27 January 2015

New Chair and Treasurer

Bramcote Swimming Club is pleased to announce that, following Scott's recent resignation as chairman of the club, at last Wednesday's meeting of the Executive committee, Ian Fahy was elected as the new chairman with George Holmer taking over the position of club treasurer.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate both Ian and George on their new appointments and to thank Scott and Sarah for all of their hard work. We wish them all the best for the future!

Bramcote SC Executive Committee

09 January 2015

A TV star in the making!

Lenka Tanner, our head synchro swimming coach has made a big splash on TV over Christmas and the new year as the face of the new Kuoni adverts. If you haven't already seen it  just click the adverts link to

This has come at a great time as Lenka and her team launched the synchro swimming training sessions earlier this week adding another dimension to Bramcote Swimming Club. I'm sure that this will be an exciting time for the club and look forward to meeting new members!

06 January 2015

County Champs entry reminder

As the deadline for entry to the Notts ASA County Champs approaches, this is a reminder that entry forms and payment should be sent to Sarah Pearson as soon as possible.

All qualifiers should have received entry forms from their coach. If you have qualified and did not get a form, please speak to your coach or e-mail secretary.bsc@hotmail.co.uk.
Qualifying times can be viewed here. Swimmers must have achieved the qualification time in order to be entered. All entry times must be listed on the Bramcote SC database of individual times. (If you require details of how to access this database, please e-mail secretary.bsc@hotmail.co.uk.)
Remember that the 'age at' date is 31st December 2015.  Please note that 9 year old swimmers must have reached their 9th birthday on or before 14th March 2015.

If you are swimming in the Notts ASA Winter gala (17/18 Jan), any updated times can be added to your entry to Counties, so please don't wait till after this gala to send in your form. Compiling the Counties entry for the club is a massive job and needs to be mostly completed before the Winter gala and then updated in the few days between 18th Jan and the closing date.

Many thanks for your co-operation

19 December 2014

Main pool Christmas fun gala

This Sunday 21st December is the Christmas Fun gala-silly races and chocolate for everyone!

Groups 8 & 9, Junior Core, Junior Performance-from 7-8pm

Intermediate, Senior and Nova Squads-from 8.15-9.30pm

Hope to see you there!

16 December 2014

Learn to Swim Fun gala

Please see below for details of the Learn to Swim fun night on Sunday.
Details for the main pool swimmers will follow in the next day or two-watch this space.

11 December 2014

AquaStars Routine

This Saturday (13th) is the 6th and final session of the Bramcote SC AquaStars synchronised swimming taster course.
You are all welcome to come and see what the swimmers have been up to. They will be performing their routine 8.30-9a.m. 

02 December 2014

Christmas Break

28 November 2014


Sam is at a Uni Gala this Sunday (30th Nov) and Land Training is therefore cancelled.

All swimming sessions will run as usual.

26 November 2014


Sunday proved to be the busiest day of the year for Bramcote Swimming Club with many of the older swimmers taking part in our 7th Open Meet with warm up starting at 8:30 in the morning. Some excellent swimming saw personal best times achieved along with qualification for County and Midland Championships. 

Full results are available.

Not content with one competition in the day though, in the evening we hosted our 2014 Teaching Pool Championships, with groups 3 through to 9 taking part. The standards were extremely high once more with the enthusiasm of the swimmers, many competing for the first time, matched by some extremely vocal support.

Results are now available with awards being presented at our Presentation Evening on 5th December. Tickets will be on sale on Sunday and Tuesday evening.

Congratulations to all swimmers who took part and to the parents, coaches, teachers and friends without who these events just would not happen.

Go Bramcote!

16 November 2014

Meeting about Counties 2015

15 November 2014

Raffle Prizes Please

Bramcote Swimming Club runs several events each year to raise funds for the club and would appreciate any raffle prizes which can be donated. With the Bramcote Open next weekend any donations would be gratefully appreciated and these can be dropped off at the Sunday desk or handed to Sarah Pearson, Judy Cresham-Fox or Fiona Dilley.

Thank you

13 November 2014

Changes to teaching and coaching teams

Since the start of the new season, Bramcote SC has seen some changes in the teaching and coaching teams on poolside.

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Mags Heathfield as our new Learn to Swim co-ordinator. Mags is a Level 2 teacher and has much experience as a swimming instructor with Bramcote Leisure Centre. We are confident that she will be a great addition to the team. Mags' appointment follows the resignation of Lee Reddish, who has accepted a job as a swimming teacher in Dubai and moved there in September. Bridget Reddish has also resigned her position as a swimming teacher with the club. We extend our thanks to Lee and Bridget for their contributions to the club over the past number of years.

On the coaching side, Luke Howdle has moved to university in Sheffield, where he is training and competing with City of Sheffield SC. Peter Tejes, following a storming performance in the Hungarian National Champs in the summer, has been called up to the Hungarian National team and has moved to Hungary to continue his training as part of the national squad. Our existing coaches are currently covering the sessions while the committee recruit a replacement Level 2 coach. We wish Luke and Peter well. We will be following their swimming progress with great interest and hope to see them back at Bramcote when they are next in Nottingham.

