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Pool Briefing

Our next Back to Pool briefing will be Monday 10th August. You need to attend before you can join in the pool sessions.

New Schedule

Our return to training date is set at 1st August. Everyone should be aware of the provisional timetable.

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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

National Development Programme Selections

11 Aug 2020: We've just received notification that Callum Broadhead (Arm) and Luke Gilliver (Drn) have been selected for the Swim England Talent Pathway's National Development Programme.

For this year, the camps will run on Zoom but the same workshops as normal will cover both technical skills and soft skills.

Fantastic job boys, but there's a lot of hard work involved if you plan to beat the cull for next year's version!
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Open Water and 1 Week Down

10 Aug 2020: We've made a strong start to the "New Season". Other than the usual early season rusty skills and lower training volume the past 4 months don't seem to have taken much of a toll.

We continue to add positive outcomes to the pandemic as well. Yesterday Coaches Dave and Jordan began their open water coaching course. If you haven't tried it yet, August is the best time to try.
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All Change for Phase 3

3 Aug 2020: The new look Phase 3 began on Saturday morning outside in the sun.

Coach Harvey had them lunging and running; bridging and stretching. An impressive performance from all.

For the rest in Phase 3, Tuesday evening's outdoor dryland briefing is a requirement before joining in.
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And we're back ...

1 Aug 2020: A new season begins after 4 months out of the pool. Phase 5 enjoyed their 5am paddle to start things off this morning.

They might not have felt like swimmers in the pool, but they did a great job and looked much better than they probably felt.

Day 1 done with the rest of the weekend to recover.
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Diploma in Sporting Excellence

29 Jul 2020: Each year a cohort of college aged athletes are invited to take part in the Diploma in Sporting Excellence programme.

For this year we've just heard that Ella Bainbridge (Arm) has been offered a place on the swimming version of this prestigious opportunity.
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Erin's Big Swim

13 Jul 2020: A few of our athletes and coaches took part in Erin's Big Swim to help a young girl's fight against DIPG.

Various distances up to 10km were on offer. Coach Jordan jumped in to do the big one, a few of the swimmers followed. But lots did the shorter distances too.
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Risk Assessments

18 Jun 2020: With outdoor land training ready to start shortly, we thought some of you might be interested in the Risk Assessments.

There will soon be a mandatory Zoom meeting for all those wanting to be involved in the land training programme.

We hope to be publishing committee meeting minutes as they become available too.
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Zoom Sessions Growing

27 Apr 2020: The first week of our live Zoom Workouts is complete. We're splitting the squads up to improve the quality and they're proving popular.

We've had 36 involved so far, so don't miss out, jump in. Connection details are in your inbox.
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DIY Swimming Pools

22 Apr 2020: A lack of swimming pools has inspired a few to create their own shorter versions.

Last week we had a proper endless pool, this week we have a few large paddling pool type structures and bungee chords. Of course, not everyone can wait for their pool to be filled before they dive in.
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Latest Evidence Added

17 Apr 2020: Well someone found themselves an endless pool to practice in - who's jealous?

For everyone else, it's the usual mix of running, cycling, and a variety of familiar land training exercises.

Keep your photos and videos coming in, we still want to see them. And don't forget the weekly "live workouts" on zoom.
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April Fools - no one?

1 Apr 2020: Today was the day we expected claims of crazy hard work being done.

But mid-day passed by and no one even tried. You're all too late now April Fools day has been and gone.

And besides, we kind of believe Megan Wood (Arm) really does do 5km daily runs. But how much have you been doing?
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Online Para-Swimming Coach Workshops

8 Sep 2020: Swim England North East in conjunction with Swim England Para Swimming are holding 2 FREE online workshops (8th and 10th September).

Aimed at level 1 and 2 coaches, these course will cover physical literacy and general development of para swimmers. Numbers are limited, so if your club would benefit from such knowledge sign up quick.
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Phase 3 Dryland S+C Sessions

3 Aug 2020: We've added dry land S+C sessions for JDS for the new season.

Phase 3 get access to outdoor S+C on a Saturday morning, and the rest of JDS can join them on Zoom on Tuesday evenings for an indoor session. All of it is based around entry level athletic movements to help develop our young swimmers optimally and slowly over time.
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Return to Training - updated

1 Aug 2020: We have confirmation that we can return to the pool bright and early (5am) on Saturday 1 August - that's a Phase 5 session. That means Phase 5 is likely the first group back in the pool in Doncaster!

You can now view our massively revised training timetable. To help you understand the decisions made while creating that timetable, Head Coach Dave Cuthbert provides a commentary.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

11 Aug 2020: Meeting Minutes An additional committee meeting was held on 29th July to discuss JDS provision and other club developments.

Those minutes are now available on this website for anyone who would like to review them.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

30 Jul 2020: Meeting Minutes An additional committee meeting was held on 15th July to discuss final preparations for return to pool and bringing coaches off furlough. A few last minute changes were required to Risk Assessments before sign off.

Those minutes are now available on this website for anyone who would like to review them.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

18 Jul 2020: Meeting Minutes An additional committee meeting was held on 1st July to discuss return to pool planning. This involved a discussion around the return to swimming survey that everyone has kindly returned.

Those minutes are now available on this website for anyone who would like to review them.
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Training Idea for the Home

18 Mar 2020: During this time of no-swimming, it's important to keep training regularly. We've created a page to keep you heading in the right direction.

Boredom is another big problem during periods of isolation. Sticking to the training schedule we've published should help with that too.
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Meet Entries: for all

Due to the pandemic all meet licences have been suspended until the new year 2021. We've had no confirmation to date as to when meets will start up. That will be dependent on government guidance, leisure centre operators, and availability of meet officials.

At the moment, you know as much as we do.