will be represented by more FSC swimmers next season!!!!

Coach Martin  


Message From Chairman

As we are closing towards the end of a busy season, we are still quite busy with some great events and activities coming up! After the May meets and successful Regional Champs, we are all looking forward to our 125 yrs anniversary BBQ gathering on the 9th of June, Club Champs at the end of June (first time we are holding them this time of the year in collaboration with Haslemere!), our Open Water kick off for the season, our AGM and so much more! Last but not least, its great to hear fantastic feedback about our new coach, Sean Bailey, who brought a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm poolside!

Dimitri Tsopanakos

Message from Treasurer


Surrey Masters 30th June

Make sure any outstanding Gala/club fees owing are paid and BBQ money is paid either via Sunday Desk or bank transfer referencing name and BBQ18


Please make sure any who wish to enter the Surrey Masters (30th June) get entry in soon (Closing date 9th June) – Please let Carl know if you wish to join in relays


Also we should be soon confirming 28th July as the date for the Guildford Lido social – 2 lanes from 9 – 10 am then Breakfast across the road in the Beefeater. Anybody interested in joining us let me know.

Nick Rusz



Dates & Events

Club Champs

Club Champs details have been issued. Fantastic opportunity with a joint venture with Haslemere Swimming Club. For swimmers in Frogs Black and above. Entries must be in by 10th June. Swimmers who have outstanding meet fees from Cranleigh and Portsmouth or who have outstanding membership fees will not be eligible to take part.

Open Water

We plan to start Sundays open water swimming Sunday 3rd of June at 07:00.  Recommended for swimmers in Starfish and above.  For further information please refer to email sent 26th May.  For those wishing to enter the Regional Open Water competition at Chichester on 21st July please ensure you send your entry in directly.  Full details can be found at https://www.southeastswimming.org/open-water-competitions/


All entries for Cranleigh and Portsmouth have been accepted.  Please make payment if you have not already done so.

The cost of coach passes have increased dramatically this year.  For this reason we will now need to charge an Admin Fee of £1.50 per swimmer for future meets.


Social Events

1)    We have our very popular Summer BBQ on Saturday 9th June. Tickets can be purchased via our website £3 each or £10 for a family of 4 this does include a burger or sausage and soft drinks (please ensure you include any dietary requirements on booking). This is a fantastic opportunity to socialise with other swimmers, we hope to see many of you there!


2)    Our 125th birthday party has been booked for 15th September 2018. Invitations will be sent out soon.


Kayleigh Prytherch

Social Secretary




The Sport and Recreation Support Grand Draw 2018 - with a top prize of £500 in cash and a second prize of a weekend for 2 in Cornwall.


In our 125th Anniversary year we have set up and are one of the founder clubs of the Sport and Recreation Support Grand Draw which is run on behalf of swimming clubs in order to help them raise funds easily. From every raffle ticket that we sell we keep 90% of the ticket proceeds for the Club. This really is a great opportunity for us to raise much needed funds.


All members will be receiving books to sell (£20 worth) and if we sell all of those tickets then we would raise well over £4,000 for the Club with little effort. If you sell your allocation, please return your ticket stubs and funds raised to the Sunday desk or post them to the club as noted below. There is no limit on the number of tickets that we can sell, if you need more, please ask for more by email to [email protected]


The deadline for ticket stub returns with money collected is 25th August 2018 but we are aiming to collect them all before the summer break, please do return them earlier if they are sold.


There are 5 great prizes in the Draw with a top prize of £500 in cash and a second prize of a weekend for 2 in Cornwall.


Once you have sold the tickets, please return the ticket stubs and the funds received to either the Sunday desk or post them to us at ‘Burley House’, 237 Guildford Road, Normandy, Surrey GU12 6DX, in both cases to reach us by 25th August 2018 and in all cases PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON THE INSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE SO THAT WE KNOW WHO THEY HAVE COME BACK FROM. Please do not post cash and please make all cheques payable to Farnham Swimming Club.


Thank you for your continued support, let’s all raise much needed funds in this way and good luck with the ticket sales.


Shout out to:

Congratulations Richard, another fantastic result for Farnham Swimming Club swimmer, tri-athlete and runner Richard Allen



Summer Closure, Clinics and New Season

1)    Last Training session before the summer closure 22nd July

2)    Autumn clinics start 12th August more details to follow

3)    New Season starts 2nd September


Club kit:

Onesies and the old style t-bag are available via Cathie, either at the Sunday desk or via Cathie direct.



Sunday Desk Helpers

Can you spare a couple of hours every few weeks to help on our Sunday Desk? If so,  please contact Bryony . 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 or visit website and register for trial.

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 Kayleigh if there is anything you would like to see in the Newsletter contact Kayleigh