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,
Treasurer

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

05 February 2015

Dates for club champs 2015


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