Welcoming Diane Lee as a new Guest Coach!
Diane Lee has joined Ashbourne as a regular guest coach which means she coaches 
the junior and senior squads  roughly once a month. She brings a great variety of experience and knowledge with her and will provide valuable opportunities for the swimmers to benefit from her personal coaching techniques. 

She holds a number of qualifications including:
  • BA Honours First Class Degree in Sports Psychology and Sports Studies
  • ASA Swim Club Coach
  • British Triathlon Coach
  • ASA Open Water Swim Coach
  • Disabilities Coach
  • Sports Massage
This is a fantastic opportunity for the swimmers as she is not only a swimming Coach, but also a Personal Trainer and herself a Professional Triathlete.
She gained a First Class Honours Degree in Sports Studies and Psychology in 2004 and since then has been coaching and working with a range of athletes from beginners to elite. Diane took up Triathlon seriously and started doing age group events, she has completed several Full Ironman and 70.3 events, and twice been European Age Group champion. She gained professional status in 2015. She commented "I am looking forward to help Ashbourne swimmers with my experience and knowledge to enhance their personal performance."

It is a huge welcome to Diane whom we are sure will only benefit our swimmers!


Two Bronzes and a Gold Medal won at City Of Derby Open Meet

Ashbourne and District Swimming Club took 17 swimmers to the City of Derby Level 3 Licensed Short Course Meet on the 25th and 26th March, held at Queens Leisure Centre Derby. It was a busy weekend with swimmers competing in 21 events with 59 actual heat swims and in those 37 personal bests were achieved! As a team Ashbourne were placed 11th out of 30 teams attending which is excellent for a small club.


Great swims were from Finlay Howe who won bronze in the 10yrs boys 50m breaststroke and was also 4th in the 50m freestyle. Charlie Scotcher also won bronze in the boys 15yrs and over 100m individual medley. Just missing out on medals was Kate Haswell who was 5th in the girls 13yrs 100m freestyle final, Katie Taylor who was 5th in the girls 15yrs and over 100m breaststroke, Matthew Moody who was 7th in the boys 15yrs and over 100m butterfly and Anna Poyser who was 5th in the girls 11yrs 50m freestyle.

The club took four swimmers who were competing in their first ever open meet in the 50m freestyles events for their age groups: Isobel Torpey (11), Josh Ottaway-Foster (12), Zizi Peck (14) and Stephen Elliott (17). All of which did extremely well and the team were proud of them.

The weekend of swimming was finished nicely with Paul Haswell (16) competing in the very last event, the boys 200m backstroke and winning a gold medal in the 15yrs and over group! Well done to all swimmers!


Free Trial Swim Session
for Non Members!

Ashbourne & District Swimming Club would like to invite you to attend a free half hour swimming session on Sunday March 5th at 4:00pm at Ashbourne Leisure Centre.

Invitation open to children of aged 7 and over who can swim without armbands. Please bring your usual swimming kit. 

This session will be similar to a regular coaching lesson and will give you experience of swimming with a club in a fun and friendly environment.

Please call 01335 350598 or email joe.haswell@gmx.co.uk to book a place for your child or to find out more information about the session or club.

 
Please join us for our 2017 AGM

Everyone is welcome to come along - please don't feel you have to do anything!! Food is provided and drinks available to purchase.
Monday 4th Feb, 8pm at The Bowling Green Pub, Ashbourne.

Please note training will finish half an hour early to allow for a prompt start of the AGM at 8pm.



It's Celebration Time!

We are looking forward to seeing all swimming club families at the Annual Social Evening this Friday. This event is designed to help everyone get to know each other, the swimmers to enjoy time with their friends and to celebrate the achievements of swimmers over the past year!

The evening starts at 7pm at The Venue Ashbourne, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1NB (Ashbourne Bowls Club) and comprises of games for the kids, disco, buffet, presentation of awards.The presentations will be done during the first half of the evening so families with younger children can leave earlier if they wish. Otherwise you can party until 10pm. 

