Ashbourne United Supporting the NHS
As part of the Club’s efforts to support the courageous work carried our by the local NHS staff during the Co-Vid19 Pandemic we are asking members to join with many other local groups to raise funds by enjoying one hour of sport on or around 12th July and making a donation on the following website 

All funds will be used to support local hospitals.  The sport or exercise doesn't have to be too onerous, but as we are all missing sport, this is an opportunity to 'give something back' and thank those who have literally saved lives. 

If you want to take on a more onerous exercise and get sponsors, they too can sponsor you through this site, where Just Giving will not be taking a platform charge in order to ensure greater funds pass to the NHS.

We don't have a target to raise, just simply as much as possible, and whilst we recognise many have already donated to various charities, this is an opportunity to make a difference to the local community.

The link for your event which will make a donation to the Derbyshire Community Health Service and add the Gift Aid -     

Please click here visit our club's Just Giving page to make a donation!

9 Medals won in First Open Meet of 2020
On Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of January was the Ripley Rascals 47th Anniversary Level 3 Licensed Open Meet held at the Arc, Matlock. Ashbourne & District Swimming Club took a team of 13 swimmers to the event. It was a tough event straight after Christmas, but Ashbourne swimmers were on form and brought home 9 medals including 1 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze. 

Sammy Poyser (10) had a great weekend winning gold in the 50m freestyle and silver in both the 50m backstroke and 100m individual medley. Jessica Kaul (15) won silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke, Keira Lee (14) won silver in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 50m backstroke, Maisie Goddard (10) won a silver medal in the 50m butterfly and Sophie Duckmanton (11) won bronze in the 50m backstroke. 

It was also a great event for Isabella Margiotta (11) who had great PBs in all her events and came 4th in the 100m backstroke. Sarah Brown (10) got 2 PBs and swam exceptionally in the 100m breaststroke, Scarlett Andrews (10) had an excellent PB in the 50m freestyle, Anna Poyser (13) swam in an amazing 11 events and worked very hard setting 2 new PBs. Edie Hambleton (11) knocked 5 seconds off her 100m breaststroke PB. Ellie Torpey (15) had a good swim in the 100m IM coming 8th, Elena Andrews (13) got a PB in the 50m freestyle, Isabel Torpey (13) had a good 50m breaststroke event and Robin Tilsley (15) had an excellent swim in the 200m IM.

Our last swimming star to mention is Daniel Margiotta aged just 9 years old who swam exceptionally well as it was his very first level 3 licensed open meet. He swam in the 50m events of all strokes setting new PBs. Well done Daniel and all our swimmers!

A frightfully busy October!
October has been a busy month for Ashbourne & District Swimming Club with their swimmers attending three galas in the last few weeks. 
The Club a team of 15 swimmers went to the annual Halloween gala, Ghoul in the Pool, hosted by Belper Marlins at the Arc Leisure Centre, Matlock on the 27th October. The team was scarily good and brought home 6 medals including 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze. The gold was won by Annabel Croxford (12) in the 100 metres Butterfly, 2 of the silver medals were won by Keira Lee (14) in the 100m Freestyle and Individual Medley and the third by Maizie Goddard (10) in the 50m Butterfly. Notable swims came from Finley Howe (12) who was 4th in the 100m Breaststroke, Isabella Margiotta (10) 5th in the 50m Freestyle and Evie Gregory (14) 6th in the 100m Breaststroke. Connie Howe (9) and Robyn Tisley (14) both did well in the 50m freestyle.

The Club also had 4 swimmers attended Long Eaton Swimming Club’s Long Distance Meet on 20th October at Queen's Leisure Centre, Derby. Maizie Goddard, Isabella Margiotta and Keira Lee were joined by Anna Poyser (12) for the gruelling 800m Freestyle. All the girls did well with Mazie coming 4th in her age group.

The younger girls were then competing again at the 3rd round of the Derventio Excel Junior Grand Prix series held on Sunday 2nd November at Alfreton Leisure Centre. Scarlett Andrews (9) competed for the first time in the 100m Freestyle and set a new PB. Isabella Margiotta and Maizie Goddard both swam in the 100m backstroke coming 4th and 5th respectively, with Isabella also coming 5th in the 100m freestyle and Maizie 6th in 200m IM. The club are extremely proud of our young swimmers who have competed in all 3 rounds of the series gaining great experience and confidence! 

Extraordinary General Meeting will be held on 21st October 2019 at 6.45pm in the Flying Club, Ashbourne to review the club fees in light of an increase in pool hire from Freedom Leisure. All parents invited. 

Entry for the Club Championships is Now Open!

Club Championships Wed 20th & Sat 24th November

All members should have received an email with a link to entry forms via Survey Monkey. Hopefully this will make entry easier and cut out paper work, forms going missing etc! Any problems email or

Last years results (to see who your competition is) are still available see Club Championships.

Link also on Facebook Page!
Entry fee £4 paid via bank transfer ref: SurnameClub Champs. Entries in by Wednesday 6th November

Kate Swims at English Nationals & Open Water Championships!
Our very own Kate Haswell (15) took part this week in the finals of two national swimming competitions. Kate swam on Friday in the 400m freestyle in the English National Summer Meet, in Sheffield, securing a place in the final, and finishing 8th with a personal best time of 4:35.45
She followed this up with a spot of open water swimming on Monday at the National Open Water Championships in Rotherham. Kate had qualified for the national as the 2019 gold medallist for Derbyshire in the 3k open water swim. Kate again finished 8th with another personal best time of 38:44.
Kate began training with Ashbourne swimming club aged 6, and has now risen through the local and regional competitions to be competing at national level.
Kate's ambitions now lie with modern pentathlon where her swimming abilities are proving to be a big advantage in supporting the other disciplines of fencing, riding, shooting and running .
Kate is determined that her 20+ hours a week of training will lead her to a full time career as a pentathlete as an adult. Everyone at Ashbourne swimming club is very proud to have helped Kate along her journey.  Well done Kate! Hopefully she’ll pop in after the holidays and tell us all about it.

