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IMPORTANT! Saturday Swim Arrangements - posted 20th Sept 2017

This Saturday 23rd September there will be no "Arena Squad" training (5-7pm) as most swimmers should be competing at the Gala being held at Waterlooville. The usual "Learn to Compete" sessions from 6-8pm will go ahead as usual. On Saturday 30th September, we are competing at the Gala being held at The Aquadrome however for "Arena Squad" members we will run an hour session between 5 and 6pm which will be good warm-up for the main event to follow. The "Learn to Compete" sessions (6-8pm) will go ahead as normal.

Andover Temporary Pool is under construction!- updated 22nd July 2017

Thank you to all those swimmers and parents who have stuck by the Club over the last few months in what can only be described as challenging times.

The vast majority of feedback has been positive despite the nomadic nature of our Club at present. Sessions at The Aquadrome, QMC and The Rapids have been well attended in the main which has been very encouraging. We should also pass on sincere thanks to all the volunteers who have helped either swim teaching or behind the scenes, as well as our two established coaches. There are never enough people to help so please step forward, your Club does need you.

Whilst we have been maintaining a swimming programme, in the background the Club has been having a number of discussions and meetings with both Test Valley Borough Council and Places for People (PfP) particularly about what happens when the temporary pool is available. As a reminder the temporary pool will be a 25m 4 lane pool with a constant depth of 1.2m, so the pressure on water time from a number of sources will be acute.

The good news is that the provisional pool timetable allocates time to the Club on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, all evenings. There is also scope to do early mornings if there is enough demand and help available! At the moment we are pulling together what sessions can be held in the allocated times we have discussed with PfP and while some of the timings are not ideal there are some that are great. Please watch out for more information on proposed session times.

At the moment the expectation is that the temporary pool will be available from September although this has not yet been formally confirmed.

One other key update is that PfP's preferred method of allocating and charging for pool time is for the Club to be invoiced for all sessions agreed, billed monthly in advance, this is different to the previous model at the old leisure centre operated by Valley Leisure. This means that the Club's charging structure will have to change, Rather than paying a small monthly fee to the Club and then paying entry to the leisure operator for any other session attended, the fee that the Club will need to charge will be fully inclusive of the sessions the swimmer attends. The payment structure will move to a tiered structure which will cover 1 swim, 2 swims or 3 or more swims. This means that the current £16 fee which only covered the Monday Club Night session previously will increase with higher amounts payable for more swim sessions attended. However, in mitigation of this swimmers will no longer need to pay entry or be a member of the leisure operator for any swim club session attended. This will be a much simpler model and easier to follow. The aim will be to keep the monthly fee as low as possible but inevitably fees will need to be higher to cover the costs of operating the Club. Full details of the new charging structure along with initial proposals for allocated swim sessions will be issued shortly.

In the meantime, once again thank you for supporting ASWPC - it is a volunteer run Club so always needs new faces and help. If you are interested in helping out, even in a small way, please reply to this mail or talk to one of the committee.

For those taking a well-earned break over the Summer, enjoy, have fun and be raring to go again in September!

Summer Sessions - updated 17th July 2017

For those of you that want to keep swimming over Summer, Club members who are Baracudas or above can continue swimming at QMC on Wednesday nights. Please let Gareth (coach1.aswpc@gmail.com) know via email or Facebook you are swimming so he knows how many to expect.

7.00-8.15 Younger Swimmers 8:15-9.30 Older Swimmers and Masters

If you are not sure which session you should be in please ask Gareth.

Hart Open Meet (28/29th Oct 2017)- updated 17th July 2017

Entries for Hart Autumn Open Meet are now open. Please complete the form below and return directy to Hart. Enter by 23rd July to ensure applications are accepted. Please see Promoters information for full details and qualifying times.

Promoters Information
Application Form

Last Arena League Session - updated 12th July 2017

THERE IS ARENA TRAINING THIS SATURDAY 15TH JULY 17:00-19:00. THIS MAY BE THE LAST ONE BEFORE THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS AND BEFORE WE GET TO THE TEMPORARY POOL IN SEPTEMBER.
CAN YOU ALL PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT TO BE THERE AS IT MIGHT BE THE LAST ONE FOR A WHILE AND THE ARENA LEAGUE STARTS NOT LONG AFTER THE SUMMER BREAK.
THANK YOU
DARREN

End of Term and Summer sessions - updated 12th July 2017

SWIM SCHOOL WILL FINISH THIS SATURDAY 15TH JULY FOR THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS. WE WILL HOPEFULLY BE RUNNING BACK AT ANDOVER IN THE TEMPORY POOL FROM MONDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER.
ONCE I KNOW WHAT POOL TIMES WE HAVE I WILL GET A MESSAGE OUT TO EVERYONE TO INFORM THEM WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING WITH THE SWIM LESSONS.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT WHILE WE WERE GOING BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS TO BASINGSTOKE FINGERS CROSSED WE WILL BE BACK IN ANDOVER AS OF SEPTEMBER.
ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND ALL THE SWIM TEACHERS WE HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT SUMMER BREAK.
THANK YOU
DARREN

Novice Gala (1st July 2017)- updated 25th June 2017

We will be running a Novice Gala again in July. This is aimed at those swimmers looking to experience a gala for the first time in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Entries have now closed - event information is below:
Final Information

Arena League Training is Back (17th June 2017)- updated 13th June 2017

Arena League Training is back on Saturday 17th June 5-7pm at Basingstoke Aquadrome.

