Welcome to Bottisham Swimming Club!

We are a friendly and competitive swimming club based just north of Cambridge, with about 100 swimmers aged between 8 and 21. We train at Bottisham and Impington Sports Centres, and compete at galas throughout the eastern region and beyond.

Our latest news appears below, or please click on the links for more information. Swimmers and parents please also check the board at Bottisham for latest news!

New Database – check your details

By now all parents should have had their login details for the new club database, which you can find via our Swim Data tab here. All PBs and club records have been put on, (thanks to Sharon and Fay for their help with this). If you notice any errors with your swimmers’ times, please let me know.  If you haven’t received your login details, please let me know that too!

Please could you check that your details, particularly your mobile number, and your children’s details, particularly their medical details, are all up to date and tick the relevant box to say that you have done so.

Swimmers aged 16 and over can have their own login by request, just send me an email. Any swimmers under 16 who want their own login, please ask your parent to send me an email with their consent.

Any comments/observations/queries on the new database, please drop me a line: chair@bottishamswimclub.org.uk. Thank you.

Galas entered and open for entry: CoCSC, W Suffolk, Corby

First, all entries for the Development Champs on 4 and 11 June are accepted.

Secondly, a reminder that entries for the CoCSC Jeanne Barker Open (15-16 July) will close this Wednesday 24 May at the end of training. Please have all entries with a coach or Carol herself by then. All the details you need are here.

Thirdly, believe it or not, we are looking towards autumn galas already. The pack for West Suffolk’s Neate Meet is out. This is going to take place on 30 September and 1 October and will be a good way to set a marker for Club Champs in November. Here are the docs.

WSSC Neate Meet 2017 Rule and Conditions

WSSC Neate Meet 2017 – Programme of Events

Neate Meet 2017 – Individual Entry Form

Also in October is Corby‘s 1-day long course sprint open, on Saturday 7 October. We did this last year and it really was great fun, so please do consider coming along with us for a swim in an olympic-sized pool! It’s a very different experience to race a 50m in one length. Here’s the pack.

Open Meet Entry October Package

For West Suffolk and Corby, please have entries to a coach or to Carol by Wednesday 5 July, before the summer madness really starts. As usual, please make cheques payable to Bottisham Swimming Club or pay online to the club with reference [swimmer surname]/[gala name]. Carol needs a time to be submitted for each race – if your swimmer hasn’t swum that particular race before, please estimate from their existing times and/or talk to a coach about what’s realistic or getting a time trial.

All A squad swimmers are expected to attend at least one autumn gala this year before club champs, as are any B squad swimmers looking to move up. Other B and C squad swimmers are of course encouraged to enter too – both these galas are suitable for all!

Club Champs 2017 – preview

After the success of last year’s first BSC licensed club champs together with March Marlins, this year we’ve decided to go it alone. We’re aiming to offer all races again – from the 9-and-under 25m fly to the 1500m free – but this time we’re going to try to do it over the course of only two weeks, using our pool time at Bottisham on Wednesdays and Thursdays and one Saturday night at Newmarket for a final sprints night and celebration.  Here are the dates for your diary:

November 8, 9, 15, 16 and 18. Programme to follow, but the current idea is to have the 50s/100IM and 400IM on the Saturday, and the 100s/200s/400 free/800 free/1500 free spread over the 4 Bottisham evenings.

Most importantly, all club members will be invited and expected to participate in the celebration and gala on Saturday 18 November, so please make sure this is in your diary now!

In order to do this, we will need to bring forward more officials from within the club. Timekeepers and trainee Judge Level 1s are the most important resources we need.

Like we did last year, I am aiming to run a timekeepers’ course in September during Sunday training at Impington: this is an hour of theory, led by one of the Cambs ASA judges, which is then followed at some point by a practical assessment of timekeeping skills poolside either at a time trials session or at a gala. It is not difficult or onerous, and anyone aged 14 or over can qualify as a timekeeper (great for the CV to be a British Swimming Official!) so please encourage your swimmers to sign up too – we will ensure they can train around attending the course if there is a clash. Please send expressions of interest to chair@bottishamswimclub.org.uk and I will then go forward to try to fix a date.

We will also need volunteers for marshalling, computers, announcing and various other roles. We can’t do this without your help, so when the time comes, please step up!

More information will follow.