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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. 

SSASC Vacancy: Junior Development Squad Coach

We are currently recruiting for a Junior Development Squad Coach, please see our advert here

Internal & external application welcomed by Wednesday 30th April 2014


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.


Josh Walker

Hi All,

Josh Walker, Junior Coach for Bulls Squad, has tendered his letter of resignation.  Josh will be embarking on further accountancy training to further his full-time career which will require significant time and commitment. Josh thoroughly enjoys his role of Junior Coach and will continue to carry out his duties until the end of May, we would like to wish Josh all the very best for the future.

We will be seeking a replacement over the next couple of months and will advertise the position in due course.


UOW - JD Session Cancelled This Sunday 2nd March

Due to the Junior Time Trials at Warwick School this Sunday 13:00 – 15:00, which all Juniors are expected to attend, the morning session at UOW is cancelled for this week only.

Junior Development Squad - Sunday Session - Warwick Boys

I am pleased to announce that starting next Sunday 9th February and until further notice the Junior Development Squad Sunday Session will be relocating from Warwick Boys School to the University of Warwick Pool  between 10:00am – 12:00noon.

If you haven’t visited the UOW Sports Centre before, travel details can be found here , car parking outside the Sports Centre is free at weekends and there is a Costa 200m away!

This session will be ongoing, continuing until further notice, and we will be organising some additional team building events at the Sports Centre after one of these sessions,  so watch this space!


Follow us !!

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

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!!

Sharks Clean Up!

Congratulations to Malcolm Ankrett, Josh Newman and Josh Walker who all won their nomination categories at the Stratford District Sports Awards last night at the Stratford Manor Hotel. Malcolm beat off some fierce competition to win the Volunteer of the Year Award whilst Josh Newman won the prestigious Senior Sports Person of the Year Award for his outstanding Triathlon results. Josh Walker's achievements in Competitive Lifesaving were recognised when he won the Alternative Sports Award. 

Well done all three, a great night for Sharks. 


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.




Easter Sunday: UOW

There will be no Junior Development Session on Easter Sunday at UOW as the sports centre is closed.


Learn to Swim - Good Friday

Learn to Swim/ Rookie parents,

Just to remind you that there will be no Learn to Swim lessons on Friday 18th April for both teaching pool and main pool lessons, due to it being Good Friday.

On behalf on Stratford Sharks I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter and we welcome you back on Friday 25th April 2014.


Open Meets Latest

Please check City of Birmingham's website to be sure of session timings. There have been alterations to Friday's timings, and the individual swimmers have been informed, but please make sure.

Coventry & District Secondary entries must be in the post box by Friday 18th April - no late entries will be accepted. (cheques to Stratford Sharks ASC).

100 Club Draw March
Draw results.

1st - 80

2nd - 75

3rd - 25

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)