 It is hoped all members will attend with their families - please note you can not drop off a child without an accompanying adult.This is intended as a family event.

We would be very grateful if each family could bring a dish/plate of food to share. To try and slightly coordinate food please could you bring the following dependent on the first letter of your family surname:

A  to F - Sandwiches or rolls
G to L - Cakes/desserts/sweet treats
M to S - Savory snacks i.e sausage rolls/crisps/pizza bites/cheese etc
T to Z - Fruit and vegetable snacks/dips etc (so we have something healthy!)

To help cover the cost of the room hire and disco there will be an entrance fee of £2 per person or £5 a family. There will be a fully licensed cash bar available.We will also be running a raffle and would be grateful for any donations of prizes. (Please just bring these along on the night.)

 Awards will be presented to all those who attended the Club Championships, plus 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the different events. There will also be awards given to most improved swimmers, swimmer's swimmers and other swimmers making notable commitment to the club. 

 We hope you can all attend! For last year's awards see here.

 Thank you on behalf of all the swimmers for your continued support of the club.





Ashbourne Swimming Club Welcomes New Coach and a Gold Medal! 

Ashbourne & District Swimming Club are pleased to announce a new coach joining our existing team of experienced teachers. Sarah Rider is a level 3 swimming coach and brings a great deal of experience to teach some of our younger swimmers in the Dolphins and Swim Skills groups. The children in these groups, typically aged 7 to 9 years old, are already enjoying the fun and enthusiastic style of teaching that Sarah brings to her sessions. Sarah, previously with the club for 17 years, 4 of which when she was head coach, is pleased to be back at the club. With this addition to the coaching team the club are now able to offer an additional teaching session for younger swimmers, or those who are still learning their strokes, on a Sunday at 4pm.  

In addition to a new coach the club are also celebrating a win for Charlie Scotcher (aged 14) who was one of the swimmers representing the club at the City of Stoke On Trent Swimming Club Open Gala on 17th&18th September. Charlie won 4 medals in total; 3 bronze for men’s age 14, in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle and the 100m Individual Medley, with 1st place and a gold medal for the 50m Breaststroke event. The club are also taking part in the Belper Marlins ‘Ghoul in the Pool’ Open Meet on the 29th October in Matlock and the Derbyshire ASA County Long Course Competition at Ponds Forge Sheffield in December.

Ashbourne Swimming Club Win 24 Medals! 

Ashbourne & District Swimming Club took 15 of their swimmers to the City of Derby Open Meet swimming gala on Saturday 2nd July at the Queen’s Leisure Centre, Derby. Of those 15 swimmers 11 won at least one medal with a total of 24 medals won by Ashbourne swimmers!

See Results





Ashbourne’s Durose Sisters Compete at the
European Swimming Championships
Two Ashbourne Swimmers represented Great Britain at the European Masters Aquatic Championships last month. The five day event, which began on the 25th May, was held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Aquatic Centre in London.

Sisters Heidi and Kirsty Durose took their place alongside 10,000 swimmers from across Europe. Heidi competed in the 50m breaststroke event, finishing 34th overall, the 8th fastest swimmer from Great Britain in her age group.

Younger sister Kirsty, a teacher at Parkside School, took part in three events. Competing against 188 swimmers in her age group in the 100m freestyle, Kirsty beat her entry time by over one second to take 37th place. In the 50m butterfly event, Kirsty, who recently broke a regional record at British Masters, was the 7th fastest swimmer from Great Britain, finishing 34th overall with a time of 31.24 seconds. She also competed in the 200 freestyle event.

The two sisters, who have been members of Ashbourne Swimming Club since they joined at aged 5, were proud to represent their club and country at the prestigious event. The Durose sisters now have their sights set on competing at the FINA World Championships which take place in Budapest next summer.