The Club are delighted to announce that the Club has achieved the Swim Mark accreditation!  
SwimMark is a club development tool managed by Swim England and supported by the North East Region. It is a recognised quality mark throughout sport as it ensures a standard is achieved within clubs enabling them to be effective, ethical and sustainable. This recognises the quality of all the hard work that coaches, the committee and volunteers put into the club. 
Ian Duckmanton (Head Coach) & Roger Slater (Club President)

Securing the SwimMark accreditation will enhance the club management and strengthens structures. It offers clubs a philosophy and programmes to help ensure the best environment for swimmers.
Committee member Vicky Scotcher commented “This is excellent news for the Club and really shows the hard work the team of volunteers who run the club put in. Special thanks go to our President, Roger Slater, for all his hard work in helping the club achieve this award.”

It will also allow the club to apply for funding for training of coaches and volunteers. We have already been able to offer the recent team managers course and Swim England have subsidised the cost of this.

For more info see Swim England's website: SwimMark

Ashbourne win 10 medals at the Chesterfield Spring Splash!
Ashbourne and District Swimming Club attended the Chesterfield Spring Slash Open Meet over the weekend of the 6th and 7th April at the Arc, Matlock. 

This gala is split into an A and B grade meet so medals were up for grabs. The highlight of the results for Ashbourne swimmers in the A grade meet included: 1st for Maizie Goddard (9) 100m butterfly and 2nd 50m backstroke, 3rd for Ellie Harrison (9) 50m backstroke , 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle! Annabelle Croxford (11) 4th in the 100m butterfly, 5th in 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle, 

B Grade meet: Jess Kaul (14) 1st in the 200m backstroke, Josh Harrison (11) 1st in 50m freestyle, Katie Hancock (13) 2nd in 200m backstroke, Isabella Margiotta 2nd in the 10yrs 100m freestyle and 4th in the 100m backstroke, Michaela Dick was 2nd 
in 15yrs and over 400m freestyle, Isobel Torpey (12) 4th 100m breaststroke, Ellie Torpey (15) 4th in 50m freestyle and 5th in 100m freestyle.

Congratulations to all the swimmers with a smashing total of 10 medals were won for 1st to 3rd place.  This was a great event with all the swimmers having fun and boosting team spirit - definatly one to enter next year if you didn't go!

Have you seen Swim England Qualifications’ 2019 video yet?
Launched earlier this year, the video showcases the experiences of swim teachers, it highlights the rewards of teaching swimming and the benefits of qualifying with Swim England Qualifications.
You can watch the entire video here. 

AGM minutes now available - please see download at the bottom of page How the Club is run

Annual Awards Evening Celebrations all round!

Congratulations to everyone who won an awards at last weekends Awards Evening and party. All the swimmers should be really proud of their hard work and results! 
For all results and photos see here

Youngsters Swim 564 Lengths for the British Heart Foundation – beat that!

14 of Ashbourne’s swimmers took part in the recent British Heart Foundation swimathon held on Saturday 10th November at Ashbourne Leisure Centre. The swimmers who are all members of Ashbourne and District Swimming Club range in age from just 8 to 12 years old. They all swam their best with many doing the full 50 lengths. In total they swam an amazing 564 lengths between them. Congratulations and well done to all swimmers who took part.

Ghoul in the Pool October 2018

Ashbourne & District Swimming Club were well represented at this year’s Belper Marlin Open Meet, Ghoul in the Pool on Sunday 28th October held at The Arc Leisure Centre, Matlock. The Club took a team of 9 swimmers who won 2 trophies and 6 medals (awarded for 6th to 1st place) between them including one bronze and one silver.

Two of the club’s youngest competing swimmers age 9 years old and swam really well last weekend with Maizie Goddard winning the silver medal for her age group in the 50m backstroke and also coming 5th in the 100m IM, and Samantha Poyser also 9 who was 4th in the 50m freestyle and 5th in the 50m breaststroke. Keira Lee (13) swam with excellent technic earning her the bronze medal in the 100m individual medley for her age group and 5th in the 100m freestyle.

Other swimmers attending the open meet were Elena Andrews, William Carrol, Annabelle Croxford, Sophie Duckmanton, Katie Hancock, Anna Poyser, Robyn Tilsley all of whom performed well in their individual events and did the club proud.

September 2018
New Term, New Structure and 
New Committee Members!

It is an exciting time for the Club as we move into the Autumn term with some changes and new additions. Sheila Haswell has stepped down from the head coach and membership secretary positions but will continue working with the club and coaching the Thursday challenge group. Sheila has worked endlessly and put a lot of hard work into the club over a long time and now deserves to take a step back. We are thrilled she still wants to continue with the challenge group.

Ian Duckmanton and Helen Carroll will jointly take on the responsibilities of head coach. Both are qualified swimming teachers and Ian is currently working towards his coaching level 2. We are delighted they are working together to lead our experienced coaching team forward.

The Club also welcome two new committee members; Andrea Hancock is taking on the role of Membership Secretary and Helen Torpey is now the Competition Secretary taking over this role from Sarah Harrison who remains the Club Chair. We are extremely grateful for their support and willingness to help run the Club smoothly and effectively. All new contact details are on the CONTACT US page of the website. 

