The Northern Ireland Executive has made a decision to introduce tougher lockdown measures for further 2 weeks from 27th November 2020 to the 11th December 2020. This means that as a club we will unfortunately be unable to return to training until then.Lagan Valley Leisureplex pool should remain open for individual lane swimming until Thursday 26th November, but will then be closed for 2 weeks after.Our coaching staff will continue to support our swimmers through Zoom sessions, and it is important that we continue to support each other through these difficult times.Stay safe and we look forward to having our swimmers back in the water and competing again!
Following on from the recent announcement from the Stormont Executive last night, LCSC unfortunately will not be returning to training this Saturday 14th November as expected.
With the extension of restrictions, it is expected that the possible date of return is likely Friday 27th November 2020 at the earliest.
We understand that this is disappointing for all our swimmers, coaches and teachers. We continue to work closely with the Leisureplex and will keep you informed. The Leisureplex remains open for individual lane swimming.
Coaches will continue to provide training sets and zoom sessions for the squads.
As we continue to navigate our way through new and unchartered waters, I wanted to touch base to share some of the support initiatives we are currently offering to our clubs. Please feel free to share this email within your club.
Stay in, Stay Well Series
We recognise that it’s important to stay motivated and engaged while we are out of the water over the next few weeks. We have listened to your feedback and requests, and are delighted to launch our Stay in, Stay Well Series running throughout the month of November with FREE live webinars suitable for all clubs members, now open for booking on the Events and Courses page on https://swimireland.azolve.com/Workbench.mvc/Show/6 Places are limited so early booking is advised!!
Maintaining that Champion Mindset – Wednesday 4th November @ 17:30 with Jessie Barr, Sport Psychologist
Nutrition to keep you in the pool – Wednesday 11th November @ 19:30 with Laura Mahony, Performance Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian
Practical Snack Ideas – Thursday 12th November @ 19:30 with Laura Mahony, Performance Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian
Let’s get moving, mobility & stability – Wednesday 18th November @ 18:30 with Sarah Jane McDonnell, Head of Rehabilitation (Sport Ireland Institute)
Pound the Pavements Club Challenge
As you will have seen on our social media we are running a weekly Club Challenge from 26th October – 29th November. We are asking clubs to keep active by walking, running or cycling and clock up their kilometres using the club function on Strava. Just a couple of tips and pointers for clubs taking part:
This is a weekly challenge so you can start at any time
Please send your weekly club km total along with a screenshot of your leader board to email@example.com each Monday by 12pm for the previous week (Monday-Sunday). We will post the weekly totals to social media each Monday afternoon
Please remind your members to adhere to the rule of the roads and be mindful of their personal safety (i.e. not walking alone), encourage the wearing of high visibility clothing. Please note club insurance does not extend to cover individuals exercising on their own. Activities organised and supervised by clubs are covered under the Swim Ireland insurance policy (i.e. pods of 15 school children exercising outdoors, with a qualified coach and COVID-19 Officer/ Person in Charge on duty)
It is recommended that parents/ carers set up an account in their names/ emails for under 18’s
Top tip – log your walks as runs on Strava so they get logged in your weekly total!
Finally, we love sharing photos on our social media but please do ensure social distancing measures are adhered to
Just a reminder to Coaches and Teachers that you need to accumulate 6 CPD points annually for their license. There is a wide variety of topics and many are free of charge, so hopefully there will be something to pique your interest this month, taster below:
Membership Database Workshop for club and membership secretaries – 3rd November @ 19:30 or 6th November @ 11:00
Virtual CPD: Getting our Head’s Together – 11th November @ 19:00
PRO Forum for club PRO’s and anyone who manages their club’s social media – 12th November @ 19:00
Virtual CPD: Sport Science and Sport Medicine – 24th November @ 15:00
The Club Support Officers and Development Pathway Coaches are currently working through a series of meetings with Head Coaches and Chairpersons from Junior Swimming clubs to seek guidance on the support clubs need and would like to see. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far, your input in greatly appreciated and valued. The Discipline Support Manager and National Water Polo Committee are hosting a meeting on Thursday 5th November at 7pm on the Club Support Programme for this season. Once these are completed we will then engage with Diving and Masters clubs. If you have any queries on any of these meeting please do not hesitate to get in touch with your club support officer.
Finally, thank you to our club volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the last 8 weeks to complete club affiliation, we do understand that this has been a challenging time. Your support ensures that we can continue to provide the initiatives outlined above, we can continue to raise and address your concerns at Government level and seek much needed funding for our sport.
SWIM IRELAND CELEBRATES RETURN TO WATER WITH LAUNCH OF POWERFUL NEW VIDEO TO ENCOURAGE MEMBERS BACK TO THEIR LOCAL POOLS AND CLUBS
SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2020: Swim Ireland has today released a powerful new video to mark the launch of their ‘Return to Water’ campaign, encouraging their thousands of members nationwide to return to their local swimming pools and clubs. The video is both a celebration and a reminder of the unique connection enjoyed by everyone but in particular, Swim Ireland members with the water.
Swim Ireland, like many sporting organisations, are facing a challenging season. Autumn is the key period for membership renewals. The Return to Water Campaign is a reminder to their 20,000 strong membership not only that the necessary measures have been put in place to enable a safe Return to the Water but of the unique joy derived from being in the pool.
From the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Swim Ireland have worked with Government, Sport Ireland, public health officials and aquatic facilities nationwide to develop comprehensive protocols to enable the safe return to pool-based sports including swimming, water polo and diving.
It is estimated that 80% of pools in the Republic and have now reopened in accordance with the Swim Ireland protocols and are looking forward to a full, albeit reduced capacity, for the season ahead across the breadth of Swim Ireland activities including Learn to Swim, competitive and Masters programme.
Despite the unprecedent cessation of all pool-based activity, Swim Ireland have been very successful in maintaining engagement with their members and have seen a huge increase in open-water swimming over the summer months whilst also running a very successful series of live webinars, training and coach education courses online many of which were oversubscribed.
Speaking about the Return to Water campaign, chairman of Swim Ireland, Peter Conway commented: “Never before have we faced a period where our swimming pools remained closed and inactive for such a long period of time. We are delighted that so many of our facility partners around the country are now in a position to re-open swimming pools and we are encouraging our members to get back into the water, whilst respecting the guidelines in place for their safety, in support of our sport and Swim Ireland. Now, more than ever, the support of Swim Ireland members in getting back to the pool is needed to ensure that our sport remains vibrant whilst continuing to grow and develop despite the different challenges we are all facing. The aquatic sports be it swimming, diving or water polo are more than just a sport, they are a life skill that can be called upon at any life stage to enjoy competitively or simply as a tool to enhance physical and mental well-being. We are really looking forward to reconnecting as a Swim Ireland family not just online but at last back in the water where we all belong.”
Further information on the ‘Return to Water’ campaign and the supports that are available for clubs, members and the wider swimming community is available at swimireland.ie.