Competitive Swimming - Water Polo - Learn to Swim
May Report - North West Youth, Wrexham Spring Meet, and Leeds
The weekend of 4th & 5th May saw 22 swimmers from the City of Chester Swimming Club in action.
Five senior swimmers took part in the North West Regional Youth Championships, whilst 17 swimmers attended the Wrexham Spring Meet.
2 Week delay for re-opening the Pacific pool
The target date for re-opening the Pacific pool has been moved back 2 weeks from Saturday 8th June to Saturday 22nd June.
Both pools should be open fully by January 2014 and the £500k plus spend should make a real difference to sustainability of the building. Already, the pool halls look very different following the cleaning work undertaken by staff and volunteers.
Cancellation of Diddy Meet
Due to the extended closure of the pools, the Diddy Meet has been cancelled. Cheques will be destroyed unless there is a request for them to be returned.
Wirral Metro Summer Meet
The Wirral Metro Summer Meet on 13th and 14th July has beed added to galas
Letter from Chester Swimming Association re ongoing works
Please follow the link below for details on the Bath Street works
Children’s swimming lessons
Once the pool has re-opened we don’t anticipate any further disruption to the lessons. When the Atlantic pool re-opens in the Autumn, the swimming lessons will transfer to the Atlantic pool whilst the Pacific roof refurbishment takes place.
Competitive squad training
Please keep up to date with where sessions are taking place as this may change due to availability of pool time. Mike has managed to get pool time bring all squad training back to Chester for the summer programme.
Will continue with their sessions at other pools – any updates or change in venues will be communicated via the website.All other club activities are currently under review.
If you are paying by monthly standing order and your particular activity is currently not taking place you can cancel your monthly payment and set it up again when we re-open. Any refunds will be calculated as soon as is practicable.
Cath Ankers Meet 8th June
Follow the link here for list of accepted entries for the above meet.. Please check your child's entries.
We have not been advised of the warm-up times yet, although it is usually around 8am and all swimmers should arrive 15 minutes before the start of warm-up. A further information letter will be sent nearer the time.
All swimmers must compete in a City of Chester swimming cap. If you need one for the meet please advise which sessions your child attends and we will get one to the coach for you, the cost is £4.50. Please send the correct cash or a cheque made payable to COCSC in an envelope marked with your child's name and that it is for a swimming cap.
Diane Osborne / Jeanette Williams - Competitions Committee
Liverpool Summer Sprints (50m Pool)
The details of the Liverpool Summer Sprints meet on June 22nd and 23rd at Liverpool Aquatic centre, Wavertree have been added to galas.
Times are needed to enter, but you can convert yard times or 25m times using the Pullbuoy or Swimcalc links available below on the right.
New Training Program from 7th May and Parents Evening
Attached is the training plan starting Tuesday 7th May, until further notice.
There is to be a parents meeting in the club bar at 6.30pm on Tuesday 7th May. All are welcome to attend.
Chesterfirst News Report on Pools Closure
The link below is to a news report published 30th April
During the continuing closure of City Baths - Fees for members paying by standing order
Competitive squad members – Please continue your monthly payment
Early Morning Adult lane swimming, Adult Leisure, Swim Fit, Adult Lessons, 1 hour Development classes and half hour children’s swimming lessons [Learn to Swim] - Please continue your payment, refunds will be calculated when the Pacific [small pool] pool re-opens.
Water Polo - Please continue your payment – Jane Fisher is trying to arrange some alternative training, refunds will be calculated once this is confirmed.
Dolphins and Sunday Masters session – your sessions will continue to remain closed until the Atlantic pool re-opens in September. If you have other family members taking part in Club activities please continue your payment, you will be contacted soon regarding a revised fee and a refund. If you don’t have other family members taking part in club activities please cancel your payment as soon as possible, you will be notified of your refund once your payment is cancelled.
Thank you for your patience during the closure and apologies for the disruption this has caused.
Mark Foster swim camp
Mark Foster is holding one day camps in Lancaster, London, Oxford and Dorchester. He's looking for young swimmers between the ages of 11 to 17, who are currently swimming at club level aiming for county qualifying level plus any aiming at regional or national qualifying level, to join him and Katy Sexton MBE.
