20 October 2014

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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

02 October 2014

More about 2015 Notts ASA County times

Below is a comment posted today on the Notts ASA website in reaction to comments about the county times published on Wednesday.
We will formulate a response to be sent from Bramcote SC. Please let us have any comments in writing to secretary.bsc@hotmail.co.uk by the end of Saturday 4th October to give us time to collate the issues and submit a response from the club.

2015 County Championships Announcement

We have received multiple comments regarding next years Championships and we are reviewing all of these. A full conclusion will be announced by Thursday next week in preparation for the Leagues registration meeting where we have asked for a speaker to be present to talk about the 2015 County Championships.
If your club would like to pass over any comments can you please have them emailed (as a club not individually) to county.entries@notts-swimming.co.uk by Sunday 5th October.

01 October 2014

Notts ASA 2015 County QTs and schedule

The qualifying times and schedule of events for the 2015 Nottinghamshire County Championships have now been published on the Notts ASA website. (Scroll down a little to 'Meet information'.) Remember the 'Age at' date is 31st December 2015.

19 September 2014

Training at Loughborough CANCELLED

We have just been informed that University of Loughborough have been forced to close the pool for the remainder of today (19th September). 
This means that tonight's training at Loughborough has been cancelled.
Apologies for the short notice but the circumstances are beyond our control

09 September 2014

Secondary Schools Relay Gala

Bramcote will again be the venue for the ESSA Secondary Schools Team Championships (East Midlands Division) on Friday 26th September.

Please encourage your school to take part! It is a chance to be part of the school swim team and compete against schools from six counties. 

Closing date for entries: 19th September.

The Final will be held in the Olympic Pool at the London Aquatic Centre.

For more information contact Liam on 07976 516232.

08 September 2014


We would like to remind parents that they must not go onto poolside during training sessions. It is important both for quality of coaching and for the health and safety of swimmers that coaches are not distracted by parents during training.

Should parents wish to speak to a coach, they should send a message with their child, e-mail the coach directly or send an e-mail to secretary.bsc@hotmail.co.uk

Thank you for your co-operation

06 September 2014

Ben selected for School Games

Ben Foulston will be in action in Manchester this weekend, after being selected to represent the Midland region in this multi-sport competition between teams from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and 5 English regions. The games are for under 16s and are held annually. In para-swimming these games are ranked just below the World Class programme.
You can watch the games and find more information at the Sainsbury's School Games website.

Ben was selected after his outstanding performances at National level over in the earlier part of the year and he continues to go from strength to strength, producing some fantastic results in the National MC Championships in August. Ben was a finalist in 5 events which as a 14 year old swimming in a open aged competition is a fantastic achievement.

Good luck this weekend Ben!

04 August 2014

30 July 2014

No Land Training on 10th, 17th, 24th August

Land training will run as usual on Sunday (3rd August) this week, but due to competitions and holiday the next session will be on 31st August.


16 July 2014

Friday training at Bramcote

Please note that the training session at Bramcote Leisure Centre THIS Friday 18th July has been moved to the time of 8-9pm due to the Broxtowe Aquathlon.
This is for one week only.
Training will return to the normal time of 7-8pm from Friday 25th July.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
Training at Loughborough is unaffected.

13 July 2014

Wednesday Masters

10 July 2014


09 July 2014

Thursday training is cancelled

Due to industrial action, Bramcote Leisure Centre and John Carroll Leisure Centre will be closed on this Thursday July10th.
This means that training at both of these venues has been CANCELLED on that evening.

03 July 2014

28 June 2014

Club Champs payment

Thank you to all those who have entered this year's Club Champs.
If you haven't paid your entry fee yet, please do so at the desk this Sunday.
Or you can put the fee in an envelope marked with the swimmer's name and 'Club Champs' and pop it into the club postbox on the first floor of the leisure centre.
Thank you for your co-operation.