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Autumn Approaching

A reminder that summer is over! It may still look sunny, but the temperature is dropping. Colds and sniffles are common place, so wrap up warm and protect yourselves.

Nothing ruins a season like missing training in the early days due to avoidable illness.

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

The Kicking League

19 Sep 2019: Here's an informal look at how our early season fast kick sets are stacking up. A league table of those in Phase 5 consistently under 50sec for 50m on Backstroke kick.

Ben Wright (Arm) tops the league table for consistency. The long-term objective is to hit 1:30 stubbornly through a 10x100m kick set.
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Talent Camp Season

17 Sep 2019: The back-end of the year is traditionally talent camp season, and that started in full-swing last weekend with all 3 lead coaches involved.

Head Coach Dave Cuthbert travelled to Huddersfield for the National Development Phase 1 camp. Asst Head Coach Jordan Allerton and Development Coach Harvey Williamson took a trip to Harrogate for the County Pathway.

We had Jesse Goodwin (Adw) and Madison Johnson (Arm) involved in those camps in the pool too.
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Results Archive Updated

30 Aug 2019: Results Archive Results from the Bradford End of Season meet are added to the archive.

Among the 110 swims from Doncaster's younger athletes are new entries in our all-time Top 6 lists for Nicholas Honeybone (Arm) at 100m IM and Greta Highfield (Ros) in the 50m Butterfly.
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Nationals Review

17 Aug 2019: A British Champs Silver medal for Ella Bainbridge (Arm) was our highlight from 2 weeks of Nationals, our review covers the other medals and club records achieved at British and English Nationals.

With full training returning in a couple of weeks, it's time to think about goals for 2020.
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National Development Programme Selection

16 Aug 2019: It appears to be selection season.

We've just heard Madison Johnson (Arm) has been invited to the National Development Programme; the 13/14 years step of the Swim England Talent Pathway.

No doubt due to her two finals at British Champs - great job.
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Yorkshire Team Selection for Callum

15 Aug 2019: Congratulations to Callum Broadhead (Arm) for his selection to the Yorkshire Team for the National County Team Championships.

It's a contest that the White Rose have won for 3 years, so hopefully Callum will help continue in style.
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Look what the Postman Brought

14 Aug 2019: Look what was waiting for us at Adwick last night.

A big thank you to both Finis and Persimmon Homes for supplying this kit. We now have enough Backstroke wedges to equip our open meets.

Our coaching team also have access to them for training. Expect to see these getting used occasionally for Backstroke start practice.
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Coach Dave on England Talent Duty

7 Aug 2019: We've recently had another coach recruited to the England Talent team.

Head Coach Dave Cuthbert will be a skills coach for the remaining North East Regional Performance Programme camps for this year.

He was last involved in 2013, but now has more time to take on these additional roles.
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Kickboard Challenge

7 Aug 2019: More colourfully decorated kickboards appear on pool deck all the time. It brightens up our training environment a little.

Here's one by Erin Napier (Ros) with a very special logo. That white rose is always difficult to get right. Hopefully it's water proof!
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Championship Tradition Updated

6 Aug 2019: We've added a medal table for Swim England Summer Nationals to our Championships Tradition honours page.

2019 is Dartes' highest medal count at English Nationals since 2015, it was just loaded with Bronze instead of Gold.

For British Champs we're back in the medals after a 2 year drought. Heading in the right direction, with lots of work to do for 2020.
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September Sprints Results

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

Results will be available shortly for viewing online. Don't forget to keep an eye open for our next meet coming up shortly.
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Thank you Bucket Rattlers

A big thank you to our many bucket rattlers at Doncaster race course for St Leger Festival last week. It is an essential fund-raising event to keep the club operational financially.

Really good to see so many from across our range of squads, especially as many of you missed training to take part.

Training Camp Balance Due

A gentle reminder for those going on camp in October. Your outstanding balance needs paying now please.

A week of very hard training in Fuerteventura awaits. Over 20 hours of training in the pool plus land work to boot.

We aim to complete around 70km - very tired bodies will return home. Those first-timers expecting a holiday in the sun are in for a shock!

Phase 5 Land Training

We're introducing two additional land training sessions for Phase 5.

Tue/Thu evening before training at Edlington for 30 mins. It will be core work, shoulder stability, and general strength work.

Two groups of 10, let your coach know which day suits you best.

Masquerade Ball 2020

Introducing a new event on the Dartes social calendar.

The 2020 Masquerade Ball!

It looks set to be a fabulous evening of entertainment at the Earl of Doncaster. A 3 course dinner, live band, and auction among other things.

It would be lovely to get current members and former stars and their parents mingling, to bring together decades of Dartes history for an evening of celebration. All are welcome.
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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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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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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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