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New Parents Guide

The following is a guide for any new parent, who has a swimmer entering the club at any level.  

It is designed to say 'Welcome' and to try and impart as much information as possible about the club.  

Please have a read through and if there is anything else you need to know please ask your coach, your teacher or send us an email and we will try our best to answer your query.  

Welcome to the club!

The Management Committee

The Management committee, governing Staines Swimming Club, consists of an Executive Committee comprising a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and other members. The Management committee meets on a monthly basis, usually the second Tuesday of the month. The club is run as a not for profit organisation.

Fees and Membership

The training/teaching fees are combined and divided into 12 monthly payments, which should be made by standing order before the 7th of each month.  The club are currently moving to a direct debit scheme and all new members will be asked to enrol using direct debit for payments.  In addition, all members must pay an annual A.S.A. and memberships fee to the Club who, in turn, register the swimmer with the A.S.A. This is collected annually in January of each year. Members are expected to meet all open, championship and other competition fees. The club contributes to team entries for the appropriate galas.  Have a look at the relevant squad pages to see the fees for each group.

Costume and Equipment

Club colours are black and white with the Staines logo of a swan. Hats, Hoodies, t-shirts, polo shirts, onesies, shorts and land training kit are available to buy from the club shop.  See the club shop tab on the top menu.  Swimmers should have fins, zoomers, kick board, pull buoy, bands and paddles according to which group they train with and these are available as new or can easily be picked up second hand.  Please speak to your coach if you are unsure about which equipment you will need.

Fixtures

Annual club championships, Level 1, 2 and 3 galas, novice events, graded county meets, county age groups and championships, designated open meets, south east regional, national age groups and national championships; there are fixtures on our list to accommodate every level of swimmer within our club, as long as they meet A.S.A. regulations. The fixtures secretary works closely with the head coach and other coaching staff to plan a full and worthwhile fixtures list. Training camps both international and domestic are another successful addition to the fixtures list.

See the Group Calendars tab on the top menu for more details.  Please note that new members are not able to compete for medals at the club championships, only members who have been with the club for at least three months are eligible for medals.  New members may still enter the events in order to register a time.

Communication

E-mail is the main communication channel, we send notifications, announcements, forms, etc. to the email address/es provided during registration to the club.  These can be updated by accessing your team unify account via this website.

This website is also a focal point for communication, notices and news are located in the home page for quick access. There is also a club facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram account.

Social

An appointed social secretary organises events, including an annual awards evening. There is an annual Awards evening each January where swimmers and parents are encouraged to come and socialise together and celebrate the achievements of all of the swimmers.