Another busy weekend as ‘D’ Day approaches!

Fund raising, team building, boss moving, coaching assessments and practice sessions were in full swing as we prepare to move outdoors and hopefully hear a positive outcome to our planning application due to be heard on April 1st!

2014 Swimarthon

 Junior Team – under 14

Nicole Deasy, Riley Spencer-Nice, Molly Peters, Rachael Synnott,  Holly Clifford & Eire Rowlands-Evans

Senior Team – over 14

Charlotte Lunt, Tom Howse, James Howse, Connie Healey & Martin McKay

A brilliant effort by both teams saw the senior team swimming 123 lengths, which bearing in mind the team was reduced to 5 with the loss of Will Kurtze due to an eye infection, was a marvellous achievement.

The junior team also lost swimmers overnight due to ill health, Sophie Tucker and Lara Healey.  Nevertheless the team swam incredibly well and the total number of lengths was 120 which beat the record made in 2012 by 20 lengths – brilliant.

Many thanks go to the swimmers themselves and also the supporters there on the day and those that sponsored them.

We have raised an amazing £820.20 of which the club retains £546.80 with the rest going to a local charity!

Thanks once again to everyone who swam, especially to Mel for organizing the teams.


Level 1 Coaching Course Assessments (Second day).

 Three weeks ago we had the first of 2 assessment days and all 12 passed, a further 11 passed yesterday, it was a very long day as one of the Assessors had to withdraw due to illness, so our thanks go to Robb Anderson and Paul Curtis for carrying the extra work load. Our congratulations go to everyone but especially to our members Martin Tucker, Dave Sandles, Graham Kent & Dean Gore, this completes our hosting of Level 1 courses for 2014, a lot of work but so essential in maintaining a coaching resource to meet the demand.

11 more Level 1 Coaches for Gloucestershire!

11 more Level 1 Coaches for Gloucestershire!

Emergency 1st Aid Course

 Well done to the 10 juniors who completed the Emergency 1st Aid Course over the weekend, it is so important that the Club supports more than just shooting arrows.

Well done to our 10 Jyuniors for completing the course.

Well done to our 10 Juniors for completing the course.

We will be in safe hands if there is an emergency!

We will be in safe hands if there is an emergency!

Boss moving – Stage 1 & 2

 Thanks to all those that moved the bosses from the stable block to the top gate at Bubbs Hill ready for collection the following day when they were to be moved to Old Pats! Lots of work over the next week or so, getting the area the way we want it. Next weekend Simon has arranged a mini-digger to help things along. Monday evening saw a big effort to transport many of the foam bosses from Bubbs Hill to Old Pats, great team effort by our volunteers with a few challenges to overcome such as Kate’s Horse Lorry getting stuck and the local farmer having to use his tractor to extricate it!

Some of the Sunday Team

Some of the Sunday Team

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Indoor Practice Sessions draw to a close.

 Great attendance at the last indoor Inclusion session at Balcarras and thank you to the fantastic response from the coaches to support this, the way the Inclusion Club has grown over the winter is a credit to all those that have supported it . Also great attendance during the final evening session at Balcarras. Tuesday at Shurdington will be the final indoor practice session and this will be followed by a full Committee meeting to discuss the outcome of the planning application.

It is clear that there is a lot to do to ensure adequate outdoor facilities this summer whilst our new ground is being prepared but with the right planning we can achieve that. This transition period will mean we may have to settle for less than perfect but when we achieve our end target it will have been worth it!

Details of outdoor practice sessions will be published after next weekend (6th April).

Fund Raising

In addition to the Swimarthon, lots still going on, Kev’s ‘Iron Man’ efforts raised £363, Lynn’s Quiz Sheet £90, Bray more than £350, Club Target Days more than £200 and this weekend another carboot sale is planned, with a skittles evening to follow! Lets keep up the good work and fingures crossed for a positive outcome later today!