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All Parents Must Register for a Chester-le-Street ASC Account

We’ve recently been distributing information sheets with intructions on how to add your swimmers to your Chester-le-Street ASC account. If you have not yet signed up, you must do so as soon as possible.

Signing up and connecting your swimmers is important because;

  • It allows you to enter galas online, including our club Christmas Gala
  • Allows us to keep in touch with you by email about your squads
  • Enables you to update;
    • Your swimmer’s information
    • Your swimmer’s medical information
    • Your swimmer’s photography permissions
  • Allows you to see attendance as a percentage for each of your swimmers.
  • Add emergency contact details
  • Renew your membership online

We’re also currently working on new features which will enable you to

  • Pay squad, CrossFit and gala fees by Direct Debit

If you have any questions, please contact

Raffle and Tombola Prizes for the Junior Meet

The club are currently planning fundraising events to be held during our Junior Meet, on 26-28 October.

To help with this, we will gratefully accept donations for our raffle and tombola at the Gala. If you are making a donation, please make it to Lisa Ward, Sarah Fairbairn, Steven Fairbairn or Joanne Palmer by Friday 19 October.

We’re doing this because we are constantly striving to raise our profile and generate funding for our swimmers to allow our talented young athletes the opportunity to excel in their chosen sport and support ongoing development at all levels, from our learn to swim programme, through to our performance training squads.

If you are able to help or require any more information, please do not hesitate to contact our fundraising team via email at

Accepted and Rejected Entries for the Chester-le-Street Junior Meet

The Accepted and Rejected Entries for the Chester-le-Street Junior Meet have now been confirmed.

Should Clubs have any questions, they should contact in the first instance.

Session Cancellations due to the Chester-le-Street Junior Meet

All training sessions, at all pools, will be cancelled on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October due to the Chester-le-Street Junior Meet.

We apologise for any disruption caused. If you would like to offer help for our gala, contact

Sponsored Swim Teams for Sunday 7th October at Birtley Swimming Centre

This list was amended on Friday 5 October. Please check which teams your swimmers are in as they might have changed.

Please arrive at 13:50 and where possible please bring sponsor money on day.

There will be 10 teams due to swimmers being unavailable.

A full marathon is 42,195 metres, therefore each team will swim 4,225 metres (169 lengths), with a 55 minute time cap.

Heat 1

Team One

  • Lauren Graham
  • Ellen Haswell
  • Jodie Haswell
  • Abbie Drinkwater
  • Erina Creighton
  • Matt Robinson (CrossFit)

Team Two

  • Brad Dobson
  • Jacob Davison
  • Felix Eccleston
  • Chloe Chan
  • Emily Rowbottom
  • Sam Marshall (CrossFit)

Team Three

  • Matthew Hunt
  • Jamie McCormick
  • Amie Latham
  • Archie Maguire
  • Gary Renshaw
  • Devin Creighton

Team Four

  • James Davison
  • Lauren Heppell
  • Simon McKim
  • Grace Jackson
  • Hannah Newton
  • Joe Foster

Team Five

  • Tom Brumwell
  • Lydia Hall
  • Holly Bodinner
  • Adam Nichol
  • Isobel Omoregbe
  • Mina Gibson-Lee

Heat 2

Team Six

  • Thomas English
  • Amelia Simpson
  • Oliver Dodsworth
  • Zahra Turnbull
  • Jessica Sowerby
  • There may be an additional swimmer in this team

Team Seven

  • Harry Nicholson
  • Charles Simpson
  • Jacob Openshaw
  • Natasha Rice
  • Alex Clark
  • Jayden Bell

Team Eight

  • Jessica Wright
  • Ella Hall
  • Alexander Rice
  • Saffron Scott
  • Lilli Erolla
  • Matthew Proudfoot (CrossFit)

Team Nine

  • Hannah Wright
  • Matthew Phillips
  • Katie Palmer
  • Sophie Angus
  • Luke Turnbull
  • Ben Ward

Team Ten

  • Faye Burns
  • Eve Foster
  • Faith Omoregbe
  • Lucy Reed
  • Samuel Parker

If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Lawrence via

Changes to Tynemouth Winter Gala Running Order

Due to a very high number of entries to the Tynemouth Winter Gala, some events have been rearanged on Sunday.

  1. The girls’ Skins will move from the Sunday morning to the Saturday morning and will follow the boys’ Skins.
  2. This will free up some time on the Sunday morning which allows Tynemouth to run a few heats of the girls’ 400m free

If these changes are unacceptable to you, please notify the gala coordinator via before 12:00 midday on Thursday 11 October.

Autumn 2018 Website Refresh Survey Results

You may have noticed that we’ve recently refreshed some parts of our website and as part of this have been running a survey to get your thoughts on the redesign. We would like to thank everyone who took part in that survey and would like to tell you what we’re doing to build on this.

