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Age Group:369 
Age Group:50 
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Mercian League Final Success!

Congratulations to all swimmers for achieving a fantastic third place in this year's Mercian League final. Great swims all round! A special thanks to Kim for managing this year's team and to Lisa, Chloe and Nell, and also to all the other poolside helpers, officials & parents for their support along the way. 

Well done all!

Round 3 Junior League Victory

Congratulations to the Junior League Team who won their 3rd round gala at Leamington this evening and booked themselves a place in the Final on the 13th September.

Stratford’s first final since 2003 so well done to Mike Cole who has been targeting this for a number of years.

A massive thank you to everyone who supported the team in the stands and especially to all the swimmers on poolside who cheered themselves hoarse.

Full results will be published tomorrow when we get the official times.

The team for the final will be selected after the last round of the Mercian League on the 12th July and the Boldmere Water Carnival next weekend.

Midland Championships

Well done to all our swimmers who qualified this year for the Midland Youth and Age Group Championships, with some great swims!  The following swimmers achieved in total 29 qualifying times for the Youths: Elinor Bird, Lucy Castle, Sandy Forysiak, Ailsa Gavan McHarg, Joshua Walker, and Sophie Warden. 


This year Sharks had 10 swimmers competing at the Midland Age Group Championships.  Tom Beamer, Isabelle Callaghan, Lucy Griffiths, Madeleine Hoare, Robin Hughes and Kathryn Lythgo were joined by Harrison Cook, Daniel Cox, Erin Freeman, Laura Griffiths who were competing at their first championships. Sophie Wootton also qualified for the relay event. 


A special mention to Madeleine Hoare who has achieved 9 National Qualifying Times and Robin Hughes who has achieved his National Qualifying Time in the 1,500m. 

Well done all!

First LIDO Session

First session of the summer at the LIDO in Banbury and the heavens opened, swimmers were happy as they were wet anyway, the coaches were even wetter.

The nice warm water made creating a tropical feel, if you were sat inside anyway.

Junior Development Coach - Bulls Squad

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dirk Cox as Junior Development coach for the Bulls squad.

Dirk is an experienced coach and has held a number of coaching roles both in Hampshire where he lived until 2008, and previous positions in the Midlands as Junior Development Coach at City of Birmingham and Boldmere Head Coach.

Dirk swam with the City of Birmingham and attended various National Championships between 1984 to 1991. He moved to City of Coventry swimming under Nick Selwood until 1994  and attended Olympic trials in 1992. After this he continued competing with the GB Triathlon team, winning a number of high profile Triathlons and attending four Triathlon World Championships. Dirk recently completed Ironman events in Switzerland & Lanzarote and still competes as a masters swimmer at a high level..

Dirk will be coaching alongside Mike at UOW Junior session tomorrow morning and we are looking forward to him starting his regular Bulls sessions next week!


Junior League Result

Some fantastic swimming last night earned the team a resounding second place at Halesowen.

Boldmere 245, Stratford Sharks 215, Redditch, 190, Halesowen A 149, Blythe 133, Stafford Apex 129

Banbury LIDO LC Sessions

Junior Performance, Senior Development & Senior Competitive Squads

We are again taking the opportunity to train in Banbury’s 8 Lane 50m LIDO this summer, training will be 7.00-9.00am on Saturday mornings in place of the Stratford Early Morning sessions.

Last year we had a very good turnout and it was a big hit, even if it was a bit cool for the first few weeks with the cold weather.   We are planning on starting on Saturday 24th May but that will depend on the LIDO being up to temperature and ready, last year they had a problem with the pool covers which delayed things a bit.   We will continue this training right through August and depending on what happens at SLVC possibly further into September.

The final start date will be confirmed nearer the time and I would remind everyone what we learned last year.  Always come well dressed and keep warm while warming up.

Junior Development Squad members should contact Tom or Mike if they are are interested in training.

Open Water Swimming
Anyone considering Open Water swimming? West Midlands Swimming are holding an Open Water Development Camp, more information here.
SLVC User Engagement Results
The results of the SLVC User Engagement have been published. The brief highlights are that the village-style changing remains, the storage area at the deep end of the pool has been removed, and balcony seating will be a mix of seats and benches. Further detail is available here.
Coventry Pool Petition

There is a petition here to keep a 50m pool in Coventry. Last week, Coventry City Council said that the costs surrounding a new 50m pool would be considered.

Remember, as it stands the next nearest 50m pool is in Corby, and no training will be available there, only the existing annual open meets staged by Northampton Swimming Club.

So please take a minute to sign the petition and add weight to the campaign which aims to keep a 50m pool in our area, and in turn maintain the Olympic Legacy of promoting all levels of sporting ability. 

Coventry 50m Pool Closure

As most will know, Coventry’s 50m pool is threatened with closure. It has been proposed to replace it with a facility containing a 25m pool and water slides. The impacts of this are fully explained in the leaflet that has been handed out at the County Championships, and available here.

If you wish to further your swimming career, training in a 50m pool is essential. If Coventry’s pool closes, this will no longer be possible locally. The next closest 50m pool is in Corby. City of Coventry swimming club is Stratford Sharks’ local performance hub on the ASA Pathway, and the reduction of pool space they will suffer because of this will be disastrous. Simply put, if a club is allocated certain hours and runs full sessions in an 8 lane 50m pool, which is then replaced by an 8 lane 25m pool, then the membership has to halve. This will reduce opportunities for our swimmers to move on in swimming as places will be at a premium.

