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Chris Metcalfe

This year's AGM will take place on Wednesday 16th September 2020, at present planned to be "virtual". The Agenda will be: Welcome and introduction to the meeting Reviewed constitution for re-adoption (available in the downloads section of our website) Report on 2019/2020 including club finances Coaching report 2019/2020 Club Captains Q&As Election of Club Committee 2020/2021 The following committee posts are elected each year: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-chair, Membership, Volunteer Manager, Competitions Secretary, Communications. If you are interested in joining the committee do please get in touch. With best wishes,...

Thea Beament

Dear swimmers, parents, carers. Hope everyone is staying safe and well. Our committee have been working very hard with Parkwood who are the providers of Hengrove pool to agree a date for our return. We are delighted that the week commencing August 17th has been provisionally decided on. Hengrove have opened their gym and are now going to concentrate on getting the pool ready and heated for that date. In the meantime we will be working hard planning on how and when our squads will train. We have to have...

Thea Beament

Dear Swimmers, parents and carers. Hope everyone is staying well The outside land training started this week for some squads and was extremely successful. Everyone followed the government guidelines and social distancing rules, well done. Regarding pool openings, both Keynsham and Hengrove have advised us that they will be opening their gyms before the pools. Hengrove are expecting a date to be announced of when the pool may open next week. As you can imagine financially it is very expensive to heat and run pools, so it’s a bit of...

Thea Beament

Dear Swimmers, parents/carers Opps in my excitement I sent the last email out by mistake �� Hope you are all staying safe and well. As you can imagine we have been anxiously waiting for details from the government of when the pools may open. Finally a date was announced today at 5pm for pools to start opening from 25th July. We would just like to reassure you that our committee will be working very hard with the pool providers to ensure a safe way back to training. The pools have...

Thea Beament

Dear Swimmers, parents/carers As you may know swim England handed in a 50,000 signed petition to “open our pools”. This resulted in members of the government and public health officials touring 4 pools to observe how safety guidelines can be put in place. The latest announcement from the government albeit wishy washy is “sometime in July” for pools to be given the go ahead. In the meantime the committee have been working very hard to get some socially distanced outdoor land training started for some squads. Also coaches and committee...

Tanya Oliver

Good evening, We were disappointed today, as I’m sure you were, to learn that swimming pools were amongst the list of places that are still to be given an opening date. We are fully in support of Swim England’s #OpenOurPools campaign. Swim England is calling on its members, clubs, coaches, teachers, swim schools, swimmers and facility operators to back its #OpenOurPools campaign. Chief Executive Jane Nickerson has said millions of people are being let down by the Government’s decision not to allow pools to reopen on 4 July. So, we...

Tanya Oliver

Shortly after it was announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were to be pushed over to 2021, we caught up with Olympic medallist, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor. Siobhan began her successful swimming career here at Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club and is always happy to stay in touch with grassroots swimming. Here’s what she had to say about the last few months… Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club: Firstly, we hope you are keeping well during this crazy time and want to ask you where you are spending your lockdown. Are you in the UK...

Training with Mike Videos While we are finding ourselves in this unprecedented time it's very important for swimmers to maintain their levels of fitness, so Mike will be putting together a series of land training videos for the Regional Potential Swimmers to use. It is expected by the coaches that swimmers will attempt these daily. These workouts are quite tough so younger swimmers may wish to try this https://youtu.be/ K6r99N3kXME Here is the first one... for all others check in on the new tab at the top of the website...

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jasper Lye as Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club’s Assistant Coach. Jasper started with Keynsham at the end of November (some of you may have seen him poolside) and for the first few months will be working solely with the younger Regional Potential swimmers, alongside Ruby Bird, to prepare them for The Somerset County Championships in January and February 2020. This enables Head Coach, Kay Rex and Zach Derrick to be able to fully concentrate on the older Regional Potential swimmers to get them...

“The Village Club” A history of Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club By Jean Findlay, Life President August 2001 The Village Club Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club (KASC) has come a long way in a short time as a competitive club, but no one really knows when it started. We know it was closed down for the duration of the 2nd world war in 1939 and was restarted by Babs Rayner, Doc Morgan and Joan Vincent in the 1940s. I wrote articles for every newspaper in the area in 1979, but no hard...