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Swim School Newsletter August 2016


Things to Remember

 

Swim School will start up again on September 3rd following the summer break.

Keeping us up to date

Any changes to your contact details please let the centre reception know, this includes change of address, contact telephone number, email address or medical details.

Swim Hats

Swim Hats are issued one for every Swimschool stage, if another one is required due damage please show reception and another will be given free of charge.

If you forget or you have lost your Swim hat, there will be a charge of £2.00 for a replacement.

Preparing for lessons

Please make sure your child uses the toilet and showers before entering poolside and they have their hat and goggles on ready.

Badges and Certificate

One award badge and certificate is available free of charge for each stage.

Distance badges and certificate are £3.30 for a member and £4.30 for a non - member these are not complusory to purchase, some children like to collect and display these as well as their stage awards.

Christmas Swimschool Closure

The last swimming lessons before Christmas will be held on Friday 23rd December and their first lesson back in the New Year will be on Monday 2nd January


Questions and Answers

Why does my child have to repeat stage 7 when changing from Tides to Dover for their swimming lessons?

Dover has a 25m pool and swim in lanes so not to put the children off their lessons it is best for them to have a few lessons in the same stage class so they can learn lane etiquette and to increase their fitness stamina and continuous stroke technique within a class they are capable of doing. Dover deep end is 3.2m so they can be introduced to jumping in from the starting blocks as well as diving. The swimmers are moved up to the 45 minute classes as soon as they are ready for them. We feel it is best for the child's confidence to be moved up than moved down.

Does my child need to wear a swim hat and goggles?

Yes wearing a Swim Hats is for Health and Safety, not only do they keep the child's hair out of their eyes and protects the hair from the chemicals in the water but they enhance the water quality of the pool by not letting the hair products used in our pool. They will improve your child's swimming experience because long hair is heavy when wet and can make swimming more difficult. If your child is working on breathing and head rotations it can be very difficult for them to take a breath. The colour of the hat easily identifies which lesson the child should be in, the Lifeguards and Swim Teachers can easily identify which area of the pool the child should be swimming in.

From the very beginning of the child's swimming journey they are encouraged to put their face in the water, wearing goggles will help them see clearly under the water and will protect the swimmers eyes form chlorine which can cause irritation of the eyes. Swimming goggles need to be tight otherwise water will get in.


Teacher Training Crash Course Children wanted

 

Tuesday 30th August

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Wednesday 31st August

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Thursday 1st September

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

£1.40 per hour must attend all 3 days, still space in stage 3, Stage 4, stage 5 and stage 6/7.

 

We have another Teachers Training Crash Course at Dover Leisure Centre.

Stage 1-Stage 7

 Sunday 9th October

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Sunday 16th October

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Sunday 23rd October

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Sunday 13th November

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Sunday 20th November

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

£1.40 per hour must attend all 5 days


Getting to know your Swim teacher

Stephen Rust

Stephen is a Swim teacher at Ramsgate and Tides Leisure Centre.

He started swimming at the age of 6 years at the old Ramsgate Swimming pool and quickly moved through the different levels and developed a love for swimming as it was something he was very good at.

At the age of 18 he decided to train as a Swim Teacher. He really enjoys teaching because he loves helping children succeed and further the passion with in the sport he loves.

Stephen’s hobbies are Tennis and Badminton which he plays regularly. Tennis in National League Clubs and in Badminton he competes in the Kent Division 1 league.



Kids Fitness

Kidz Fit n Fun 3-9 years

45 minutes of pure fitness fun. An action packed session to develop coordination, strength and general fitness. Lots of games, team work and basic sports skills.

Hartsdown Leisure Centre - Saturday 09:30-10:15

Call 01843 226221 for details.

Teen Fitness Gym Session 12 - 15yrs inc

Safe, secure and fun, a must for any youngster wishing to improve their fitness in a gym environment.

Prices: Teen Fitness £3.60 Leisure Card £2.50

Dover Leisure Centre

Sat 10.00am – 11.00am
Sat 11.00am – 12.00noon
Sun 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Sun 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Hartsdown Leisure Centre

Sat 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Sun 1.00pm – 2.30pm

Ramsgate Leisure Centre

Mon 4.15pm – 5.15pm
Tues 4.15pm – 5.15pm
Wed 4.15pm – 5.15pm

Sat   9.30am – 11.00pm (8+Yrs)

Tides Leisure Centre

Sat 10.00am – 12.00pm
Sat 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm
Sun 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Tennis Half Term Fun

OCTOBER HALF TERM

Deal Indoor Tennis Centre's photo.
What a fun filled half term the centre conjured up for its members!
More success for Deal juniors as the brother and sister duo of Rhys and Freya Farmery won three events.
Rhys won the LTA South East Winter County Tour 9&U Boys event whilst sister Freya took the gold medal in the 8&U event.
The following week Freya also won the Canterbury Autumn Open Tennis Tournament at Polo Farm.
Photos below.