This new term does however still leave us without a Secretary as Nic Herring stepped down earlier this year. This role just needs a commitment of attending our monthly meetings to take minutes. If you feel able to help us please do get in touch with Roger Slater or any of the committee. 

July 2018
Ashbourne Win 9 Medals at Derby Gala 
and 3 in Sheffield Gala on the Same Day!
Ashbourne & District Swimming Club took 10 of their swimmers to the City of Derby Open Meet on Saturday 7th July held at Queens Leisure Centre, Derby. The swimmers brought home 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals between them. The club are extremely proud of not only their swimmers performance but their behaviour and attitude.

The highlights of the swimmers performances were, Ellie Torpey (14) won medals in all her events coming 1st in 100m breaststroke, 2nd in 100m freestyle and 100m IM and 3rd in 100m butterfly for her age group, Anna Poyser (12) came 1st in the 100m IM and 3rd in the 100m backstroke, Isabella Margiotta (9?) came 1st in 50m backstroke, Samantha Poyser (10?) came 2nd in 50m breaststroke and Finlay Howe (12) came 3rd in 100m breaststroke.

Just missing out on bronze medals and coming 4th were Elena Andrews (11?) in 100m breaststroke, Josh Harrison (??) in 50m breaststroke, Katie Hancock (12) in 100m breaststroke and Maisie Goddard (9/10?) in 50m freestyle. Isabel Torpey also competed and swam really well.

The same day also saw the Club take 3 swimmers to compete in Sheffield at the Deventio Excel Open Meet at Ponds Forge and brought home another 3 medals! Strong swims were from Annabel Croxford and Keria Lee. Kate Haswell won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle and a bronze medal in the 100m butterfly and Alex Holt also won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke. All swimmers did well against the tough competition of Derbyshire’s elite squad!

Boys Team Captain Charlie, is sadly leaving us. June 2018
Nominations for a new Boys Team Captain are now open!

This role is shared with the Girls Team Captain, Kate Haswell, and the two Team Captains should work together to inspire and motivate the other club members.

The club captains are chosen by the coaching team from swimmers in the Senior Squad, they are swimmers who are committed to the sport, train and compete regularly and hence understand what it takes to progress in swimming. The coaches select on the basis of commitment to training and competition, attitude and what the candidates put back into the club. 

Role of Team Captains:
  1. Team Captains should act as positive role models during training or competing. Behaviour should be of a high standard that reflects well on the Team.
  2. To advise Welfare Officer of any issues and concerns raised by swimmers
  3. To attend and speak at committee meetings, when required, to represent and advise the committee of swimmers’ issues and views.
  4. To attend and help as required at inter-club swimming galas. 
  5. To help in the running of the club championships and time trials and any other internal competitions by co-coordinating swimmers for each event.
  6. To attend and present awards on behalf of the club at the annual presentation evening. 
  7. To organise and run games at the presentation evening. 
  8. Participate in personal development opportunities within the club e.g. pool helper with junior swimmers will facilitate awareness of Team Captains to junior swimmers and parents poolside. 

Nominations for Boys Team Captain
Nominations must be received by Sunday 8th July and then attend and speak to the committee (explaining why they would be a good Boy Team Captain) at the meeting on 9th July, 8pm (straight after training).
Please put yourself or someone else forward by speaking to your coach.


Lane Coach - Monday / Wednesday  
If you’re interested in helping support our coaching staff poolside either Monday’s 6:45-8pm or/and Wednesday's 7-8pm we’d love to hear from you. For your commitment we’ll fund a Level 1 ASA Coaching qualification - giving you new skills and a greater understanding of swimming skills which may help support your daughter/son in their swimming technique. Please speak to any of the coaching staff or contact

Poolside Helpers
If you're 14 years or older and interested in developing sports coaching skills through helping poolside during our coaching sessions please get in touch. We’re busy organising an ASA Poolside Helpers course which we’ll fund for you as long as you can commit to helping the club over a period of time. It’s a great opportunity to add skills and a qualification to your CV and resume in readiness for future education and career opportunities. Please speak to any of the coaching staff or contact 

Please contact Sarah by Sunday 29th April for both vacancies.

 Club Celebrate 2017
Ashbourne and District Swimming Club recently held both their AGM on 5th February and their annual social evening and presentation night on Friday 19th January at the Venue, Ashbourne. Awards were presented to the swimmers who had not only won the events at the Club’s Championships, held at the end of 2017, but also special awards in recognition of successes and progress made during the year. 

Special awards went to Elena Andrews for most improved swimmer and to Nic Herring for Senior Club Person who has worked extremely hard for the Club behind the scenes as Club Secretary for many years. The main trophies were awarded to the following: Presidents Cup (For 15yrs and over 100m Individual Medley) Boys – Charlie Scotcher, Girls – Katie Taylor, John Stubbs Trophy (12 to 14yrs 100mIM) Boys – Alex Holt, Girls – Kate Haswell, Frank Wright Cup (11yrs & Under 100mIM) Boys – Edward Carroll, Girls – Imogen Scotcher, Blue Ribbon Trophy (12ys & over 100m Freestyle) Boys – Charlie Scotcher, Girls – Katie Taylor. The Breaststroke Award went to Imogen Scotcher and the Swimmers Swimmer was awarded to Charlie Scotcher. Congratulations go to all the swimmers who won and took part in the events. A full list of winners can be found on the Club’s website.

