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Monday, 29 September 2008

Central Schools Swimming

Central Schools Swimming


(Scottish Schools Swimming Championships Trials)

Saturday 8th November

9.30am – 2.00pm

Contact Your School For Entry Information

New Events Calendar

Please note the events calendar has now been updated on the website. Apologies for any confusion.

AGM Monday 29 September 6.30 pm

Stirling swimming AGM is on Monday September 29 at 6:30 pm at the meeting room by the tennis courts at the universities

Friday, 26 September 2008

Silver b and bronze a cancelled. Tuesday september 30th.

Swimming cancelled at stirling high school on september 30th. School is using pool for an event.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

PORTOBELLO LONG COURSE PRIZE MEET - additional meet to our calendar

Please note the club will attend this meet in Edinburgh on the Saturday, November 15.

A separate sign up sheet will be available at the university please tick if you wish to participate, the meet is available to all agegroups.

Team Day - Saturday October 4th - all swimmers

Please find below the details regarding the club team day on Saturday 4th October at the University.

Training will be as normal but with a focus on starts, turns and relays.

After the pool session the swimmers will be provided with a snack breakfast which the club will provide. Following this the swimmers will be split into two groups and work round three sessions, one on nutrition, one on land training and one on goal setting.

Whilst the swimmers are having lunch, Kerry will lead a session with the parents.

What to bring?

· Swim training gear.

· Land training gear – t-shirt, shorts / tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

· Water bottles to last pool and land sessions.

· Notepad and pen.

· Packed lunch – no crisps / fizzy juice / sweets / chocolate bars.


Arrive as normal for swim session on Saturday morning.

Parents meeting 12 o’clock Gannochy Tennis Centre Meeting Room

Depart for bowling 12.30pm please note club has not arranged transport, this will have to be organised by parents.

Bowling at Riverside 1 – 2 pm Parents are welcomed to stay, we hope this will give us an opportunity to get to know the parents too. Bowling is paid for by the club.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Team Manager Volunteers wanted

Stirling Swimming is looking for parents to volunteer to be trained as Team Managers to accompany swimmers to galas and swim camps.

There are 2 levels of role required:

Team Manager – Local Competitions/Camps. This will not involve an overnight stay, but will involve the following duties at a gala or camp:

· Appropriate supervision of the swimmers – dependent on the age of swimmers attending.

· Being the main point of contact between parents and the swim team – a club mobile phone will be provided for this.

· Assisting the coach with organising the activities – e.g. marshalling swimmers for their races at a gala.

Team Manager – Overnight Stays and Travel Abroad. This is a more extensive role that involves accompanying groups of swimmers of a variety of ages to various camps and galas that involve an overnight stay, both in Britain and abroad.

Although these are volunteer posts travel expenses will be reimbursed, and in the case of overnight stays, the cost of the Team Manager’s accommodation and travel is spread amongst the swimmers attending. So no-one doing this role will be out of pocket. Also, we do not expect anyone to volunteer for events that their children are not at – so you will be doing a job at a gala that you would probably be at anyway.

We would like parents from Bronze to volunteer for the Local Team Manager roles, whereas we need some parents from Silver upwards to volunteer for the Overnight Stays roles. When on overnight trips, we need both male and female chaperones for a mixed group, so we need to have both mums and dads in our pool of volunteers.

We hope to be able to set up a reasonable pool of parents able to perform these roles – if we can get a few volunteers, no-one will have to cover too many trips. It is also important to recruit some parents of younger swimmers as the parents who currently carry out these roles have older swimmers and it is likely that a number will end their involvement in the club over the next couple of years.


Training will be provided for these roles by Scottish Swimming as follows:

All recruits will attend the ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’ child protection workshop and the Team Manager’s workshop for Local Competitions/Camps. Those volunteering for the overnight stays will attend an additional workshop specifically for this type of trip. The club will meet the cost of the workshops.

Each of these workshops is approx. 3 hours long, and can be run at weekends or evenings, and will be at the University if we can get enough volunteers to have a course run specifically for us. If not the courses are run at various locations around Central Scotland. These courses are not sport specific – so if your child take part in other sports, this training will be equally applicable.

We can also provide opportunities to shadow other volunteers.