 

At the end of the week The Deal Indoor Tennis Centre hosted a Kent Tennis 125th Anniversary event.
The Kent County LTA was established in 1890 and a number of Anniversary events had been taking place around the County since February.
The event was for teams of four players with ages adding up to circa 125. All doubles.

Six teams played in a Round Robin Box for team points and prizes.
Players from Broadstairs, Deal ITC, Herne Bay and Walmer Tennis Clubs took part.
It was a successful event enjoyed by all that took part. Everyone that took part received a Kent Tennis 125 memorabilia keyring.
The host venue’s first team won the event and received a can of balls and a racket grip each. They also received a box of chocolates each for their team ages adding up to 125 on the nose. Close behind them for their teams ages adding up were Walmer with 124 and Herne Bay 126.
After a fun filled day with a lot of tennis the players and spectators were treated to a wonderful buffet courtesy of Lin from ‘Your Leisure’s Wave Café’.
It was the perfect end to a hugely, successful day.
The event was organised and refereed by Vanessa Webb.

Deal Indoor Tennis Centre's photo.
Deal Indoor Tennis Centre's photo.

DEAL FINISH YEAR OFF WITH CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT

DEAL FINISH YEAR OFF WITH CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT.

For the first time the Annual Christmas event has been given an LTA grading and made into an Open Event that brought children to the Centre from all over Kent and other Counties.
The host centre’s children performed well and had five in the latter stages of the 8&U event, as well as the eventual winner Barnaby Agar and runner-up Freya Farmery who both finished on the same number of wins but Agar defeated Farmery in a closely fought match 10-8 that put him into first place after the head-to-head.
More success followed in the 10&U event with William Ellis taking a silver medal for runner up and another silver medal went to Daniel Hodgson runner up in the 14&U event losing to Paris Vining from Canterbury in the Final. Photos Below.

Deal Indoor Tennis Centre's photo.

DEALS TOBY COMEBACK SUCCESS.

The Deal Indoor Christmas Open Tournament continued with the Adults event.
Deal’s Toby Churchill was making his comeback in this event after being side-lined with a serious injury since October 2014, he returned to coaching in August 2015 and made his come-back in competitive tennis at this event.
It was as if he had never been away, the standard of his tennis was phenominal. He breezed through his matches with ease and did not drop a game until he met his brother Tom in the Semi Finals who managed to take two games from him.
He was up against Canterbury’s Will Carnegie in the Final and although the spectators witnessed some lengthy rallies and high quality tennis from both players. Churchill was in a league of his own and he retained his title without the loss of a game. A great come back!

Deal Indoor Tennis Centre's photo.
More success came Deal’s way in the Men’s Doubles event. This event was a Round Robin box that saw the men’s pair’s battle against each other to win the box.
It was a close run thing between three all level with the same amount of wins and all had just each other to play.
The Broadstairs pair defeated the Walmer pairing the Deal duo also defeated them which pushed the Walmer pair into third place leaving Deal to play Broadstairs for the title. A fantastic match finished off the tournament with both pairs knowing a win here would secure the title.
It was the Deal duo of Neil Farmery and Lee Graeme that came through with a closely fought 6-4 set to secure the match and their first title together.

Deal Indoor Tennis Centre's photo.
Deal Indoor Tennis Centre's photo.

Thanet Sports Awards 2016

Thanet Sports Awards 2016

Nominations are now live – Friday 5 August

The long anticipated wait to nominate your sporting champions is over.

The annual event is taking place on Thursday 17 November at the Winter Gardens in Margate and is organised by Thanet District Council’s Sports Matters team, and supported by various organisations from the public, private and voluntary sector.

The event now in its eigth year aims to reward and celebrate the outstanding achievements from our community clubs, coaches and volunteers who have excelled during the last 12 months.

All nominations are scored by a panel of members involved in local and regional sport, winners and highly commended are scored and selected following a set scoring criteria, so remember its about the quality of your nomination rather than the quantity!

With 9 award categories up for grabs this year, this is a great opportunity to reward an individual, group, school or club for their continuous hard work in driving sport and physical activity in Thanet.

 

Thanet Sports Awards 2016 Leaflet

 