This year at the AGM it is with sadness that we say goodbye to Andy Cox who has been the Chair of the Swimming Club for many years. Having had two daughters swim and compete with the Club and now in fact coach, Andy has been involved for over 10 years and contributed greatly in many ways. He will be missed by all especially the committee, but we are delighted to welcome Sarah Harrison as the new Chair who is also a coach for the Club and has been Vice Chair. Andy was presented with an engraved tankard in appreciation of all his work for the Club by Roger Slater the Club President. 

Club Championships Results
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Club Championships back in November. The long awaited results and photos of the trophy winners are here!

Ashbourne Sends Strong Team to 
County Long Course Competition

Ashbourne & District Swimming Club competed on 3rd December 2017 at the Derbyshire ASA 2017 County Long Course Competition at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield.

Ashbourne was represented by 16 swimmers ranging in age from 10yrs to 16yrs old. The competition consisted of sprints of 50m and 100m with tough competition especially in the 100m events which had difficult entry times. In total 9 places were achieved in events in places 4th to 7th which was excellent considering this was a large competition with, for example, 198 girls competing in the 10/13yrs 50m freestyle event!

Some of the younger swimmers were swimming not only at county level for the first time but also in a 50m pool for the first time, which can be daunting in itself. First time swimmers were Annabelle Croxford (10), Elena Andrews (11) and Katie Hancock (12), Robyn Tilsley (13), Ella McCarthy (13) who all did well in the 50m freestyle event, and Tamsin Carroll (10) who did really well in 50m breaststroke taking almost 2seconds off her PB!

Good performances were from Anna Poyser (11) beating her PB in the 50m backstroke and William Carroll coming 14th in the 50m breaststroke. Other highlights from other swimmers included; 

Edward Carroll (11) did really well in 50m breaststroke coming 7th/43 and took 2+sec off his PB. Kate Haswell (13) was 5th in 50m freestyle and smashed her PB in the 50m backstroke. Matt Moody (15) was 5th in 50m butterfly and 7th in 50m freestyle. Katie Taylor (16) coming 4th in 50m breaststroke, 5th in 50m freestyle and 6th in 50m backstroke taking an amazing 4seconds off her PB. Charlie Scotcher (15) was 4th in 50m breaststroke and 5th in 50m freestyle. 

On excellent form taking approximately 3seconds off their PBs were Ellie Torpey (13) in 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle and also Michaela Dick (14) in the 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke. Imogen Scotcher swam well beating her PB by 2seconds in 50m backstroke coming 26th/182 and Jolyon Wooddisse was storming taking an amazing 4sec off his PB in 50m freestyle coming 12th.

Katie Taylor and Matt Moody achieved age group regional times. Overall this gala confirmed the clubs excellent progress at all ages and took a number of county qualifiers for February County Championships competition to 22 swimmers in 78 events. Well done to all swimmers who competed! 

Ashbourne Win 8 Medals at Stoke Gala and Achieve a Midlands Regional Qualifying Time

Ashbourne & District Swimming Club competed at the City Of Stoke on Trent Derek Taylor Memorial Gala 2017 on 16th and 17th September. Their swimmers won 2 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze medals and virtually all swimmers achieved Derbyshire County Championship qualifying times for February next year with Charlie Scotcher achieving an impressive regional qualifying time in his 50m breaststroke.

The highlights of the weekend events were; Alex Holt (14) swam well narrowly missing out on medals in 4 events but produced county qualifying times in 5 events and level 2 qualifying times in 2 freestyle events. Charlie Scotcher (15) won bronze medals in the 15yrs and over 50m and 100m breaststroke and achieved a Midland Regional 2018 qualifying time in 50m breaststroke, the first Ashbourne trained swimmer to qualify for regionals since 1995. This is a great achievement for the club as swimmers usually go on to bigger club in Derby before reaching this level. Charlie’s 100m backstroke also qualified for level 2 competitions. Ellie Torpey achieved PBs in all events knocking 5 seconds off 100m IM times and getting very close to the county qualifying times she’s aiming for. 

Isobel Torpey (11) and Tahlia Lee(13) attended this level of competition for the first time and both swam well. Imogen Scotcher (11) swam 6 events and beat her PBs in all of them winning bronze in the 50m breaststroke and achieving county and level 2 qualifying times in the 50m breaststroke and freestyle events. James King (9) the youngest swimmer achieved county qualifying time in 50m freestyle. Jessica Kaul (12) got a county qualifying time in 100IM at 3rd attempt and  Michaela Dick got a county qualifying time in 50m freestyle and 100m IM at 3rd attempt so well done both for persevering! 

Kate Haswell (13) won silver in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 50m freestyle knocking another 2 seconds off her both PBs. She qualified for level 2 meets in all of the 4 events she swam. She has brought her total of county qualifying events to 12 in freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and IM at distances from 50m to 800m. A great all round swimmer! 

Katie Taylor (15) had a brilliant weekend and swam 50m freestyle in under 30 seconds for the first time recording 29.99s winning bronze. She also won gold in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke. She qualified for level 2 competitions in several events and improved all her county qualifying times.

Keira Lee (12) qualified for the counties in 200m IM and 50m breaststroke adding to several other strokes she already achieved at county level and qualified for level 2 competitions. William Carroll (13) succeeded in achieving a county qualifying time in 50m breaststroke. Tamsin Carroll (10) achieved PBs in both her events 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke qualifying for the county’s. 

Well done to all swimmers who competed! 

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 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.