Our New Homepage

Our main focus with this redesign is to put the latest club news right up front and centre for our members. We do this by devoting the full width of the page to displaying our latest posts, and by serving two different versions of our homepage.

A side by side comparison of the two different versions of our homepage

Two Homepages? Why?

Our website is aimed at two main groups of people, who are very different.

  1. First and foremost, we’re targetting our members, who generally want to get news or gala information from our website. This is why we’ve asked you to give us your comments on our refresh.
  2. Secondly we’re focussing on prospective members of the club, mostly through parents.

If you’re a club member, you don’t need or want to see a description of what our club is about; you already know. That’s why if you’re logged into your club account, we won’t show you it and we’ll just give you our latest news and galas.

If you’re not logged in to a club account, you’ll see some additional content which lets people know what our club is about. We would like to know what you think we should be saying to prospective members through our homepage – send an email to to let us know.

Why aren’t there images on the new homepage?

A common comment was one like this…

The lack of images make the site look very bland and if I was to open the page by mistake there would be no indication I was on swimming club website. If I was to visit the website researching the club the first impressions is that it is amateurish.

The simple answer to this is that we don’t have any up to date images to use. We’re continuing the evaluate the impact that removing images has had through our analytics tracking.

The New Masthead

The Masthead can best be descibed as “the red bit at the top of each page” and it helps us build up recognition.

Red Website Masthead

Reviews of the new masthead were broadly positive, with written comments stating that navigation now seemed to be easier. We also asked people to score the new masthead between 1 and 10, with 1 being “Very Unimpressed” and 10 being “Very Unimpressed”. The lowest score was three, but there was no written explanation as to what they though was wrong.

We’re satisfied with the performance of the new red masthead for now, but are continuing to review it.

“Some information is out of date”

The website is a lot better that other clubs, some information is out of date so needs checking and updating. Very functional.

Yes. Some informaton on our website is out of date. From time to time we do try our best to look through as much of our website as possible, but we’re not perfect. You can now alert us to any technical or factual errors really easily.

Whenever you spot an issue, scroll down to the grey footer at the bottom of any page and click on “Report an issue with this page”.

You can still let us know what you think

Our survey is still open for submissions. Alternatively, email us at, or comment below.

Metafit is cancelled on Friday 21 September

Metafit is cancelled on Friday 21 September because a training course for coaches will be taking place in the multi-purpose room.

If the weather stays dry all week, we may run an outdoor land training session. We will let you know via our website, social media and email if this is to be the case.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

C, D, E and Dolphins – Sponsored Swim at Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre

For C, D, E and Dolphins Squads.

Swimmer at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics

Image of swimmer, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia

We are looking to host a second sponsored swim on 14 October, 15:30 – 17:00 with members of the CrossFit centre and their chosen charity of Epilepsy Action, monies raised will be split 50/50 between club and charity. Funds raised for the club will go towards new trophies for our annual club gala.

We would hope that each swimmer tried to gain sponsorship of £5, which can be paid via JustGiving.

6 teams will swim a distance equivalent to a mile.


  • Swimmers will be split into 6 teams covering squads C,D, E and dolphins
  • Teams will be announced October 8th via club website, each team to be given a colour or theme
  • Each team will need to complete 1600m, 50m to be swum per swimmer in each lap for C, D and E squads. Dolphins swimmers will be expected to swim 25m
  • Teams will all start at same time
  • Fastest team to complete the 1600m will receive a prize
  • We will assume all swimmers will attend and only not include them should prior notice be given before Team Announcements on 8th October
  • We will expect good cheer and laughter at all times

Changes to the Richmond Dales Back to Pool Gala

Due to a lower than expected number of entries for the RDASC Back to Pool Gala, the Friday evening session has been cancelled.


  • the first warm up will be 7.45 – 8.30
  • the Boys 200IM event will be the first event of Session 2 (08.30 Saturday morning)
  • the second warm up will be 9.30 – 10.30
  • the third warm up will be 1.15 – 2.15
  • the Boys Skins event will be the first event of Session 4 (14:15)


  • the first warm up will be 7.45 – 8.30
  • the Girls 200IM event will be the first event of Session 5 (08.30 Sunday morning)
  • the second warm up will be 9.30 – 10.30
  • the third warm up will be 1.15 – 2.15
  • the Girls Skins event will be the first event of Session 7 (14:15)

Refunds will be made for any swimmer wishing to withdraw from the 200IM events. You must inform our gala coordinator before 21st September via

WW1 Centenary 100x100m Swimming Relay at Ponds Forge

The final of the 100 x 100m Swimming relay in memory of the WW1 centenary takes place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, tomorrow (8th September). There are lots of great activities on the day, but swimmers are still being sought to complete one of the teams. If you know of anyone who would like to join in on the day and support this amazing cause then please contact Natalie McGuire on