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Boldmere AGM

The 2018 AGM for Boldmere SC will be held at the Bedford Suite, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 19:30.

ALL WELCOME – PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT YOUR CLUB!

If you would like to get involved in volunteering, committee members will be happy to talk to you about the different volunteering roles in the club.

If you are interested in standing for one of the committee posts, please contact Natalie Andrews at Boldmerevolunteers@gmail.com before the AGM.

Full details of the AGM and committee posts are attached and will be posted on the website and on the notice boards at Wyndley, Erdington and Castle Vale.

Committee members will be available at Erdington on Monday 12th March, 18.30-20.30, and Wyndley on Thursday 15th March, 18:30-20.30. Please feel free to come and discuss any volunteering opportunities at the club.

Mercian League Dates

The dates for this years competition are:
Saturday 28th April 2018
Saturday 9th June 2018
Saturday 14th July 2018

BOLDMERE AWARDS 2018

Time has slipped on this a little, please can you promote this to your swimmers/members, volunteers and parents. Pass this onto any one who you think might want to make a nomination. Also, feel free to nominate anyone you feel deserving.

Boldmere Swimming Club is introducing a yearly awards presentation that will aim to celebrate all the individual achievement and team successes of the past year.  It will take place at the next AGM, on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 7.30pm, Bedford Suite, Sutton Town Hall.

The categories of awards are highlighted in the following table.

1

Swimming Teacher of the Year
A teacher who provides quality lessons, is motivated to improve swimmer standards and is always willing to go that extra mile to ensure they deliver a quality learning experience for their pupil.

2

Coach of the Year
Outstanding contribution to Coaching within Boldmere SC. They support all members to achieve their personal bests and help, mentor and support other coaches to ensure all swimmers progress.

3

Disability Swimmer of the Year
This award is for a swimmer who has overcome a disability or impairment, and is progressing in their aquatic discipline to achieve their personal best.

4

Waterpolo Swimmer of the Year
A player who has accomplished notable aquatic achievement and supported the team to achieve their personal bests.

5

Swimmer of the Year
A swimmer who has accomplished notable aquatic achievement and supported the team to achieve their personal bests.

6

Learn to swim award
This is for swimmer who has shown particular promise at a young age.  They must be swimming in the Learn to swim section of the club.

7

Young Volunteer of the Year (25and under)
This award recognises a volunteer who's contribution is seen as instrumental in supporting swimming and the behind the scenes work in order to keep the club progressing.

8

Volunteer of the Year (26 and over)
This award recognises a volunteer who's contribution is seen as instrumental in supporting swimming and the behind the scenes work in order to keep the club progressing.

To make a nomination please complete the short form before the Closing Date on Wednesday 7th March 12pm and forward via email to boldmereawards@gmail.com or you can hand them in to the Boldmere Swimming Desk at Erdington or Wyndley (please ensure that it is in a sealed envelope clearly addressed for The Boldmere Awards Coordinator).

Jan 250 Club Winners

Well done to Carol Powell and Rob Wood who are the lucky winners of £50 each!

Emily joins the Swim England Para Swimming Talent Development

Congratulations to Emily Surgeoner who has been invited to join the Foundation level of the Swim England Para Swimming Talent Development programme. She has had a great year starting with the Dual Para-Swimming Development Meet in March where she swam well and got a place medal and improved from there onward. She swam her first 400m Freestyle in May at the East Midlands Para Regional Champs and winning a number of medals including a Gold in the freestyle relay. She went on to qualify and compete at the English Federation of Disability Sport Junior Nationals swimming 3 PB’s and winning bronze and silver. Emily then continued to train hard throughout the summer and autumn, swimming 3 out of 5 pbs at the Boldmere Open.

Emily is now swimming a regular programme of races being the 50, 100 & 400 free 100 Breast and 100 Back as these are her Para Pathway events at the moment, and she qualified from the Boldmere Open to swim all five at The Para Winter Short Course Nationals on 9th and 10th of December. What a great weekends swimming she pulled out of the bag, swimming 4 out of 5 pb’s only missing out on the 50 free by 0.1 of a second and winning the 400 freestyle in the 10-13 age group despite being only 10, and having cut 55 secs off her time from her first 400 in May. Subsequently her performances were noticed by Swim England and to round the year off fantastically Emily has been invited to join the Foundation level of the Swim England Para Swimming Talent Development programme.. Well done Emily.

Nigel Kelly - A Trip Down Memory lane

Day 16 - 2017 The Final Session


2017 The Final Session

Day 15 - 2016 Wolverhampton Finals


2016 Wolverhampton Finals

Day 14 - 2015 National Finals


2015 National Finals

Day 13 - 2014 National Finals


2014 National Finals

Day 12 - 2013 Jnr Grand Finalists 5th time


October 2013 Finalists for the 5th time A team with Nigel at Corby

Day 11 - 2013 Jnr Grand Finalists 5th time


October 2013 Finalists for the 5th time A team with Nigel at Corby

Day 10 - 2012 Jnr Grand Finalists 4th time


November 2012 Nuneaton & District League Grand Finalists for the 4th time at Corby with Nigel as Junior Head Coach

Day 9 - 2012 Jnr Grand Finalists 4th time


November 2012 Nuneaton & District League Grand Finalists for the 4th time at Corby with Nigel as Junior Head Coach

Day 8 - 2011 Junior Grand Finalists


November 2011 Nuneaton & District League Grand Finalists for the 3rd time at Corby

Day 7 - 2011 Junior Grand Finalists


November 2011 Nuneaton & District League Grand Finalists for the 3rd time at Corby

Day 6 - 2011 Junior Grand Finalists


November 2011 Nuneaton & District League Grand Finalists for the 3rd time at Corby

Day 5 - 2009 National League Final


April 2009 Finals at Ponds Forge.

