Ernest Bevin pool closure – session changes

The pump at Ernest Bevin is still awaiting repair, so the changes to sessions continue. We are sorry for the inconvenience which is out of our control. Please keep checking back for updates

All morning swimming until Wednesday 1 June is cancelled.

Wednesday 25th May

  • no change

Thursday 26th May

  • Silver to swim at TLC and divided thus:
    • Those staying in Silver after 1st June to swim with Bronze 17.30 – 18.30
    • Those moving to Gold after 1st June to swim with Gold 18.30 – 20.30

Friday 27th May

  • Bronze and Gold to swim at Alleyn’s. No gym at EB.
  • Bronze 19.00-20.30
  • Gold 19.00-21.00
  • Blue 19.00-21.00

Saturday 28th May

  • No training for Silver
  • Gold and Blue gym 11.30-12.30 at EB

Sunday 29th May

  • No training for any of the squads

Monday 30th May – BANK HOLIDAY

  • No training for any of the squads

Tuesday 31st May

  • no training for Gold in the morning

It is unlikely that the pool will be operational after bank holiday weekend so it is likely we will go with this week arrangement next week also. We have contacted number of local pools and will inform you as soon as we have any additional pool space.

Leander has 6 swimming squads and almost 200 swimmers. In addition we run highly successful Academy Learn to Swim programme with almost 300 swimmers.

We are trying our hardest to accommodate everyone and divide the pool time in other pools as fairly as possible. Please do not make individual requests to train with other squads as this will not be possible.


Wycombe Long Course Sprint Meet April 2016

WDSC_LC_16Head Coach Martin writes: We took more than 50 swimmers to this meet in Wycombe’s recently opened new 50m pool. The main aim was to take swimmers out of their comfort zone (24 of our swimmers had never competed in a 50m pool before) and to compete outside London in as many events as possible to encourage team spirit and healthy rivalry.

We had so much fun as a team. We saw quality racing, a huge amount of PBs and medals. Quick stats:

  • 277 PBs
  • 14 Gold medals, 30 Silver and 18 Bronze
  • 8 new club records broken
  • Leander swimmers were among the top girls: Enerel was 2nd and Lucy A 3rd
  • Jacob T came third among boys.
  • Leander were Top Visiting Club, ahead of Stratford Sharks and Thame SC

See the full results. Continue reading

London Region Youth Championships 2016

IMG_1183Head Coach Martin Jurco writes: Last weekend 8 Leander swimmers participated in London Region Championships. This was the first part of the Championships with distance events for all age groups, most relays and Youth events (swimmers 15 and over).

As it was still the school holidays for many we started unusually on Friday at Crystal Palace with relays and distance events.

Our most successful team were the girls 14-16 medley team (Mia, Imogen, Megan and Kirstin) who came 5th out of 20. The girls freestyle team (Kirstin, Enerel, Lucy and Lily) came 12th overall. See the full results. Continue reading

Duel in the pool round 2

Kate Eaton writes: On Saturday 19th March Bromley and Leander swimmers met for the second Bromley vs Leander Dual Meet of the season – the first having been last September.

This time the venue was Alleyn’s instead of JAGS and it was the turn of our younger swimmers to be put through their race paces (although a group of senior swimmers was also there to show them the way). There was some fantastic racing and there were some nail-bitingly close finishes.

Team Leander came away with 82 PBs out of a total of 120 races (a 68% success rate) with some swimmers attempting events such as 100 fly for the first time ever. Swimmers displayed great team spirit and nearly took the roof off with their cheering during the final event – the squadron relay. Bromley pipped Leander to the post for the squadron event but as the final scores were tallied it became clear that Leander had held the day with 373 points to Bromley’s 277.

Go Leander go! Many thanks as always to all the coaches and parent-volunteers who worked so hard to make this event a success. See the full results.

Request for volunteers to become Team Managers

Dear Parents,

Leander Swimming club cannot participate at the various swim leagues (MK, Arena) without parents volunteering as Team Managers. We are currently looking for parents from Bronze, Silver and Gold to become Team Managers. It is not as daunting as it sounds, if you are calm, organised and approachable then you are a perfect Team Manager. Training will be provided, the more Team Managers, the less we have to do.

What is a Team Manager?  They are in charge of taking a group of children to an away event and liaising with the Coach re teams and consent forms, plus sending emails regarding timings and agenda for the competition. If you have ever gone on a school trip, then you know what’s involved, ticking, counting and ticking again. We don’t want to lose anyone.

There will always be more than one Team Manager needed for any trip, usually we send a team of adults along, so the burden is shared, however we must always have one trained Team Manager to any event. We are talking about 6 evenings over the course of a year.

Our current team managers are: Sarah White, Mark White and Lorraine Colfer, who between them do every trip.  We need more help please.

Next training course takes place on 29 March at Dulwich College 6:30-9:30pm

Thank you in advance, Lorraine

If you would like to help by training as a team manager please contact: John Wood

Surreys 2016 final weekend

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Head coach Martin writes: The last weekend of Surrey Championships brought us to Crystal Palace for 50m races and relays.

We started the weekend with 50’s and got to a great start winning four individual medals.

In relays, all but one team placed in the final top 8. Our 14-15 girls Medley team (Mia, Imogen, Kirstin and Lucy) won Bronze medal.

On Sunday we continued to score points and medals. Leander swimmers scored 55 points, placed 12x in the top eight and won 6 medals.

Our 14-15 years old girls Freestyle team (Kirstin, Lucy, Lily, Enerel) came second by 0.16sec in a very close battle.

There was another very close race in boys 14-15 Medley team (Jake, Jordan, Jack, Tymek) just finishing 4th. Those two unbelievably close races in relays show the power of the team where everyone has to work super hard for the win, not relying on the last person to anchor the relay. Swimming is a team sport whether there are relays or individual events, everyone can help the team, even if it this just by cheering them on.

Overall, 13 of our relay teams (out of 16) made top 8 finish. Well done to all swimmers. Continue reading