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P5 Friday Night

There will be no Phase 5 Friday evening sessions until mid-May (nor Sunday morning). Selection lists will be distributed once those sessions start.

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

Return of the Dolphin Test

15 Apr 2021: It's been something like 3 or 4 years since we last performed our one length dolphin kick test set. Back then it was 25y in Hall Cross.

Yesterday we introduced it to our new home, Rossington CSP.

We witnessed what we think are pretty fast times, although we have little context to compare against.
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Dartes Coaching on YouTube

14 Apr 2021: We've begun a tentative dip into the world of YouTube content creation.

We've posted a few experimental videos from over lockdown, and we're adding more as time goes on.

It's intended as a coaching resource; drills, sets, and other bits and pieces that might be useful to others. It's also a chance for our young athletes to show off to friends and family just what it is they get up to.
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First ones back in the pool?

12 Apr 2021: Diving into Adwick pool at 5am this morning must make Phase 4 and 5 among the first swimmers to return to training.

Happy smiles and a full house suggested they were glad to be back in the pool.

But there was work to do. The steady building up of training volume and skill perfection begins again.
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Swimming Coach Mentor Programme

1 Apr 2021: Russ Barber on a previous visit to Dartes The Swim England North East Region is once again investing in the nationwide Swimming Coach Mentor Programme.

It's first year (2020) struggled to achieve much due to the pandemic, but we're delighted to announce that Dartes Head Coach Dave Cuthbert has been invited back for the 2nd year to work with mentor Russ Barber.
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Nearly Time to Return

24 Mar 2021: Not long until we're back in the pool now. So here's a little message from the Swim England family.

Development Squad Selection

20 Dec 2020: Congratulations to Grace Blair (Adw) for her selection to the Yorkshire Triathlon Development Squad.

Just like on the swimming version that we regularly place athletes on, Triathlon has a similarly structured development pathway for young athletes.
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Crossover Turns

13 Dec 2020: We were having a look at Phase 5 Crossover turns on Friday.

A few small adjustments are needed, so here are a few slo-mo videos to get the points across.

The usual one is turning too far on to the front. There are a few diving too deep with the head too.
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Monitoring Growth

29 Nov 2020: Our growth monitoring project has taken a back seat of late, and it was taking up a lot of land training time.

So instead, we're going to throw it at you to complete. Take out your tape measures each month and email the coaches your stats.

We've created a page to explain the whats and whys. Entirely optional of course, but this is something high level athletes should be doing regularly anyway.
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Announcements

Phase 5, Saturday PM Session

17 Apr 2021: Due to the funeral of Duke of Edinburgh this coming Saturday, Phase 5 training will start at 15:10 instead of 15:00.

Please use that delay to join the national minute silence at 15:00.
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We're back Monday

12 Apr 2021: Everything is looking good for a return to training on Monday 12th. In a last minute change to the expected plan, all evening and afternoon sessions will be based out of Rossington CSP.

Coaches are distributing squad emails with more details and Club Info provides a summary of the new training times.
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Congratulations!

12 Apr 2021: Congratulations Greta Highfield for moving up to Phase 5.

We all look forward to seeing what you can achieve when competitions re-start.

Congratulations!

12 Apr 2021: Congratulations Rose Keefe (Spa) for moving up to Phase 5.

We all look forward to seeing what you can achieve when competitions re-start.

Congratulations!

12 Apr 2021: Congratulations Noah Brown (Adw) and Lawrence Chapman for moving up to Phase 4.

Cohen Leonard (Adw), Katie Wilson (Arm), and Grace Lazenby (Arm) also moved up just prior to lockdown 3.

We all look forward to seeing what you can achieve when competitions re-start.

COVID Crowd Funding for Dartes

16 Feb 2021: With the pandemic approaching its anniversary, Dartes has been without its traditional fund-raising activities for nearly 12 months. That has obviously put a huge dent in the club's finances.

For that reason, we are turning to Crowd Funding to keep the club viable. Please consider making a donation should your circumstances allow.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

21 Mar 2021: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our March 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

4 Feb 2021: Meeting Minutes First meeting of the new year were held on 4th February. The minutes for that 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

7 Jan 2021: Meeting Minutes First meeting of the new year were held on 7th January. The minutes for that 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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Every Mind Matters

In these trying times we should all spend a little time and effort looking out for our mental health.

Many athletes obsess about their physical prowess, their strength and fitness, but often overlook that most powerful and sometimes fragile muscle in their head.

With 1 in 4 people suffering in any given year, learn how to help yourselves and each other.
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