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Rugby Open results

Thank you so much to everyone involved in a fantastic weekend of swimming at the 2019 Rugby Open.   Organisers, officials, volunteers, coaches and swimmers all did Rugby proud - well done all.
Results from all 5 sessions can be seen below.

S1 Results.pdf

S2 Results.pdf

S3 Results.pdf

S4 Results.pdf

S5 Results.pdf

Charity Evening - this time with attachment!

Hi all

Please see attached flyer  (it didn't like the hashtag in the filename first-time round!) for a Charity Ball in support of Mind being held at The Benn Hall on Friday 29th March.  This is being held by Graeme Lloyd (dad to Erin and Finlay and husband to Rachel - who all swim for the Club) as part of his #runningwithrex fundraising.

Charity evening in aid of runningwithrex.docx

Please take some time to read about the fantastic work that Graeme is doing for Mind to raise awareness and funds that will help improve mental health in Warwickshire Primary School Children.

It would be great to see lots of parents attending this event - sounds like it will be a great night out in support of a fantastic local cause.  Ticket details on the flyer -Graeme will also be at training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings if you'd like to buy a ticket then.

Many thanks


For Urgent Attention of 14 -16 year olds - Young Volunteer Programme 2019
Please see below and attached for 14-16 year olds wanting to learn about aquatic volunteering.  If you're interested please be quick as the application deadline is today!
Dear all,
We have now launched the Regional Young Volunteer Programme 2019 and bookings are now being taken.
We are running the 2 day programme out of 2 venues this year; Royal Lifesaving Society, Worcester and The Snow Dome, Tamworth. Young Volunteers can pick which venue they’d prefer. The programme is aimed at 14 – 16 year olds.
The programme consists of 4 workshops: Aquatic Helper, Time Keeper, First Steps into Coaching and Life Support course – in addition, candidates will be expected to complete 10 hour of volunteering within their home clubs and volunteer at a county / regional event / competition.
Please find attached more information including the timetable as well as the booking form for each venue (please note that a young person can only book onto one venue only). Please feel free to circulate this information further.
Whilst the bookings are first come first served we are going to limit clubs to 4 places each in the first instance with additional names being added to a waiting list. If all places are not filled then these young people will be offered a place.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Cc Club Network contacts & Club Secretaries
Helen Weeks
Club Development Officer
M 07583 686816
E helen.weeks@swimming.org

YVP RLSS and Snowdome Forms.pdf

Rugby Open - Final accepted entries

Please see attached the final version of the Accepted Entries for the Rugby Open to be held on the weekend of 8th - 10th March.

RC19MEET_Rugby_AcceptedEntries - Final.txt

Warwickshire swimmers' photo

Our Warwickshire swimmers looking very smart in their new club shirts - looking forward to seeing them being worn with pride again this weekend!

Warwickshire's success and team photo
One of the highlights of last weekend - the fantastic men's  4 x 100 Open Relay Gold medal winning team - well done all.
So much great swimming last weekend, not just medal winners but loads of swimmers achieving PBs and competing at the Warwickshire’s for the first time.  You should all be very proud of yourselves.
We'd like to get a photo of all Counties swimmers and thought the best opportunity to do this would be at 6pm during training tomorrow evening.  Please bring along your new club shirts.
Many thanks

Rugby Open Status as at 14/01/19

Please see below current status of the Rugby Open showing how full each session is:

Session 1 - FULL

Session 2 - FULL

Session 3 - FULL

Session 4 - FULL

Session 5 - 79%

Barry Rigg

Further to the below, here are the details of Barry Rigg's funeral:

Funeral service at St Mark's, Bilton - 12.30 Wed 30th Jan

Rainsbrook crem - 14.00

Arnold Lodge / Mason Hall - 15.00

All welcome to all elements


We are deeply saddened to announce that one of Rugby Swimming Club’s greatest servants, Barry Rigg, passed away, peacefully and with dignity, on Thursday 10th January, aged 81.
Barry was dedicated to the Club from the time that his sons (our former Chair - Simon Rigg, and his older brothers, Pete and Bryan) joined in the early 1970s. Barry served the club faithfully as both Chair and President as well as officiating for over 40 years. Both he, and his wife Pam were made life members of RSC for their services and dedication to the club.
Our thoughts are with Pam, Simon, Sarah, Jasmine, Toby and all of Barry’s family and friends at this very sad time.
Funeral details will be shared when they are available.  As a mark of respect we will be holding a minute’s applause at the forthcoming Rugby Open.

Rugby Open 2019

We’re pleased to announce that the 2019 Rugby Open Meet is now open for entries.
It’s going to be on the 8th, 9th and 10th March 2019 at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre in Rugby. We’ve historically filled the Meet quickly and it’s first come, first served – the official closing date is Saturday 9th February but we’ll be closing entries as soon as we’re full.
Please see attached information pack and the .SEF digital entry file. Please send completed entry forms back to me at rugbyopen@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk  Once we’re full I’ll be advertising that fact here on the RSC website.
Please make sure you complete the forms fully with your swimmers' times and ASA number. And don’t forget to request your coach passes, sending your DBS number too.
It’ll be a great Meet so I hope you can make it.
Faye Emery
Rugby Open Meet Organiser, RSC

