As you may be aware we have transferred our accounts over to Barclays from Natwest and as of next week we will be closing the Natwest account down.
There are still a few parents in Mini's who are still paying into the Natwest account, could I ask all of you to check that your paying into the correct account (Barclays).
Please be aware of the following cancelled training sessions this weekend 25th-26th Oct due to the Leeds and Blackpool galas.
Saturday Training @ Brinscall 10am-12noon Cancelled
Sunday Training @ Brinscall 8am-10am Cancelled
Details are out for next year's Counties (see 'open galas' tab).
As thought the ages are as of 31st Dec 2015. There is no 9yr old category, 10/11 is a combined age group and there is no open age, 16 and over is the oldest group.
There are quite a lot of changes in the qualifying times this year, some quicker, some slower although they are not significant. The full entry pack will be put out later in the year, this is just for your information.
Our winter meet is due to take place at All Seasons during the evenings of Sat 15th and Sun 16th Nov 2014.
Details and entry forms can be found under the 'galas' heading then 'internal galas' sub-heading on the homepage. Please note that there will be no paper forms printed off for the notice board. If this causes a problem for anyone then let me know.
Closing date is 8pm Sunday 9th November 2014. Late entries will NOT be accepted.
Please note that we previously advertised that the 2nd round of the duel in the pool would be on the 27th October,
this is wrong, the date is actually the 24th November.
Well done to all the swimmers that represented us in the first round, a really good team effort all round that saw us edge into 4th place just ahead of Wrexham.
Have a look at the results of the Leigh gala and the resulting Division 1 table after round 1 below:
The next round will be at Castle Leisure Centre, Bolton St, Bury BL9 0EZ, and the lane draw is as below.
The details are now out for the changes to the competition calendar. Please see attached document below.
To summarise :
1) There will be a National Summer championships which will not have qualifying times (effectively replacing the old Nationals). Instead the top 24 swimmers in each age group in Britain will be selected from the rankings (long course) from times obtained in an approx. 6 week qualifying time period only (set to be between mid March and mid May). The county champs will not be within this qualifying period.
2) A further number of swimmers yet to be confirmed who do not qualify for the summer champs will be able to swim at a home nation event ie England/Scotland etc., effectively a second 'Nationals'. The same criteria as above will be used for selection.
3) There will be a progressive restriction on entry age and events which may be entered from county champs upward to the national events.
4) County champs and above will be age as at 31st Dec in the year of the competition not age on date of gala.
Clubs will however have the choice to conduct their own galas as they wish.
5) There will be a re-emphasis of a short course season pre-Christmas.
6) BAGCATS will be removed from championship meets.
Please note that the changes/conditions of the County champs and Regional champs have yet to be confirmed.
I am reliably informed the County champs will be confirmed next week. Although they do not have to adopt all the conditions in 2015 it is likely they will. The dates have had to remain the same for 2015 due to pool availability but in 2016 Counties will be earlier, in Jan/Feb, approx. when the North Lancs is now. The North Lancs will move to a date yet to be confirmed.
As previously published the Age group and Youth Regional champs have already been merged to two weeks at the end of May/early June.
Please note on the attached report the 'timeframe' detailed on each event is the time within which the gala should be held. It is nothing to do with the time period in which qualifying times must be obtained. The six week qualifying period for times is only applicable to the national events at this moment in time. As far as I am aware there are no plans to significantly amend the qualifying period for Regionals/Counties but obviously we await confirmation of that in due course.
I hope this is all clear. If you have any queries feel free to email me and I will try to assist.
Ashley (Comp Sec)
Details and entry forms are now available for the above gala under the 'galas' sub-heading 'open galas' tab on the homepage.
Please note that there will be no paper copies available at All Seasons. It is my intention to publish galas on the website only and alert parents via email for all future galas. Please ensure you have provided an email contact address to the club. I will still put up a notice on the notice board at All Seasons as a reminder.
The deadline is tight for this gala due to the organisers now making this on a 'first come first served' basis due to previous oversubscription.
NO late entries will be accepted. Please ensure the form is completed with entry times. See Mary in advance if you do not have times. Despite this request for the previous gala, forms were still submitted without times.
This is your responsibility. It delays the process if forms are submitted, particularly right at the closing date, without times and I have to 'magic' them up from somewhere. Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Closing date is STRICTLY 6pm Friday 24th October 2014.
As per previous galas please endeavour to pay electronically (most of you are now and it's so much easier) and email me the form.
Times will be updated from swimmers obtaining pb's at Leeds/Blackpool.
As always any problems please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley (Comp Sec)
The first round of this years Arena league is upon us
please have a look at the team sheet below, if you've been selected for the team could you please indicate by commenting below if you're available or not.
A huge well done to our swimmers who have been selected to represent Lancashire in the upcoming Inter-Association team gala next month.
They are : Jack Hardman, Alex Highcock, Lizzie Woodock, Chloe Cottam, Elodie Smallwood, Isaac Brennand, Luka Hyam and Georgia Ashton.
Keep an eye out here for any news and announcements to do with the club.