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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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Results Archive Updated

7 Apr 2019: Results Archive Results from the Derventio eXcel Level 1 Meet are now in the archive.

Only 48% PB ratio, but some huge improvements to stake claims for Nationals. Biggest was 17sec for Daisy Purchase (Tho) in 1500m Freestyle (2nd fastest Dartes 12yo ever).

The girls finished with 8 in the 400m IM! Two heats with first and second, 7 PBs, 2 Gold, and 13yo club record for Madison Johnson (Arm). Good work everyone.
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Time for the Kick Test

27 Mar 2019: The Phase 4 test sets are upon us again. First up was the 4x400 kick.

There's a lot of history behind this set now, going all the way back to 2011! Cerys Thomas (Adw) managed to kick her way back to the top of the table.
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Results Archive Updated

27 Mar 2019: Results Archive Results from the Wycombe Premier Level 1 Meet are now in the archive.

The first opportunity to qualify for Summer Nationals saw some big performances to set early times within the window.

Travelling to new pools for big meets is an important experience for young athletes and is rarely easy.
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Results Archive Updated

13 Mar 2019: Results Archive Results from the Jorvik Spring Festival are now added to the archive.

An opportunity for many to attempt events long course for the first time. A dominant display and 87% PB ratio when including those first attempts.

Well done to all.
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Results Archive Updated

27 Feb 2019: Results Archive Results from the sprints weekend of Yorkshires are now in the archive.

Included are our 3 medallists in the 800m Freestyle. Callie Ramshaw (Edl) with her first Yorkshire Gold; Zack Merritt (Drn) with a disability Gold; and Ben Wright (Arm) continuing his return to the top with a Silver.

Also being added are the lead off swims from the teams. These also count as PBs where appropriate.
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Olympic Finalist Comes Home

21 Feb 2019: Last night we had a treat for Phase 4. Olympic finalist Max Litchfield (Drn) popped over to Adwick for a chat.

He managed to squeeze a range of topics in to the 90mins slot, with time for some practical pre-pool and stretching demonstrations at the end.

Next week he's back for Phase 5.
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Phase 4 Wins Attendance Race

11 Feb 2019: As Training Cycle 2 begins today, we look back at our attendance levels for Cycle 1.

The ethos is simple: to improve you need to be in the pool. Nothing else counts.

The race for best attendance was won by Phase 4 on this occasion. There's work to be done to retain that during next cycle though!
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Double Gold Yorkshires

5 Feb 2019: Two more boys win Yorkshire Backstroke Gold (that's 41 since 2009). Callum Broadhead (Arm) is one of them.

Two girls contest over 2km of racing each and 9 finals between them.

Luke Gilliver (Drn) joins Callum for joint Gold in 200m Freestyle.
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Kicking off 2019

31 Jan 2019: Kicking off the test sets for 2019, Phase 4 sprinted through their 4x400m kick a couple of weeks ago.

A rosey red-faced Paula Mellor (Drn). showed the way with a fastest rep of 6:36. 1sec behind her fastest rep,
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Medals Galore at Leeds NY Meet

7 Jan 2019: Preparing for Halloween in Mallorca Our first dual meet weekend of the 2019 season saw a medal fest at the Leeds half. 52% medal ratio and 78% PB ratio is pretty special.

It's been 6 months since we last raced long course, and it showed. Half a year's worth of pent up PBs suddenly unleashed on a 50m pool. 13 Golds and 4 Silvers among the 4 boys in the photo alone.
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Cold Weather Training Camp

31 Dec 2018: Two months ago, Phase 5 were enjoying a week in the Mediterranean sun. It's an experience we try to offer every year, and 2018 was a little different.

Replacing days of glorious sunshine were gale force winds and plenty of rain. Nevertheless, we soldiered on and a rewarding week was had by all.

Here's a look back at the first day or so.
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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.
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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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