Handbook

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Bircotes Leisure Centre

Q   How does my child become a member of the club?
 
A    Send an email to bircotesswimmingclub@gmail.com expressing your interest and the Secretary will get back to you.
 
Q    Does my child need to trial for the club?
 
A    Yes,   trials are held the first Saturday of every month at 5.30pm.    Sometimes this might not be possible to trial on these dates so please contact the Club's Secretary to check first.
  
 
Q    How much will I have to pay?
 
A    Membership is £40 per year. This is payable by cash or cheque at the commencement with the club.   Training fees are £21 per month which includes 3 sessions per week and these are payable through your bank on the 1st of each month. 
 
Q    Who do I make cheques payable to?
    
A    Cheques should be made payable to Bircotes Swimming Club
 
Q    What should my child wear when training?
 
A    Girls should have one piece swimming costumes and boys should have jammers (tight fitting shorts) in club colours - Blue or Black. They must wear a hat with the exception of those that have very short hair.    Although when attending competitions all must wear club hat.
 
Q    How do I get the club hat?
 
A  Club hats can be purchased through the club for the cost of £7. Please e mail samantha2k5@hotmail.com requesting a hat or complete the order form on the Club Shop page.


Q    Can my child take part in galas?


A     Yes,  we encourage everyone to take part in competitions.   Some competitions are more appropriate than others for certain swimmers therefore if you are unsure please see one of the coaches or our Events Coordinator Tamsin.


Q    Will my child get rewards whilst swimming at the club?


A     Yes,   we hold time trials every 3 months where your child can obtain a time in all the four competitive strokes.   Following the time trial every swimmer receives a certificate and if your child has achieved a personal best they will receive an individual ribbon for that event.    The club also has target times and if your child achieves one of those they will receive a medal.   For further information on what times they need to achieve to gain a medal please see the Club's Handbook.


Our SEA Horses section receive Level 1 - 3 certificate.


The club is also piloting a new competitive rewards scheme for the ASA where swimmers will be awarded certificates for achieving set technique criteria.



Q    How do I know if my child is progressing?


A    The times they obtain at a time trial or competition are a good indicator of their progress.    Also twice a year parents will receive reports for their child which shows their time trial results, start and turn times and how they have progressed.   Please don't hesitate to speak to the Head Coach and the coaching team for information.