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East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club

Welcome to the new East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club website, the hub for club information, news, and upcoming events. The website is run for club members, by club members, so please send any suggestions for information or functionality you'd like to appear on the site here.

Latest Update Fundraising

With the club getting bigger fundraising can be quite a challenge.  I would if possibly love  to get a small group together to help spread the load and also share some ideas. If anyone is interested and can spare some time, myself and the club would really appreciate it. Please contact me on either 07469 889760or paulinesmith09@sky.com

Latest Update EK Accredited Time Trials

We are taking on a venture to run our own 1 session accredited time trial to allow swimmers to gain times for DRP, SNAGS, Meet Entries etc. Could you please let Jean King know if you will be able to officiate at the above.

We must have in place 19 timekeepers 2 J2 and 6 J1 and a starter as the minimum we need to ensure accreditation. So please if you have a child competing can you come forward and help.

I am happy for anyone to email me on cameron.king@btinternet.com as that comes up on my phone so I see it quicker.

Than you so much everyone for all your support and lets make these time trials a great success and the swimmers able to get accrediated times without you there it will not be possible.

Latest Update STO West 2 Thanks

A big thank you to the following STOs for officiating at the Districts over the weekend.

 

Barbara Saxon

Karen Broadfoot

Stephanie Lillie

Stuart Young

Alison Young

Helen Bartlett

Jean King

Christine Jackson

Harley Mathieson

Francesca Murray

Derek Mulholland

Paul Saxon

Eileen Brown

Frances Fowlie

Lara Cameron.

 

Your help was much appreciated.

Latest Update North Ayrshire Trophies To Be Returned

Can the following swimmers please return their North Ayrshire trophies, engraved, to their coach asap. Thank you

Robert Mathieson
Cameron Cavannagh
James Reilly
Skye Mulholland
Lucy Ross x 2
Abigail Mein
Abbie Mitchell

Latest Update Timekeeping Course

The timekeeping course has been arranged for Friday 12th February at the Dollan at 5pm. Could everyone involved please email ekstoconvenor@gmail.com to confirm attendance and Jean will also send you the necessary paperwork.

Jean will also be available where the shop is on a Friday between 5.30pm to 6.30pm if any parent wants to ask about being an STO or moving on to judge from timekeeper or any new parent that just wants to now what is involved.

STO Convenor

I am pleased to announce Jean King will be our new STO convenor. Jean is a West District referee and brings a wealth of experience. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our STOs for their support over the past two years.

Jean will be using the ekstoconvenor@gmail.com email address should you need to contact her and I'm sure she will be contacting all of you in due course.

Christine

59 Club

This week's winner of the 59 Club is number 42, belonging to A and C Mitchell. Due to several rollovers this week's prize is £66!!! Congratulations to the Mitchell's - please see Allie Chong to collect your money.
If you would like to be in with a chance of winning cash back whilst helping fund raise for the club email alliechong@live.co.uk. Still a few numbers available!

Cheers

New Fees agreed at AGM - 1st April onwards

The new fees listed below outline the costs for each squad which will take effect from the 1st April 2016. These were agreed at the AGM this week. These supersede any fees on the website which may be published. All of these fees on specific pages will be updated as soon as possible. All fees include Coaching Fees and Pool Hire costs combined and should be paid on the 1st of each month by standing order. If you choose to leave the club, it is your responsibility to cancel any standing orders as refunds are not given.

A Squad     - £63

B Squad     - £56

C Squad     - £50

Dev 2         - £43

Dev 1         - £42

59 Club

The new expanded 59 Club is back up and running! With the recent increase in numbers in the National Lottery we have added 10 more numbers, giving EKASC club members and their families an exciting opportunity to participate in fundraising that also gives you the chance to win cash!
Each week the person who owns the number corresponding to the bonus ball in the Saturday National Lottery draw will win at least half of the pot in our 59 club. If all numbers are sold this means a weekly payout of £30 - all for a £1 per week stake. Rollovers can seriously increase this amount too.
We have a selection of numbers available at the moment - please email alliechong@live.co.uk to reserve your lucky number and set up your direct debit.
A fantastic way to raise money for the club, but win a wee bonus for yourself too!

