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Ellesmere Titans Skills clinic.

Each year, Ellesmere Titans hold a free skills clinic to help give something back to younger swimmers, & give possible future Titans the opportunity to check out the facilities and all Ellesmere Titans has to offer them. Amy was asked to come along and run a 2 hour skills clinic for the attendee’s where we focused on here speciality, Freestyle, and Starts. With the fantastic help of some of the current Titans, the pool session was both successful & fun. Many of the parents arrived just in time to see just how fast their children were off the blocks!!

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Sporting Start – Visit to Escrick & Hemingborough Primary Schools.

After Joe’s visit in 2015, Amy was asked to make a return visit as Swim Swift Elite to 2 different Primary schools up near York, working with Sporting Start who aim to ‘Empower Children through Sport’. The purpose of the trip was to encourage students to become involved with sport & physical activity in an attempt to enthuse, enliven, & empower children towards success, whatever that may look like for them. Not all students were necessarily ‘sporty’ by nature, but through Sporting Starts programme that had identified each student as possibly benefitting from being involved in sport in some way, many had found that playing an important role within a team & trying something new & energetic has given them the opportunity to shine & boosted their confidence. Amy gave an inspirational talk to students at each school & was part of an after-school group where a mixture of students from each school came together to talk about how the programme had helped them, what further activities they would like to be a part of, & voluntary services they could offer to sporting groups in the area, and their schools.

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Leicester Sharks swimming club Presentation evening

It was a fantastic evening with Leicester Sharks and it was an honour for Joe to be asked to present the trophies and give a speech at their awards evening! This was a celebration for everyone involved with the club, swimmers, parents, coaches, staff, old & new. As the special guest, Olympian Joe Roebuck gave an inspirational and rewarding speech, praising the efforts of the swimmers and the dedication of all who help run the club and make it such a successful place. Meeting the sponsors, Premier Logistics, and an impromptu Q&A with the audience, as well as many photos and autographs with the swimmers made it an extremely enjoyable evening!

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ASA Masters Development Day – 17/01/16

January saw many of the countries competitive masters swimmers meet in Loughborough for a day of workshops for various land based yet swimming related topics, and a two and a half hour pool session. Swim Swift Elite were on poolside working alongside Great British Swimming Coach Glenn Smith, to deliver 3 different sessions. Breaststroke, Backstroke, and Starts & Turns. The group was split into 3 so that we could rotate, getting the most out of each smaller group of swimmers. We broke down each skill right back to basics, and then built it back up again, hopefully making the focus points clearer. Some swimmers tried skills for the first time, which was great to see. Enthusiasm is key to making better swimmers!

We hope that the drills were not only helpful in informative, but enjoyable too, we definitely had fun working with everyone, and felt privileged to be asked to be part of this development day.

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SOUTHWOLD SWIMMING CLUB – 16/01/16

 

This January, we paid our first visit to Southwold Swimming Club to work with a group of around 20 swimmers on their turns. It was very cold outside, but the water was warm, and allowed us to complete many different drills, breaking both tumble & touch turns down into bite size pieces.

Some drills were tougher than others, and they are great to keep practising with. Practice makes perfect! The swimmers also completed a land based session, getting ideas about the important area’s of the body we need to prepare before jumping in the water to prevent injury, but also some stretching to help with recovery afterwards. All designed to make a more efficient, stronger, and faster swimmer!

Thank you for inviting us to work with your club, we had a fantastic time, and thank you also to Westonbirt school for for being so facilitating whist we were there. What amazing facilities!

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WORCESTER COUNTY TALENT CAMP – 10/01/16

This was the second of our two days with Worcester County Talent squad!

We have been extremely happy to have been given the opportunity by Worcester ASA to host both of their Talent Camps this year! This second day was again held at the King’s School, in Worcester, and we would like to say thank you to them for letting us use their facilities. Clubs from the whole county were in attendance. The pool focus was Breaststroke and Front Crawl, and on land we ran Pilates, Stretching, Injury Prevention all related to swim performance. After lunch a fantastic and interactive Goal Setting Strategy session was completed by the swimmers, hopefully leaving them thinking more clearly about their training and targets they wish to accomplish!

Thank you to everyone involved with the organising and all the swimmers and coaches who attended for their efforts and making these two days highly enjoyable!

 

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RUGBY SWIMMING CLUB – 9/01/16

Another return visit to Rugby Swim Club!

It’s always nice to be asked to come back and work with a club again.

It lets us see the progression the swimmers are making both in terms of technique and attitudes. It also lets us know that the club has seen the value and benefit in our work and is excited to have us back for another session!

On this visit we were concentrating on Breaststroke and Freestyle, putting some technical stroke drills into good effect to improve the efficiency of our swimming. An hour’s session with the Junior squad on Freestyle was followed by a two hour session with the Senior and Masters squad on Breaststroke and Front Crawl.

The sessions were finished with autograph signing, photos and selfies!

Best of luck to all at Rugby, we look forward to seeing you again.

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Wyre Forest Swimming Club

wyre-forest-001Between the Christmas and New Year festivities, we spent 3 sessions with 3 different groups over 2 days at Wyre Forest Swimming Club, which is also Amy’s home swimming club! During each session, the focus was on starts, and Butterfly. Not only did the sessions include many new drills to break down the aspects of the stroke or skill, but everyone also seemed to have fun despite being a little chilly at times! We explained to the swimmers that swimming fast isn’t actually that difficult, but it’s about getting the little things right day in day out to culminate to more efficient swimming. We even had time for a ‘selfie’ with each group using our new ‘selfie stick’ (Thanks Mum & Dad Smith) at the end of each session! Thank you to everyone at Wyre Forest for inviting us to be part of your Christmas training, and for a very enjoyable couple of days. Keep working hard!

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Fit4Swimming Discounts

amy-joe-swim-news-reviewsFor those of you that have attended our camps, you will have been given a discount code to use on a swimming kit website called Fit4Swimming.

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to be linked with this company due to circumstances beyond our control, and so I am afraid that the discount code/website will no longer work. We have only now, in January, found this to be the case, and we apologise for any inconvenience that any of you may have had when attempting to place orders over the last month. Hopefully we will link up with another company in the future so that we may offer swimmers an added bonus to being part of our camps, and will post an update on here when we do so that those swimmers who have attended our camps can get in touch with us to collect a code.

Again, we are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Christmas Swim Camp at Welbeck Defense College.

Just before Christmas, Swim Swift Elite held their 4th successful Swim camp for competitive swimmers from around the country to attend. After the swimmers getting to know each other in the gym, we made sure that they were all stretched out, and their core & other important muscles were activated & warm before getting in the pool, a great way of preventing those unwanted niggles or even injuries. With 17 swimmers attending the camp, everyone had individual pointers when working on drills for Freestyle, tumble turns, the underwater phase, and Freestyle breakouts.

Everyone did a fantastic job, we had a great time working with you all.

Thank you for attending, and we hope to see you on our future camps, keep an eye on the website and social media pages. Thank you also to the staff at Welbeck Defense College in Leicestershire who allowed us to hire their wonderful facilities for the second time, everything ran very smoothly.