The good news is that finally, after more than a year’s wait, Corsham’s Springfield pool is due to reopen in a couple of weeks’ time.
We have our current cover sessions booked until the end of July and will honour these (see below), so our pool bookings for Springfield will commence in August.
Our first session back will be on Sunday 2nd August
We will revert to a skeleton timetable over August, rather than the complete fortnight break as in previous years – this then gives all the opportunity to swim over August irrespective of whether you’re going away. Details follow:
7.30 – 9pm Competitive Seniors
9pm-10pm Non-competitive masters / seniors
7-8pm: Juniors/Seniors (Invitation only)
Sundays (BH Weekend excepted)
6.30-7.30pm Seniors / Competitive Masters
Last session at Stonar – 19th July
Last session at Calne – 26th July
Last session at Chippenham – 24th July
Last Wednesday session at Bath – 29th July
Last Monday session at Bath – 27th July (to resume 7th September)
In September, we will revert to something near our normal times from before the closure – exact details to be confirmed soon; watch out for the Sprints competition and barbecue / reopening celebration.
We are planning to take a group of swimmers to the Swindon Dolphin End of Season Open Meet which will take place at The Link Centre Swindon on 25/26 July 2015. This is a last chance to race and see if those PB's have improved this season before the summer break
Please remember that there will be swimming at the Olympiad on May 22nd as usual but there are no swimming sessions at Stonar and Calne on May 24th due to the Bank Holiday Weekend. Training resumes as normal on May 29th at the Olympiad.
This competition is being held on 21st June at Lake 32 Cotswold Water Park. There is a taster session for those who have not swum in open water before on 7th June at 4.30pm and for experienced open water swimmers on 10th June at 6pm. Please see the attached details and let Julia (Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave (email@example.com) know by 26th May if you are interested.
- No swimming at Olympiad, Chippenham
- Stonar - all swim sessions running as normal
- Calne - no Widths swimming; TAGS/Juniors: 19.00 (45 mins); Seniors/Masters: 19.45 (75 mins)
I'm afraid that with a very heavy heart, I am having to cancel the ASC swimming sessions at Stonar this Sunday, 19th April. Unfortunately we have no coaches available to run the session; Konrad is swimming and Karen and Charlotte are away on a swimming mentorship assessment.
The Width and TAGS sessions will continue as normal at Calne; Widths 18.00 for 30 mins and TAGS 18.30 for 60 mins. If you normally swim at Stonar but would like to swim at Calne on the 19th instead, then please respond to this email so we can advise the coaches in Calne. If this time/location is not a convenient alternative for you, this missed session will be credited in your next width block booking.
Sunday 26th April - STONAR time trials
On a positive note the pool temperature, which was found to be 33 degrees last Sunday (4 degrees higher than normal), has now be rectified.
On 26th April from 6pm we will be running some swim time trials for the swimmers that are in Stonar TAGS and those in the top group of width swimmers. Please bring an extra towel and a water bottle so that you can keep warm between each trial.
Many thanks for your understanding in this matter. If you wish to contact me about the trials or the cancelled session then please feel free too.
For those who have not been to the Springfield Centre/Community Hub recently, building work has been progressing rapidly on the exterior as shown below. This is the front carpark where the old Community Centre used to be. The new reception entrance is at the left of centre behind the orange fencing (the old entrance would have been just out of picture to the left).
We have a meeting planned with the County Council later this month to discuss the pool reopening dates and session times. The reopening is scheduled to be in time for the school holidays so that means July. I will post any updates as soon as I receive them.
It's been a long time since we left last June but thanks to the efforts and loyalty of the parents, coaches and swimmers we are still going strong, and we have received generous grants from Corsham Town Council and the Area Board to help with the finances. Bath University Pool is planned to reopen later in April and those training times will be publicised as soon as they are confirmed.
I hope that everyone is enjoying their break in the Bank Holiday sunshine. Just a reminder that training resumes on Sunday 12th at Stonar and Calne.
The school holidays are nearly upon us, and there will be a break in the training sessions as follows.
- Training will continue as normal up until Sunday 29th March with the last sessions at Stonar and Calne before the break.
- Training sessions will resume on Sunday 12th April at Stonar and Calne, and then continue as usual.
Due to MOD operational demands we have not been able to extend the booking at Colerne after Easter and therefore our last session there will be on March 24th. However we are expecting the Bath University pool to reopen in the second half of April and will advertise those sessions as soon as we have confirmation.
Wiltshire Country ASA have issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of the sessions last Sunday at the County Championships, and the effect of the revised schedule on the Moonraker Winter League Finals.
Following the problems at the Link on Sunday last, resulting in the postponement of sessions 6 & 7 of the County Championships, a great deal of thought & consultation has taken place over the last 24 hours, on how best to address this unfortunate situation. As a result, the options available have been considered by the Competition Management Team and they in turn, referred the matter to the Emergency Committee for an urgent decision, thereby giving Clubs as much time as possible to make the necessary alternative arrangements.
There were many considerations taken into account, but foremost has been the interest of those swimmers participating in the County Championships, that hoped to gain an entry qualifying time to the Regional events.
As a result the following decisions have been made by the Emergency Committee:
- The Winter League final galas, scheduled for the 14th March ’15 have been cancelled. Final placings & awards for 2015 will be based on the ranked order at the end of round 3.
- The cancelled sessions 6 & 7 will be held at the Link on Saturday 14th March ’15 – warm up times 12:00 noon & 16:00 respectively.
- Clubs allocated jobs for the 1st March ’15 are asked to fulfil the same roles on 14th March ’15.
- Swimmers already entered, but not available on the revised date will not be charged. If any of those swimmers were realistically optimistic of obtaining a Regional QT, they can apply to swim a time-trial on the 8th March ’15. The events involved are 400 Free / 50 Fly / 100 Breast / 200 Back. Anyone requesting a time trial (foc) will need to e-mail Diane Lee & Rob Hart by 22:00 on Thursday 5th March ’15. Any swimmer entered but forced to withdraw as a result of injury, can also be accommodated for a time trial.
If there are any questions please contact Julia Chadwick or Dave Jones.
Before the youth get their chance to shine at the Link Centre next weekend, the Masters descended en masse to show that they've still got what it takes when it comes to competitive swimming. 114 swimmers representing 15 teams - with 13 of them from Corsham. The usual events on offer: 50 back, 100 fly, 25 breast and 100 free - and copious amounts of relays.