Friday newsletter 21 April 2017

Back to training as usual this week, after last weekend’s four-day egg-eating extravaganza. There’s still plenty of pool time left to work off the chocolate, before the Cormorants Summer Sprints in a month’s time.

13 May: Chichester Swimathon
It’s not too late to enter: we’re still looking for swimmers to help defend the two titles Cormorants won last year. This is a fun event and a good challenge, which also raises money for the club. If you’d like to be part of a team, you can email team manager Phil at, or sign up at the swim desk tonight. (See the earlier post from 19 April for more information about the Swimathon.)

20 May: Cormorants Summer Sprint Championships, Churchers College
Doors open at 18.00, warm-up starts at 18.15. This is one of the two club championships each year. There are going to be 50 metre sprints for every stroke, plus skins for the top six under-14s and open.

If you’ve been before, you’ll know that this is a lot of fun, as well as an ideal environment for new or nervous swimmers to dip a toe in the water of competition. As a competitive club, we ask every swimmer to be at this meet unless it’s really impossible to get there. Masters, there’s a category for you too. There will be entry forms at the club desk tonight.

27-28 May: Vanessa Knight open meet, Arun Leisure Centre
This is a level 3 meet for swimmers aged 9+, which means it’s suitable for just about all Cormorants. (If you don’t have an entry time for the event you want to do, you just write NT on the entry form.)

The races available are 50 metres for all strokes, 100 metres individual medley, and a 200 metres freestyle for anyone who wants to test their stamina a bit. We’ll post a link to entry details nearer the time.

10-11 June: Swim Out Of Your Skin meet, Waterlooville
Another level 3 meet, so again ideal for Cormorants swimmers. This one has a friendly vibe and last year was really well organised. We’d like to have a decent-sized group of swimmers at SWOOYS, which offers a rare chance to record times over longer distances.

There are 50, 100 and 200 metre races for all strokes, 100 and 200 metre medley, plus – a rare treat for the distance freaks – 400 freestyle. Darren will be poolside for the 400 metre freestyle session on Saturday, Paul on Sunday. Again, a link for entries will appear a bit nearer the time.

A loud thank-you to West Sussex County Council Community Initiative Fund, which has allocated Cormorants £1,900 for the purchase of portable race-meet-standard starting blocks. (Well done and thanks, too, to Matt and Gemma Clive, who did the work to get this funding.)

The blocks can be retro-fitted to the basic ones at Westgate, so swimmers will now have the chance to train on the same type of ledge-and-wedge blocks used at various race meets. Coming soon, to a training session near you.

The club would like to hold a raffle at the Summer Sprints: if you have anything suitable you’d like to donate as a prize, please bring it along to the club desk on a Friday night. It doesn’t have to be a gold bar or a trip to Paris – though feel free – just something you’d be pleased to win yourself. Every donation gratefully received.

Thanks to everyone who changed their standing order details promptly after the fee changes earlier this year.

There are still a few members who haven’t managed to do this. As well as affecting the club’s finances, arrears create a lot of work for Nicki, our volunteer treasurer. Being treasurer is a tough enough job anyway – if you haven’t yet changed your standing order, please, show Nicki some love and get it done this month.

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Lions Club Swimathon 13/05/2017

CCSC are intending to enter three teams into this event this year which will be held on the 13th May 2017 between 6pm and 9pm at the Westgate Centre

Raise money for your club.
No entry fee
100% of your sponsorship money will be donated to the club.

Teams consist of 4-6 members.

 Each team will swim for 55 minutes in relay – stronger swimmers can do more lengths than weaker swimmers if the team wishes.

Last year CCSC won two trophies so we need to defend our titles….The Girls Team for raising the most sponsorship money and the Boys Team for swimming the furthest distance on the evening.What about a coaches/parents team – can you beat the juniors?

We raised a total of  £593.10  for the  club last year so lets see if we can improve on that this year.

Please sign up to be part of the team this Friday or email  Phil  at to let him know that you would like to be part of the team.

Sponsorship Forms will be available at the Swim Desk. You can collect individual sponsors or sponsor one of the teams as a whole.

CCSC Committee

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There will be no swimming on Good Friday ( 14/04/2017) Easter Sunday (16/04/2017) or Easter Monday (17/04/17)

Have a good break  and a very Happy Easter.



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Littlehampton Easter Meet


Good Luck to all CCSC swimmers competing today at the Littlehampton Easter Open Meet and to Seb who is
competing at Crawley.

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Littlehampton SC Easter Open Meet

Please see link to warm-up times for Sunday’s open meet

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Friday newsletter

Welcome to the club’s first Friday newsletter. From now on, we’re planning to send one of these out most Fridays, collecting together non-urgent news about everything from time-trial and gala results to cake sales. (Urgent news about things like pool closures will still hit your inbox as soon as possible.)

Rother League, Round 1
Excellent work, everyone who raced in the Rother League Round 1 on 25 March. There were some great individual and team performances, and Cormorants took a well-fought third place. Big thanks to all the parent helpers and timekeepers who gave up their time.

The Red Nose Day cake sale was a fantastic effort: well done all the brilliant bakers and generous eaters! In total you raised £120 for Comic Relief.

The Littlehampton Open Meet is on Sunday 9 April; entries are now closed. We have ten swimmers taking part in 28 individual events. Good luck to everyone attending.

Next week we’ll be publishing a calendar of events for the rest of the year, with a bit of guidance about which open meets might be suitable for different levels of experience and ability.

