April 2020 Newsletter

April 2020


Message from Dimitri, Chairman

I hope you are all keeping healthy and well during these unprecedented and challenging times. Now, more than ever, our loved ones, families, friends and beloved neighbours give us the strength and support to come out of this stronger! On that note, we at FSC are also doing our very best, and coaches working incredibly hard, to help as much as we can too, aiming to keep our swimmers morale and physical condition high. We are all so happy to see such fantastic response to our weekly virtual workouts, family fun sessions, coach challenges, fun trivia and other competitions! Also, a BIG thank you to all of the members who continue to pay their membership fees - the response to our request for support has been incredible so far! I will send out a separate note on this, so please watch out for it. Stay healthy, be safe and smile; better days are ahead!


If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me or any member of the committee or by email. Our contact details can be found on the FSC website and via this link Committee members.


Dimitri Tsopanakos | FSC enquiries



Message from Sean, Head Coach

As we finish the first week of live sessions, I am incredibly happy with the turnout and the success of these sessions. We continue to do all we can to cater for every member during the current circumstances. We have firmly established and increased our social media outlets through continuing to grow the facebook page, introducing a Club instagram and building the FSC YouTube channel. We now have our own licensed Zoom account for exclusive FSC live content and it has been great to see many getting involved and working out with the team this week.


Behind the scenes the team and I are in constant communication and meet weekly. We are continuing to develop and improve the programme, alongside evolving and developing the current virtual training grid.


We are also in the process of implementing staff CPDs for continued career development. These are internal workshops coupled with staff also getting involved in a number of external workshops provided by Swim England, British Swimming and the South East Region.


I am exploring options and designing a plan for how we can gradually reintroduce swimmers into the pool when the time comes. Rest assured this will be technique focused, minimising the risk of injury to all. Of course, this is a far from a straight forward process, with such a high level of uncertainty, but rest assured we are doing all we can to make sure we are prepared in advance.


Please, if you havent already, get involved in the live sessions they are a lot of fun.  It’s the same login details you have received previously. If you need this information to be resent do not hesitate to email me.


I would like to finish, with a big personal heart felt thank you, on behalf of me and the coaching team to the FSC Committee and you, the Club members, for all your support during this time. We are a family and everything you are doing to support the Club is really helping both myself and the coaching team continue to build the programme as we finish this season and move into next. The Club’s community spirit is its core and its what makes us so unique in comparison to other programmes. This is what shines through during this time and is bringing us closer together and in the longer term stronger than ever.


Stay safe and thank you.


Sean Bailey | FSC enquiries



Social Events


If you havent already, please send your swimmer’s birthday to [email protected] and we will update the list and send out reminders on facebook when someone is celebrating.



With more of us turning to online shopping now, please sign up to easyfundraising for the club. Its so easy if you download the Donation Reminder which will give you an alert whenever you visit a shop or site that donates. You can then activate the donation in one click! Its completely FREE, so please get it now to make sure you never miss a donation for us! 

Visit: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/donation-reminder/


Social ideas

We are looking into some ideas for online fun – maybe a family quiz? Do you have any ideas? If so please send them to [email protected] and we will make some plans to get everyone together in the next few weeks.


Dates for your diary

Swimming meets

As we are sure you will all appreciate, we currently do not know if we will be in a position to run our Club Champs, or attend Portsmouths End of Season event. Details are below, just in case! We are of course actively monitoring the situation, and will inform the membership as soon as we know anything further.





Entry deadline


28th June, 4th and 5th July, 12th July (evenings) 2020

FSC Club Champs

Farnham Leisure Centre

Not yet open for entries.

All squads from Competitive to Masters

18th/19th July 2020

PNSC End of Season L3 Meet

Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth

Not yet open for entries.

Swimmers age 9 and up who meet Qualifying Times



Provisional Competition Calendar for the beginning of next season now available on Team Unify.


Fiona Lee | Events Co-ordinator | [email protected]




Club onesies up to age 13 are still available via Cathie direct. Larger size onesies and all other kit is available via the fastlegs link on the website.


Meanwhile behind the scenes at FSC …



Committee members, enquiries and information

Coaches and committee member | contact details

FSC website | www.farnhamswimmingclub.org.uk

FSC enquiries | [email protected]

FSC policies | FSC policy website