A full Enhanced Disclosure check will be done for everyone taking on these roles

If you are interested in these roles or discussing anything further, please contact Fionna McKenna (, 01786 474586) before 12th October. I will also be at the AGM on 29 Sept and the club day on 4 Oct if you wish to volunteer or discuss any of this.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Congratulations to all swimmers at the MAGS meet last weekend

Stirling Swimmers at the MAGs meet last weekend all swam well with a massive number of PBs.

Best performance of the meet came from Scott MacArthur who took Silver in 100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke and bronze in 100m freestyle and also qualified for the final in 100 backstroke.

Nicola Allen who took a bronze in the 100m backstroke. she also qualified for the final in freestyle and butterfly.

Other finalists included Rachel Bond in the 100 fly where she came fourth and Gareth Allen who came 6th in the 100m freestyle.

Full results available

Friday, 19 September 2008


The club is going into a period of growth and to ensure that we manage this succesfully we need more volunteers. At the moment all comittee members are parents of swimmers in Gold or Silver A, though some do have a child in a lower squad too, we are consious that for the club to continue as successful as it is now we need to start recruiting from the Bronze and Silver B squad.

We have the following positions available:

Squad representative: 3 vacancies for Bronze B, Bronze A and Silver B, the role of the squad representatives are to represent the squads within the committee to ensure our decisions always reflect the needs of all squads.

Kit Shop Manager: We are looking for someone to take on managing the Kit shop, this job consists of ordering kit, running shop at club and maintaining the shop books.

Communication Manager: The club today communicates to parents/swimmers and other interested via mail email website and in the press, as the club is growing we belive we need a tighter focus on communication.

Commitee meeting Minutes

A copy of main points from last committee meeting on September 6 2008 are now available online in the members area. 6 SEPTEMBER 2008

If you have problems accessing the members area plesase contact the president on

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Accomodation for swimmers at Leeds Meet in December

The club has provisionally booked rooms for the swimmers for this meet, the cost per swimmer will be calculated later, we have done this to allow us to take advantage of cheap rates.

However if any parents are interested in booking rooms for themselves at the same hotel they are welcome to do so. The hotel we have booked the swimmers in at is the Travel Lodge at Leeds Dolton

Swimmers will travel down on Friday December 19 and back on Monday December 22.

This meet is of a high standard and is mainly aimed at Gold and Silver A and some Silver B.

An estimate price per swimmer for accomodation and travel will be sent out soon.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Introduction for Parents of New Swimmers - Saturday September 13, 8.30am

All parents of new Swimmers are invited to an introduction meeting on Saturday September 13 at the University at 8:30am in the conference room behind the reception. This is a chance to meet Kerry Wood our head coach and some of the committee members.

At this meeting David Rogerson our member secretary will have the SASA (Scottish Amateur Swimming Association) registration forms for you to fill out, which is a requirement for all swimmers.

Silver A&B Training moved to University - Monday September 9

Please note on Monday September 8 Training for Silver A and Silver B is moved to the University Pool from 6-8PM as the pool at Wallace High School is Closed for the local holidays.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Important MAGs meet on September 13

Please note that all swimmers except Silver A with qualifying times have been entered into the MAGS meet at Grangemouth on September 13

Morning Session: - 08.30am Warm up, 09.30 Start
Afternoon Session: - 13.30 pm Warm up, 14.30 Start

List of participating swimmers can be found on the university pin board

A full programme is available there:

Grangemouth Morning Session

Grangemouth Afternoon Session

Good luck to all,

Saturday October 4 - Club Day

All swimmers are asked to attend a club day on Saturday October 4.

Starting with the normal training sessions at the university pool followed by various swimming related workshops aimed at your level, more details about the day later.

Parents are also inivited to join us in the afternoon, this is a great way to get to know other swimming parents, the coaches and the commitee.

There is no cost for swimmers/parents to attend the day and the club will provide a snack for the swimmmers after their pool session.
Please put this into your diaries.

Change in Training for Silver A and Silver B

Silver A and Silver B will with effect from today have a training session at Wallace Highschool on Monday from 6:15-8:15pm, the doors will be open at the school from 6pm for you to get in and be ready for the session at 6.15.

Silver A will change back to training at the University on Tuesdays from 4.30 - 6:30.

For a full view of the training sessions check here: Training Times and Rules