13 Medal Won at the
Level 3 Licensed Short Course Regional Qualifier Meet hosted by City of Derby, on 14-15th March 2020 at the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Well this could have been the last gala we attend for some time but what a gala it was. We had a lovely team of 16 swimmers there. I was lucky enough to be poolside with them on the Sunday morning and they were a delight to be with. There was some real team spirit and camaraderie poolside!

We were delighted with everybody’s results as we had some exceptional swimming from all the usual swimmers plus Barney Tanner (14) was there at his first open meet swimming in the 50 meter freestyle and Ellie Torpey (15) who did some fantastic PBs in all of her events.

We won 13 medals in total of which 2 were gold 4 silver and 3 bronze. The medal winners were;


Keira Lee (14) - 50m freestyle

Sammy Poyser (10) -50m freestyle


Annabel Croxford (13) - 200m butterfly

Ellie Harrison  (10) - 100m IM

Sammy Poyser (10) - 100m backstroke and 100m IM


Daniel Margiotta (10) - 100m IM

Ellie Harrison (10) - 50m butterfly

Isabella Margiotta (12) - 50m and 200m backstroke

Jess Kaul (15) - 200m breaststroke

Thomas Rennie (14) - 50m backstroke and 100m IM

Fantastic swims came from Evie Gregory (15) and Ellie Torpey who set new PBs in all of their events and Imogen Scotcher (14) who just missed out in a medal in the 50m breaststroke coming 5th. The 100m IM was the event of the gala for Katie Hanncok (14), Maizie Goddard (10) and Michaela Dick (17) who all swam new PBs in the event. Lastly well done to Jess Kaul who came 10th out of 32 overall in the 15yrs and over girls age group in total FINA points.

Ashbourne Swimmers Make 7 Finals at Counties and Win 5 Medals

Ashbourne took an enthusiastic team of 17 swimmers to the Derbyshire ASA County Championships over 2 weekends, the 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd February held at The Arc Leisure Centre, Matlock.

Fantastic swims came from lots of our swimmers including Kate Haswell (15) and Sammy Poyser (10) who won two medals each and Annabelle Croxford (12) who competed in an amazing 11 events and won a bronze medal in the 100m IM. 
Kate won gold in the 1500m freestyle and silver in the 200m freestyle. Sammy won gold in both the 50m and 100m backstroke events. Sammy narrowly missed out on medals in the 100m IM and 50m freestyle coming 4th in both events and she also made the final for the 100m freestyle coming 6th. 
Other finalists were Sophie Duckmanton (11) in the 100m breaststroke and 100 freestyle who had an excellent competition setting new PBs in all 6 events she competed in.
Maizie Goddard (10) made the finals for the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke and also set a massive new PB in her 100m butterfly race. Ellie Harrison (10) competed in the 50m freestyle and swam amazingly well in the 50m butterfly and made the final!   

This year we saw some great swims from some young club members attending the County Championships for the first time, this included Daniel Margiotta (9) who competed in the 50m breaststroke and smashed his PB. We also had Josh Harrison (12) compete in the 50m freestyle who also beat his PB. Connie Howe (10) in the 50m freestyle set an excellent new PB. Sarah Brown (10) competed in 50m backstroke and breaststroke setting a new PB in the backstroke.
Isabella Margiotta (11) Competed in 9 events over the two weekends and set new PBs in every single event including smashing her 200m backstroke PB by 20 seconds. Elena Andrews (13) set new PBs in both the 100m IM and 50m freestyle. Ellie Tarr (14) was on form with her breaststroke setting 2 new PBs in both the 100m and 200m events. Also setting a great new PB in the 100m breaststroke was Imogen Scotcher (14). Swimming well in the 50m breaststroke was Edie Hambleton (11), Ellie Torpey (16) and Jess Kaul (15) who set a new PB.

Head Coach, Ian Duckmanton commented “A huge well done to all our swimmers for firstly managing to qualify and also for competing so well and setting so many PBs and personal achievements. Credit goes to the team who are a pleasure to coach!”

Club Championships 2019

Thank you everyone for attending the club championships on Sunday 24th, the event ran well despite not being able to open the poor side doors. This is an issue we are pursuing with the leisure centre. 
Overall there were some fantastic swims including over 50 Derbyshire county qualifying times! If we are able to hold the club championships as a licensed event next year it would mean that all times achieved at the club champs would be officially recorded and be able to be used for gala entries. 

It was great to see all over youngest swimmers partaking in so many of the events including the longer distances. Notably good swims from our novices came from Jacob Brown in the 25m backstroke, Thomas King and Sophie Cartlidge in the 25m breaststroke, Max Goddard and Lily Jennings in the 25m freestyle and brilliant butterfly swims from Bella Caroline, Barney Wale and Rose Davies as this is a very hard stroke when your 8 years old! 

We had some brilliant County times from our young swimmers too including 9 year old Oscar Caton swimming a County qualifying time in the 50m freestyle. Ellie Harrison (9) in the 50m freestyle and butterfly, Connie Howe (10) got 3 County times in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke. Edie Hambleton (9) not to only swam a County time in the 50m breaststroke but also in the 200m breaststroke which was fantastic. I am not sure we have any of our older swimmers with a 200m county time! 
The older swimmers also did well. Evie Hale (13) also swam 2county times in the 50m freestyle and 100m IM. I would love to go on to mention everyone that had a good swim or a PB but they just isn't time! 

Our next big competitions are the Derbyshire ASA County Long Course Sprints on 15th December and the Ripley Rascals open on January 4th&5th – which is the last opportunity to get county qualifying times. Well done to those attending Bassetlaw Open Meet this weekend in Worksop. 

First Meet of Season & 7 Medals Won!

