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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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3rd at White Rose

22 Jun 2019: The annual White Rose Junior League got under way this morning with 7 teams taking part at John Charles in Leeds.

A strong performance from our youngest stars to put together a late challenge to finish equal 3rd with City of Sheffield.
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Results Archive Updated

17 Jun 2019: Results Archive Results from the weekend's Harrogate Summer Meet are now in the archive.

The Hydro is regarded as a fast pool and so it proved. An 88% PB ratio indicative of the hard work going on in the training pool.

A few additions to the Animal Squad and a lowered club age-group record along the way.
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Abs of Steel

16 Jun 2019: We seem to have an inter-Phase core strength challenge brewing.

It began with Phase 5's triangle planks a couple of weeks ago, but then Phase 4 retaliated with Polygons and a crazy chair thing.

We've created a gallery page to track where this goes.
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... and then there were 12

15 Jun 2019: Sneaking into the Phase 2 selection list for English Nationals is James Robinson (Adw) in the 1500m Freestyle.

We also have 2 more events added to the list at British for Chantelle Waugh (Arm) to make her trip to Glasgow more worthwhile.

Those changes, make 2019 Dartes' 5th best year on record.
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DMasa Head Coaches Meeting

14 Jun 2019: The 2nd DMasa Head Coaches meeting of the season took place last night at Rossington.

Improved inter-club communications, closer working practices, and a general positive vibe were the key points from the evening.
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Backstroke Wedges Coming Soon

8 Jun 2019: Thanks to a generous grant from Persimmon Homes, we are in the process of sourcing Backstroke wedges.

We're hoping for 6 to enable our Adwick meets to use them, but they are still quite expensive so we shall have to see.

A big thank you to Persimmon Homes Building Futures initiative.
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The Importance of 400m IM

7 Jun 2019: It's an ethos we've held to proudly for many years: the importance of 400m IM.

Last night, Phase 5 performed their usual brutal Thursday threshold set. They all did great, but 1 lane stood out for a different reason.

A little something for our young age-group swimmers and parents.
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Run Around the Lake

5 Jun 2019: The fund-raising efforts for Training Camp 2019 stepped up a notch Wednesday evening.

The much anticipated Run Around the Lake competition was won by Ajay Scott (Arm) in under 20mins.

Next up is the 5km swim on Saturday - who will win that one?
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No Feet Planks

3 Jun 2019: Something a little different from tonight's land training.

Planking triplets with no feet touching the floor. 3 groups managed it, for a few seconds at least.

One group managed to take it to another level.
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4 Selected for NE Performance

31 May 2019: We're delighted to announce the North East Performance Programme has selected four Dartes swimmers for 2019.

We keep four of last year's six 11 year olds, Ella Calverley (Edl) among them, as they step up to the 2nd level of the Swim England Talent Programme. Congrats to all.
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Club Development Evening

30 May 2019: Wednesday was the Get Doncaster Moving Club Development Evening at the Keepmoat Stadium.

A chance for Doncaster's clubs to get together and benefit from workshops laid on by DMBC's Sport Participation Coordinator.
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Summer Schedule

The summer break is nearly upon us, so here is our reduced summer training timetable.

Much the same as every other year, but be sure to familiarise yourselves with the details ahead of time.

Talk to your coach/squad manager if you're unsure about anything.
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Georgia and Autism

Georgia's Autism Awareness Tattoo It's not every day one of our own gets featured in Swimming World.

A star of NCAA Div2 swimming Georgia Wright (Arm) was recently interviewed regarding her autism diagnosis and her college swimming career in the states.
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So You Think You're Tough?

It's not time for the Animal Trials just yet, but for those animals out there who love pushing themselves, here's a little article about tough-guy Eric Vendt.

Even Phelps says Vendt worked hard - there's a compliment!

America's best 1500m Freestyler of his day, what can you learn from him?
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Kickboard Challenge

More colourfully decorated kickboards appear on pool deck all the time. It brightens up our training environment a little.

The best decorated boards (or pull buoys) make it into our kickboard challenge gallery, so why not have a go with yours.

Pro tip: plan it beforehand!
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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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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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