Timekeeping Course

The following parents have volunteered to complete the timekeepers workshop. We hope to have a course at the Dollan Aqua Centre this month. If anyone else would like to be added to the list please email ekstoconvenor@gmail.com

Theresa McGee / Tracey Turner / Alan Cuthbertson / Alan Mitchell / Katie Lillie / Laura Ramsay / Louise Shiels / Sarah Riggs /  Belinda Fitzgerald / Jim Meldrum Jane McCracken / Fraser Ruddy /Rhona Ruddy / George Watt / David Wallace/ Derek Stark/ Robert Fleming  / David Chong

Your support of the club and the swimmers at meets would be greatly appreciated.

NAMED CAPS


Shona Duncan is now taking orders for named caps. They cost £7.50 and must be paid for before the order is set to the supplier. Shona will be at the Dollan on Friday 22nd January 2016 at 5.30pm - 6.00pm to take orders. You can also email shonabovill@gmail.com or text 07587142016.

Scottish Short Course Update

Homepage Image EK swimmers came home with 5 medals from the Scottish Short Course Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. In an incredibly high standard meet, As in Samoa, Meg Finnon got the ball rolling on the opening night with an excellent silver in the 200 butterfly. Angus Barr took over the mantle on the Saturday evening with a superb bronze in the 1500 freestyle and Richard Laird took the Scottish Junior title cementing his place as the countries top 16 and under in that event. It was on to day 3 and the turn of the girls to take a medal and junior title. Jennifer King did a fantastic job to take bronze in the 400 IM with Nikki Miller finishing right behind her in 4th to take the Scottish Junior title.

Urgent - STO's and Volunteers Required

EKASC is one of Scotland’s leading clubs and prides itself on its achievements over the years. It has a number of volunteers working tirelessly in the background to ensure the club can continue to function. As well as the day to day running requirements of the Club which are extensive, the competitions our swimmers attend, now require increased parental involvement as volunteers and Swimming Technical Officials, to allow us to attend meets and enter all our swimmers in all events selected by the coaches.  It is therefore necessary that we have more parents who are STO’s volunteering their services and new groups of parents attending the timekeepers workshop.

More and more meets require clubs to provide STO’s and failure on the part of the Club to provide the required number of STOs (Technical Officials including timekeepers and judges) may now result in the Club being unable to enter full teams in meets or at District Level being fined. At District level, fines could total up to £400 for the weekend which we would be unable to fund from existing funds. We urgently require current STO’s to volunteer your services and non STO’s to undertake the timekeeper course.  The volunteers do not have to be a parent, it could be a grandparent, older sibling etc.

This year we have attended meets which could not satisfy the accreditation criteria and as a result some swimmers who achieved national consideration times cannot take part in those events and swimmers could not only miss out on opportunities to swim at competitions but also be unable to join national squads. If we can maximise our STO turnout then it usually only requires one session over a weekend.

 

If we are unable to get enough volunteers coming forward before the end of the year, we will have to consider introducing measures (where circumstances will allow) to increase the number of active STOs or ask the coaches to review entries for competitions. We would do so very reluctantly but the growth in the number of competitive swimmers at all stages and levels in the Club means that we need more volunteers to share the load in running the club and on poolside at competitions. We cannot rely on the same parents offering their support as STO’s as swimmers move on to University/College or retire.

Please be assured that being a timekeeper is not a difficult job anyone can do it, all it requires is your time. If you have not done the timekeeping course please email
ekstoconvenor@gmail.com and we will organise for you to attend a timekeeping course. For those who have done the course we will be asking you to support the next meet your child attends.

 

Going forward, good practice would be for all STOs to take a turn. However, increasing the number of active STOs will mean that their turn will not come around as often and no one will be expected to cover a session at every meet their child attends.

I ask you to consider your role in supporting your club which is currently the top club in the West District and one of Scotland’s leading clubs. To fulfil our requirements and to make progress for your children we need your support and involvement.

Many thanks and I look forward to your support in helping to maintain and improve our performance as a club in and out of the pool.