He has put together a team of some of the most knowledgeable people in swimming to help him cram these three days with the most up to date techniques, drills and methods available to swimmers.
City Baths remain closed - update 24th April
Chester Swimming Association, who run the City Baths, have provided the following update:
The Engineer’s inspection has found that a significant amount of work is required in each pool. A contractor has been identified and has provided cost quotes to CWAC who will be funding the work. After consulting with their Engineer, CWAC have also agreed to fund the costs of pipe and valve work necessary for us to be able to refill the Pacific whilst work is done on the Atlantic.
The Pacific pool (the small pool) will re-open as soon as this pipe and valve work is done and the pool can be filled and heated. – Our best guess at the moment is that this will be in about 3 weeks time. Learn to Swim can then restart.
The Atlantic (the large pool with balcony) will remain closed until the work programme is completed and our best guess is that this pool could be re-opened by September. However this could change. Once the Atlantic work is complete and the pool re-opened, the Pacific will be closed for essential works to be completed there also. This should be a shorter closure – most likely about 3 months.
We will of course update you once we have more information.
You can also see information at Chester Swimming Association Website
City of Chester Swimming Club Strike Gold at Wirral Metro
On 13th April 41 swimmers from City of Chester Swimming Club recently struck gold at Wirral Metro against some serious competition from other clubs on the Wirral, Liverpool and Salford. Between them they gained 21 first places, 27 second places and 18 third places.
After success at the Chreshires, the club has 7 swimmers qualifying for the Age Group Regional championships and 6 qualifying for the Youth championships. They will swim in a total of 41 events.
City of Chester Swimming Club Excel at Cheshire Championships
Over three weekends in March, City of Chester has been on form with 23 swimmers competing in the Cheshire Championships at Macclesfield and Liverpool. The standard was very high, with the swimmers achieving numerous regional and personal best times. They also netted 15 medals along the way.
First House Gala 2013
A grand total of 97 children took part in the first House Gala of 2013, this included 30 newly invited swimmers giving an overall excellent turn out and parents also helping out for the first time. Sharks won the gala with 219 points
Results from the Cheshires can be found at Gala Results
Shop online and Raise Funds for the club!
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Remember you can also use the Mailsports link with promotional code CITCSC0247 to receive a discount of 5% and ensure a 10% commision to the club.
Quiz and Curry Night
Come and join in at the Quiz and Curry night on Thursday 28th March @ The Ship Inn in Handbridge CH4 7JE - 7:30pm for a 8pm start.
Full details including contact details on the poster below - funds raised will go towards the Training Camp
Gold Squad Monday Training Changes
Due to School Gala's, Training on 14th, 21st, 28th January & 4th February will be changed to 6pm - 7pm
Junior Development & Gold Squad Sunday Training Changes
From Sunday 13th January the above squads will train from 9:30am - 11am on Sunday mornings. This is a trial for now to see if this works and if it is appropriate for the squads to train together.
Top Swimmers 2012
Mike awarded Top Boy and Girl awards at the COCSC Presentation Evening at Boughton Cricket Club on Friday 7th December at 7.30pm
Final House Gala - Sharks win trophy
The final House Gala proved to be an exciting event. The points accumulated from the previous 3 galas held througout the year were brought forward with Dolphins, Otters, and Sharks being separated by only 2 points.
Stephen Mosley MP supports City of Chester
David Burgham, Richard Prossor & our Olympic Water Polo player, Fiona McCann, met our local MP Stephen Mosley on 9th November to discuss future facilities in both Cheshire and in Ellesmere Port.
If you have not yet completed the online questionnaire you only have to the 30th November: Questionnaire
Ellesmere Port New Pool Development
A consultation period lasting to the end of November has been opened for a planned Sports and Leisure Village at Ellesmere Port. This proposal includes a new pool where it was hoped that City of Chester, in agreement with Ellesmere Port, would hold galas and so circumvent the difficulties imposed by the ASA and their reluctance to accept times from our 25 yard pool. However, while the pool is eight lanes, it falls short as a competition pool due to limited spectator space and other required facilities for swimmers at poolside, marshalling, timing etc... In addition it is not the 50m pool that was originally proposed and hoped for.
