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Luton Level 1 Long Course Open Meet

14 Boldmere swimmers competed in 56 races recording 70% personal best times over the weekend of Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th April
All the swimmers performed incredibly well with many looking to set or improve on their national ranking in a number of key individual events.
For enquiries about competitive swimming get in touch through Contact Us.

Junior League Round 1

Well done to all swimmers at the Junior League Galas on Saturday. A team won by 44 points over 2nd placed Orion with 42 of the 51 swims being placed in the top 3. B team came in 5th place with coach Joey being really pleased with all swimmers performances on the night, where nearly every swim was a PB.

Congratulations to A Team Stars of the Gala - Willow Bevan and Hugh Mason-Williams and the B Team Gala Stars - Mia Woodhall & Owen Penzer.

March 250 Club Winners

Well done to Rachel Stone and Henryk Koryl who are the lucky winners of £50 each!

Staffordshire Masters Open Meet

A Fabulous performance for Boldmere at the Staffordshire Masters Open Meet

A record 14 Boldmere masters swimmers competed at the Staffordshire Masters Open Meet on Saturday 17th March bringing home 14 golds, 13 silvers and 16 bronzes between them. Swimmers competed across all age groups and all strokes. Great to see Masters swimming flourishing at Boldmere - if you fancy getting back in the pool to compete or just improving your swimming, get in touch through 'contact us'.

3 Boldmere help Solihull to League Success

Solihull became British Water Polo League men’s champions last weekend when they defeated Manchester 7-6 in the final round of Super Five matches.

Solihull entered Division 5 of the BWPL in 2012 with a young team and gained successive promotions through the divisions finishing 3rd in their first year in Division 1 last year. This year they have stepped up further and clinched the title. They still have a relatively young squad with 7 of the 13 players used this season being 21 or under.

All of the players live in the West Midlands and play locally in the Midland Water Polo League mostly for Solihull with the addition of 3 from Boldmere and 1 from Coventry. Coventry women's team were also competing in their BWPL Super Fives finishing 4th. Sky TV filmed the weekend’s matches and will be airing two programmes of highlights in the near future - one for the men and one for the women

Boldmere Awards Evening

Here are a few photos of recognitions from our AGM on Wednesday night.


The Club would like to welcome Robin Richardson as our new President and would like to thank the outgoing President Neil Holmes for all his valuable contributions to the Club


..and now to the Awards presented at the AGM. Well done to Alex Cash who won the Young Volunteer Award


Lindsay Atkin who wins the Volunteer Award


Joel Hales-Waller receives the Swimmer Disability Award


Freddie Cresswell receives the Learn to Swim Disability Award


Joey Stanger receives the Coach of the Year Award.


Aaliyah Lloyd receives the Waterpolo Swimmer of the Year Award.


and finally Dan Smith receives the Masters Swimmer of the Year Award.

Other award went to Claire Hopkins-Razzaq (Teacher) but wasn’t present on the night

Boldmere JIM Food Donation

Boldmere Swimming Club donated all the food bought for the JIM to Mandi Powell who accepted the food on behalf of the two charities. Mandi Powell runs the Little starfish charity which helps the homeless, domestic violence victims and poor families, and volunteers for the Big Feed which also feeds the homeless and poor families. They were externally grateful and will distribute the food over the next two days between the charities.

Emily joins the Swim England Para Swimming Talent Development

Congratulations to Emily Surgeoner who has been invited to join the Foundation level of the Swim England Para Swimming Talent Development programme. She has had a great year starting with the Dual Para-Swimming Development Meet in March where she swam well and got a place medal and improved from there onward. She swam her first 400m Freestyle in May at the East Midlands Para Regional Champs and winning a number of medals including a Gold in the freestyle relay. She went on to qualify and compete at the English Federation of Disability Sport Junior Nationals swimming 3 PB’s and winning bronze and silver. Emily then continued to train hard throughout the summer and autumn, swimming 3 out of 5 pbs at the Boldmere Open.

Emily is now swimming a regular programme of races being the 50, 100 & 400 free 100 Breast and 100 Back as these are her Para Pathway events at the moment, and she qualified from the Boldmere Open to swim all five at The Para Winter Short Course Nationals on 9th and 10th of December. What a great weekends swimming she pulled out of the bag, swimming 4 out of 5 pb’s only missing out on the 50 free by 0.1 of a second and winning the 400 freestyle in the 10-13 age group despite being only 10, and having cut 55 secs off her time from her first 400 in May. Subsequently her performances were noticed by Swim England and to round the year off fantastically Emily has been invited to join the Foundation level of the Swim England Para Swimming Talent Development programme.. Well done Emily.

Big Thank You From Nigel Kelly

Nigel Kelly would like to say a big thank-you for the wonderful cards, gifts and good wishes he received on his retirement from Boldmere Swimming Club. He has really enjoyed his time at the Club and appreciates all the support he received during his time as Junior Head Coach.