Rugby Open Meet 2019 InformationPack FINAL.pdf


2018 Leicester Open Meet report
Last weekend (16th-18th Nov) saw 20 Rugby swimmers compete in The 2018 Leicester Open Meet. Being a Level 2 meet, the entry standard was extremely high, with RSC swimmers competing against clubs from across the East and West Midlands and beyond. Despite being early in the season, many PBs and West Midland qualifying times were recorded by the Rugby contingent.
Erin Lloyd (11/12 years) had a particularly successful weekend, entering six events, gaining PBs in all and four medals!  She won the 50m backstroke in her age group with an impressive time of 33.84. She also placed 3rd in the 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle – going sub 30 for the first time!
Continuing the freestyle success, Anna Farrow (13/14) joined Erin in the sub-30 club, swimming 50m in 29.36 as well as gaining a good PB in the 100m freestyle.  There were two new PBs for Mackenzie Patchett-Smyth in the 100m and 200m freestyle, with an improvement of over 3 seconds in his 200m. Kieran Jarvis (11/12) swam a PB in the 100m freestyle while Dan Carey (15/over) and Jack Carey (15/over) swam impressively in the 50m and 100m freestyle respectively, both clocking PBs (26.12 and 54.44).
There were strong swims in the breaststroke events; three new PBs for Erin Moran (13/14) in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke (37.69, 1:21.93 and 2:55.24), and PBs in the 200m for Charlotte O’Brien (13/14) and Lucy Matthews (10/under) who both had great swims – Charlotte clocking an impressive time of 2:53.11 and Lucy improving on her previous best, from just a month before, by over 7 seconds. Devesh Chohan (15/over) also showed good improvement to record a new PB in the 50m breaststroke (32.62).
In the backstroke, Anna Farrow, Lucy-Ann Cunliffe (15/over) and Maddie Haywood (15/over) all swam new PBs in the 50m (33.71, 33.16 and 32.09) with Anna also swimming a PB of 1:11.02 in the 100m backstroke. Harriet Troup knocked over 3 seconds off her previous best in the 200m backstroke to swim a very good time of 2:33.17.
Jack Carey narrowly missed out on a sub one-minute 100m butterfly; swimming incredibly well with a time of 1:00.02. Mackenzie Patchett-Smyth also swam a 50m fly PB.
Throughout the weekend, Rugby swimmers performed well against first-rate competition, recording excellent times even when not a PB; it was a promising start to the season.  Thank you to Lucas and Darren for their support on poolside.

Jack Carey selected for National County Finals

Sunday October 7th  2018 was the day of the National Intercounty Championship at Ponds Forge International Swimming Pool at the Steel City of Sheffield.
This year again saw Rugby’s Jack Carey Selected ahead of all the other swimmers in Warwickshire to swim freestyle in the 16/17 year age group.  An early start on the team coach from Coventry awaited Jack when he would again meet up with this elite group of swimmers from across the county selected as the Warwickshire Team.
For those of you who don’t know, this event is made up of 39 teams across England Scotland and Wales, split into 2 Divisions. Warwickshire are currently in Division  2 and finished 8th last year. They have been champions once in 1974 and last tasted success in 2013 as Division 2 Champions.
After Saturday's run out in the Cov and Districts open meet butterfly with a 2 second PB of 1:00.53. Jack swam his favoured event 100 free on Sunday in Sheffield with a time of 54.55, a PB, beating his entered time of 54.94 by 0.39.
He then went on to add his expertise swimming freestyle in the relay leg for the team.
Warwickshire finished the day in 11th place out of the 17 teams in Division 2, so unfortunately not high enough for promotion.
Jack will be too old for this event next year so thanks for Warwickshire giving him the opportunity and experience  to swim for them. Thanks to the coaching team and management team and all the hours and commitment
put in for the Warwickshire cause.
And lastly thanks to the Rugby Coaching  team past and present for their support and training to give Jack his opportunity to be selected to represent Warwickshire.

Inter-county gala

Jess Mackenzie and Erin Lloyd (pictured) were honoured to be selected to represent Warwickshire at the Bedfordshire InterCounty Gala held on Sunday at Luton. Warwickshire swam well to finish 3rd of the 8 counties behind Suffolk and Essex. Well done, girls!

RSC swimmers at English Nationals

Rugby Swimming Club were proud to have two of their senior male swimmers, Matt Seaton and Dan Carey, at the English Nationals between 2nd to 4th August at Sheffield’s Pond Forge International Swimming Pool. Qualification for the prestigious National event can only be described as every competitive swimmer’s dream. During the week of competition, the top 20 in England fight it out to be best in their age group, and whilst Matt and Dan are experienced at Regional level this would be a new arena to test their skills and nerves.
Both boys are home grown talent having progressed through the ranks since Juniors.  They have played a key role in Rugby Swimming Club’s recent promotions and successes in the National Arena League, which competes with  larger rival midland clubs.   Here though they were representing the club to earn individual honours at National level.
First up on Thursday was Warwickshire Junior backstroke champion Dan Carey in 50m backstroke. His qualifying time of 29.53s ranked him 3rd best swimmer. After being placed even higher before the end of the qualifying window, and at times sufficiently high to qualify for the British Nationals competition, hopes were high.  Dan’s start was not great and even after pushing hard he could not quite recover to make the finals. His time of  29.60s placed him outside the final . A bitter pill considering his PB would have got him a ticket to the final. Dan still had another chance the next day for the 100m backstroke so fingers were crossed.
Dan’s meteoric rise this season has come after suffering a broken arm early in the season, which with recovery and expert coaching, has seen him reaching the top times in the country for under 15’s backstroke.
Friday saw Dan racing again but in his less preferred 100m backstroke. After a great start in his heat it was looking good, but the first 50m was not up to the level he needed and left him too much to do to make the final. He finished 11th, one place away from qualifying for the final in 1:03.90s after qualifying in 1:03.50s.
Saturday saw Matt Seaton, Junior Midlands Winter Meet 200 back champion, go in his preferred 200m backstroke.  He secured his place early in the qualifying window with some storming performances.  A qualification time of 2:17.55s placed him 14th best, entering the competition.  On the day, he swam 2:18.28s, coming 11th overall.  Though narrowly missing the final by 0.1s, Matt was pleased to improve on his entry position.
Head Coach Lucas Gregory, who has supported the boys with his experience from being a top class youth swimmer, is proud of the clubs achievements in developing  two male backstrokers to National level.  He commented “ I am sure both boys have learnt from this and this has demonstrated what can be achieved with work and commitment to all the younger swimmers at the club. I hope we see them here again next year going one better making the finals”.

