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Sharks win at Mercian League Rd 1
Sharks continued their winning streak last night in Nuneaton, with another first place in the first round of the Mercian Summer League.

1st Stratford Sharks 260
2nd Wombourne 192
3rd Etwell 171
4th Oldbury 154
5th Walsall 141 
6th Ludlow 119

A really enjoyable evening with some great swims and lots of PB’s, well done and thanks to all the swimmers, coaches, poolside helpers and sharks officials on the evening.
SLVC - Can't wait, won't wait!

Good progress being made all round!  Pool tank re-rendered, new channels fitted, tiling starting imminently and all looking good still for the middle of July. The small pool and large pool will be separated only by some balustrading giving a greater sense of space in that area. The new meeting room looks great and the new café area is due to be opened in a couple of weeks. Everything is beginning to come back together now, so won’t be long! JP :-)

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers

Stratford Sharks are now registered to collect Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers which we can use to purchase equipment for our refurbished pool – we would be really grateful if you can hand them in to Julie Lawton at the club desk, Joy Beamer at the club shop or to Lisa Bird or Philippa Sherlock.


NJL First Round Win!
Great first place for Sharks last night at Redditch in the first round of this seasons NJL.

1st Stratford Sharks 231
2nd Redditch 228
3rd Hereford 176
4th Orion 159
5th Cannock 152
6th Leicester 117

Thanks to Dirk, Lisa, Ali, Chloe & Nell on poolside and well done to Laura & Daniel leading their team to a fantastic victory, great team work all round !

Head Coach Appointment

Following a robust, transparent and inclusive recruitment process, the recruitment panel met yesterday evening to consider final feedback and the technical appraisal carried out by Fred Furniss last Thursday evening. I am pleased to tell you that the panel reached a unanimous decision to offer the role to Dirk Cox, and Dirk has accepted the position.

For those of you who are new to the club or haven’t yet come across Dirk during his time coaching both our junior and senior swimmers, Dirk is an experienced coach and has held a number of coaching roles both in the Midlands and in Hampshire where he lived until 2008.  Positions have included Head Coach at Boldmere, Junior Development Coach at the City of Birmingham and Head Coach at Basingstoke Blue Fins. 

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 continues to complete at Ironman events and as a masters swimmer at a high level..

I know you will all want to wish Dirk all the very best in his new role and the committee will work hard to support him as he assumes the role over the coming days and weeks. 

Nuneaton Open

Some really good swims on the first day at Nuneaton including more Midland District times.

You can view the live results here.

New Blocks! Thanks to Stratford Town Trust

With a brand new pool on the horizon none of the committee or coaches liked the idea of re-using the old starting blocks in the new pool. So with this in mind, I made a funding application to Stratford Town Trust back in January for brand new blocks.  I am delighted to tell you that the Trustees have been kind enough to award the club the full grant of £6,108  which will largely meet the cost of the new blocks. I hope the swimmers will enjoy using the new blocks and all squads will benefit from them.

Our sincere thanks go to the trustees of Stratford Town Trust, who continue to support the club and remain an important partner in our development. 


MQTs at the Counties

Some big swims at the 3 weeks of the counties and a lot of new or improved Midland QT's from -

Dan Cox, Nick Evans, Elena Nakariakova, Nadia Rogers, Tom Beamer, Laura Griffiths, Isabelle Callaghan, Madeleine Hoare, Ailsa Gavan McHarg, Robin Hughes.

Temporary Timetable

The temporary timetable incorporating recent amendments can be found here.

Arena League Rd 3

A massive congratulations to all the swimmers, coaches and supporters who combined tonight in Leamington to produce a great win in the last round of the National League at Mike's last Team gala.

A sad night for the club at least ended on a real high with our first win in Division 1 for many years, great racing and a cracking atmosphere.

Stratford Sharks ASC 211
Leamington Spa 189
Gloucester City Swimming Club 185
City of Derby B Team 148
Boldmere B 133
Halesowen 181


Fantastic Junior League Final

A massive well done to all the swimmers who swam in the Nuneaton Junior League Final last night at Wolverhampton.  We came 5th overall due to some fantastic swimming and support. Special thanks to all the parents and supporters who cheered every Shark and to all those poolside for all their hard work.

This was the result of a long seasons hard work and the results were there for all to see, now the hard part is to do it again every year! Individual race results (about 50% PB’s on the night!) are on the web site and full results will be up later when the splits are sorted.

Final results were:   Northampton A 221, Boldmere A  218, City of Coventry 191, Leicester Sharks A 165, Stratford Sharks 144 Leamington Spa 131

100 Club Draw - April
1st - 59 Chris Wimbury
2nd - 78 Unallocated
3rd - 3 Bethan Mahon
Cardiff Entries
Please check your Cardiff entries here, we will be unable to fix  any errors not identified by 15/4/15
Northampton Entries
Please check your Northampton entries here, we will be unable to fix  any errors not identified by 15/4/15.

A gentle reminder: When entering open meets, please ensure that cheques are made out to STRATFORD SHARKS ASC, and NOT the club hosting the open meet. Please ignore any instructions on the hosting clubs entry form about who to make the cheque out to.

We collate all the entries and enter the Open meet electronically, and pay by BACS transfer.

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)