Bank Holiday Weekend / Half Term - updated 29th May 2017

There will be no swim school or swim training this Saturday (27th May) or Tuesday (30th May) due to the Bank Holiday Weekend and half term. Swim School will restart 3rd June.
Hope you have a good bank holiday weekend
Darren

Hampshire Development Meet (1st, 2nd & 8th July 2017) - updated 29th May 2017

Please use the form below to enter the hampshire development meet. The format of the programe is the same as last year. Age as at 8th July 2017. Forms to Anne ASAP. Any questions please contact Anne

Entry Form
Programme of events
Upper Limit Times

Hart Club Champtionships (18th, 22nd, 25th June and 6th July 2017) - updated 29th May 2017

Any swimmer who is not eligible for the Country Development Meet (by age) may enter the Hart Club Champs. please use the form below and get details straight to Hart asap. However please let Anne know that you intend to swim. Any swimmer who is attending the Development Meet and would like to swim at the Hart meet may enter providing Anne has the Development Meet forms first. Any questions please contact Anne

Entry Form

Rother Junior Trophies (Sat 10th June 2017) - updated 20th May 2017

Please use the link below access the team sheet and important information for this meet (location, time, etc). All swimmers please confirm their attendance before 27th May to Raymond Searle

Team Sheet

Minor League Meet (Sat 6th May 2017) - updated 5th May 2017

Please use the link below access the team sheet and important information for this meet (location, time, etc). Any problems please contact Raymond

Team Sheet

Salisbury Open Meet (Sun 4th June 2017) - updated 27th April 2017

Unfortunately our entries for this event have been rejected as the event was heavily oversubscribed. Refunds of event fees will be processed shortly.

Saturday Arena League training time change and new dates - updated 14th April 2017

Arena League training time is changed to 17:00 to 19:00 on selected Saturdays (starting 22/4/17). There will be a charge of £3 per swimmer for this to cover the cost of the pool. The list of swimmers is also slightly different and new dates have been added - please check the link on the Timetable Page

Easter Training Sessions (Waterpolo and Swimming) - posted 11 April 2017

Training sessions continue as normal throughout the school holidays with the following exceptions:

WATERPOLO: For those players now training at Basingstoke...No sessions over bank holiday weekend (Friday night session, Saturday Gym session or Sunday Night session)

SWIMMING: No swim sessions on Easter Saturday at Basingstoke (6-8pm) -next session is 22nd April
Friday night Aldershot session is 17:30-19:30 (one session only)

Basingstoke Bluefins Meet(1,2 April) - updated 23rd March 2017

This is likely to be undersubscribed - check Calendar page or go direct to www.swimmeets.org for details.

Provisional Training Schedule after 1st April 2017 - updated 28th March 2017

The Committee have arranged training sessions at a number of locations to allow all swimmers to continue training whilst Andover Leisure Centre is closed. Please see the Timetable section of the website for details and this letter to swimmers and parents.

If you have any queries about session allocations please discuss with Anne opensecretary.aswpc@gmail.com and Darren coach2.aswpc@gmail.com.

Timetable Page

Leisure Centre Closure Latest - updated 22nd March 2017

Please read the following notices from the Committee regarding the latest news of the pool closure:

Update 10/2/17
Update 15/2/17
Appeal to Parliament/TVBC
Update 09/03/17
New Pool Planning Application (16/03191/FULLN)
Temporary Pool Planning Application (17/00403/FULLN) Now Open for Comments

The new leisure centre planning application will go before the Planning Committee on 30th March at 5.30pm at Andover Baptist Church, Charlton Road, Andover, SP10 3JH.

200m Championships - 18/19 Mar 2017

Information about the 200m Championships can be found below. Entries for this gala close Thursday 9th March.

200m Championships Event Information

Gemini Gala - 12 Mar 2017

The timings for the Gemini Gala on Sunday 12th March are:

08.15 to 09.15 - Normal Sunday training session
09.15 to 09.30 Gemini Gala warm up
09.30 to 10.25 Gemini Gala

If you are not attending the training, please make sure you turn up in good time for the warm up

ASWPC AGM - 3 Mar 2017

The club's AGM will be held on Friday 3rd March, upstairs in the Guildhall, Andover.
Please arrive from 7pm for a 7:30pm start to hear the latest developments at the club regarding the pool closure. This is an excellent opportunity to air any questions you have to the committee.

New Land Training Sessions - Jan 2017

Please read the message below from Darren regarding the next land training sessions which includes a change to the session time.

New Land Training Notice

Code of Conduct - Oct 2016

As a club we are committed to providing a safe and equitable environment for all members, coaching staff and volunteers. As such we maintain a Code of Conduct for members to adhere to.

Periodically we require all members to sign to confirm they have read, understood and accept the Code of Conduct. To that end we will be asking all members to read and sign the Code of Conduct and hand in the signed copy on Monday evenings at the club desk.

Copies of the Code can be downloaded from the Policies section of the website (here) and will also be made available on the Facebook page. Alternatively please arrive a little earlier on a Monday evening and pick up a copy from the desk to read and sign. We thank you in advance for your time and co-operation.

Contact details - Sept 2016

Please could all parents ensure that contact details are kept up to date with the club.
It is extremely important that we are able to contact parents should the need arise.
A member of the committee can usually be found at the desk by the notice board on a Monday or alternatively please use the details in the contacts page to email any changes.
Many thanks for your co-operation and help.

Use of Lockers - Sept 2016

Following incidents of swimmers belongings going missing in the 'shoe change' area outside the changing rooms, we would urge all swimmers to make use of the lockers provided to safeguard your belongings whilst swimming. Please remember to use a coin/token to lock it!