Rugby Club Sprints (The Peggy Coulthard Memorial Sprints)
Dear all
Please find attached the information pack for the internal Club Sprints meet to be held on the evening of Saturday 29th September at QDJC.
Rugby Club Sprints 2018 InformationPack.docx
As mentioned previously, this meet replaces the Club Champs this year, which will instead be held next June/July.
Please submit entries on the entry form at the end of the information pack to Sandra (openmeetsecretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk) by Saturday 8th September.  Please could development swimmers give entry forms to Rory in the first instance.
Please also be aware that the meet is being held in memory of Peggy Coulthard, an integral part of RSC for many years, who sadly passed away last week aged 96.  Peggy’s daughter, Elaine, was a coach for the whole club and Peggy was an official, who, before the days of electronic timing was our designated time keeper for many years.  She went all over the world with Elaine to Masters events and still holds Midlands records herself.  When Elaine was swimming, Peggy would take splits for every length, for every event, with meticulous accuracy and neatness. 
It is hoped that Elaine and her sister, Stella, who also swam for the club, will be able to attend on the evening.  I’m sure they will enjoy seeing swimmers from across the club competing in what we hope will be a fantastic new event.
Finally, if you’re able to officiate please let Jo know at officials@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk or let me know if you’d like to have a go at helping out in any of the roles below (further details attached):
- Announcer (to help out alongside Jon Taylor – great opportunity to learn the ropes!)
- Marshalls
- Door / raffle
- Medal table
- Results and drinks

Rugby Sprint Meet 2018 - info for helpers.docx

Many thanks

Midlands' Masters' Championships

For the first time in living memory Rugby SC hosted the prestigious Midlands’ Masters’ Championships over the  bank holiday weekend. These championships are open to any swimmer, UK based, or otherwise from 18 to 90+, and are regarded as next after the Nationals.  The quality of the swimming can be summed up by the men’s 100m free, where the winning time here, was nearly 2 seconds faster that the same event at the Open Midlands’ Champs. In fact the very first event, saw a British record in the 90-94 age group, as Edward Hoy, swam 9.07.28. A length or two behind the others in his heat, but there were merely in their 60s and 70s. He went on to also break the BR for 100m freestyle. Alongside Edward in his heat were Barry Davies and Derek Lindsay, in the 70-74, and 65-69 age groups, Barry finishing 3rd in 6.38, taking several seconds off his time from last year. A little disappointed to be pipped by a 70 year old, who had just moved up into his age group, “ a mere pup” according to 72 year old Barry.


Barry went onto beat most of his times from last year, and indeed he won 3 Golds, 100m IM, 50 breaststroke, and 50 free, as well as 3 silvers in the 100m free, 100m br, and 200 free. His time of 36.03 in the 50m free, meant he achieved one of the master’s great goals of swimming, to swim 50 free in half your age.


Derek, claimed 2 bronze medals in the 200m free, and 100m IM, and again, was chipping seconds off his times from last year, as did Ben Cunliffe in the same 400m, 45-49, winning bronze in 5.19, over 6 seconds quicker than last year, he backed this up with a further 3rd in the 50m back, in 34.42. Unusually they were joined by Club President, Ross Turner, who won the 35-39 age group by several seconds, in 4.53.84, but he did wonder afterwards what had made him enter it.  Ross had decided to save his usual events for the nationals at Plymouth, in 2 weeks’ time, but he also won the 200 IM, in 2.28.64 and 2nd in the 200m Br, in a slightly painful 2.42.94. The national require a qualifying time, so Ross was just banking a few events for future use.


Moving onto the ladies in the 400m free, Rachel Lloyd won her age group, 45-49, in 5.02.77, and she also won the 200 IM in 2.45.43, but had to settle for silver in the 100m free, in 1.04.71, by less than a tenth of a second, and 200m back in 2.47.94. Rachel was joined by Helen Brittain, 35-39, and she went onto win 3 silvers, in the 50m Fly, 36.91, 100 br, 1.29.05, 200m br, 3.14.71, a silver in the 100m free, in 1.11.34, and a fifth in the 50m free, again all faster than last year. Helen is the opposite end of the spectrum to the likes of Ross, Simon and to a lesser extent Barry and Adam, where her strokes are supremely smooth and efficient, making virtually no splash, as she moves serenely, and deceptively quickly through the water.


Speaking of faster than last year, Club Chairman, Simon Rigg, still reeling from being beaten by his son last weekend, has started to find some form after nearly 2 years of injury. First up was his nemesis, the 100m free, as Simon is famous throughout Masters’ swimming nationally as only ever do 50s.  A steady swim, saw him finish 5th in 1.03.57, he was even accused of “pacing it properly”, and accusation he strongly denies. The real shock came in the 50m Breaststroke, ranked only 3rd, as he has swam it a modest 3 times in the past 2 years, he took 1.2 seconds off his time from only last week, to win by over a second, in 35.02. He followed this up with a 27.6 for 50 free, again over 2/3s of a second faster than last week, for a bronze. Similar improvements over the next fortnight could make the trip to Plymouth worthwhile after all.


At the younger end of the spectrum, Adam Henderson, 25-29, swam well winning a silver in the 10m free, in 1.04.27, unfortunately he “did a Simon” and went out way too fast and suffered at the end. He also came 3rd in the 100m breaststroke, 1.20.57, and just missed the medals, in fourth in both the 50m br and free, in 35.35 and 28.07 respectively. Last, and by no means least, was Devesh Chohan, also in the 25-29s, who won a silver in the 100m breaststroke, in 1.15 81, and a sliver in the 50, in 33.69.


All in all a hugely successful weekend for the Rugby Swimmers, the club and indeed the QDJC, which was admired by all.

Cov & District Secondaries

Thank you to all those that supported the Coventry and Districts Secondary meet at the weekend, be it parents, officials, coaches or swimmers.  We had a great presence across all squads and age groups ranging from 8 years of age to those in their fifties; some competing for the first time and others more well versed in open meet competitions.

With the meet being so busy it is worth reminding everyone of open meet etiquette as a number of instances occurred that placed added pressure and administration on the coaches on poolside.

  • Please be on time for the warm-up at the start of your session as the arrangements change on a session-by-session basis.  On-time means 15 minutes before the warm-up commences and missing the warm-up removes the opportunity to practice a start or finish with every pool being different.

  • Withdrawals from events should be made directly with the meet organiser at the earliest opportunity and coaches should be informed of the event details and withdrawal circumstances.

