Welcome to Bottisham Swimming Club!

We are a friendly and competitive swimming club based just north of Cambridge, with about 100 swimmers aged between 7 and 20. We swim at Bottisham and Impington Village College pools, and at galas throughout the eastern region and beyond.

Our latest news appears below, or please click on the links for more information.

Training this week

Please note all squads are swimming tonight (Sunday 30 August) but there is no land training, which starts again next Sunday for A and B squads – B squad please note the new time, after your swim session.  A squad will NOT swim tomorrow (Monday 31 August)  at Impington as the centre is closed.  Wednesday and Thursday swimming as usual.

Please do send your RSVP in for the BBQ on Sunday 13 if you haven’t already.  Thanks!

David Silk – new Director of Swimming at BSC

We are thrilled to announce that Dave Silk, long-time associate of Bottisham Swim Club, has agreed to come on board as our Director of Swimming at the club.  Dave will be with us for an initial period of six months, and will be working with the existing coaches to develop our swimmers in the run-up to the Cambs county championships next February.  He took his first Sunday session at the start of term yesterday, and has started the process of meeting the kids and parents and learning everyone’s names!

Dave will be poolside every other Sunday for all three sessions, every Monday with A Squad, and every Thursday with A and B Squads.  Wednesdays and alternate Sundays will continue as usual with coach Chris at the helm, assisted by Karl, Luke, Carol, Suzy and the young coaches as at present.  Dave will also attend Open galas and championships – starting with the Neate Meet on 4 October – and take control of the land training programme.

It is fantastic to have Dave on board and we hope you will make him very welcome.  He (and all the other coaches and committee) will be at the club BBQ on Sunday 13 September and will be talking then about his role and what he would like to help swimmers achieve at our club.  An invitation to this event will follow by email, but please put the date in your diary!

The Neate Meet – there’s still time!

We have already got a good team going to Bury St Edmunds on the weekend of 3rd and 4th October for the Neate Meet novice gala run by West Suffolk SC, but we’d really like more (all!) of you to come along.  Although Carol has put in the club entries already (both so we don’t miss out, and because she’s having a well-deserved holiday!), there’s still plenty of time to send in your own entry to West Suffolk direct.  The confirmed entries for our club will all come back to Carol whether they go in via her or separately, and you’ll still be part of the Bottisham team either way.  We have coaches and officials going on both days of the meet so there is plenty of support.  If you’re new to the club and want to give an open gala a go, this is a really good one to try.

Click here for all the documents you need: the important ones are the programme of events and the entry form.  Choose which days and sessions you fancy then fill in the entry form with the times – if you don’t have times yet, let me know poolside and I will do a time trial.  You will need your ASA number – check on the club database or by putting your surname into the ASA website if you don’t know it or you can’t remember it.  Then you simply add a cheque and put it in the post to Jo Proffit at West Suffolk, or alternatively email it over and pay by BACS.

If you need any help with the forms, please let me know: I will be poolside on Wednesday this week and next week (I hope).  Alternatively you can email me – suzyashworth@yahoo.co.uk – and we can arrange to speak to get it sorted at any point before the closing date on 12 September.  The sooner you get your entries in the more likely they are to be accepted!