Day 4 - 2010 Junior League Winners


September 2010 Nuneaton & District League Winners at Wolverhampton.

Day 3 - 2009 Arena League Winners


June 2009 Junior League B Team Manager with Stars of the Gala at Tamworth.

Day 2 - 2009 Arena League Winners


December 2009 West Midlands Division 1 Champions.

Day 1 - 2008 Jnr Final


Team Manager Grand Final November 2008 Liverpool. First time Boldmere ever reached this final.

Big Thank You From Nigel Kelly

Nigel Kelly would like to say a big thank-you for the wonderful cards, gifts and good wishes he received on his retirement from Boldmere Swimming Club. He has really enjoyed his time at the Club and appreciates all the support he received during his time as Junior Head Coach.

He would like to wish all swimmers, parents, coaches and committee members all the very best for the future and hopes Boldmere Swimming Club continues to enjoy its success in the future.

Help Boldmere Raise Money by using Easyfundraising

Please help the Club raise money by using the Easyfundraising website whenever you shop online, especially in the run up to Christmas!

The site is very simple to use:

1) Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk
2) In the "Search for a cause" box, type "Boldmere Swimming Club"
3) Click through to "Join Us" and create an account
4) You don't need to provide any bank or debit/credit card details, just your name, address and telephone number
5) Click through to the website you wish to purchase from and buy your items as normal. The cost will be the same but the club will get a donation - usually between 1.5% and 2.5% of the purchase amount.

There are 3,100 retailers on the site including Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Next, Boots, etc

Session Changes - Sunday

The following sessions will now run permanently at Perry Beeches Leisure Centre :

  Castle Vale Perry Beeches
Squad Original Time    New Time
Competitive 4 - 5.30pm 2 - 3.30pm
Junior Competitive 4 - 5.30pm 3.30 - 5pm
Junior Performance    5.30 - 6.45pm 3.30 - 5pm

New Sunday session

We will also be offering a session to swimmers from the Junior Club squad to swim on a Sunday at Perry Beeches from 2pm till 3.30pm. Anyone interested please contact boldmeremembershipsecretary@gmail.com.

Welcome to our new Swimming Pathway Officer, Jenny Fowler

As Swimming Pathway Officer Jenny will be coordinating our swimming instruction programme and leading our dedicated team of instructors teaching children in the Learn to Swim, Advanced Instruction and Transition sections of the club.

Jenny learnt to swim with Boldmere herself and reached national competitions with the club. Jenny started teaching swimming in 2012 and continued whilst at university. She has recently returned from university and competes with our Masters squad as well as dedicating her time to teaching our younger members. We welcome Jenny to the team.

If you have any queries about our instruction programme, please contact Jenny at boldmereLTS@gmail.com

Please Help Boldmere Swimming Club to Support The Pines School

The Pines School is a small local special school for children with Autism. If you have any 'preloved' toys or activities (from Happy Meal toys to scooters) that you could donate to The Pines please use 'Contact Us' above to arrange for their collection. We regret that we can not provide a new home for cuddly or stuffed toys!

Volunteers Required!

The club is currently run by a committee of swimming parents but we need more volunteers. We are looking for help with Administration of Volunteers, Communications and Fundraising. Please click HERE for more details.

Cancelled and Missed Sessions

As stated in the Membership Terms and Conditions when Boldmere Swimming Club cancels a normal session members may swim at an alternative session that week, with the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session, if there is room in that session. Members attending an alternative session without the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session will not be permitted to swim.

Members who miss their normal session will not usually be permitted to swim at an alternative session. In exceptional circumstances a member who misses their normal session may swim at an alternative session that week, with the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session, if there is room in that session. Members attending an alternative session without the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session will not be permitted to swim.

Open Meet Entry Information (Internal)

Team Luton, Level 1 Long Course Meet April 14th/15th 2018

Entries for the Team Luton April Long Course Meet 2018 meet at Inspire: Luton Sports Village, Luton on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2018 are now open. 
This is a target meet for all Midlands qualifiers looking to achieve National ranking times.  If you are unsure whether you should enter, please check with your coach
More information can be found here and on their website

The closing date for entries is 10th March 2018. Please hand your entry form to squad reps or Jo Goldstone or at the Boldmere desks at Erdington and Wyndley.

City of Sheffield, Level 1 Premier Open 23rd-25th March 2018

More information for this meet can be found on their website and a draft programme here.

High Wycombe Level 1 Open - Fri 9th, Sat 10th, Sun 11th Mar 2018

Accepted Entries can be found here

Please also read the notes as it gives important information regarding swimmers that have been scratched from events (scr- some swimmers have been rejected from events as they have accepted the fastest first).

More information including session times etc can also be found here

Midland Para-Swimming Spring Championships 3rd March 2018

Information on the Midland Para-Swimming Spring Championships 3rd March 2018 can be found here.

Team News

Masters and Seniors News

2018 Masters and Seniors Calendar

For some of the competitions - Swim Wales, Staffs and Midland Masters - entries are already open or do so within the first week of January. The rest of them on the list are just there to make you aware at this stage.

1. Swim Wales Masters and Seniors - 3rd to 4th March Swansea

2. Staffordshire Masters - 17th March

3. Gloucester Masters - 22nd April

4. Midland Masters - 26th - 27th Rugby May

5. British Masters and Seniors Long Course - 8th - 10th June Plymouth

6. European Masters - 3rd - 7th Sept with OW on the 8th Slovenia

7. Swim England Masters and Seniors Short Course - 26th - 28th October Sheffield

Can you give me a shout if you choose to enter so we can look into relays. We did well at Midlands in 2017. My email address is alicelane87@gmail.com.

On-line Resources