  • Failure to turn up for your event without any communication is not acceptable and can have financial consequences imposed by the organiser.  It can also lead to the swimmer being withdrawn from the entire meet if the organiser chooses. Also, it is the coach that receives the reprimand from the officials on behalf of the swimmer concerned.
  • Following a race, swimmers should go directly to see their coach to obtain feedback; heats run quickly and coaches have limited time to provide meaningful information to help the swimmer.  It is vital that the initial critique of the race comes from the coach and not a parent in order to reinforce the connection to training and pre-race strategy.

  • Swimmers should remain with the team at all times during the session to avoid any blurring of health and safety responsibility and inform their coach if they are leaving poolside for any reason.

  • Swimmers should also remain on poolside to avoid the potential to miss their race; after all this is why they are there and coaches do not have time to retrieve swimmers from the spectator gallery.

By adhering to these basic principles, events run smoothly and swimmers hopefully give the best performance they can and enjoy the experience.

Thank you for your continued support. 


RSC Coaching Team

West Midland Swimming Championships 2018: Weekend 2

Following the success of last week, Rugby Swimming Club’s swimmers were back in action at the West Midland Championships over the Bank Holiday weekend.  There were superb performances in the water and great team support on poolside.  Over the course of the three days, RSC was represented 19 times in finals, obtaining 6 medals (adding to the 2 medals from last weekend).

Once again, Matthew Seaton and Dan Carey were outstanding in the backstroke events, with Matthew taking two silvers in the 50m (30.21) and 200m (2:17.73) in the 16 years age group and Dan (15 years age group) gaining a silver in the 50m (30.05) and a bronze in the 200m (2:20.34). Both boys are now in the running for national qualification.

Continuing the medal success, Erin Lloyd (11/12) placed 2nd in the 200m backstroke (2:41.07) in a thrilling final, and 3rd in the 50m backstroke (35.23). Her performances show that national qualification is well within reach next year - once she reaches the required age.

In the 17/over backstroke events, Jack Carey secured 5th place in the 50m final; Ellen Armeson and Maddie Haywood qualified for the final in the 50m and 200m respectively. Jess Mackenzie (14) also performed well in the backstroke, qualifying for both the 50m and 200m finals.

However, there was not just backstroke success over the weekend; in the butterfly events, Jack Carey (17/over) placed 4th in the 50m final whilst Anna Farrow (13) and Luke Anspoks (16) added to the list of RSC finalists, with appearances in both the 50m and 100m butterfly finals.

The freestyle events added more success with Erin Lloyd (11/12) placing 5th in the 50m freestyle final and Matthew Seaton (16) qualifying for both the 50m and 200m finals.

To qualify for these championships is a huge achievement – congratulations to Toby Marlow and Harriet Troup (13), Charlotte O’Brien (14), Lucy-Ann Cunliffe, Eloise Gray and Barney Dudkowsky (15), and Holly Cochrane and Devesh Chohan (17/over) who all represented the club brilliantly.

Thanks again to Lucas Gregory (Lead Coach) for his support throughout the whole weekend.

West Midland Swimming Championships 2018: Weekend 1

This weekend saw the start of the West Midland Swimming Championships (held in Coventry), with 9 of the 17 qualifying swimmers from Rugby Swimming Club taking to the pool. Despite the tough competition that exists at this level, with over 50 clubs represented from across the region, RSC brought home 2 medals and secured 5 other places in finals.

Matthew Seaton took silver in the 100m backstroke in the 16 years age group with a time of 1:04.35, whilst in the same event, Dan Carey placed 3rd with a time of 1:05.28 (15 years age group).

There were also very strong performances in the girls 100m backstroke with Erin Lloyd (11/12) and Maddie Haywood (17/over) placing 4th and 5th in their finals – Erin narrowly missing out on a medal by a couple tenths of a second.

In the 100m freestyle, Jack Carey (17/over), Jess Mackenzie (14) and Erin Lloyd (11/12) all qualified for the final adding to Rugby’s success in the backstroke events.

Holly Cochrane (17/over), Luke Anspoks (16) and Anna Farrow (13) each missed out on qualification for finals; however, are all back to compete next weekend in their more favoured events.

Overall, a very strong start to this year’s regional championships campaign which will hopefully be continued next weekend when all 17 qualifying swimmers will be competing.  Finally, thanks to Lucas Gregory (Lead Coach) for all his support over the weekend and leading up to these championships.

Open Meet Entries and Payment

Dear Swimmers, Parents and Carers  



It is becoming increasing hard to track payments made for Open Meets that your swimmer/s are wishing to attend.


As the payee you need to make sure that we have the correct information:


1. The correct amount for the meet

2. Payee name if different from the swimmer

3. Reference - name of swimmer and meet entering

4. Sibling payments may be made together.

5. Ensure you are paying into the correct account - see below




When handing your entry form in please make sure your payment has been made and the date you have done this is at the bottom of the form.  Please also include the Payment Reference.




All monies need to be paid by cash or direct into Rugby Swimming Club bank account.

Rugby Swimming Club

Sort Code                               20-73-48

Account Number                    93146464

Ref                                         swimmers name/name of meet


Rejections for open meets– these will be paid back to you once the Club has received the monies back from the club concerned. If you are expecting a fee returned, please  could you send you account details to me so I am able to return the fee to you.


If all of the above is done we will not have to contact you to chase for the payment we are looking for.  If payment is not made you could miss out on entering into an Open Meet.


Also attached is the Open Meet Entry Form

RSC Open Meet Entry Form 2018.docx


Thank you all for your attention on this.





Rachel Cutler


Rugby Swimming Club


Well done to our swimmers who took part in this weekend’s Swimathon Club Challenge.  Twenty swimmers from across our squads swam between 400m and 2.5k in about an hour or less, raising sponsorship money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.  At the latest count they have raised just under £2,500 so far for these vital charities! Thank you so much to friends and family for supporting our swimmers so generously, to everyone who volunteered to help count laps and most importantly to our amazing swimmers who all swam and behaved brilliantly.  Well done all!

RSC Swimathon Club Challenge Apr 18 - picture.jpg

Club Kit

Good Morning all,


With the Junior and Diddy leagues just around the corner, the committee would like to remind all swimmers that they are expected to wear the official club kit at all events where you represent the club. We are looking into new options regarding shirts from our supplier, but until then the current shirts are available, (personalised if you wish) from LISS Sports. The link is available on the Web Site. Named shirts are much easier to return to swimmers if lost!!

