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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment below.
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.
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 email@example.com