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Over the last week, we have continued with the planning and close liaising with the leisure centre management to enable our swimmers to return to the pool as soon as possible. There are still some fine details to be sorted and we will have a full timetable to share with you very soon.
We will be operating a phased return, starting Tuesday 1st September, with the 3 Competition groups and the Physical Training group. On Sunday 6th September we will be adding Academy groups to our programme, and then on Sunday 13th September all of the Learn to Swim groups will be added too. Please keep an eye on your inbox for details over the next few days.
Meanwhile, we have two important areas of ‘admin’ required by Swim England before you can return. Without these completed, you will unfortunately be refused entry to the pool.
Firstly, we have an updated Code of Conduct, that must be read and agreed to, and individual links have been emailed to all swimmers. We have highlighted the updates, but please remind yourself of all of the points.
Secondly, we require a printed & signed Health Survey. Please bring this with you to your first session back. Covid Health Survey.pdf
(If you don’t have access to a printer, please let us know and we will prepare a form for you to sign, but please accept this as a last resort).
Finally there is also a ‘swimmers guidance sheet’ (Return to the pool – Swimmer guidance.pdf) which we have prepared as a club; this is a handy way to think about the things that need doing before, during and after train ing. Some swimmers are choosing to print this off at home to help remember what to do for each session.
Swimmers must arrive at the pool, what is being termed, “Beach Ready”; this does not mean arrive in surfing shorts….it means having your swimming costume or trunks on under a changing coat/robe, a towelling poncho, a onesie, or loose fitting and quickly removable joggers and hoodie. The changing areas will have limited numbers allowed in and we have found during our back to pool planning that it is this aspect of the leisure centre, not the swimming, that has caused the most difficulty. Long gone are the days of standing for ages in the showers…and fact, showering really must be done before and after at home (see guidance sheet).
We will be in contact soon with session timings and invites for each squad as the week progresses.
You may have seen on social media that Buxton Swimming Pool is due to open on Tuesday 1st September, and asking yourself what this means for you as a member of Buxton Swimming Club….well, good news – yesterday we received time slots across a week in which we can hold our club sessions.
Members of the coaching team and the committee have produced the necessary risk assessments in line with the Swim England guidelines and we have had these signed off by the pool management. We have also re-written the club’s Code of Conduct in light of the risk assessments and we will send these to you as the week progresses. Finally, you will also receive a guidance sheet with user friendly instructions on the ‘new’ working ways at the pool and a health declaration form that you must return on the 1st session you come back to swim. No signed form – no swim. We appreciate that you can fill out a form on 1 day to say you are Covid free, and then catch it the next,….so it becomes up to you on a session by session basis to evaluate your own and the swimmers health and not attend if you display any of the symptoms listed on the governmental websites related to Covid-19. We will take a Track n Trace register at the door for every session, and you are signing in each time stating that, to the best of your knowledge, you are Covid symptom free and not serving any quarantine restrictions. We obviously ask for your honesty each session and stay away if you are unsure at all, for the good of all.
Unfortunately a major issue facing the club is that the pool’s opening hours are reduced; week day opening doesn’t start until 7am making our Thursday am training a no go, Mon -Fri evenings is a 8pm close and on a weekend the pool closes at 4pm. The club’s normal timetable just will not be able to exist. The pool have kindly sent us the available slots across a week and I have contacted all of club’s teachers, coaches and volunteers to establish which sessions they can work on; from there we can construct a new pool plan…but this may involve flexibility on our part as swimmers and parents on which sessions we can attend. I should be able to send out the new times for each of our groups over the next few days once we have constructed the weekly programme.
What is going to be very difficult here is that as a club ‘we can’t please all of the people all of the time’; you may see the new timetable and say it doesn’t suit you. That is really tricky for us a club because it is not our doing to have to alter a timetable that pretty much worked before CV-19 arrived – all we can do is create the best fit with the staff and sessions we have and hope that the majority of swimmers can access the water at some point in a week. Some people may be disappointed when they see the new timetable, but please recognise we ha ve done our best. That said, if 10 or 15 of you email in to say that a planned session clashes with scouts, guides or hockey practice (or other) then we will do our best…..but we won’t be able to re-arrange everything for 1 or 2 people.
In terms of fees….once we have created the pool plan and programme we can calculate any adjustments. However, we did ask if the pool operator were putting the hire prices up – yes they have, but we have yet to find out how much.
Can I respectfully ask that you wait until you have read the updated Code of Conduct, guidance sheet, health forms and new timetables before asking/emailing a series of questions. Hopefully everything will be answered in due course.
Buxton Swimming Club have been in action yet again the past two weekends. For our 1st Open Meet of March we headed to Macclesfield in which we took one of the biggest teams in Buxton’s history – 36 swimmers. The 1 day event saw PBs broken again just a few weeks after the Derbyshire Championships.