It was also confirmed that if a swimmer is wearing a swimming hat, this must be a club hat in all competitions. Please feel free to wear whatever hat you wish in training, but in any competition where you are representing the Club, a club hat is compulsory. Swimmers will not be allowed to swim in anything other than the club hat, so please ensure your swimmer has one.

Personalised Club hats are available via the form on the notice Board at RSSC.

Thanks for your co-operation.


RSC Committee

Volunteers - thank you!

Following on from Simon’s email yesterday, thank you so much to everyone who helped out at the Rugby Open over the weekend.  I was amazed at how many people were prepared to give up their time and energy to make the event such a great success. Any helpers who didn’t receive their thank you bottle of wine at the weekend, please give myself or Simon a shout at RSSC on Wednesday evening.


 I hope everyone who volunteered enjoyed it and may consider doing it again in the future.  Speaking of which… each year the Club supports the Rugby Primary Schools galas which are taking place over the next couple of weeks:

Wednesday 14th March years 5 and 6

Wednesday 21st March years 3 and 4


Start time 6:30pm


No experience needed - all volunteers welcome.  If you are free to help please could you email Leisa House, as soon as possible, at officials@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk


If anyone is considering volunteering to be trained as an official, this is good opportunity to give time-keeping a try and to see what’s involved poolside.   If you have children swimming in the gala it also gives you a chance to get closer to the action and allows more family members to watch (as only one spectator ticket is allowed per swimmer).


Thanks again



Rugby Open 2018

Thank you to all swimmers, coaches, officials, helpers and parents for supporting Rugby Open  2018. The results are attached below.

RO18 session 1(2).pdf

RO2018 session 2.pdf

RO18 session 3.pdf

RO2018 session 4.pdf

RO2018 session 5.pdf


Competition Calendar 2018 and Leicester Sharks Regional Qualifier

Morning all

We would like to target the Leicester Regional Qualifier Meet at Pingles, Nuneaton on 7th and 8th April 2018 (info attached below).


This is a first come, first served meet and takes place on the last weekend to obtain West Midlands Regional Qualifying times so it will be very popular.  Closing date for entries should therefore be no later than Friday 19th January. Please send entries to Sandra via email openmeetsecretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk using the standard Open meet entry form below.  To avoid any confusion please could I urge you to pay via BACs at the same time.

Open Meet Form.pdf

Also, to enable parents to plan, please find attached the updated 2018 Competition Calendar, which contains dates, location and squads for all scheduled competitions across the year.

RSC 2018 Updated Competition Calendar.xlsx

If you have any queries about any of the above please speak to your coach in the first instance.

Many thanks


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  We hope that 2018 is a happy, successful and, above all, healthy one for you and your families.

This coming weekend is a very busy one for the Club as we have the Presentation Evening on the 5th Jan, Cov & District Long Course training on 6th and 7th Jan, and the rearranged Christmas party in the Main Sports Hall at QDJC at 6.30pm on the evening of the 7th.

The Presentation Evening starts at 7.30pm on Friday 5th Jan at the Railway Club on Hillmorton Road.  If you’ve not already done so please don’t forget to check the food list on the noticeboard at Rugby School Sports Centre and add your name to something you’d like to bring along.

There are still a few spaces available for the Cov & District Long Course training (details below) on 6th/7th and 20th/21st Jan for the 9/10 and 14+ age groups.  Please email me secretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk if your swimmer would like to attend – these sessions are being offered free of charge this year so make the most of the opportunity!  All sessions for 11-13 year olds are completely full, with several reserves for some, so please let me know as soon as possible if anyone’s no longer able to attend, particularly the session on 7th January.

2018 long course prog 12.12.17.doc

Finally, don’t forget to send entries for the Cardiff and Portsmouth meets by 8th January on the Standard Open Meet form below and send to Sandra Kelleher at Openmeetsecretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk


Thanks very much



RSC League Round Up

With Rugby Swimming Club placed 4th from bottom entering the final round of the Arena league, the need for some extraordinary performances and a little luck were required to maintain our Premier Division status.  Thankfully the team raised their game and the weather provided some good fortune for Rugby at the expense of a very competent Northgate team as they were unable to travel to the gala.


Rugby still were targeting a 4th place on the night and really did make every effort to secure top three places in as many events as possible.  Erin Lloyd and Matthew Seaton safely secured first place and maximum points for the team with Jack Dolly, Jessica Mackenzie and Erin Lloyd again securing individual second place points.  The girls 13/U relay team were very strong on the night and grabbed second place in both the freestyle and medley relay events backed up by the boys 15/U freestyle relay team. The 15/U boys also then went on to take third place in the medley relay showing their breadth in a very competitive field. Matthew Seaton, Maddie Haywood, Jessica Mackenzie, Morgan Brand, Holly Cochrane and Charlotte O'Brien all fought for their well-deserved third place points and are good indicators for the season ahead.  Two other relay team at opposing ends of the age bracket also secured third place with the men’s open medley relay team demonstrating their strength and experience and the girls 9/11 freestyle team showing some promise for the future. 


All in all Rugby gave the best performance possible and were placed 5th against some very strong opponents.  Sometimes you need a little luck and Rugby have had their fair share of disappointment in the past and celebrate the moment regardless of the circumstances.  Well done to the whole team!


At the QDJC under slightly less pressure the Leicester League team were in the 3rd tier of 5 galas in the final round. Blessed with a home gala, and going in as second seeds, hopes were high for a rousing finish to the League season. The home crowd, boosted by the parents, and grandparents of some of the newer swimmers roared Rugby home to a resounding victory. A victory celebrated by a finely orchestrated  synchronised jumping in, as all the swimmers lined up, in age/height order, and one after the other celebrated victory in a chain reaction swallow dive. Our Synchro section would have been proud, if not overly threatened by the spectacle.