Award Category

Catergory Description

Sports Club of the YearAwarded to clubs demonstrating excellence in management, development, fair play, open and inclusive, provide a clear a robust coaching structure to further promote and support coach education, evidence of competing at a local, regional or national level.
Sports Coach of the YearAwarded to a coach who has demonstrated a commitment to improving their skills through taking coaching courses, outstanding coaching ability, committed from grass roots to excellence and promotes fair play and respect and has a positive impact within their sport, individual or organisation.
Disability Sports Person of the YearAwarded in recognition of a sports person, registered as disabled in any age group, who has exhibited the highest level of skill, performance, dedication and commitment to their sport in the last year.
Sports Volunteer of the YearAwarded to recognise those working behind the scenes to make it easy for coaches and players to take part in sport. A chance to say thank you to those that often get no credit.  Those that work tirelessly to support the development of the club through fund-raising and promote opportunities within the wider community.
Sports person of the YearSports Person has exhibited an improved level of performance in the last 12 months at a local, regional or national level, has shown commitment and dedication to their sport, reinforces the sporting values, fair play and respect, has shown enthusiasm and gone the extra mile to further enhance their personal and skill development.
Young Sports Person of the YearAwarded to a Sports Person aged 15 years or under who has exhibited an improved level of performance in the last 12 months at a local, regional or national level, has shown commitment and dedication to their sport, reinforces the sporting values, fair play and respect, has shown enthusiasm and gone the extra mile to further enhance their personal and skill development.
Primary sports school of the YearAwarded to a primary school that provide high quality PE and school sport, engages with the local community and encourages pupils of all abilities to participate.  Supports staff development to further enhance and develop sustainable school sport opportunities.
Secondary sports school of the YearAwarded to a secondary school that provide high quality PE and school sport, engages with the local community and encourages pupils of all abilities to participate.  Supports staff development to further enhance and develop sustainable school sport opportunities.
Community Sport Impact AwardAwarded to clubs/groups demonstrating excellence in management, development, fair play, open and inclusive,  Have contributed towards, or made a significant impact within a local community setting, encouraged participants to engage in sport and physical activity at all levels.

Nominate now by clicking the link below.

Tsawrds Nomination Button2

Or download a copy of the ‘nomination form’ and post or email back to the address below:

Sports Development

PO BOX 9

Cecil Street

Margate

Kent

CT9 1XZ

 

Email: sport@thanet.gov.uk 

Dover unites to help Kelly

We at Dover Leisure Centre are holding a fundraising Aerobathon for a young lady from Dover named Kelly Turner.
Kelly has a rare form of cancer that attacks the blood and cannot be treated in the UK, she needs to raise a large sum of money to get treatment in the United
States, she already has a place in a hospital waiting for her.

There has been lots of fundraising going on in the local area and it's good to see the localcommunity pulling together.

The Aerobathon will be a mix up of Zumba, Clubbercise and Body Attack.

September 16th 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Tickets £5 per person with all proceeds going to Kelly

Please either purchase your ticket in advance or on the night from Dover Leisure Centre.

If you would rather just donate some money to help you can do so at the just giving page by CLICKING HERE

#DoingItForKelly

West Bay – The Best Bay

Thanet Beach Hut in the Running for National Award

 West Bay beach hut No. 31 has successfully made it into the final five of Britain’s biggest beach hut competition.

Channel 4’s ‘Location, Location, Location’ property expert Phil Spencer & Towergate insurance once again go on the search for Britain’s favourite beach hut. The public have had their say and the judges have deliberated to come up with a top five.

The insurance company will announce the ultimate winner on August 19th 2016.

 

No. 31 has been described by Towergate as “An Aladdin’s cave absolutely brimming with fascinating kitsch collectibles, treasures and trinkets; Lili Sanchez’s beach hut, A.K.A. ‘shed’ is loved all year round.

“Having moved to the area a few years ago, Lili discovered her fondness for beach huts when she rented one for the day. Christmas brunch in the shed is now an annual tradition for Lili’s family, all of whom live far away from Thanet. For Lili, no. 31 is both a sanctuary where she can wrap up and listen to ‘The Archers’ and a place to enjoy with friends, old and new.”

 

No. 31, West Bay, Thanet, Kent

An Aladdin’s cave absolutely brimming with fascinating kitsch collectibles, treasures and trinkets, Lili Sanchez’s beach hut, A.K.A. ‘shed’ is loved all year round. Having moved to the area a few years ago, Lili discovered her fondness for beach huts when she rented one for the day. Christmas brunch in the shed is now an annual tradition for Lili’s family, all of whom live far away from Thanet. For Lili, no. 31 is both a sanctuary where she can wrap up and listen to ‘The Archers’ and a place to enjoy with friends, old and new.

Hut No. 31

For more information, please CLICK HERE

 

 

Why Pokémon Go is the best thing to happen to fitness since Zumba

Why Pokémon Go is the best thing to happen to fitness since Zumba

By Jamie

 

Ok, so if you haven’t herd of Pokémon Go I can only assume you have been hiding under a rock for the last week or so.

 

It is perhaps a controversial to say that a video game is the best thing to happen in fitness for a long time but I have two reasons that you can’t dispute.

1.It makes you get outside and walk! I have friends that have covered miles and miles hunting for Pokémon. These are people who would have previously sat in a beer garden or stayed in. How amazing is it that non exercisers are now covering thousands of steps a day, by choice!

2.It builds community. Driving home from the gym yesterday where I would usually see 3 dog walkers I must have seen 40+people walking about, all with phones out hunting Pokémon. Families, groups, couples, they were all out. I see Facebook groups with 400 members and everyone arranges to meet up and hunt together. It is amazing to see that kind of community, especially with some of the sad news around the world lately.

 

The last thing that created this kind of result was Zumba. Now some fitness snobs may try and discredit Zumba as a lesser form of exercise but it did get millions of people off their sofas and moving. Pokémon Go has done the same thing but on a larger scale.

 

Now it’s not a ‘fitness’ product but for me it is one of the best things to come along in fitness for a long time.

 

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