09 November 2014

Presentation evening

06 November 2014

AquaStars synchro course

Bramcote SC AquaStars 6 week taster course still has a few spaces left. If you have never tried synchro before-this is your chance to give it a go. The course starts THIS Saturday 8th November, 7.30-9am at Bramcote Leisure Centre and is open to swimmers aged 7+.

The cost of the course is just £18 and thanks to funding from Sportivate, the price includes a swim cap and nose clip. Once you have completed the course, participants have the opportunity to join the AquaStars team full time (first month is free for those on the taster course).

If you would like to find out more, or register for the course, e-mail Lenka on bscaquastars@hotmail.com

20 October 2014

Parent Forum

16 October 2014

Ben Foulston invited to World Class Programme

Following a review by British Swimming of his performances in 2014, Bramcote swimmer Ben Foulston (14) has been invited to join the British Para-Swimming 2014/15 World Class Podium Potential Programme from 1st November.

Ben has trained very hard this year and produced some outstanding results in competition. He has been striving to achieve the consideration times for this World Class Programme, with plenty of encouragement and support from Bramcote Head Coach, Michelle Preston. The year began with Ben joining the ASA England Talent Programme and moving into Mansfield Nova B squad to train under the guidance of Glenn Smith and Pauline Gourley. This training soon began to pay dividends at the DSE Junior Short Course Nationals with Ben gaining some great pb's and winning a good few medals too.

Shortly after his performance at SC Nationals Ben was awarded a Sports Aid grant to offset against the expenses of Ben's Para-Swimming. Sports Aid are a charity who support the next generation of athletes in all sports and their patron is HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Previous (swimming) recipients of awards are Michael Jamieson, Rebecca Adlington, Mark Foster, Ellie Simmonds and Bramcote's Emma Bird and Luke Howdle. You can view Ben's profile and find out more about Sports Aid on their website.

In April, Ben competed at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow. Again, Ben produced some excellent performances and qualified for 5 of the 16/u finals. Next up, in July, was the British Gas MC National Championships in Sheffield. Ben swam in 6 events, achieved personal bests in them all and swam in 5 finals, all the time edging closer to the World Class Programme consideration times. At the start of September, Ben represented England Central in the Sainsbury's school games in the Manchester Aquatic Centre. This was Ben's first multi-sport international event and was a fantastic experience. He competed in 3 events and won a bronze medal in the 100m Free. After yet more personal best times and 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the recent West Midlands Disability Short Course championships, Ben is now ranked inside the top 10 British Para-swimmers (open age group) in 7 events- 50m Free, 100m Free, 400m Free, 100m Fly, 100m Back and 200m IM.

An invitation to the World Class Podium Potential shows that Ben's performances and attitude in the past year indicate that he has a realistic chance of selection for Rio 2016 and of podium position in 2020 and beyond. This is not the end of the hard work-just the end of the beginning!

Congratulations Ben
Go Bramcote!

Bramcote Open 2014 - ALMOST FULL!

Due to a recent surge of entries, we are now completely full for the morning session and will not be able to accept any additional entries for those events.

We have a limited amount of space in events for the afternoon session and will be allocating places on a first come basis.

We will contact entrants individually where we are unable to accept a complete entry (morning and afternoon swims) to see if the afternoon swims are still required

Thanks to all who are supporting our open meet this year!

15 October 2014


Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to say HI as the new synchronised swimming coach for Bramcote Swimming Club.

If you didn't know already, BSC has just added a synchronised swimming section to the Club and the new team will be called the AquaStars!

We are kicking off with a 6 Week Taster Course, so if you have never tried it before... this is your opportunity to dip your toe in and see what synchro is all about!

The course starts Saturday, 8th November - 7:30 to 9am at Bramcote LC. The course is open to any competent swimmers age 7+. More information on the AquaStars website.

If you are interested, email bscaquastars@hotmail.com.

Hope to see you poolside for some dancing in the water!


PS - I know synchro is usually seen as a female sport - but actually - synchro techniques like sculling can definitely help improve competitive swimmers' movement through the water... so boys are DEFINITELY welcome!!

10 October 2014

Notts ASA County QTs-revised

Notts ASA have today made the following announcement:
"The revised qualifying times and schedule are now available on the County Championship pages.  Concern has been expressed about the exclusion of the younger swimmers but this is under the direction of the ASA to comply with a new competition structure introduced by British Swimming.  This document was released on Monday 6th October and can be found on the link below, this is a ‘Live’ document and will be updated from time to time as the changeover to the new structure takes place.

The steps Notts ASA Swimming Committee have taken this year is to ease the transition. In 2016 the youngest qualifying time will be set at 11yrs and the youngest competitors 10yrs subject to meeting the 11yr qualifying time, the biggest change Notts ASA have made for 2015 is in moving the age at date from age at day to age at 31st December.  It was decided to introduce age at 31st December in 2015 because doing this in 2016 combined with raising the minimum age to 10/11 and a move to Harvey Haddon (swimming long course) would have been a massive change and cause even more upset.  These new meet conditions are only applicable to the County Championships and above. Young swimmers will have many opportunities to compete in swimming leagues, club internal galas and appropriate open meets including the Notts ASA Summer and Winter Galas which have both been extended to 2 days. Any change is always controversial in one way or another and will not suit everyone. The Notts ASA are following a British Swimming / ASA directive , please give your support to manage this change as best we can. Thank you.

09 October 2014