Coventry City Council are proposing to spend £36 million on the new facility. When the 50m pool was built in Corby it cost £21 million. Surely water slides and the other proposed facilities can be provided using the remaining £15 million, and in doing so deliver the West Midlands a facility to be proud of.

Please take the time to have a look at the leaflet and complete the survey on http://www.covsport.org.uk using the guidance described in the leaflet.


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Follow us on Twitter @sharksasc - https://twitter.com/SharksASC

And also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stratfordsharks.asc

Please use them sensibly, they are there so we can communicate with others and inform our members of any news and not to tell the world how much wine we had last night!!

Press Officer

After 4 years Mike Plowman has decided to step down from his role as Club Press Officer.  Mike has done an excellent job and will be missed by us all, thanks Mike!

We are now seeking a replacement, by an equally energetic and enthusiastic individual with commitment and good communication skills.  The main duties are generally as follows:

  • Ensure wide coverage of SSASC in local press
  • Produce informative and unbiased reports on swimming galas / meets for the Stratford Herald, other publications as appropriate and the Club website
  • Liaise with meet promoters, coaches and parents attending meets to collect results for publication
  • Keep club noticeboard up to date with press cuttings
  • Follow and promote the ASA Child Protection policy

If you interested and would like to discuss further, please contact JP.

SLVC Proposed Refurbishment - Update 17/12/13

Neil and I have had further discussions today with Chris Fennel, Head of Leisure Services, regarding the proposed refurbishment of SLVC.  The consultation process is now underway and the feedback we have received from you so far centres on the concerns about the suitability of the proposed bench style seating in the gallery and the impact of the proposed poolside stores that will dominate the current space at the deep end of the pool.  We have asked that consideration be given to a like for like replacement of the seating and the possibility of the proposed poolside stores being built outside of the current footprint in order that our ability to deliver invitation galas and other events is not comprised, and that we do not lose this valuable space that the coaches regularly use before, during and after training sessions.

Chris is keen to invite all of your comments during this consultation process and I would encourage you to contribute by using the PDF form which can be downloaded here, or by filling in a hard copy available by the design drawing display at SLVC.  Council officers and members of the design team will be at SLVC to answer any questions at the following times:

Wednesday 18 December     -        4pm to 7pm

Thursday 19 December        -        10am to 2pm

This is our opportunity to steer the process and it is important that our voice is heard and acted upon, so please take time to contribute.


SLVC Refurbishments 2013

Hi All,

The design concept drawings for the proposed refurbishment works at SLVC are now in the public domain. I have extracted them from the full council report and the drawings can be seen here. Once the full report has been presented to the cabinet and the scheme approved the council will move to the next stage of the process, which will involve full plan costing and a consultation process will begin which Neil & I will expect to play a part in. We will of course be open to all your comments to bring forward with us.




Congratulations - Competitive Start Award

The following swimmers passed their competitive start diving award on Saturday 12th July.  
 Stanley b- Crowder
 Gracie Lloyd
 Lucy Sainsbury 
 Adam Nash 
 Noah Folkes 
 Georgia Ireland 
 Rebecca Davis 
 Thomas Francioni
 Caitlain Jones 

Thanks to all parents for your support over the last couple of months and well done to the swimmers!


100 Club Draw June
Draw results.

1st - 51

2nd - 21

3rd - 53

Competitive Start Award Training.

All JRS/JD parents 

If your child is currently completing their Competitive Start Diving Award training with Lisa and I please can I remind you that there will be no CSA training tomorrow evening Friday 20th June 6.30-7.00pm. This is due to the Learn to Swim tests. Therefore training will restart on Friday 27th June.

The evenings swimming training  session 7-8pm is still continuing.

Kind Regards 

Kim Mortimer

Midlands Age Group Championships
Good luck to everyone competing at the Midland AG Champs over the next two weekends, results can be checked here.
Open Meets Latest

Entry Information for the British Gas WELSH SUMMER NATIONALS is now available on the calendar. This is an excellent event to work towards and finish the season off. The event is usually filmed and  with commentary, and has a format of heats in the morning and finals in the  afternoon/evening.

Competitive Start Award

I would like to congratulate the following swimmers on passing their Competitive Start Diving Award today. Thank you for all of your efforts over the passed few months and for the ongoing parent support. 

Please remember to go and collect your certificate and badge from Julie on the club desk on a Friday evening. 

Kind Regards 

Kim Mortimer 

Alex Barrie 

Jensen Kennedy 

Conor Aitchinson 

Seren Evans 

Elliot Buckel

Abbie Dauncey 

Archie Cullen 

Sam Deans 

Frances McClymont 

Tania- Elenor Rogers 

Thomas Hodson 

Hannah Ford 

Isobel Bygate

Sophie Crawford 

Club Shop Online Order

The club shop is open most Friday evenings between 6.30 and 7.30 pm at SLVC.  Visit the club shop page to view items.  Orders can be placed online (just place items in the basket and checkout – the clubshop will be sent an email and will contact you to arrange payment and delivery)