Saturday and Sunday the 21st and 22nd of September saw the Club take a team of 11 girls to the COSACSS Derek Taylor Memorial Gala at Fenton Manor pool in Stoke on Trent.

It was a great weekend for the first competitive meet of the season with all the swimmers doing extremely well considering they had not long returned from the summer break. A total of 7 medals were won by the girls including 1 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze with many swimmers just missing out on medals coming in 4th place. 

Jess Kaul (14) had a brilliant swim in the 100m IM winning the silver medal. Anna Poyser (13) swimming in 8 events and gaining 4 PBs had a brilliant 100m freestyle taking over 2 seconds off her PB. Ellie Torpey (15) competed in 6 events. Ellie Tarr (14) was on excellent form as she brought home 3 bronze medals and 3 PBs, her best event of the weekend being the 100m breaststroke. Evie Gregory (14) competed well in the 100m breaststroke just missing out in a medal coming 4th. Imogen Scotcher (13) had a good weekend winning a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke and just missing out on a medal coming 4th in the 100m breaststroke and 100m IM. Isabella Margiotta (10) had some excellent PBs in every event and won a bronze medal for the 200m backstroke. Isabel Torpey (13) swam well gaining a good PB in the 50m breaststroke. Katie Hancock (13) had a great PB in the 200m breaststroke. Keira Lee (14) had an excellent PB in the 200m freestyle and just missed out on 3rd place coming 4th in the 50m backstroke event. I'm finally but not least, Sammy Poyser (10) had a fantastic weekend with some great PBs, she came 1st in the 50m freestyle winning a gold medal and just missed out on a medal coming 4th in the 100m IM.  Sammy also had a fantastic PB knocking almost 8 seconds off her 100m freestyle time. 
Well done to all the girls they swam well and had a great team spirit poolside, we are proud of you all. 

Missed the Parent & Swimmer Meetings?
The Presentation slides can be downloaded from the bottom of the HOW THE CLUB IS RUN page under COMMITTEE.

Keira Lee is our Regional Star!

Ashbourne’s Keira Lee is the star of the Club as she held her own against the competition at this years East Midland Regional Championships held over several weekends during May at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. Keira at just 13 years old swims the 50m butterfly in 32.5 seconds and is the youngest swimmer Ashbourne has had qualify for the regionals. She swam well and gained good experience and confidence!

Frank Mansey Open Meet 8th June 

Keira also competed at the Frank Mansey Open Meet held on the 8th June at Alfreton Leisure Centre where she was joined by 10 other swimmers from Ashbourne. In total they brought home 13 medals for 1st to 6th place including 3 silver and 2 bronze.

Silver medals were won by Imogen Scotcher (13) in the 100m breaststroke and Ellie Torpey (15) in the 100m and 200m freestyle. Bronze medals were won by Sophie Duckmanton (10) in the 50m backstroke and Ellie Torpey in the 100m breaststroke.  Medals for 4th place went to Sophie Duckmanton for 50m breaststroke and 200m IM, Katie Hancock (13) for 100m breaststroke and Imogen Scotcher for 50m freestyle. Keira Lee (13) was 5th in the 200m IM and Isabella Margiotta (10) was also 5th in both the 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke. Annabell Croxford (11) was 6th in the 200m IM and Isabel Topey (13) came 7th in the 100m breaststroke. Elena Andrews (12) and Sarah Brown (10) had excellent performances, Elena in both the 100m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke taking 4 seconds off her PBs and Sarah also beat her PBs in the 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke. And finally but not least a great swim came from Emma Wigfall (11) who set new PBs in both the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke. 

A Wet Weekend Raining PBs!
16th and 17th March saw the Thirty Sixth City of Derby Open Meet held at the Arc Leisure Centre, Matlock. Ashbourne and District Swimming Club took a team of 25 swimmers to the open meet which was well attended at it’s new venue (previously always held at Queen’s Leisure Centre, Derby).

A full weekend of events saw virtually all of Ashbourne’s swimmers yet again achieve new personal best times. Even though many didn’t win medals at this well attended event, they all are continuing to improve and it was raining PBs! In fact Evie Hale, Isobel Torpey, Jess Kaul, Robyn Tilsley and Joshua Harrison all got PBs in all the events they swam in. Excellent PBs were also gained by Megan Wigley and Ellie Torpey in the 100m freestyle, Elena Andrews and Katie Hancock in the 100m breaststroke, Michaela Dick in 200m IM, Millie Nye in the 50m butterfly, Finley Howe getting a massive 4s off his 50m Freestyle PB and also Anna Poyser and Emma Wigfall in 50m freestyle. Eloise Bevan and Sarah Brown both got excellent PBs in the 50m backstroke.

Strong performances and PBs also came from Connie Howe who was 5th in the girls 10yrs 50m butterfly, Ellie Tarr 5th in 14yrs 200m breaststroke, Sophie Duckmanton 10th in 11yrs 50m backstroke, Imogen Scotcher 5th in 13yrs 50m breaststroke, Keira Lee 5th 14yrs 50m backstroke. 

Medals were won by Sammy Poyser who won gold in the girls 10yrs 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and a silver medal in the 100m backstroke. Mazie Goddard won bronze in the girls 10yrs 200m IM. There was a near miss of a medal for Annabelle Croxford who was 4th in the girls 12yrs 100m butterfly. All in all an excellent wet weekend had by all.

For full results see here

2 Silver and a Bronze medal won at County Championships 

The Club took 21 swimmers to the Derbyshire ASA County Swimming Championships over the weekends of the 16/17th and 23/24th February 2019 at the Arc Leisure Centre, Matlock.