The gala didn’t start well, as the first relay team were DQ’d for a faulty change-over, but this was in fact the only time Rugby did not lead the event. Winning 20 races, coming second in 13 and third in 6, Rugby only finished outside the top 3 in 10 events all evening. Rugby eventually ran out winners by 69 points, with 234, ahead of Braunstone 165, and Wellingborough 156.  The atmosphere was superb all evening, as race after race saw Rugby finish in the top 3, special mention to the 14 and under boys, of Toby Rigg, Barnie Dudkowsky, Adam Kenworthy, Eddie Haynes, and the senior ladies’ team of Lucy House, Ellen Armeson, Aoife Williams and Jasmine Rigg, both teams winning every race they swam.


The party vibe was epitomised by the 8 x 1 cannon, where after a slow start, Rugby were victorious, as the slightly unusual site of 3 members of the same family swimming the final 3 legs. At half way Rugby trailed Wellingborough by over half a length, but came through to snatch it at the finish, much to the enjoyment of the home crowd, well most of it.


As is my tradition on these occasions, as this was a team victory, the team was


Noah Unwin                           Baileigh Kirkup         

Jamie Copelett                       Lucy Matthews         

Jamie Bexon-Walsh              Amelia Kerr   

Gareon Gabatan                    Rebecca Eaton          


12/U Years   Boys                   12/U Years    Girls     

Jake Smith                             Harriet Troup

Thomas Dalziel                      Ella Marlow   

Alex Bowler Smith                 Phoebe Faupel          

                                                            Briony Dew    



14/U Years   Boys                  14/U Years    Girls    

Barney Dudkowsky                Mairead Williams     

Eddie Haynes                        Tamzin Kyte              

Adam Kenworthy                   Kirsten Harrington   

Toby Rigg                              


Open   Boys                            Open    Girls  

Devesh Chohan                     Aoife Williams          

Max Taylor                             Ellen Armeson          

Ethan Fletcher                       Jasmine Rigg

Simon Rigg                           Lucy House   

Adam Henderson                 



Thanks to Darren and Lottie for the Arena report




Mr C




Morning all

If you’re stuck inside today and doing a bit of online shopping, please consider signing up to Easyfundraising.  This is an absolutely free and simple way to support our swim club and we currently only have 16 people signed up. 

If you have not yet registered, please have a look at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/1IHFRP/. 

 It’s really easy – just select your cause i.e. Rugby Swimming Club or Rugby Synchro Swimming Club, enter your details and you’re ready to go. For every one of you that signs up using the link above, Easyfundraising are offering a £4 bonus donation to our cause.  There’s a Donation Reminder and an App to make it even easier.  

There are so many retailers signed up, including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Tesco, and a lot of you will probably shop online with them anyway so this really could help to raise vital funds for our club.  Please give it a try.

Thank you so much – happy shopping and happy fundraising!

Christmas Party

Dear swimmers and parents - it is that time of year yet again. Yes it's the RSC Christmas Party! This year it will be organised by Devesh (Santa) and his merry little helpers. This year we have booked out the Sports Hall at the QDJC from 6-9pm on 10th December to enjoy the festive celebrations that RSC have to offer. Forget about sitting around an open fire with the family with a nice movie when you could be hitting them with a heavy, albeit soft, pillow or instead of a hug from your brother, it's death by sumo wrestling. And who needs a Christmas dinner when all you need are giant pizzas. I know, I know, it's too much to take in and you can't bear the excitement, so all I can say is come and see Santa (Devesh) to sort out your £5 deposit. That's all you say! £5! It's a bargain! Now that's what I call a Christmas miracle. Hope to see you there. Remember it's on the 10th December! Regards Simon Rigg (Chairman)

Club Secretary

Morning all

My name is Louise Eaton and I’m your new Club Secretary.  My daughter, Rebecca, is 9 years old and in Development 2, so you can usually find me at Rugby School Sports Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  I’ll be either peering over the ledge to try and watch the swimming or trying to entertain my younger daughter, 7 year old Isobel.  Please feel free to ask me any questions or send me an email to secretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk – I might not have an answer straight away, but I’ll certainly find out and get back to you as soon as possible.

I have lots to learn about this daunting world of competitive swimming, but I’m slowly getting my head around it all and will do my best to try and help make everything clear for swimmers and parents alike.  I’m thinking that a new and improved FAQs section and perhaps a regular newsletter on the website might be useful, but I’d really like to hear your ideas, suggestions and general feedback about anything we could do to improve things.

I’m really pleased to be given the chance to do this role and I hope I’ll be able to make a difference to this fantastic swimming club.  At the AGM last week, I listened in awe to everything our little club has achieved, in both Speed and Synchro, over the past year.  I will post a brief summary of the key points and highlights over the next week or so – there’s so much to be proud of and excited about.  Long may it continue!

Devesh's Physio Services

To all parents and members of RSC


Devesh's physiotherapy services are now available to all swimmers and parents who may want this service. 


For all who don't know, Devesh has been coaching at Rugby Swimming Club since he was 17 years old. Devesh is a qualified physiotherapist and has been working at Walsgrave Hospital and St Cross Hospitals for 3 1/2 years working with some of the lead Consultants and their Physiotherapists across England. 


For a short time only, Devesh is providing his assessment and treatments at half price! This is either a full 1 hour assessment for any pain or discomfort, a stretching session or soft tissue massage for those tight muscles. 


This offer is only for a short period of time and it may be a good opportunity to get ready for next season. 


If you would like to take this offer please contact  Devesh via email or mobile and his details are below.


Email: devesh.chohan@outlook.com


Mobile: 07795650456


Kind regards


Simon Rigg (Chairman of Rugby Swimming Club)

Club Champ's Trophies

Evening all


With the summer break now upon us, it would be a good time to ensure your trophies are duly engraved with your swimmer's name for last year.

Please return all trophies to Cat Rimen, the first week in September, so we can do an audit on them. Can I remind you that Cat is not a cleaning service, so please ensure they are returned as sparkly as possible.




Mr C

End of Season Round Up

As well as winning first place in the Mercian League B final two weeks ago, a fantastic result, as Rugby entered ranked 4th, a number of Rugby Swimmers competed in Nuneaton in the Summer Splash, as an end of season finale, in no particular order, they achieved the following:


Logan-Hendrix Wilson-Shrub, got a silver in the 100 butterfly it was his first ever time doing it and got a pb in in his 50 m Butterfly.


