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Christmas Alterations

Our modified Christmas training schedule is now available. A few other training alterations affecting all squads can also be found on the alterations page.

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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

9 Dec 2019: Results Archive A busy weekend of racing with both Winter Nationals and York City meets running. Both are now in the archive.

A new club record and national final for Ella Bainbridge (Arm) in the 400m IM. At York, another 3 for Callum Broadhead (Arm) and plenty more movement throughout the age groups on the top 6 lists.

Fantastic to see our girls completely dominate the 400m IM at York too!
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The 2k Test for Phase 4

6 Dec 2019: Earlier in the week Coach Jordan put Phase 4 through the torture of the 2k test set.

Familiar names are appearing consistently at the top of the test set leader boards. On this occasion Megan Wood (Arm) set the fastest time, with Jack Torrington (Adw) hot on her heels.

Lots of big improvements from the rest too, as you'd expect on each iteration of this test.
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Day Trip to Co-op Funeral Care

25 Nov 2019: Thanks to all those who have nominated Dartes as their Co-op local community fund cause of choice, we were presented with a cheque for £1,923 on Saturday.

A bunch of 5 swimmers plus parents were invited to the glamorous setting of Co-op Funeralcare in Doncaster along with a number of other good causes.
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Kick Test for Phase 4

15 Nov 2019: Another test set for Phase 4 this week, this time the 4x400 kick.

Grit and determination from Kate Challenger (Drn) to stay consistently under 7mins, but Grace Burton (Arm) was hot on her heels in 2nd place, averaging 7min across the 4.

There's a big bunch getting close to the 7min mark too.
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Championships Tradition

8 Nov 2019: With Winter NERs behind us, we've updated our Championships Tradition page (only Winter Nationals remains for 2019).

Our 2019 NER medal tally is largely similar or better than every year except 2012-2015. A great job by all, including double medallist Jesse Goodwin (Adw) who came away with a Silver and Bronze.
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Testing Times for Phase 4

6 Nov 2019: Last week, Phase 4 had their latest crack at the 2x800m Freestyle test set.

Megan Wood (Arm) came out on top, and then used that experience to win 400m Bronze at Winter NERs the following weekend.

Overall, some solid performances with everyone inside 12:20. Well done Phase 4.
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Record Silver Tally from Yorkshires

21 Oct 2019: Our Yorkshire medal record from 2014 (111) survives by a single medal (2019: 110).

We can boast a record number of Silver medals won though (52 compared to 37 in 2011). Cohen Stephenson (Spa) battled through the weekend for the best individual medal tally: 4 Golds.

Blaine Underwood (Adw) and Ben Wright (Arm) snatched our other 3.

Great job by all swimmers competing at Yorkshires this year.
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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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Swim Along A Santa - Thank You

Another massive thank you to the army of volunteers and officials who make our Santa meet such a success every year.

And an extra than you to Team FINIS for the give away prizes, Max for the Team GB kit, and everyone who contributed raffle prizes.

Results are now available and swimmers: don't forget our next meet in the spring.
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Welfare Posts

We are in the process of appointing welfare officers for each squad to work alongside the club's welfare officer. If you would like to be considered for one of those roles, please apply to the Secretary.

Selections will be made shortly, so don't delay. Have a chat to Suzy Broadhead (Welfare Officer) if you have any concerns or need more details.
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Meet Entries: Team Jorvik Spring Festival

8 Dec: For Phases 1-4 we'll be attending the Team Jorvik Spring Festival at John Charles, Leeds in March (Phase 5 should enter Sheffield Premier instead).

This meet will fill up very fast, so be sure to submit your entries before 5pm on our deadline day (8th Dec)!

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season to help you plan your entries.
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Meet Entries: Yorkshire Championships

6 Jan: For all squads we need entries for Yorkshire Championships by 5pm Monday 6th January. Your last qualifying meet will be Harrogate's Janus (or Leeds New Year meet).

This is all 3 weekends of competition in February, and look out for team selections nearer the time.

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season to help you plan your entries.
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Safeguarding Children CPD Course

Essential for all officials 15 Jan: An essential CPD for all practicing club officials, Doncaster has this 3 hour course running at Dearne Valley on 15 January.

Bookings for this course should be requested with our welfare officer.
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Time to Listen

27 Jan For those club officials in need of it, we're running a Time to Listen workshop at Adwick LC on 27th January.

The course is specifically for Welfare Officers, but talk to our welfare officer for more details and guidance if unsure.

Bookings for this course should be made directly via Swim England North East region.
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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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