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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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Flashback to Mallorca

13 Oct 2018: Mallorca 2013 With the floods to the West of Mallorca still in the headlines, and training camp imminent, we thought it would be nice to remember our trip in 2013.

The year the heavens opened and the hotel stairwell turned in to something resembling a waterfall. Good timing, right?
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Results Archive Updated

6 Oct 2018: Results Archive On the eve of The Mets we've added our previous two meet results to the archive.

A few from September Sprints and an even smaller number from the Lincoln Vulcans meet.

Updated for Dearne Valley and Spa Askern swimmers.
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Ajay Qualifies for Winter Nationals

6 Oct 2018: Our four National level 200m Butterfly guys took a trip to Ponds Forge for the Lincoln Vulcans meet today with the sole objective of qualifying for Winter Nationals. Two had a realistic chance, the other two were outside bets.

Strong early season performances from all, and the hoped for qualifying time for Ajay Scott (Arm) marked a successful day's racing.
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Kickboard Challenge

30 Sep 2018: More colourfully decorated kickboards appeared at Winter Yorkshires earlier in the month. Including this one belonging to Daisy Purchase (Tho) which includes an autograph from an Olympic finalist ex Dartes athlete.

If anyone else has a fabulous kick board, let us know.
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Winter Yorkshires Bonanza

23 Sep 2018: Three Dartes age-group records fell at the 12 and under Winter Yorkshire meet last weekend among the 17 medals brought home to Doncaster.

Callum Broadhead (Arm) won Gold in 50m Freestyle and Backstroke and Ella Calverley (Adw) won 50m Breaststroke to set our new standards.
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Your Reward for Bucket Rattling

15 Sep 2018: Adam Peaty comes to Doncaster St Leger Festival As reward for rattling buckets at the race course this week, "we arranged" for a special guest to appear (okay, we heard it on the grapevine).

It's not every day an Olympic Champion comes to town! Thank you Mr Peaty for your kind donation, we hope you won on the horses too.
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Another Selection for Cohen

9 Sep 2018: A new season has started, so it must be nearing the time for National County Team Championships.

We've had our share of Yorkshire call-ups in recent years, and for 2019 we can add Cohen Stephenson (Adw) to that list too. The White Rose has won the last two outings, can Cohen help them to another victory.
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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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September Sprints - Thanks

30 Sep: A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the September Sprints possible today, we can't do this without you all.

But also a massive thank you and an apology to the competitors and their families for the late start. A broken pump coupled with an electrical fault delayed the start until 11am, but fortunately the call-out engineer carried the required parts and was able to get us up and running.
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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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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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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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