Andy Figgins

President

Very Kind Email To Us From Mr Andy Bradshaw

We were very fortunate to receive the email below from Mr Andy Bradshaw yesterday (Mon 9th Nov). The contents are self explanatory and are a huge compliment to all concerned. It is very much appreciated that Andy has taken the time and trouble to not only find out our contact details but also write such a lovely letter. Many thanks Andy and I hope we have the privilege of meeting you sometime in the future.


Dear Sir, last month (Oct)  my wife and I went on holiday to Majorca flying out of Manchester airport.

Upon boarding we realised we were sat amongst a large  group of teenagers wearing sweatshirts bearing the logo of East Kilbride Swimming Club. We were expecting a flight with many instances of rowdy noisy teenagers pushing the boundaries. To our surprise the party of youths were very well behaved and were a credit to your organisation.  I congratulate you, the staff and of course the swimmers on their behaviour during the flight and their transfer through Majorca airport, showing a high degree of maturity and self discipline, with the minimum of adult control.

I hope your teams performed equally well in the swimming gala’s, however, they are a credit to your club regardless of their medal score.

You should be very proud of all the group as they displayed winning qualities in life skills worthy of a gold medal.

Please convey my congratulations to all concerned, you have changed my opinion of the youth of today for the better.

You made my wife and I very proud to be British, yes you guessed it, we’re English.

Yours Sincerely, Andy Bradshaw.

 

Club SL Gold

Homepage Image The club has once again achieved the Club SL Gold award. This will run again until July 2016.

Login Request - New Swimmers

Could anyone who is swimming with the club and does not have login, send a message through the general contact tab of the website please and we will set you up to get logged in. This allows us to share information and enter swimmers into competitions.

Scotland’s Jennifer King Gives Verbal to Mizzou for 2016-17

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http://swimswam.com/scotlands-jennifer-king-gives-verbal-to-mizzou-for-2016-17/

Jennifer King, who swims with East Kilbride Swimming Club in Glasgow, Scotland, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Missouri for the 2016-17 season.

King is coming off a strong summer season where she competed at the Scottish National Championships last June in the Commonwealth pool in Tollcross International Swimming Centre. King established seven personal bests at the meet and placed seventh in both the 200m backstroke and 400m IM.

EAST KILBRIDE SWIM TEAM KIT

Any swimmers wishing to order any of the East Kilbride Swim Kit, please contact

Shona Duncan as she is about to place a order. 07587142016 or shonabovill@gmail.com. Shona is at the Dollan reception area most Friday's 6.00pm - 6.30pm. Order must be paid for when placed.

Simply Swim

Parents, swimmers, please click on this link and vote for East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club for a chance to win £1000 of Simply Swim Vouchers . Ask your friends and family to vote also

Commonwealth Youth Games

Homepage Image Meg Finnon has secured another silver medal in Samoa this week, this time in the 800m freestyle. Her time of 8.47 is another PB on her way to her second silver. At the end of the swimming, Team Scotland have secured 7 swimming medals in total. A tremendous achievement. Well done to Meg, Andy and the rest of the team.

Meg Finnon - Silver

Homepage Image On a real positive for the club, Meg Finnon won a silver medal in Samoa on the opening day in the 200m Butterfly at the Commonwealth Youth Games! This is a terrific achievement from one of our swimmers who has come through every level of the club. There are still 3 more days of competition in Samoa and we hope for more medals for Scotland! Well done Meg and Andy!

Great Night at SL Awards for EK

Homepage Image EK swimmers took 3 of the 4 award categories at the SL Sports Awards in the Town House, Hamilton. Meg Finnon and Angus Barr took the junior categories and Corrie Scott took the senior female section as well as receiving a Commonwealth Games legacy award. Karen Kelly of Lanark ASC was a worthy winner of the Coach of the Year award and Ross Leslie of Rutherglen was a very strong candidate in the junior male section and former EK member Commonwealth Games tri-athlete, Grant Sheldon was another high class nominee, this time in the senior male category. Congratulations to all who were nominated and thanks to Forbes Dunlop, CEO of Scottish Swimming for being there to witness our success.

