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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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Swim Skills Comes to Leeds

13 Nov 2018: As October turned to November and Phase 5 were freezing in Mallorca, a small group from Phase 4 and JDS travelled to Leeds Grammar School for a multi-day Swim Skills workshop.

Helping with the pool demonstrations were a few former Dartes stars. A fun few days were had by all.
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September Sprints

10 Nov 2018: We have a massive backlog of photos to add, so here's a quick catch-up from September Sprints.

Superb branding is a feature at all but one of our meets. The time and effort to do so is immense, but we think it gives our meets a special flavour.
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Track Day at Tockwith

9 Nov 2018: What happens when you send a coach to a race track with some fast cars?

Earlier in the year a bunch of athletes presented Coach Dave with a track experience day voucher. Friday was the big-day, and he managed to stay on the track - just!
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Results Archive Updated

5 Nov 2018: Results Archive Winter NERs secured a 2nd qualifier for Winter Nationals with Hannah Newnham (Arm) in 200m Butterfly (in addition to a Dartes age-group record for 200m Breaststroke).

Our age-groupers also secured 11 Gold medals, with Callum Broadhead (Arm) leading the way with 6.
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Results Archive Updated

21 Oct 2018: Results Archive A fun weekend concludes Winter Yorkshires with another 8 medals - 7 for Cohen Stephenson (Adw) but some huge improvements across the board.

A combined total from both weekends of 25 medals makes this the largest tally since 2012!

Fantastic job by everyone across both weekends.
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Flashback to Mallorca

13 Oct 2018: Mallorca 2013 With the floods to the West of Mallorca still in the headlines, and training camp imminent, we thought it would be nice to remember our trip in 2013.

The year the heavens opened and the hotel stairwell turned in to something resembling a waterfall. Good timing, right?
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Ajay Qualifies for Winter Nationals

6 Oct 2018: Our four National level 200m Butterfly guys took a trip to Ponds Forge for the Lincoln Vulcans meet today with the sole objective of qualifying for Winter Nationals. Two had a realistic chance, the other two were outside bets.

Strong early season performances from all, and the hoped for qualifying time for Ajay Scott (Arm) marked a successful day's racing.
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Kickboard Challenge

30 Sep 2018: More colourfully decorated kickboards appeared at Winter Yorkshires earlier in the month. Including this one belonging to Daisy Purchase (Tho) which includes an autograph from an Olympic finalist ex Dartes athlete.

If anyone else has a fabulous kick board, let us know.
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Winter Yorkshires Bonanza

23 Sep 2018: Three Dartes age-group records fell at the 12 and under Winter Yorkshire meet last weekend among the 17 medals brought home to Doncaster.

Callum Broadhead (Arm) won Gold in 50m Freestyle and Backstroke and Ella Calverley (Adw) won 50m Breaststroke to set our new standards.
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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. Jacob Greenhalgh has been added as the 3rd lead coach for the 2019 season.
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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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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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