He would like to wish all swimmers, parents, coaches and committee members all the very best for the future and hopes Boldmere Swimming Club continues to enjoy its success in the future.

Help Boldmere Raise Money by using Easyfundraising

Please help the Club raise money by using the Easyfundraising website whenever you shop online, especially in the run up to Christmas!

The site is very simple to use:

1) Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk
2) In the "Search for a cause" box, type "Boldmere Swimming Club"
3) Click through to "Join Us" and create an account
4) You don't need to provide any bank or debit/credit card details, just your name, address and telephone number
5) Click through to the website you wish to purchase from and buy your items as normal. The cost will be the same but the club will get a donation - usually between 1.5% and 2.5% of the purchase amount.

There are 3,100 retailers on the site including Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Next, Boots, etc

Session Changes - Sunday

The following sessions will now run permanently at Perry Beeches Leisure Centre :

  Castle Vale Perry Beeches
Squad Original Time    New Time
Competitive 4 - 5.30pm 2 - 3.30pm
Junior Competitive 4 - 5.30pm 3.30 - 5pm
Junior Performance    5.30 - 6.45pm 3.30 - 5pm

New Sunday session

We will also be offering a session to swimmers from the Junior Club squad to swim on a Sunday at Perry Beeches from 2pm till 3.30pm. Anyone interested please contact boldmeremembershipsecretary@gmail.com.

Welcome to our new Swimming Pathway Officer, Jenny Fowler

As Swimming Pathway Officer Jenny will be coordinating our swimming instruction programme and leading our dedicated team of instructors teaching children in the Learn to Swim, Advanced Instruction and Transition sections of the club.

Jenny learnt to swim with Boldmere herself and reached national competitions with the club. Jenny started teaching swimming in 2012 and continued whilst at university. She has recently returned from university and competes with our Masters squad as well as dedicating her time to teaching our younger members. We welcome Jenny to the team.

If you have any queries about our instruction programme, please contact Jenny at boldmereLTS@gmail.com

Please Help Boldmere Swimming Club to Support The Pines School

The Pines School is a small local special school for children with Autism. If you have any 'preloved' toys or activities (from Happy Meal toys to scooters) that you could donate to The Pines please use 'Contact Us' above to arrange for their collection. We regret that we can not provide a new home for cuddly or stuffed toys!

Volunteers Required!

The club is currently run by a committee of swimming parents but we need more volunteers. We are looking for help with Administration of Volunteers, Communications and Fundraising. Please click HERE for more details.

Cancelled and Missed Sessions

As stated in the Membership Terms and Conditions when Boldmere Swimming Club cancels a normal session members may swim at an alternative session that week, with the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session, if there is room in that session. Members attending an alternative session without the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session will not be permitted to swim.

Members who miss their normal session will not usually be permitted to swim at an alternative session. In exceptional circumstances a member who misses their normal session may swim at an alternative session that week, with the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session, if there is room in that session. Members attending an alternative session without the prior agreement of the coach of the alternative session will not be permitted to swim.

Open Meet Entry Information (Internal)

Derventio LC MEET Ponds Forge 25th/26th/27th May 2018

This is a target meet for swimmers looking to achieve National ranking times.
**Your coach will inform you if this is a meet for you to enter.**
Jo Goldstone will be coordinating the club entries and forms should be returned via your squad rep or at the Boldmere desks at Erdington and Wyndley. Please complete the Boldmere Long Course entry form and tick the events you want to enter.
Note: Closing date for entries 24th April 2018. £7.00 per event. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Boldmere SC’ and should include £2.00 per day.
Individual entries cannot be processed until full payment is received.
More information can be found here

Stourbridge Junior Sprint Meet 10 June 2018

If anyone interested in attending an extra meet, the Stourbridge Junior Sprint Meet is on 10 June 2018 We as a club aren’t going nor any coaches, it’s more if someone wants more practice... More information can be found here

West Midland Championships Coventry 28th~29th April & May 5th~7th

Please check entries HERE
Any queries please contact jogoldstone@icloud.com

Team News

Mercian League Dates

28th April, 9th June, 14th July

Junior Leagues Dates

April 14th, May 12th, June 16th

Masters and Seniors News

2018 Masters and Seniors Calendar

For some of the competitions - Swim Wales, Staffs and Midland Masters - entries are already open or do so within the first week of January. The rest of them on the list are just there to make you aware at this stage.

1. Swim Wales Masters and Seniors - 3rd to 4th March Swansea

2. Staffordshire Masters - 17th March

3. Gloucester Masters - 22nd April

4. Midland Masters - 26th - 27th Rugby May

5. British Masters and Seniors Long Course - 8th - 10th June Plymouth

6. European Masters - 3rd - 7th Sept with OW on the 8th Slovenia

7. Swim England Masters and Seniors Short Course - 26th - 28th October Sheffield

Can you give me a shout if you choose to enter so we can look into relays. We did well at Midlands in 2017. My email address is alicelane87@gmail.com.

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