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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.

Headlines and Site Updates

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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Results Archive Updated

10 Feb 2019: Results Archive Weekend two of Yorkshires saw 16 medals come home to Doncaster.

Included among them was an outstanding new 12 years Dartes record for Luke Gilliver (Drn) in 100m Freestyle (1:02.69).

Callie Ramshaw (Edl) smashed the previous ladies 1500m Freestyle record too (now owning both long and short course records).
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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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Sports Nutrition Partnership

30 Dec 2018: We have recently continued an agreement with Youth Sport Nutrition to be a local club partner for a further 12 months.

Our top performer at last summer's English Nationals Hannah Newnham (Arm) is also an affiliate athlete with them. We'll be monitoring the effectivness of their flagship product in the New Year.
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Nutrition Seminar

28 Dec 2018: Earlier in the month we invited Andrew Shepherd to talk sports nutrition and what our athletes can do to improve.

Andrew is regularly involved with Swim England and British Swimming, and is a regular speaker on England Talent Camps. We hope to have more talks in the new year.
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Minsthorpe Kick Test

16 Dec 2018: It's been a long time coming, but finally last month's P4 kick test set results are ready.

Leading the way was Cerys Thomas (Adw) with an average 400m pace of 6:57. The newbies to the squad had their own contest over 3x300m while everyone else attacked the 400m version.
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Winter Nationals Day 1

14 Dec 2018: Winter Nationals got off to a good start with Hannah Newnham (Arm) in 200m Butterfly.

A PB of 2:21.41 knocked 0.71sec from her qualifying swim last month, and was good enough for 44th overall (as a junior racing seniors).

More to come tomorrow with Ajay Scott (Arm) also in 200m Butterfly.
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All Aboard the Medal Train

6 Dec 2018: Poolside Party The weekend's medal fest also had a fun Christmassy spirit poolside.

There were far too many highlights to even attempt to mention all, so we've selected a couple of important lessons, pointed out the growing Animal Squad, and shone a spot light on a few big movers in the all-time Dartes best performance lists.
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Animals Updated

5 Dec 2018: 4 time Animal: Callie Here's a special December update of the Animal Squad. We're hoping to beat all the records for most animals to mark the 10th anniversary of the Animal Squad.

Getting in to the Animal Spirit, Callie Ramshaw (Edl) has already managed all 4 events this season!
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Announcements

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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