The 14-and-under events in the 2017 South East Region Championships will take place at K2 Crawley on 13/14 and 27/28 May 2017. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 18 April 2017. The 15-and-over events will take place at Wycombe Leisure Centre on 29th/30th April and 1st May. Closing date for entries: Monday 10 April 2017. All entry times must appear on ASA Rankings and have been set at meets licensed at level 1, 2 or 3 since 1st June 2016. First-leg relay splits are NOT eligible. If you think you may have a qualifying time and would like to take part, please speak to Phil or one of the coaches.

Lions Club of Chichester Swimathon Saturday 13 May, Westgate Leisure Centre: if you are interested in taking part, let us know so we can put together some teams to retain our trophies from last year.

Summer Time Trials 50m Time Trials at Churchers College, Petersfield will be on Saturday 20 May 2017. This event is an opportunity for every swimmer to race in a 25m pool and gain times ready for galas and open meets. We’re a competition-based club, so please make sure you take part in the summer sprints unless it’s really impossible to make it.

Oh dear! Some club members affected by this year’s fee increase have still not changed their standing orders, even in time for the April payments. There are now quite a few people in arrears.

Checking 140 payments each month, sending reminders and chasing arrears is very time consuming and frustrating for our volunteer Treasurer. If you haven’t yet updated your standing order, please emend it with your bank and pay any arrears as soon as possible.

Our online membership database Swim Club Manager is now available for registered parents to access. You can access this from any PC, tablet or smartphone. You should have or shortly receive an email with your login details, which can be used at:
Swim Club Manager allows you to log on to confirm the information we hold is accurate. Please do take the opportunity, especially for contact details and information about allergies or medical conditions.

You can also see the swim groups, session times, club calendar, awards and invoices.

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Save The Date

50m Time Trials at Churchers College Petersfield – Saturday 20th May 2017

CCSC is a competitive swimming club and this event is an opportunity for every swimmer to race in a 25m pool and gain times ready for galas and open meets.

More Details to follow soon.

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Parent Access to Swim Club Manager

Parent Access to Swim Club Manager

Our online membership database “Swim Club Manager” is now available for registered parents to access. You can access this from any PC Tablet or Smart Phone. You should have or should shortly receive an email with your login details.

Our online membership database allows you as parents to logon to confirm your son or daughter’s information is correct. It is very important that you make sure the information we hold on file for you is accurate – especially any allergies or medical conditions.

For the same reason your emergency contact information should be kept up to date.

You can also see the Swim Group, Session Times, Club Calendar, Awards, and Invoices.

You will see there are a number of other features available through the system which might in the future prove useful however at this time we have not had the chance to invest our efforts in considering how these might be used. These are; Club Documents, Club Shop, Members Forum, Members Pages, Swim Times, Events.

So for now here are the instructions on how to gain access;

Your username is either your registered email address or your First and Last Name.

1) If you have already Logged in – Reset your password

Go to the Logon screen and select the Forgot Password button.

Enter your email address in the “Enter your LOGIN email address” box and then press

“Reset Password” button.

2) Login for the First Time From the main login screen enter your email address and the temporary password given to you from the email you should have received. Then click “Login”

Once you have successfully logged in you will see the main screen.

You can reset your own password through clicking on the “My Account” menu. You may change your password by simply typing your new password in the Login Password box and clicking “Update”.

You can now:

Check your Swimmer(s) details.

From the Main Menu select “My Swimmers” and then “View Swimmers”. This will then display either the list of your children or, if you have only one swimmer, the details of your son/daughter.


Once updated please complete the box ” Details Confirmed”

Please bear with me whilst we roll this out, some parents may have to wait a little bit longer before they can access the system.

If you have any problems or questions please speak to Nicola Long or email

Nicola Long

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Easy Fundraising

An Easy Way To Raise Funds

Do you shop online? Did you know that every time you buy something you could be raising money for Chichester Cormorants Swimming Club?

That’s right – over 2400 well known retailers including Amazon, M&S, Boden, Waitrose, House of Fraser, Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic and many more, will donate a percentage of what you spend to Chichester Cormorants Swimming Club! when you shop with them, via fundraising website

An Easy Way To Raise Funds

It’s like nectar but instead of earning points, each purchase generates a donation. So instead of going directly to a retailer’s website, go to easyfundraising first and choose the retailer you want to shop with – then everything you spend with that retailer earns a free donation for Chichester Cormorants Swimming Club. It’s completely free to use and your shopping won’t cost you a penny more.

On average, each retailer will donate 5% of the cost of your shopping – and those donations soon mount up.

So whatever you need to buy, from your weekly grocery shop or fashion must-have, to your business travel, office supplies or mobile phone, buy it via easyfundraising and raise money for Chichester Cormorants Swimming Club at no extra cost to you!

Please register to supporting us when you shop online –

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Dev. 2 time trial results

Well done to the Dev 2 swimmers who did the 400 metres time trial last night. Everyone finished, which was great. A special mention goes to new swimmer Emily, who put in a super effort: it must have seemed a very long way, having come to Cormorants from a 12.5 metre pool.

The results are here:

400m time trial 27:03:17

Lots of number columns, so please help your swimmer decipher them! The aim was to swim an even or negative split, which means to swim either the same speed or faster for the second 200 metres as the first.

I only had limited results from our last 400 metre time trial a month ago, but it’s clear from those that the effort the swimmers have put into front crawl over the last few weeks has paid off. Well done, guys!

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