Over the two weekends the 21 swimmers competed in a total of 66 races and achieved over 41 new personal best times. The result of which was silver won by Annabelle Croxford for 12yrs girls 400m individual medley, silver for Kate Haswell in the girls 15yrs 1500m freestyle and a bronze medal won by Kate in the 800m freestyle.

Fantastic swims came from Sammy and Maizie who were swimming in the 10-11 age group. Samantha Poyser was the fastest 10yr old girl in the 50m freestyle and Maizie Goddard was the 2nd fastest 10yr old in the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

Other great swims were Kate Haswell 6th in the 15yrs 50m, 200m and 400m freestyles events! Jolyon Wooddisse 8th in the boys 15yrs 50m freestyle and Ellie Tarr 8th in the girls 14yrs 200m breaststroke. 

It was commented that the group pf swimmers were a delight to take and their hard work had paid off.  Congratulations to all the swimmers who attended as even qualifying is an achievement. Thank you on behalf of the Club to all the coaches and poolside helpers for their time and we couldn’t do it without the support of the parents. 

Full team was:
Annabelle Croxford
Anna & Sammy Poyser
Edie Hambleton
Elena Andrews
Ellie & Isabel Torpey
Ellie Tarr
Finlay & Connie Howe
Hannah Smith
Imogen Scotcher
Isabelle Margiotta
Jess Kaul
Jolyon Wooddissee
Josh Harrison
Kate Haswell
Katie Taylor
Keira Lee
Maizie Goddard
Sophie Duckmanton

New Year and New Medals
Crackers pulled and Christmas over, Ashbourne & District Swimming Club were straight into the New Year with a bang! Leading the Club into the New Year is new Head Coach Ian Duckmanton. Ian took a team of 18 to the Ripley Rascals 46th Anniversary Open Meet on 5th and 6th January 2019 at the Arc Leisure Centre, Matlock.

Ian and the team of coaches were delighted with the swimmers performances across a total of 61 races in which 48 new Personal Best Times (PBs) were achieved. Fantastic swims came from Annabelle Croxford (11), Katie Hannock(13) and Robyn Tilsley(14), to name just a few, who smashed their existing PBs.

Gold medals were won by Samantha Poyser for the girls 9yrs 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle. Keira Lee won gold in the girls 13yrs 50m butterfly. Maizie Goddard won gold for the girls 9yrs 100m backstroke and silver for the 50m butterfly. Elli Torpey won bronze for the girls 14yrs 200m individual medley. Just missing out on bronze medals and coming 4th were Connie Howe (9) in the 50m butterfly, Annabelle Croxford in the 100m butterfly, Jess Kaul (14) in the 100m breaststroke and Ellie Torpey in the 100m IM. Medals were awarded for up to 6th place so a total of 18 medals.

Ellie and Jess are presented with their Team Captains shirts at the Annual Awards Evening...

Meet our new Club Captains
Roger Slater, Club President, officially welcomes Eleanor Torpey and Jessica Kaul as Ashbourne & District Swimming Club’s new Club Captains. 

In previous years the club has had a Boy and Girl Club Captain but these positions are no longer gender specific and for the first time we are delighted to have two girl captains! Ellie and Jess have both been members of the club for over 7 years and have been chosen due to their positive attitude and commitment to the club. They are excellent role models for the younger members of the Club and will take on additional responsibilities as Club Captains. Ellie and Jess train with the Senior Squad at Ashbourne Leisure Centre and have represented the Club at open meets on numerous times. Ellie has also been a poolside helper for the teaching squads for some time. The committee, and club as a whole, wish Ellie and Jess every success in their new appointments. 

Going the Distance Earns Ashbourne
3 Medals
Ashbourne & District Swimming Club attended the Long Eaton Long Distance Open Meet on 21st October at the Queen’s Leisure Centre, Derby. 

This long distance meet tests stamina and endurance with the 1500m event which is 60 lengths of a 25metre pool. Great swims came from 5 of Ashbourne’s swimmers. Kate Haswell (14) swam in the 1500m freestyle in 19minutes, 9 seconds taking the silver medal, swimming in the 400m freestyle was Katie Hancock (12) and Jolyon Woodisse (14). The 400m individual medley or ‘400 IM’ is 100m (4 lengths) of each stroke butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and then freestyle. Annabelle Croxford (11) and Ellie Torpey (14) both entered the 400IM and both won the bronze medal for their age group. Well done to all the Ashbourne swimmers!

Free Swimming Session
Sunday 30th September
This is for anyone thinking about joining the club. See here for more info and how to book a place. 

The head coach of Derventio Excel, Jamie Main, visited Ashbourne Swimming Club on Wednesday 16th May. Jamie give a talk to members on the progression pathway for swimmers and also presented three of Ashbourne’s swimmers with special swim caps to celebrate their achievement of reaching the Regional Championships this year. 

Katie Taylor, Kate Haswell and Charlie Scotcher all attended the Regional Championships held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield during April and May 2018.

Derventio Excel (DX) is the Derbyshire performance squad, which provides an advanced level of training for swimmers from small clubs to allow them to develop to their full potential.  Ashbourne has sent swimmers to DX with our blessing over the last few years when they are ready to stretch their wings. DX aims to make links with all small clubs in Derbyshire to ensure there is a clear route for swimmers to achieve their potential.

Jamie talked about the performance pathway through local, regional and national competition and what is involved in training at an elite level.   Many parents and swimmers took the opportunity for to ask questions and Jamie also be ran a short swim session with each group.  Kate, our current DX swimmer was also there to answer questions about what it's really like!