Go to http://www.sinkorswim.org.uk to view a website setting out the Ellesmere Port club view.
The club would encourage all swimmers, members, and parents to have a look at these proposals and complete the questionnaire that is the main feedback for the consultation. Links to both the information and to the questionnaire are below.
Excellent Gala Performances
Recent galas at Holywell and Conwy have seen excellent Team and Individual performances. Read reports below and see results on the gala results page
Derventio February Festival
The Derventio February Festival at Ponds Forge has been added to galas
Aquaforce Long Service Award 2012
Having already been awarded the North West Region award, David Burgham’s name was put forward for the ASA Aquaforce volunteer awards and was successful in being awarded the ASA Aquaforce Long Service Award 2012
New Squad Structure
The new squad structure is being rolled out with the new timetable to start from Monday 5th November
October 31st 2012 - City of Chester Swimming Club’s younger members enjoyed a Halloween themed activity week.
Results from the Geoff Drew, Conwy Autumn Challenge, and Wirral Metro open meet have been added to gala results
Club Championships report - September 2012
Over 90 swimmers, of 8 years of age and upwards from City of Chester Swimming Club, took part in the first gala of the new season at their home pool City Baths during September. There were over 20 events over 4 days. The races were very popular and very well attended with some loud cheering from the many spectators on the balcony!
New Gala Calendar - Full 2012-13 Season Plan
The current gala plan has been extended to include all planned galas up to next August. Link below and in the right hand side panel.
Forster Dean sponsor City of Chester
City of Chester Swimming Club announces its latest sponsorship deal, which is with North West solicitors, Forster Dean.
Stuart Hill from Forster Dean visited the club during the recent club championships to learn about all the activities and watch some of the swimmers compete.
Official 2012 Clubbies Photo
A4 size photo for just £5 - all proceeds to the club
City of Chester Swimming Club Shone at Wirral Metro
There were medals and personal best times in abundance when 34 swimmers from City of Chester came away from the Wirral Metro gala in the last weekend of June. They collected 78 medals between them and over one hundred personal best times. In one of the last galas of the season Chester came away being one of the best performing teams over the weekend.
Second House Gala June 24th 2012
In the second House Gala of the year there were some very exciting races which resulted in a very close finish and the Dolphins team finishing just one point ahead of Otters. Children aged between 8 and 12 years of age finished off the afternoon with some Olympic themed relay races, one of which included a torch relay - all adding to the fun on the day.
Head Coach Mike Price has issued broad criteria that swimmers should meet to gain access to different squads. This gives parents and swimmers a much clearer framework to work in and will form the basis for discussions bewteeen coach and swimmer. Please contact Mike if you require any clarification.
Mike Richards Price is new Head Coach
City of Chester Swimming club welcomed their new Head Coach last week - Mike Richards Price - who brings a wealth of experience with him from his previous coaching roles.
Cath Ankers Gala Report
City of Chester Swimming Club celebrated success at the Cath Ankers gala on Saturday 9th June at Wrexham. The 23 swimmers came away with 16 medals, 4 speeding tickets and 74 personal best times between them.
City of Chester Host Schools Swimming Gala
20 local school teams and 80 junior school children took part in the annual Junior Schools Swimming Gala gala held at City Baths on 22nd May. There were 4 swimmers per relay team racing 100m freestyle in initial round heats and then finals.
Don Bailey retirement
It is with much regret that the Executive Committee confirms that Don Bailey's decision to resign stands. We wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.
City of Chester Claim Large Medal Haul at Wrexham Spring Meet
19 swimmers from City of Chester attended the Wrexham Spring Meet on the weekend of 5th/6th May and came away with a large medal haul: 7 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze against strong competition from teams from North Wales and the North West.
British Masters Championships Sheffield (Long Course)
Some excellent results again for our Masters swimmers:
|Chris Malpass||Gold 100 fly Silver 50 fly 6th 200 free 9th 50 fly|
|Brenda Walker||Silver 200m backstroke,400m Free,200mfree, 4th 100m backstroke.|
|Tom Walker||GOLD 100m,200m Breaststroke and 100m,200m backstroke.|
Warm weather training camp - February 2012
On the 11th February 2012 COCSC took a Group of 24 swimmers to Torremolinos, Spain for one week on a warm weather training camp in the outdoor 8 lane 50m Pool at the regional sports complex.
