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Seal News – July 2017

Hello

As we come to the end of term, on behalf of the committee, I just wanted to say thank you to all of the members, carers and volunteers for what has been a successful year of swimming at Sherwood Seals swimming club.

Over the year, we have been able to introduce a greater structure to our sessions which has included our approach to award achievement. Whether it be swimming 1000m or simply having the confidence to jump in the pool by themselves, we have been able to reward those who want to record their achievements on a regular basis.

We also want to ensure that the members can work towards their achievement on a week by week basis, making steady progress to get ready to attempt an award. Linda will observe and support each week and be able to guide the member on the appropriate time to take their next step.

It’s been fantastic to see the enjoyment and pleasure that our swimmers get out of such achievements, but also to see the pleasure that everyone gets out of taking part in a safe and social environment.

Next session back

Our last session of the summer will be on 24th of August and we return on 11th September for a 6 week term running to 16th October. For those of you that like to pay in advance, this will mean the term fee is £27.

Volunteers

As many of you will be aware, we are a voluntary run club and we rely on our volunteers giving up their time to help our members in the pool.

Some of our volunteers are parents, but others are from various backgrounds who just want to help us out.

A number of younger volunteers have been at school, and have sat their GCSE and A Level Exams. A number will also now be moving onto the next stage of their lives with University, job’s etc.

The help and support we have had from all of our younger volunteers is absolutely fantastic and the support, effort and time they have put into helping all of our members is greatly appreciated by me and I am sure you as well.

We have had some new volunteers joining us to help, but if we are low on numbers, can I ask  parents and carers step in and help during this period so our members can still enjoy swimming and get the levels of support they need.

We have been having some great sessions over the last few weeks so your help in keeping that atmosphere going will be greatly appreciated.

Have a great summer break and see you in September.

Goodbye and thank you to Joe and Sue

At the Annual General Meeting on 2nd May, Joe and Sue announced their intentions to step down from the committee due to ill health.

For all of our members, Joe and Sue were our welcoming committee for several years, collecting the money each week, laughing and joking with everyone who came and giving everyone a warm reception.

That warm reception helped a lot of our members who suffer with anxiety, or were just a little nervous starting something new, to settle in and have a great time.

Between them they have very much gone the extra mile for the club and its members. Even in ill health they have turned up and supported us, because as they always said: “We wont let you down!”

We are very sad to see them go, but are very thankful that they have helped us as much as they have.

Thanks again, and stay in touch.

Trip to Splash Landings – 29th April

For those of you who requested a ticket for the trip to Splash Landings on Saturday (29th April 2017) the arrangements are as below.

We will meet at the Rebecca Adlington Centre at 09:15 with the bus leaving at 09:30. That should mean we will arrive at Splash Landings at 10:30 to 11:00.

Once we have collected the tickets, you are free to enjoy the day and make the most of the facilities. I must stress that the club cannot be responsible for behaviour and safety when we are all in the pool and would ask that parents and carers take responsibility for those they are looking after for the day.

The bus will leave Splash Landings at 3:30pm and so arrive back at 4:30 to 5:00pm.

We can’t guarantee that the car park will be open when we return so please don’t park cars in the centre car park. There is plenty of on road parking outside of the centre so i’m sure you will be able to find a space.

For those of you who have requested additional tickets, we will collect the money on Saturday morning before you get on the bus. The additional tickets cost is £10.50 for a child and £15.00 for an adult.

I’m sure it’s going to be a great day for everyone.

Seals News – March 2017

Hello.

Sherwood Seals LogoBefore we break up for the Easter holidays, I wanted to give you some important info and dates for when we come back.

Dates for next term

The next term is a short one running from 24th April up to Spring Bank Holiday and half term week. That includes the May Day Bank holiday when there will be no Seals, so the next session is only four sessions long. For those of you who pay in advance, the total cost will be £18. Otherwise, the cost will be as normal at £5.50 per session.

Trip to Splash Landings – 29th April

As hopefully all of you now know, we have landed on the date of the 29th April for the Splash Landings trip. I’m sure we will all have a great time and hope everyone is looking forward to it.

In terms of arrangements for the day, we will meet at the Rebecca Adlington Centre at 09:15 with the bus leaving at 09:30. That should mean we will arrive at Splash Landings at 10:30 to 11:00.

Once we have collected the tickets, you are free to enjoy the day and make the most of the facilities. I must stress that the club cannot be responsible for behaviour and safety when we are all in the pool and would ask that parents and carers take responsibility for those they are looking after for the day.

The bus will leave Splash Landings at 3:30pm and so arrive back at 4:30 to 5:00pm.

We can’t guarantee that the car park will be open when we return so please don’t park cars in the centre car park. There is plenty of on road parking outside of the centre so i’m sure you will be able to find a space.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Annual General Meeting will be held on 2nd May at the Back Bull pub, Mansfield. There is a specific protocol to follow for the AGM, which will involve the re-election of the committee. Members, Parents and Carers are very welcome to attend and we would be happy of further help, input and support into the club.

Sherwood Seals is a completely voluntary club. We receive no direct funding from the local authority, and we rent the pool for our hour and half from Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre at the standard rates.

All of the committee have become involved over the years to ensure that the club keeps running and we all feel, as I am sure you do, that it is an important resource for the members.

We need fresh input into the committee to help and support the ongoing running of the club and I would encourage all parents and carers to think what they can do to help.
The committee don’t own the club, they are keeping it running. Sherwood Seals belongs to all of its members and their parents and carers.

Any support and input would be greatly appreciated and will ensure that Sherwood Seals can continue for a long time to come.