Medal winners were; Ellenor Turner for 100m Backstroke (Gold); Oliver Ecob 100m Backstroke (Gold), 200IM (Silver), 50m Backstroke (Gold), 50m Butterfly (Silver), 100m Freestyle (Silver); Louis Ecob 50m Free (Bronze); Bronya O’Wellen 100m Fly (Bronze), Emily Braddock 50m Breaststroke (Gold), 200IM (Bronze), 100m Breaststroke (Gold); Hamish Thomson 200IM (Bronze); Charlie Boam 50m Backstroke (Bronze).
Buxton then returned to league action in the Crusader League, travelling through the snow to Market Drayton. Yet again PBs were broken just a week on from Macclesfield and debuts were made by Charlie Pearson, Finn Bothamley, Bethan Pollard & Flo Harris-Wood. The 12/U girls won all of their races including 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 4x50m Freestyle Relay & 4x50m Medley relay. The 10/U boys also had 4 wins out of 6. We ended the competition with an exciting cannon relay, a 8 swimmer team for double points and the swimmers performed amazingly by winning with almost a length’s lead. Buxton won the first round with 266 points, our second league win in a row. Head Coach Liam McWee said ‘This is an amazing result. The swimmers work so hard in training and it pays off each week. We came so close to cancelling due to weather but we are glad we managed to get there. To see the beaming smiles on all of our swimmers’ faces when we found out we won; it’s those moments we work for!’.
The club returned to action in Matlock to take on the second weekend of the Derbyshire County Championships. After a successful first weekend the team did not disappoint. A total of 30 races resulted in 24 new personal bests, 4 finals and club records broken. Liam McWee, Head Coach said: ‘This is an incredible achievement for the club, to take 13 swimmers to our county championships and for them all to PB, make finals and break records’.
Making their debut for the club at the counties were Chloe Montgomery-White & Seth Partridge. Finalists this week were Charlie Boam, Louis Ecob & Oliver Ecob.
Despite recent illnesses, Chloe Montgomery-White, Boris Holliday and Mia Stokes also managed to pull out brilliant races.
‘The Buxton swimmers have trained so hard leading up to this month and their hard work has paid off massively. They will have a few days rest and then it’s back to training hard for our next competition on March 10th’.
Buxton Swimming Club took a team of 13 swimmers to the first leg of the Derbyshire Counties at the Arc in Matlock last weekend and had some cracking results
48 races were swum in total of which 7 were finals. 35 personal bests were broken, mostly by 5-10 seconds.
Special mentions should go to:-
Louis Ecob who made the finals for 100m backstroke, 100m individual medley, 100m freestyle & 50m breaststroke
Charlie Boam who made the finals for 100m backstroke & 100 individual medley
Lauren Hurley (pictured) who made the finals for 100m butterfly + came away with 2 silver medals for 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley
For 8 of the swimmers it was their first Counties gala and they all did us proud with some massive pbs. The atmosphere on poolside was electric – roll on next weekend – more results to follow!
The BSC committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Liam McWee as Head Coach.
Liam has been coaching with the club for over 5 years now as well as swimming with and competing for the club. During this time Liam has gained the respect and admiration of the swimmers and fellow coaches and teachers alike. It is great to be able to offer this position to a ‘home grown’ coach who has seen most of our swimmers graduate from their very first lessons through to the strong competitive team we have today.
Since his appointment as Head Coach, we have seen gala participation rise substantially and there is a great atmosphere both in training and in competition.
Buxton competed yet again at Macclesfield Development competition, Sputniks, were many of Buxton’s youngest had their chance to shine in their first ever competition environment. Buxton took a team of 16 enthusiastic, young, energetic swimmers all wanting to do their bit for the team. The 100IM race seemed to be a very popular choice for these young swimmers by going from only have 4 swimmers compete in it from Round 1 to an staggering 13! Swimmers doing the IM had massive PB times from their first round swims an hopefully this will continue going into the 3rd round on March 19th.
The committee are very pleased to announce we have appointed Daf Bourchier as Head Coach for Buxton Swimming Club to succeed Hugh Dokter who leaves at the end of February.
Daf is a very experienced Level 3 Coach and joins us after 2 years as Head Coach at Ashbourne. Her previous roles have included Coaching at Dove Valley ASC (where she was also Head Coach) Coaching at Leek ASC, as well as setting up and coordinating Learn to Swim programmes at Dove Valley, Leek and Ashbourne. She has also been a mentor for all poolside staff for many years helping clubs develop from within.
This appointment we feel will help Buxton now continue the energy and positive development that Hugh brought to the club and put us on a very stable footing for the future.
Daf will start with the club on the 16th February so she can shadow Hugh in his last few weeks with us and then take over fully from the 1stMarch. Can everyone, swimmers, teachers and coaches alike please help Daf settle in and give her everything she needs to help shape your future swimming development.
City of Stoke Open Meet – Our open meet in April will be Stoke’s annual open meet held at Fenton Manor. Swimmers are to be minimum of 9yrs old on the 3rd April. This open meet has upper and lower time limits so please check the qualifiing times. Deadline for the entries is Sunday 28th February. Please see the attached for full entry pack. COSACSS Open 2k16