Swimmers Log Book and inserts
Here are links to the swimmers log book and inserts. Links are also available under activities on the right hand side of this page
Amber is put through her paces by Olympic Swimming Champion
Amber Disley (level 3) was lucky enough to meet former Great Britain swimmer and “Big Splash” ambassador Duncan Goodhew recently.
The opportunity arose when Amber decided to enter this year’s “Big Splash Mile” and was subsequently invited to a coaching session with Goodhew who won the 100m breast stroke gold in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
City of Chester Swimming Club excel at Cheshire Championships
Over the weekend, City of Chester have been on form with 41 swimmers competing in the first weekend of the Cheshire Championships at Macclesfield. The standard was very high but the swimmers out shone many of their competitors, numerous regional and personal best times
First House Gala of 2012 results
92 swimmers attended the first House Gala of 2012, for a large number of children this was their first House Gala, but they all did really well. Dolphins took the honours just ahead of Sharks and Penguins
Michael Rock Event Report
A fantastic day was had by all at the Michael Rock event.
Follow the link below to see a pictorial report of the day.
View Report (large file so will take time to download)
Thanks to all the organisers for a great event
Top Boy & Top Girl 2011
At an excellent presentation evening held at Boughton Cricket Club, Don performed the Master of Ceremonies role to present the trophies for the Club championships and to announce the Top Boy & Top Girl awards for each age group.
Thanks to all who came and special thanks to Sue, Don and our DJ: Neil Franks
Otters win House Gala Final by a point!
The final house gala of the year started with only 24 points covering all the teams. The Otters came from 3rd to pip the previous leaders, the Sharks, by a single point.
Chester Medal Haul at Coventry
6 of the top swimmers from City of Chester came away with 17 top 3 finishes, 2 national qualifying times and 28 personal best times, after travelling to their recent swimming gala in Coventry.
Dolphins win House Gala - Sunday 2nd October
The Dolphins had an excellent day while the Sharks had an off day but still lead overall. The stage is set for a fantastic finale with only 24 points covering first to last - any one can win!
Success at Arfon Masters
Mark Foster having flu and not showing up for the evening do did not stop Chester's Masters swimmers having an excellent event - Clive Roberts, Chris Malpass, and Brian Shenstone clocked up 13 1st places and 2 2nds at a very well attended event.
Swimmers shine at Stoke on Trent
The club made the regular trip to Cosacss at the end of September and had some great results - this was the very rare occasion where every swimmer posted a personal best time
How far can you swim? Katie Durnall shows how it's done
Long Distance awards were held on September 25th with swimmers ages ranging from 5 – 14. One of the youngest children – Katie Durnall achieved 3000m age 6!
Ban on Clear Detachable Bottle Tops
These bottles are banned from the whole of the building. The clear plastic bottle tops are a choking hazard and once in the water they are virtually impossible to see. If the coaches or association staff see these bottles on poolside then they have been instructed to bin them immediately.
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- Training Schedule from 7th May
- Times Online | Help
- Regional Qualifying Times - Age Group | Youth
- National Qualifying Times - 2013 Youth
- Squad Criteria
- 2012 - 13 Gala Calendar | Galas | Gala Results
- ASA National Teaching Plan
- Learn to Swim | Re-enrolment
- Learn To Swim Timetable
- Transition to competitive swimming (pdf)
- Water Polo
- Adult Leisure Swimming & Adult Lessons
- Swim Shop
- Doping, Medical, & Nutrition
- Weekly Log Book
- Swim North West
- Cheshire County Water Polo and Swimming
- Links to swimming related web resources
- Slide Show
- Pullbuoy Time Convertor | Instructions
- SwimCalc Time Convertor
- Distance Awards
- Clubbies 2011
- Issy at Nationals
- Sheffield No Frills
- NW Region
- Claire House Hospice
- Primary Schools 2011
- Wrexham anniversary gala
- Sharks win June House Gala
- Walker family relay at British Masters
- Seals win First House Gala
- COCSC prepare for Cheshires
- Swimfin arrives at Chester
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