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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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Dartes Masquerade Ball

5 Jul 2021: To brighten things up for the new year, we'll be holding another masquerade ball in January.

The first one was a huge success and lots of fun, so after nearly 2 years of pandemicyness we expect nothing less from the 2nd edition.

Book your tables today to avoid disappointment. Your next task will be to find a more stylish mask than the ones you've been wearing recently!
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Results Archive Updated

18 Jun 2021: Results Archive The first batch of Level X results are in.

Some excellent results from our younger athletes and a few strong performances from our older guys too.

More results will follow in coming weeks as we complete more events throughout our squads.
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British Swimming, Glasgow Junior Meet

7 Jun 2021: After just 7 weeks of training Ella Bainbridge (Arm) travelled to Glasgow for the British Swimming Junior Meet last week.

3 solid performances, 2 PBs, and 2 Dartes age-group records and a little YouTube montage to boot. Inspiration for everyone else to swim fast during Level X over the next few weeks.
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Results Archive Updated

5 Jun 2021: Results Archive We finally have proper meet results to add to the archive.

This week Ella Bainbridge (Arm) competed at the British Swimming Glasgow Junior Meet (final qualifier for Olympic team selection).

For those taking part in Level X soon, the good news is that Ella comes home with two PBs (50m Fly split on IM, and 100m Br) and two Dartes age-group records (100m Br and 200m Fly). Not a bad way to start things off again.
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Ella Competes at British Swimming Meet

4 Jun 2021: This afternoon saw Ella Bainbridge (Arm) open up her campaign at the British Swimming Glasgow Junior Meet at Tollcross International Swim Centre, Glasgow.

After 15 months away from proper competition this was a very high level meet to re-start with. Touching the wall to close the 200m IM within half a second of her PB in 2:24.80 - an excellent return to racing after so long out of the pool and no real race practice.
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Coach Jordan Selected for County Talent

16 May 2021: We are delighted to announce that Assistant Head Coach Jordan Allerton has been selected for the Yorkshire County Talent Programme for the third time.

He will be working with the top young athletes from around Yorkshire across a number of day-long camps during the season. It's a great opportunity to mingle with peer coaches and get a glimpse at the talent coming through the Yorkshire pathway.
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Meet Calendar

11 May 2021: Meet Calendar Now that meets are being scheduled for the upcoming 2022 season, our meet calendar will start to show where we're going and when.

Obviously little is known at this stage, but we'll be adding in what we know as the plan becomes clearer.
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Dryland S+C Trial with Accelerate

3 May 2021: P4 and P5 endured a sunny/dull morning/evening with Accelerate Fitness last week as part of our drive to improve our dryland offering.

Caught in mid-squat were some of P4 enjoying their morning workout under the guidance of Coach Howard on a secluded section of Town Fields.
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Double Olympic Selection

30 Apr 2021: The Brothers Litchfield during their Dartes years A few days ago we heard the amazing news that Max Litchfield (Spa) and Joe Litchfield (Spa) have both earned selection to the British Team for Tokyo after trials earlier this month.

They joined us on Zoom over lockdown so many will already know much about them, but we've put together a very brief summary of their time at Dartes.
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In The Press pt 4...

23 Jul 2021: When it rains, it pours.

Another Free Press article interviewing Doncaster's newly favourite brothers: Max Litchfield (Spa) and Joe Litchfield (Spa). On the eve of Max's opening swim in the heats of 400m IM in Tokyo on Saturday (Joe swims in the 200m IM on Wednesday).
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In The Press pt 3...

19 Jul 2021: The Olympics must be arriving soon, Doncaster Free Press has discovered another ex-Dartes swimmer to celebrate.

Rebecca Milnes (SAS) was part of the club's National Squad back in 2001 for 800m Freestyle. She went on to represent GB at Triathlon and is now lead paratriathlon coach at Loughborough's High Performance Centre.
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In The Press pt 2...

19 Jul 2021: With the Olympics just days away, here's another ex-Dartes swimmer remembering his journey to the games.

This time it's Joe Litchfield (Spa) being inteviewed by Swim England and giving a little detail regarding the efforts of his parents and Dartes which helped get him there.
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In The Press...

7 Jun 2021: Local media is catching up on Olympian Max Litchfield (Spa) coming from Dartes (in addition to younger brother Joe).

The Doncaster Free Press recently ran an article describing Max's development years, starting out with Minsthorpe then Spa Askern, but with the bulk of his training taking place in our training lanes.
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Entry Deadline: Sept Sprints

Level 3 Meet 29 Aug: Our first meet for the 2022 season will be our very own September Sprints meet at Leeds.

If your feeder club is competing, you should represent them at this meet (Adwick, Dearne Valley, and Adwick are known to be taking part). Otherwise you may enter via our online entry form in the usual way.

This meet is filling up fast, so get your entries in quickly to avoid disappointment.
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Entry Deadline: Winter Yorkshires

Level 2 Meet 17 Sep: Just released are the meet details for the 2021 Winter Yorkshires competition.

We will have Level X racing and our September Sprints meet prior to the entry deadline, so be sure to update any times needed.

Please get your entries in for the Winter Yorkshire competition by 17th September.
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Let the Racing Begin!

12 Sep 2021: The first Dartes hosted meet post-pandemic is hoped to be September Sprints on Sunday 12th September at John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds.

We advise entering early to avoid disappointment (first come, first served). It is expected that most early season meets will be booked solid very quickly for obvious reasons, so get in fast.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

5 May 2021: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our May committee meeting are now available to be viewed by the wider membership.

They have been added to the collection of other meeting minutes that are available for reading.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

8 Apr 2021: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our April committee meeting are now available to be viewed by the wider membership.

They have been added to the collection of other meeting minutes that are available for reading.
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