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We Are Doncaster Dartes

We are Doncaster Dartes, the town's Elite Swimming Training Scheme and traditionally one of the top 4 squads in Yorkshire Swimming. In association with Doncaster's swimming clubs, we provide the high performance training and top class, professional swim coaching required to succeed at the very highest level.

Our objective is to provide Doncaster's ambitious swimmers with the Environment, the Skills, and the Coaching Support required to reach the top in British Swimming.

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All Aboard the Medal Train

6 Dec 2018: Poolside Party The weekend's medal fest also had a fun Christmassy spirit poolside.

There were far too many highlights to even attempt to mention all, so we've selected a couple of important lessons, pointed out the growing Animal Squad, and shone a spot light on a few big movers in the all-time Dartes best performance lists.
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Animals Updated

5 Dec 2018: 4 time Animal: Callie Here's a special December update of the Animal Squad. We're hoping to beat all the records for most animals to mark the 10th anniversary of the Animal Squad.

Getting in to the Animal Spirit, Callie Ramshaw (Edl) has already managed all 4 events this season!
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Results Archive Updated

3 Dec 2018: Results Archive It's rare that we have the chance to take the entire Dartes programme to the same competition, but this weekend's York meet was one such occassion.

A dominant performance saw 165 medals return home and a 73% PB ratio. Outstanding performances throughout the squads. Well done everyone.
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Photos with the Stars

23 Nov 2018: A few more photos have come our way from the recent Swim Skills workshop. This one has a competition for the eagle-eyed.

Who is the former GB international posing with our bobble hat heroes?

The workshops were a big success and very popular with those who attended.
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The Dreaded 2000m Test Set

18 Nov 2018: Tuesday evening saw Phase 4 tackle the dreaded 2000m test set for the first time under Coach Jordan.

It's a very young squad these days, so the record was never expected to be challenged. A two-way battle developed at the front between Paula Mellor (Drn) and Daisy Purchase (Tho).
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Doncaster Head Coaches Meeting

Assistant Head Coach Jordan 17 Nov 2018: This Thursday we invited the Head Coaches from Doncaster's clubs to join Dartes Head Coach and Assistant Head Coach at Rossington to discuss the swimming pathway.

It was good to see most of our clubs represented and an interesting opening discussion took place. We hope to make this a regular event to improve things further in the future.
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Swim Skills Comes to Leeds

13 Nov 2018: As October turned to November and Phase 5 were freezing in Mallorca, a small group from Phase 4 and JDS travelled to Leeds Grammar School for a multi-day Swim Skills workshop.

Helping with the pool demonstrations were a few former Dartes stars. A fun few days were had by all.
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September Sprints

10 Nov 2018: We have a massive backlog of photos to add, so here's a quick catch-up from September Sprints.

Superb branding is a feature at all but one of our meets. The time and effort to do so is immense, but we think it gives our meets a special flavour.
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Meet Protocol

Blood flow prior to pool warm up at Middlesboro residential weekend To save you thinking first thing on meet day morning, we have a meet protocol to tell you exactly what to do when you arrive at competitions.

Be sure to arrive in time to start your blood flow warm up a good 10mins prior to the start of the first warm up.
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Hard Work and Tiredness

Many of you in Phase 5 have discovered new levels of tiredness recently.

Coach Phil stumbled across an article this week that might put some of that in to perspective for you. Especially the final few paragraphs.
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New Season Training Timetable

16 Aug 2018: We've changed training times slightly for Phases 4 and 5 once training resumes in September.

Phases 1 to 3 remain unchanged.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are our week day mornings open to both squads, and Phase 5 get a Saturday evening too. Familiarise yourselves with the changes and what they mean for you.
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Announcement Regarding Head Coach Position

30 Jul: Having taken the role of acting Head Coach this summer and last as a stand-in for departing coaches, we now name Dave Cuthbert as permanent Head Coach of Doncaster Dartes.

Alongside Dave and taking the full-time post of Assistant Head Coach is Jordan Allerton. Jacob Greenhalgh has been added as the 3rd lead coach for the 2019 season.
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Using Pace Clocks

Pace Clocks Being able to use pace clocks is an essential skill for swimmers of all ages. We know some of you struggle and shy away from using them, so here are some helpful hints.

The key point is: never give up. Use them on every swim and within a few weeks you'll be happy to use them.
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Be Good Lane Mates

Meet Calendar How many times do coaches yell at you for blocking the finish for your team mates in training? Are you one of those annoying swimmers who just loves getting in the way?

Here are a few helpful hints on how you can be a better team mate. You thought this stuff only happened at Dartes, right? Oh how wrong are you!
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