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Autumn is here

A reminder that summer is over! It may still look sunny, but the temperature is dropping. Colds and sniffles are common place, so wrap up warm and protect yourselves.

Nothing ruins a season like missing training in the early days due to avoidable illness.

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.

Headlines and Site Updates

The Magic Sports Kit

16 Oct 2019: Tonight, 21 volunteers from Doncaster's swimming community attended a 3 hour Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop.

It is an obligatory training requirement for all club officials across the country.

Part of the course is a video about the Magic Sports Kit that we decided everyone should see. Does your child own one?
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Results Archive Updated

14 Oct 2019: Results Archive A busy day of racing on Sunday at the Doncaster Mets Champs saw 4 meet records set (and a further 3 near misses).

It's rarely the fastest meet of the year, but always good to see everyone wearing club colours for a change.

Results for most Dartes swimmers are in the archive, full results are available on openmeets.co.uk.
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Training Camp Flashback

10 Oct 2019: For Phase 5, this is your 2 week countdown to what promises to be a tough training camp.

To get you in the mood, here's a flashback to when we visited the island next door in 2011!

Blistering sunshine all week, with half a day of extremely welcome torrential rain.
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Plank Challenge

9 Oct 2019: Introducing the Long Line of Despair!

During the younger age-group's Winter Yorkshires a couple of weeks ago we merged Phase 4 and Phase 5 land training and decided to finish with a little team fun.

9 in a plank line across the diagnoal of studio 2. We had a few spares to tag on the end, but ran out of room.
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Animal Squad 2020 Begins

7 Oct 2019: Our Animal Squad has been a thing for the last 10 years, and a new season brings a fresh start.

We're 2 meets in and almost hitting double figures for 200m Butterfly and 400m IM. We want a record breaking Animal Squad season for 2020, so let's make sure you're all contributing.

All you need to do is enter those big, painful events!
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Results Archive Updated

6 Oct 2019: Results Archive We have a busy start to the season and this weekend's Lincoln Vulcans one-day meet was the first opportunity for our older athletes to race.

A new Dartes age-group record for Ella Bainbridge (Arm) in the 15 year olds 200m Breaststroke was a highlight.

Big PBs from many though, and a sack full of medals came home.
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Medal Table Updated

5 Oct 2019: Those 36 medals won at Winter Yorkshires have made their mark on our Individual Medal table with a few newbies added to the list. It's now up to 151 individual medal winners.

To make the Top 50 you need a regional Gold. Luke Gilliver (Drn) has 5 of those at #43! Your chance comes later this month.

To claim top spot, you'll need at least 8 British Gold medals.
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Biggest Ever Winter Yorkshires

4 Oct 2019: Grace was just one of our 11 medalists at Winter Yorkshires On the eve of our 2nd meet of the season, here's a brief recap of our record breaking performance at Winter Yorkshires last weekend.

11 medal winners brought home 36 medals and as of today sit on top of GB rankings in 8 events!

In addition, lots of good work being done across the squads with the 12 and unders including a first Yorkshire Bronze for Grace Burton (Arm).
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Partnership with YSN

3 Oct 2019: Hot on the heels of the FINIS announcement, we are proud to announce the renewal of another partnership.

We've been working with Youth Sport Nutrition for a number of years now. Many of our older athletes have benefited from the discount we can offer on their products.

Tuesday evening we presented 3 of our high achieving athletes with some freebies.
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Welcome to Team FINIS

1 Oct: Yesterday, after a couple of months discussing options and considering a rival manufacturer, we signed up to Team FINIS.

Among other things, this provides you with a 15% discount on FINIS equipment, gives the coaches some fancy new toys to try out, and some of our higher ranked athletes get the option of a free tech suit or two.
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Announcements

Meet Entries: NER Winter Champs

20 Oct: All entries for NER Winter Championships in Sheffield are needed by end of Sunday 20th Oct.

There is still Winter Yorkshires to earn qualifying times, but after that get your entries submitted immediately please!

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season.
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Swim Skills Workshop

Last time Coach Russ delivered a stroke clinic 26/27 Oct: GB Coaches Russ Barber and Rob Greenwood are holding another of their Swim Skills workshops and there are places remaining (£95). This one takes place in York.

Focus is on IM plus starts and turns. Demonstrations by Richard Nagy and Jay Lelliot. Strength and conditioning coach Tim Jarrett is also on hand.

This is aimed at the younger age-group swimmer.
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The Mets Results and thank you

Another massive thank you to the army of volunteers and officials who make our meets such a success.

Results will be available shortly for viewing online. Don't forget to keep an eye open for our next meet coming up shortly.
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Notice of AGM

6 Nov 2019: We are delighted to invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting of Doncaster Dartes.

The AGM determines key posts within the club for the next 12 months, and you are encouraged to nominate yourselves for such a position. Job descriptions for each are available.
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Meet Entries: Northampton Winter Festival

8 Nov: For our National level athletes in Phase 5, we are now accepting entries for the Northampton Winter Festival meet.

If you're unsure if this meet is appropriate for you, talk to your coach.

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season.
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Meet Entries: Harrogate Janus

10 Nov: For Phase 4 and JDS we'll be travelling to Harrogate early January for their popular Janus meet.

This meet historically fills up very fast, so we're setting our deadline as 10th Nov. That's a week after NER Champs.

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season.
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Training Camp Balance Due

A gentle reminder for those going on camp in October. Your outstanding balance needs paying now please.

A week of very hard training in Fuerteventura awaits. Over 20 hours of training in the pool plus land work to boot.

We aim to complete around 70km - very tired bodies will return home. Those first-timers expecting a holiday in the sun are in for a shock!

Phase 5 Land Training

We're introducing two additional land training sessions for Phase 5.

Tue/Thu evening before training at Edlington for 30 mins. It will be core work, shoulder stability, and general strength work.

Two groups of 10, let your coach know which day suits you best.

Masquerade Ball 2020

Introducing a new event on the Dartes social calendar.

The 2020 Masquerade Ball!

It looks set to be a fabulous evening of entertainment at the Earl of Doncaster. A 3 course dinner, live band, and auction among other things.

It would be lovely to get current members and former stars and their parents mingling, to bring together decades of Dartes history for an evening of celebration. All are welcome.
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