31 July 2015

16 July 2015

Neville Bradley 1935-2015

We are saddened to report the recent death of Neville Bradley who passed away on 6th July.
Neville first got involved with Bramcote SC 45 years ago when the family moved to Nottingham and his daughter started swimming with us. He became a key figure in the club over the years, serving as treasurer, chairman and president of Bramcote SC. Neville twice represented Bramcote SC at Gutersloh, Germany, the twin town of Beeston. He was awarded life membership when he stepped down from the committee and continued to help out by auditing the accounts for a number of years. Neville was involved not only at a committee level but was a timekeeper, judge, starter and referee. His contribution to swimming also extended beyond Bramcote SC. Neville became involved at county and regional level and is a past president of Notts ASA.
Bramcote SC owes a great debt to Neville for his dedication over many years and we pass on our sincere condolences to his wife Christine and their family.
Neville's funeral will take place at Bramcote Crematorium on Monday 27th July at 11.45am and members of Bramcote SC are most welcome to attend. Family flowers only but donations in Neville's memory to Cancer Research UK or Alzheimer's UK are gratefully received.

09 July 2015

New club kit now available to order

Great news!
We are ready to launch the new club kit-a brilliant new range with new logo and online ordering and payment. Delivery after ordering will be about 2 weeks and you can have items delivered to the club for free. There are special offers available on some 'bundles' of shirt+hoodie+bag and you can have kit items personalised for a small extra charge.
Have look at the new range and get your order in soon!
Many thanks to our parent volunteer Mel Wilcox who has worked incredibly hard on getting this all set up.

An extra bonus for swimmers is that to celebrate our 50th birthday, anniversary swimcaps will be delivered this week and there will be a free swimcap for every Bramcote SC swimmer. We will start handing them out at club champs on Friday.

05 July 2015

24 June 2015

New bank account details

This week, all swimmers should get a letter regarding a change of bank account for Bramcote SC. The letter also reminds you of the new monthly subscriptions and, if you have arrears, there is information on that too. If you have not received a letter by next week, please me know by e-mail to treasurerbramcotesc@gmail.com. It is very important that you make sure to change your standing order and that you make sure you pay the correct subscriptions. This is the only way for us to provide swimming for your children.
On a lighter note, enjoy the sunshine, such as it is, and hopefully the summer will be a decent one.
George Holmer

22 June 2015

BBQ this Saturday-ticket reminder

Remember that it is Bramcote SC's 50th anniversary barbeque this Saturday 27th June from 6pm.
We have games, a bouncy castle and a disco as well as a fantastic raffle-look out for the list of prizes later this week.
If you haven't got your BBQ ticket yet, you will be able to buy it this Tuesday during the normal swim sessions. Tickets will be on sale in the reception area and/or at the desk on the balcony.
We need to know final numbers for catering.
Tickets are £4 per adult and £15 per family. Don't miss out on a great evening!

13 June 2015

Remember to enter club champs

Entry to this year's club champs closes this Sunday 14th June.
It is hoped that ALL members of Core and Performance squads will enter this year's championships. Entries are made via our website and information on the competition can be found here.

A parent volunteer will be available in the reception of Bramcote Leisure centre from 7pm on Sunday evening, to help anyone who requires assistance with their entry.

Please pay the entry fee at the desk as soon as you can after entering the competition
Thank you for your support

27 May 2015

Reminder about updating subscriptions

We are now almost at the end of May and the new subs have been in place for two months. Thank you to everyone who has amended their standing orders. Unfortunately, there are still some parents paying the old amount. I would like to remind you all that the monthly subscription for Learn to Swim is £33, for all Core squads is £38, for all Performance squads is £43, for the un-coached adult session is £18 and for AquaStars is £40. The club relies on this money to survive and if you want to know more about how the money is spent, you're welcome to contact me by e-mailing treasurerbramcotesc@gmail.com . I'm happy to answer any questions.
Thanks for you co-operation
George Holmer

22 May 2015

21 May 2015

Competition calendar

As you may know, we are in the process of creating a new website. Until the new website is up and running, we will post most updates on this blog.
See below for our updated competition calendar (click on the image to see it clearly). A copy is also available on the club notice board. Still to be added is the Notts ASA winter gala but the dates for that have not yet been published.

18 May 2015

Club Champs entry now OPEN!

Entry to the 2015 Bramcote Swimming club Championships is now open.
Please enter online by clicking the 'Enter club champs' link on the club champs webpage, which also contains all the information about this year's event.
As in recent years, the competition will take place in two parts, summer and autumn. The full schedule can be viewed here.

This year sees the return of the Medley, which carries a CASH prize on the night for the winner and runner-up in each of the 4 categories-see Medley Skins conditions. Competitors for the Medley skins will be decided in the 200IM, so make sure you enter it!

Entry to club champs will close on 14th June. Entries close at this time, to allow the organisers to process all the entries. We are delighted that we have been able to keep the entry fees unchanged from 2014. Once you have entered, please pay as soon as possible. This can be done at the Sunday desk, or by posting the money in a named envelope marked 'Club champs entry' into the post box on the first floor of the leisure centre.

Some of you may be aware that entry to next year's Notts ASA County Champs will require swimmers to have times on the ASA Rankings database, i.e. times must be obtained in licenced meets. We have obtained a Level 4 licence for this year's Club Champs but will require support from volunteers in order for the licence to be valid. More information about this will be provided soon.

