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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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National Qualifying at Wycombe

18 May 2019: Back in March we opened our National qualifying campaign with a 3 hour drive south to Wycombe.

Chantelle Waugh (Arm) posted 5 times that may all be good enough to qualify for English.

Our Medley girls started dominating heats to set a theme for the rest of the window.
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Yorkshire Development Camp

28 Apr 2019: As announced last month Jesse Goodwin (Adw). and Coach Jordan were both selected for the County Development Camp for this season.

It's a series of day long camps crammed full of skills and techniques young swimmers need in their toolbox to make it to the highest level.
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Results Archive Updated

12 May 2019: Results Archive Results from the Senior NER and weekend 1 of age-group NER champs are now in the archive.

From this weekend's age-groups we came home with 12 medals - 5 of them Gold. Last weekend's Senior champs was all about National Qualifying, and we laid down some stronger markers for that.
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Jordan and Jesse on County Talent

28 Apr 2019: This weekend begins the Swim England County Pathway Programme, the first step on the England Talent pathway.

Coach Jordan has been selected for a 2nd year, and joining him at the series of day-long workshops will be Jesse Goodwin (Adw).

Both have been added to our Honours pages.
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Pre-pool Warm-up Updated

27 Apr 2019: Blood flow prior to pool warm up at Middlesboro residential weekend To start the season we handed out pre-pool cards to phases 4 and 5. Those cards can now be downloaded for anyone who missed out.

While you're at it, why not review our meet protocol so you know what's expected when you travel to your next competition.
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Big Distance Test for Phase 4

16 Apr 2019: The big 2000m test was in store for Phase 4 last week. Leading the way was Callum Broadhead (Arm) setting a time that sneaks inside the top 20 all-tiem.

Behind him was a little tussle between Cody Watkinson (Adw) and Luke Gilliver (Drn). Overall, lots of big time drops - good work Phase 4
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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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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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Parent Presentations at NERs

12 May 2019: During age-group NER Champs there will be two presentations for parents.

Sun 12th: The Performance Pathway will be discussed by Swim England staff.

Sat 25th: Practical Nutrition Advice will be offered.

There is no need to book, just turn up on the day.

Both will take place in The Denison Suite between 1pm and 2pm.
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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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