The Laird twins were at their first gala with Rugby and their Mum just wanted to say how well they were looked after by James, Devesh and Darren.  The whole team spirit in cheering each other on was fantastic to see, and how much they love RSC having moved to the club recently. Katie had the following PBS - 15 seconds off her 100m backstroke 7seconds off her 100m fly and Ellie had - 35 seconds off her 200 freestyle


The other twins, the Marlows, were also on form, Ella swam 7 races and won 7 medals! Gold for 100br, silver in 50 Fly 100fs 200fs 50br 200br and a bronze in 50fs. She must have rattled on the way home, and Toby won gold in 50br and silver 200br with a 8 second pb!


Matthew Seaton showed his class as he won Gold in 200 back, 200 free and 50 back, adding Silver in 50 free and  50 fly and Bronze in 100 free


Annabel Crees won a bronze in the 50m backstroke sandwiching herself between four Leicester Shark swimmers. She also took 3 seconds off her 50 butterfly which she was really pleased with as she’d been trying really hard with her fly recently.


Mackenzie Patchett-Smythe, "Macker" got 3 Bronze and a silver. His biggest pb was 13 secs off 100m fly. He also took 12 secs off 200m IM. Silver  - 50m breast, Bronze - 50m fly, 200IM, and 100 IM


Charlotte O'Brien, won Silver in 200IM and got a 4sec PB in her 200BK.


Medals for Luke Anspoks a silver in 100 free, bronze in 200 free, bronze in 50 free in 26.89 his first sub 27!


Lucy Anne Cunliffe won a superb 1 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze.  Good PB in 200 Bk at 2.35


Kieran Jarvis joined in the party, with a silver in 200 free, with a huge PB


Erin Lloyd, 50m free Gold short course PB, 100m fly Bronze first time ever so PB, 100m breast first time ever so PB, trying a few new events, which is always good.


Harriet Troupe won a silver in 200bc and a new pb and a bronze 50 m back and also a new pb in 200 IM.


Toby Rigg continued his recent improvement, with another pb in the 50 free, taking a further 0.65 off his time for bronze, which means over 3 seconds in the past month alone, sub 30 beckons next time.


Jasmine Rigg just missed out on the medals, despite doing several unflavoured events, and will be very keen to beat her brother to the sub 30 mark.


Briony Dew won her first gold medal on her first try at swimming the 200 fly competitively. She alsomanaged 5 new PBs out of 6 races, it could have been 6 apart from a major goggles related incident in the 100 IM.  She knocked over 30 seconds off her 200 free time, getting below 3 minutes.


New Coach

Morning all

Subject to a few minor pieces of paperwork, I can confirm that RSC has a new Lead Coach.

Lucas Gregory has been appointed, and will start on 07/08/17. Many of you will know Lucas, as he has swum and coached at RSC for several years, as well as making the National Champs, whilst swimming over at Coventry.

James will remain Head Coach until his last day which is 06/08/17, so please do not inundate Lucas with messages before he starts.

Lucas will break a new and fresh approach to the club ready for the new season.

I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Lucas into his new role,





Juniors and Masters

Rugby Swimming Club completed their Junior League seasons, with Galas at Hinckley for the Leicester Diddy League team, and down in Worcester for the Nuneaton Junior team. It is a real positive that both teams could complete all 3 Galas, as the club is still short of swimmers in certain age categories, so to compete with much larger clubs is a massive plus. On the down side, both teams had to reshuffle swimmers due to non arrivals on the night, losing the team valuable points, and ultimately positions in the final league table. Whilst Club Chairman, Simon Rigg, and President, Ross Turner were competing in the delightfully sunny surrounds of the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre in the GB Masters’ Championships. (pic on separate mail)


Starting with the LDL, where they finished a very creditable 4th place having been ranked 6th going into the final round, so a great result. There were wins for Lucy Matthews, 9yrs 25m bra, Savannah Holden girl’s 12s 50m back, Rachel Dalziel, in the 9s 25m back, and 3 relay teams, the girls 12 years 4 x 25 free, and the 9 you girls in the same, plus girls’ s11 years medley team, and lastly the girls 12s medley team won the double also winning the Medley. There were seconds for Olivia Robbins, Yanna Vallasis x 2, Phoebe Faupel, Elena Ridges, and a number of the relay teams. Vital thirds were secured by Farrell Hennigan, Rachel Dalziel, Rebecca Eaton, and more relay teams. One particularly pleasing aspect from my point of view, is I am pretty sure I am typing some of these names for the first time, so well done to them.


Nuneaton romped away from Hinckley B, 227 to 173, then it was much closer, Oadby 152, Rugby, 144, Shepshed, 137, and Leicester Sharks 121, so I think it is safe to say if we could have fielded a swimmer in every event, 3rd would easily have been achievable, possibly even 2nd.


Rugby finished 5th in the NJL, final league places to be confirmed, again only 4 points behind 3rd, which is a shame. There were wins for William Stamp, 10s, 50m br, Erin Lloyd, 11s 50m Back, Jess Mackenzie, in the 12s 50m free, in 29,16, over 3 seconds clear of the next swimmer!!, and slightly disappointingly only one relay team the girls, 12s 4 x50 freestyle. There were seconds for Annabel Crees, Logan Wilson Shrubb x 2, William Gower,  Ava Rogerson, and the girls 12s just missed out on the double, being pipped by Worcester by 0.3 of a second, the girls 9s Free relay also claimed a second. Again there were many important thirds, for Jess, Anna Farrow, Max Green, Jake Smith, Ella Marlow, Amelia Kerr, Toby Marlow, and a number of the relay teams.


Neither team had a DQ all evening, which is excellent work all round.