Thank you to all the parents who came to listen and talk to Jamie.

Ashbourne Swimmers Swim 15K
Four of Ashbourne Swimming Club members made the club coaches very proud to see their dedication to training by taking part in the national Swimathon on Sunday 29th April despite the pool closure in Ashbourne. Ellie Torpey and Jess Kaul went to Bakewell pool to swim 5k each whilst Finley Howe and Elena Andrews went to Etwall pool to swim 5K jointly. Elli and Jess both 14, completed their 5K, which is 200 lengths of a 25m pool, in approximately one and half hours, averaging 2.2 lengths a minute. Whilst Finley and Elena both 11, swam 100 lengths each in an hour averaging 1.6 lengths a minute. This not only shows great dedication and stamina but they also raised over £700 between them for the Swimathon’s charities! 

These swimmers are actively working on their bid to take part in the County Competition in February 2019. Taking part in additional swimming, running and cycling events will all help the club swimmers to improve their fitness and gain faster times in competitions. Well done Ellie, Jess, Elena and Finley! 

Make sure you fuel your body correctly at your next gala! 
Unsure what to eat?
Please see our NEW nutritional guide for advice on what to eat and when!

Four Towns Gala is Close!

Ashbourne & District Swimming Club hosted the first of the Four Towns Galas on Saturday 3rd February at Ashbourne Leisure Centre. The Club swam against Leek, Uttoxeter and Belper finishing in a very creditable 3rd place.
The purpose of these galas is to encourage Clubs to enter swimmers who may be just starting to compete as they are small friendly galas. To do this a maximum time is enforced on the individual races. If a swimmer swims faster than this he/she receives a speeding ticket and no points! There are ample opportunities for these faster swimmers in other meets.
Ashbourne made a steady start including Imogen Scotcher and Edward Carroll both receiving Speeding Tickets. After this a good win from the 14yr Freestyle relay team of Jolyon Wooddisse, William Carroll, Keira Lee and Jessica Kaul (who were to have a fine evening) seemed to give the squad a kick start with George Padden coming home in 2nd place in the 10yr Backstroke followed by 3 consecutive wins by Charlie Scotcher, Katie Taylor and the U14 relay team again.

Ashbourne carried on this good run with wins from Ben Archer (12yr Freestyle) and several second placings from Ellie Tarr (14yr Breaststroke), William Carroll (14yrs Breaststroke), Jolyon Wooddisse (14yr Butterfly), Keira Lee(14yr Butterfly) and Stephen Elliott(Open Freestyle). There were more consecutive wins from Ben Archer (12yrs Freestyle), Imogen Scotcher (12yr Backstroke), Matt Moody (open Breaststroke) and Holly Herring (Open Breaststroke). Holly found it difficult to hide her pleasure on winning!

With four events to go it was all very tight for second and third place. Ashbourne’s 9yr old relay team of Louie Goldberg, Masie Goddard, Tom Greatorex and Sammy Poyser tried their best but unfortunately were disqualified however the 12yr Freestyle relay team of Edward Carroll, Ben Archer, Anna Poyser and Annabelle Croxford kept Ashbourne in it with an excellent swim. In the penultimate relay of the evening the Open Free team won with ease only to find that they had been disqualified. This left the final event of the evening, an eight swimmer cannon, in which Ashbourne were fourth. Well done to all the younger swimmers especially the 9 and 10 years olds who swam extremely well. 

Final Result 1st Dove Valley (119 points), 2nd Belper (106 points), 3rd Ashbourne (97 points) and 4th Leek (83points).

Girls’ Team Captain Holly, is stepping down.

Nominations for a new Girls’ Team
Captain are now open
CLOSED - New Captain announced at the Social Evening in January

Role of Team Captains:

        1.   Team Captains should act as positive role models during training or                         competing.  Behaviour should be of a high standard that reflects well on                 the Team.

  1. To advise Welfare Officer of any issues and concerns raised by swimmers
  2. To attend and speak at committee meetings, when required, to represent and advise the committee of swimmers’ issues and views.
  3. To attend and help as required at inter-club swimming galas.
  4. To help in the running of the club championships and time trials and any other internal competitions by co-coordinating swimmers for each event.
  5. To attend and present awards on behalf of the club at the annual presentation evening.
  6. To organise and run games at the presentation evening.
  7. Participate in personal development opportunities within the club e.g. pool helper with junior swimmers will facilitate awareness of Team Captains to junior swimmers and parents poolside.

This role is shared with the Boy’s Team Captain, Charlie Scotcher, and the two Team Captains should work together to inspire and motivate the other club members.

The club captains are chosen by the coaching team from swimmers in the Senior Squad, they are swimmers who are committed to the sport, train and compete regularly and hence understand what it takes to progress in swimming. The coaches select on the basis of commitment to training and competition, attitude and what the candidates put back into the club.

Nominations for Girls’ Team Captain

Nominations must be received by the 4th December and then attend and speak to the committee (explaining why they would be a good Girls’ Team Captain) at the meeting on 11th December, 8pm (straight after training).

Please put yourself or someone else forward by speaking to your coach.

Trophy Winners Page

Since the Leisure Center have re-decorated the viewing area by the swimming pool they have removed our two trophy boards. These have now been un-displayed for probably over a year! They are not willing to reinstate them and we are currently in negotiations to try and get some new ones up. So in the mean time we have created virtual Honour Boards on the website listing all the current and previous winners. 

Please see our Honour Boards 
Or follow the link under the Galas tab on the menu at the top of the 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)

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:  to let us know you are coming. 

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

Swimmer of the Month!

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: – it’s very easy!!