09 May 2015

Land Training back to normal

For those swimmers who normally attend land training, we are pleased to say that it will start back this Sunday (10th May) at 7pm.
Thank you for your patience during the recent disruption
From the Executive committee

15 April 2015

Message from our treasurer

As you know, we have now entered a new tax year and I find that there are always changes to be made but for me, I think that sits very well with the Easter experience and the feeling of spring in the air. Sad as I am, I use Easter as a time to go through bank statements, check direct debits and generally spring clean my finances. I always find that there are things to do. One such thing I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you all of are the new fees for Bramcote Swimming Club. The reason for this increase is that our pool hire costs have, again, gone up above inflation and, as a swimming club, this is a cost pretty much outside of our control.
The new fees for all learn to swim programmes is £33, the new fee for junior core, inter core and senior core is £38, the new fee for junior performance, inter performance and senior performance is £43 and for synchro, the new fee is £40. Of course, there is still a 50% discount for any third swimmer applied to the lowest rate and the fourth and subsequent swimmer gets a 100% discount, again on the lowest rate.
As these payments are not made by direct debit but by standing order, we as a club cannot make these changes. You need to do them yourself but if you have online banking, this is very easy.
I hope you have enjoyed your Easter break, or perhaps you are more like me and long for the quiet of the office. At any rate, enjoy the sun such as it is.
George Holmer,

06 April 2015

Introduction to our new treasurer

My name is George Holmer and from February I am the treasurer for Bramcote Swimming Club. I am also vice chair of the club and chair of the swim committee which is the sub-committee dealing with galas, open meets, teams, squads etc.

I have two daughters swimming with the club, one in group 3 and one in group 7 so I am still waiting for the big wins but I am sure they will come… Outside the club, I work as a freelance legal and financial translator and look after our six kids and house as well as a crazy springer spaniel. We bought a house in Chilwell 2013 and before that, we were in Bramcote for 18 months and before that, six months in Aspley. I am originally from Sweden and my wife from Sheffield but we both studied at Reading and then lived in Worcester, Belgium, Sweden and Kenya, were my wife taught Latin and Greek of all things. Here, she taught in Derby but left teaching last year and works in Calverton in credit control these days. We are now pretty settled here in Nottingham and with the kids in English Martyr’s in Long Eaton and The Becket in West Bridgford, the kids have told us we are not allowed to move again.

At the moment, I am dealing with arrears and monthly subs which, unfortunately, are going up from April. Please remember to update your standing order and while you are at it, if you are paying for more than one swimmer, it would really help me if you made separate payments with separate references for each child. I realise how annoying this can be your end but if you have ever done any cash allocation, you probably know how much it can help.

If you have any questions you can contact me on treasurerbramcotesc@gmail.com 

George Holmer

02 April 2015

Easter weekend closures

Below is a reminder that there are no sessions for Learn to Swim groups, Squads or AquaStars over the Easter Bank holiday weekend.
A Happy Easter to all our members!

23 February 2015

Bramcote SC has advertised for a new Head Coach

Bramcote SC has advertised for a new Head Coach to take over from Michelle Preston, who is staying with the club in the position of Assistant Head Coach.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed new Head Coach to take over responsibility primarily for the senior swim squads (aged 13+) and to oversee the organisation and co-ordination of the other swim squads. In doing so, the Head coach will receive strong support form our highly skilled coaching team. It is envisaged that the role would require 12-18 hours per week, salary up to £25, 000 pro rata, depending on qualifications and experience. The ideal applicant will have a UKCC/ASA Level 3 qualification, although a suitably experienced coach with a UKCC/ASA Level 2 qualification would also be considered for the post. The full advert, detailed job description and information on how to apply can be seen on the Careers in Aquatics website.

We would like to reassure parents that Michelle will continue as Head coach until the best possible candidate is found to take over. We thank Michelle and the coaching and teaching teams for their continued support and dedication to the club through this period of transition.

From the Executive Committtee

12 February 2015

Counties 2015 begins this weekend

Good luck to everyone competing for Bramcote SC at this year's County Champs, which starts this Saturday 14th February. 37 Bramcote SC swimmers have entered for the competition, having successfully achieved the necessary qualification times over the last year. We are really looking forward to some fast swimming and an exciting competition, which goes on until mid-March, culminating in the relay gala on 15th. Full details of the schedule, draft programmes and a full meet timeline can be viewed at the County Champs website. Once the competition starts, the link to results will become active.

Please note that if any swimmer is unable to attend their event for any reason, you must withdraw by e-mailing withdraw@notts-swimming.co.uk in advance or by texting 07725 320970. Failure to withdraw will result in a £10 fine from Notts ASA. Please also let your coach know that you will not be competing.

Go Bramcote!

10 February 2015

Competition Time

08 February 2015

Team Manager course

Our team managers are a huge support to coaches on poolside during all levels of competition, including club champs, league galas and County Champs. Team managers ensure that swimmers get to their race on time, eat and drink enough and generally keep an eye on them, leaving coaches free to coach the swimmers. To ensure that any parents who help on poolside at competitions are fully prepared, we have arranged with Notts ASA to run a Team Manager course in the Training room at Bramcote Leisure Centre from 6.30-9pm on Tuesday 24th February. The course will be run by Wendy Coles of Notts ASA. Anyone interested in attending should e-mail secretary.bsc@hotmail.co.uk to sign up, or add your name to the list on the club notice board. The course is free of charge. Team managers will be required to become members of the club and to undergo a DBS check.

Becoming a team manager is a great way to get involved and help out the club-especially if you can only lend a hand every now and then.

Thanks for your support