If you think you’ll like to give swimming ago, then why not come along and try out for Ashbourne Swimming Club? The Club is run independently of the leisure centre and is a non- profit making organisation aiming to give local children an introduction to competitive swimming. There is an initial teaching squad for the youngest swimmers and then as they develop skills they are slowly introduced to competitive swimming at all levels from local friendly galas through to national level competitions like Heidi and Kirsty. 

For more information see Join Us

Get a head start and join Ashbourne Swimming Club sooner rather than later!



For older news items please see our Archive News page.









37 Medals WON!
at Open
Meet 17th June 2017
Ashbourne & District Swimming Club took a strong team to the Ripley Rascals Open Meet on Saturday 17th June at Alfreton Leisure Centre. Brilliant swims came from all swimmers especially some younger swimmers who were attending their first open meet. Out of 55 races there were 37 medals, 27 of them were 1-3 places! Plus 5 speeding tickets (faster than 1st place) for Alex, Charlie, Kate, Katie, Jess! 

We had 24 County qualifying times plus 6 more are less than 3 seconds away - you will get another shot at the next open event. 6 out of 10 first time entrants to the 200 IM got County Qualifying times – so pleased - this is the first time Ashbourne swimmers have entered this event en masse and we have been working hard on it for the last year, so well done swimmers!

Individual Results as follows: 
Alex all county qualifying times and 2 medals
Anna first time at 200 IM and 3 medals
April first time at 100 back and got silver
Ben got 2 medals and a county qualifying time
Charlie 1st or speeding ticket in all events all county times
Eddie first time at 200 IM with one county qualifying time and 4 medals
Ellie first time at 200 IM and got a 1st place in 100 Breast
Imogen first time at 100 Breast and got 1st place also a county time
Izzie first time at Open event and got PB’s in both races
James first open event and got County time and 4th place at 50 freestyle
Jess one speeding ticket and two medals
Kate all county qualifying times and 3 medals
Katie all county qualifying times and all good PB’s well deserved from good effort after a long spell of standing still
Keira both events medals, and county times including a storming 200 IM time
Lucy did well as her first time and in a large race came 14th in the girls 10yrs 50m breaststroke
Matt excellent 200 IM county qualifying time
Michaela all strong PB’s and all 4 races medals
Phoebe first time at open event was positive and completed both races with charm and style
Tahlia first open 100m event and achieved a good PB
Zach first time at Open event with a good PB in 50m  freestyle.

For the full results click here

Several of these times qualify swimmers to attend the Cossacs meet at Stoke in September so please check and give me back your entry forms asap  if you would like to enter to have another crack at county times – spreadsheet shows how many seconds off counties you are.  Entry times here:
There will be other opportunities at the Ghoul in October, Sheffield in December and Ripley meet January please be available if you want to improve your times.


Swim England

Introducing...Swim England!
At the beginning of April 2017, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) re-branded to Swim England.  Read the full newsletter Welcome to the Water


Four Towns Round 2 - 29th April 2017
Thank you for everyone who swam and supported the 4 towns gala last weekend. We had 5 first places and 
6 second places! Well done to all those who were attending their first ever 4 Towns Gala!
See more RESULTS 


Club Championships  2016

Thank you so much for all the swimmers who took part in the Championships and the parents for supporting them!    
For results and photos of trophy winners see Results Page. 


Is anyone keen to have a club Facebook page? If so and you would be interested in setting up or running the page please contact a member of the committee. Thanks!

Half Term February 2017 Training Times


New Club Hoodies! 


Child sizes: 
age 7-8 (30”)   9-11 (32”) 12-13 (34”)  £20
Adult sizes:
XS (34”) S (36”) M (40”) L (44”) XL (48”)  £24
Please give Helen Carroll payment with size and personalized name ASAP. 
See recommended kit for order form.

