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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

14 Mar 2018: Results Archive Results from our Mad March Sprints meet have now been added to the archive, along with last year's adventure at Euro Junior Champs by Josh Reasbeck (Edl) as part of the British Junior squad.

Speaking of Mad, Madison Johnson (Arm) came away from the sprints meet with a new Dartes age-group record in 50m Fly and lowered her 100m IM record too.
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Championship Tradition Updated

11 Mar 2018: It's taken a while, but the annual medal tables which make up our Championship Tradition page has now been updated.

Three or four years of medal tallies counted at Nationals, Regionals, and County Championships. We're still writing the history of 2018, so work hard in the pool and make it a success.

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Any Excuse for a Team Photo

10 Mar 2018: It's been a surprisingly long time since we last had a photo shoot. The Arla Foods deal and success from Yorkshires seemed like a good excuse to fix that.

So on the dot of 8am (after training for 2 hours), we attempted to manoeuvre 40 kids in to position. The usual chaos ensued.
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6 Selected for County Programme

8 Mar 2018: Today we've learnt that 6 of our 11 year olds have been selected for the Swim England County Pathway Programme.

It's a series of 3 one day camps to help develop the finest young swimmers in Yorkshire both in the pool and with athlete education classes too. The older age-groups are still to be announced.

We have a special page in our Honours section just for these occasions.
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Dartes Promotion with Arla Foods

7 Mar 2018: Arla Foods very kindly provided samples of their protein milkshakes to be handed out at the March Sprints.

It's part of a strategy being worked on at Dartes to encourage more local businesses to get involved in the sport and our club in particular.

It's an arrangement we hope will benefit both Arla and Dartes going forwards.
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Records Fall at Yorkshire Sprints

4 Mar 2018: Have the Top 3 places on any Dartes age-group best performers list been rewritten in a single race before? We don't think so, until last Saturday.

Olivia Phelan (Adw) took 50m Backstroke Silver in rewriting our 10 year old record. Lucie Savage (Adw) snatched the Bronze as 2nd best Dartes girl of all time. A finger nail behind her, Ella Calverley (Adw) was 4th for 3rd.
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Medals at Yorkshire Teams

25 Feb 2018: Up against the big city squads of Yorkshire, Doncaster's young stars brought home 3 Bronze medals and a Silver.

The younger boys stole the show. The 9/10 claiming two Bronze while the 11/12 snatched a Medley Silver. The older girls claiming Medley Bronze too.

It's also a fitting time to have a look at where our athletes come from to start off 2018.
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March Sprints - Thanks

Another massive thank you to the army of volunteers and officials who make our meets such a success.

Results will be available shortly. Don't forget our B Grade meet in June too.
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Team Hats and Bags

Just in time for the onset of winter we have team pom pom hats available. Help avoid those winter illnesses by keeping your hair and ears covered on the way to and from training.

The new TYR team bags are also available embroided with Dartes logo and your name. The previous version was extremely popular, we expect nothing else from this new version.
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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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What do you learn from Swimming?

Successful Team It's not just swimming skills you learn in the pool. Take a look at the top 10 life lessons you can make use of out of the water.

From simply showing up on time to dealing with strange people and managing your time effectively, it all helps mould you in to a successful person.
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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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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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