Club Image/Reputation

East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club has been recognised as being the most successful competitive club in the West of Scotland for the past 2 years and recently achieved second position in the National Age Group competition as part of SLS. This achievement is down to the hard work of the swimmers, coaches and volunteers however our overall reputation and success is to a large extent determined by everyone maintaining high standards in the way in which we behave and in the way we support others. In recent times reports have been received suggesting club members whilst at the Dollan Aqua Centre in the showers and changing room areas have been

1. Bringing inappropriate items into public areas of the DAC.

2. Using inappropriate language or talking negatively about other club members.

The continued success of our club relies entirely on how we are seen to conduct ourselves in public at all times and in the way we respect others both within and out with the club itself. Please be aware that we are always being watched and listened to.

Scottish National Championships Dates 2016

Here are the provisional dates for the Scottish national events for 2016. They are subject to change and some probably will.

SNAGS                                       29 March – 3 April

Scottish Nationals                   23 – 26 June

Scottish Summer Meet           22 – 24 July

Scottish Short Course              9 - 11 Dec

Ragbags

Pauline Smith will collect at any time, any of the following:
Clothing, books, toys, games, teddies, recycle electric goods.
Unwanted CD's, computer games.
Please bag separately.

Technical Officials New Kit-Sponsorship Opportunity


Now that the the swimmers all have their new team kit, we would like to smarten up all our officials that judge, time-keep, marshall and so on. If any of the swimmers parents or friends have a business and would like to sponsor the club and have their logo on our new dry-fit polo tops, please contact Shona Duncan on 07587 142016 or email shonabovill@gmail.com.

Corrie Goes Back To Her Roots

Homepage Image We had a fantastic evening with Corrie Scott coming back to the Dollan on 31 August. After a session in the pool Corrie shared her swimming journey with well over 100 swimmers and parents. She spoke about her early years as she made the transition from the lesson programme to the Development squads and ending up in A Squad. She spoke about her training progrmme, competitions and landwork. Her commitment, determination and toughness shone through as she covered both the highs and lows of her career. Now at Edinburgh University she is looking to build on her Commonwealth bronze and has set her sights on Rio and the Gold Coast in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The evening finished with an autograph and photo session. EK wish Corrie every success and we are very proud of her. If a wee girl from Strathaven can do it, why not you?

Easy Fundraising

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If you have not already done so please sign up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk with the 'cause' as East Kilbride Amateur Swimming Club.

This really is very easy when you shop online. There are big pots of money to be gained if you need to buy: Car, Home and Pet Insurance, Mobile Phone Contracts and even if you switch energy supplier. It is great to bring in the small amounts that all add up for nearly everything you buy online.

Check it out and sign up.

EKASC is now on Twitter!

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We are now on Twitter. Follow @ekswimteam for all the latest news and events

Club Acceptable Use of Mobile Phone Policy

Scottish swimming has recently produced specific guidance in relation to the use of mobile phones in club settings. The policy document can be accessed in the GENERAL DOCUMENTS section of our website and all parents and swimmers should make themselves aware of what is expected. It is the intention of the club to require all swimmers and indeed their parents to sign the policy agreement form at the next membership renewal and on any occasion in the immediate future where a planned swimming trip/camp is being organised. 

Technical Officials

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The club is required to provide technical officials for the meets we enter to allow them to take place or in some cases be accredited. An accredited event is one from which the times can be used for qualification for the District Regional Programme, National Squads and National Championships. The club can be stopped from taking part in meets for not providing officials and in the case of West Districts can be fined up to £400 over a weekend. Arranging officials is a thankless task so please assist by agreeing to take a turn at officiating and thus ensure that the club can continue to enhance its reputation, take part in all our planned meets and fulfil our obligations to meet organisers.

Training Changes

Click here to view the training changes for all teams.

Competition Entries

With the closure of the Dollan Aqua Centre, the club no longer has a physical notice board for competition and other announcements. Competition entries will now happen via this website. If you have not yet received your personal log in please contact your coach.

Club Shop

If you need any EK Swim Shop items please contact Elaine Cavanagh on 07540 694 383. Please see the shop page for further info.


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