Sparkling Performance!
Many thanks to all swimmers who took time on bonfire night to attend the final round of the Four Towns Competition hosted by Ashbourne & District Swimming Club at Ashbourne Leisure Centre, ending in victory for Leek with Ashbourne in 4th place. Even though overall Ashbourne came 4th, the club did finish 2nd in 2 of the 4 rounds and the points table was closer than ever. Ashbourne totalled 367 points which was just 26 points behind Dove Valley in 3rd with 393, 2nd were Belper with 399 and winners Leek had 405 points. Congratulations go to Leek’s team - but watch out next year, we are getting better!


9 Medals won at Local Gala
Ashbourne and District Swimming Club took 6 of their swimmers to the recent Ghoul In the Pool Open Meet at the Arc Leisure Centre, Matlock on Saturday 31st October. 

The club attend this gala each year and swim against other local clubs. “We enjoy attending this regular open meet as it is always a bit more fun having the Halloween theme with team managers and coaches dressed as ghouls, zombies and werewolves! There’s always a fun relaxed atmosphere.” commented Roger Slater, Club President “We are very proud of our swimmers this year winning 9 medals and all swimming personal best times.”

Medals were won by Kate Haswell age 12 for 4th  in the girls 50m freestyle and 5th in 100m Freestyle, Matthew Moody age 14, for 5th place in 100m free style, 100m butterfly and 100m IM, and Charlie Scotcher age 14 for 3rd in 50m freestyles, 4th in 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and the 100m IM. 

Congratulations go to Anna Poyser age 10, Imogen Scotcher also age 10 and Eleanor Torpey age 12 who all competed at this event for the first time and did very well considering the large numbers of younger girls attending. 


September 2016
Now Recruiting:

Support Coach - Level 2 Teaching or Coach 
Neede to work Sundays 4-6.30pm only. See full details


Head Coach - Level 2 or Level 3
If you have ambition, drive and enthusiasm then here is an excellent opportunity to further develop your skills and our Club, liaising with existing coaching staff and reporting to the Club Committee.

The successful candidate should be qualified to a minimum of ASA Level 2 UKCC. 

To Apply
Please email your CV and covering letter to:
Andy Cox (Chairman) aandncox@yahoo.com

Please do ask friends, family, work colleagues, or anyone they may know to help spread the word. It may be that someone was involved in swimming in the past and would like to get involved again, or has been a sports coach in a different discipline. As a parent you may be interested in your child's swimming skills and would like to become involved in their training. We do support the training and development of swim teachers and coaches.


Swimmers – read this…
Ever had a hard time describing what you do at training? Does you Mum or Dad really know how hard you swim?  You're not alone, one third of parents don't understand what their children do in all sorts of activities including swimming. That’s why we created Bring Your Parents to Training.

Bring Your Parents to Training
Sunday 4th September, 4.30-5.50pm.
This is meant to be a fun activity for the kids to bring you parents down to the club and get a better understanding of how they train and exactly the sorts of things we get them to do in the water. You are welcome to come and swim with your child for the hour or just show willing by getting in for 10 minutes or coming poolside! There will also be coaches and older swimmers in the viewing area available to talk about our training programs, plus refreshments! This is a great opportunity to understand exactly what your child does. There will be a sign-up sheet going on the notice board for swimmers to put their parents name on or email: familyhaswell@btinternet.com  to let us know you are coming. 


Well Done Ashbourne - we came 2nd in the Four Towns Gala!



Swimmer of the Month!


FUN INTER-CLUB GALA: RESULTS 
SUNDAY 12th June 4-6:30pm

All swimmers are invited to take part!
All those wishing to take part will be put into teams based on ability. The teams will then be equal and compete against each other - hopefully in some tightly contested races! 

Parents are also invited to take part as a team member
- so dust off those speedo’s and join in the fun! 

A sign-up sheet is on the club noticeboard so please sign up!

We will need parents to help time keep- please volunteer and let Sarah know: sarah@leysmount.co.uk – it’s very easy!!