Simon and Ross flew up to Aberdeen for the GB Masters’ Long Course Championships at the weekend, and it was definitely a case of not quite as good as hoped, but absolutely better than feared. Having moved into the 50-54 age group, Simon was keen to swim despite lack of training having been injured for nearly 12 months, and sensibly limited his entries. Unfortunately also moving up in the same age category was the ever dominant Mike Hodgson from Guilford, who went on to win a dozen Golds, including 7 European records and 3 British. Ross being at the upper end of his age category the 34-39s, was expecting medals in the breaststroke events, and hoping in some of his others. They started with the 50m breaststroke, a banker for both swimmers, hopefully?? Simon started well, but a reoccurrence of his back injury after only a couple of strokes, left him swimming pretty much arms only for the remaining 35 m, though he held on to claim third, Ross uncharacteristically started poorly, and despite catching the competition, also had to settle for bronze, 0.01 off silver, and this was to be the story of Ross’ weekend.


The next day saw the real splash and dash of the 50m free, as chaps of 18-94 years of age, attempt to make as many people as wet as possibly, whilst hurtling down the pool. Simon basically had to fall into the pool, and was never in the race finishing a disappointing 6th, a normal swim time, would have seen him claim second. Ross was 4th just 0.03 outside the medals. Deciding enough was enough Simon withdrew from the 100m free, and watched Ross just miss out in 4th, and yes by a few 1/100s of a second.


On the final day, saw Ross in the 100m breaststroke with the fastest entry time, unfortunately another swimmer had used the “enter a slow time and keep them guessing technique”, entering 1.15, and swimming 1.11. Ross in the last heat was up on the time until the last few strokes, and missed gold by a quarter of a second. Ross then swam 50m fly, a rare outing for him, and an excellent swim on sub 29, saw him secure another 5th place, again only a few tenths of a medal.


A thoroughly enjoyable weekend, old friends, old foes, and mostly “old” people having fun being very competitive during the race and hugely respectful and friendly afterwards.

C&D Secondaries


Just a quick note to say a hearty congratulations to all those who swam at the C&Ds at the weekend, and a huge thank you as always to the Coaches, helpers, officials and organisers for such a great event.


As always there were more medals and PBs than you can shake a very large stick at, and some great but friendly racing. As ever apologies to anyone I miss off this short list, but if your child did particularly well, please let me know, and I will try to do a full report for the paper and Web site.


Some of the highlights included


Charlotte O'B smashing 3 mins for 200m br


Barnie D and Lucy-Ann C, for bettering 5 mins for 400m free


Annabelle C , winning her 400m free by 35 seconds, in her first attempt at the event, amongst other successes


Adrian K at 15, and George W 14,swimming in their first Gala, and thoroughly enjoying the experience.


Ben J winning 100 and 200m br


Luke A winning his 200m IM coming from 10m behind at half way


Harriet T winning her 200m back by 6 seconds


Max T, pushing for top spot in just about every event swam


Alfie H and Kieran J getting 1-2 in the 200m back, half a length clear of their opposition


Swimmers likeToby R and Adam K-F, and many more smashing their PB in every event they swam


Though the race of the whole weekend was Ceri H and Aofie W in the girl’s 50m free, dead heating for first in a sub 30.


Special thanks to Mike Ireland from Stratford, for helping haul me out of the pool after my 100 free, well maybe 60m free, 40 m barely controlled drowning.


Mr C.

RSC across the ages

The previous weekend saw RSC members competing at differing ends of the age range, as the Juniors and Diddy’s competed in the next round of their league and the Masters were out in force at the Midlands Championships at Nuneaton. The youngest would barely have been nine, with Barry Davies at the other extreme, being over 8 times that, (sorry Barry). The Juniors had a solid 3rd, and the Diddys, struggled a little with a sixth place finish. The Diddys lost some swimmers to late withdrawal, and over to the Junior team. The aim of the LDL is to ensure as many swimmers are exposed to racing and gain valuable experience as early as possible, the final round is grouped relative to the league table, so RSC will be against equal opposition in this round. Rugby scored 94 points, Leicester Penguins 105 Hinckley 116, in a different battle to Coventry, Corby and Kimberley, who all scored over 200. There were some highlights, with Yana Vallasis and the girl’s 9 and under medley team securing second, and Lucy Matthews, Savannah Holden and Arpith Nair claiming third place finishes.


The Juniors, were 3rd pretty much all the way through, a little behind Coventry A, and Worcester, but well clear of Bythe, Northgate, and Stourbridge. There were wins for William Stamp, Wiliam Gower, Erin Lloyd, Jess Mackenzie, Logan Wilson Shrubb, Mia Emery, and the Girl’s 12s relay. Second places were elusive, with a few of the relays claiming second, along with Jess, Alfie Hebb, Libbie O’Brien, with thirds from more relay teams, and William S, Ava Rogerson, Anna Farrow, Erin, and Logan


The picture shows most of the masters, led by Club President Ross Turner, as ever dominant in the breaststroke events, winning both the 50 and 100m with ease, in the 35-39 age group. Others swimming for the first time, were Devesh Chohan, 25-29, Lee Rogerson, 40-44, some still getting used to competing again, Helen Brittain (missing from the pic), who won her 200m breaststroke event and Ben Cunliffe, Rachel Lloyd, competing with little training due to injury, and others just rolling back the years, and still winning medals, in Derek Lyndsay and Barry. Over 50 medals were collected across the ages, with nearly half of them being Golds.


They also competed in some of the relays, both in the mixed, and gents events, unfortunately the respective ages of the swimmers meant they were in difficult age groups, as the total age is what counts. In one relay the combined age was 199, so they had to compete in the 160-199, whereas next year the same four would be right at the bottom of the 200-240 category.



Mr C

West Midlands Championships

Congratulations to all the swimmers who qualified for the Midland's this year, a massive 20 plus qualified, a number we have never even been close to before.

Some great results, from what I have seen, so well done all.

As ever, could you please e-mail your child's successes for a report.


Mr C

4th at the Mercian League

Just a quick note, as I have only just received the results, to say well done to all, on the solid 4th place at the Mercian League.


Some strong opposition, so a decent result all round.


A number of first places, for Ceri House, Barnie Dudkowski, Ava Rogerson, and a couple of relay teams.




Solid start to Junior Leagues

As has been the case for the past few years Rugby expansion in terms of members allowed the younger end of the club to compete on two spate fronts, confirming why RSC has just won the converted Rugby Borough Council’s “Club of the Year”. The “A” team competing in the Nuneaton Junior League (NJL) and the “B” team in the Leicester Diddy League (LDL). Strictly speaking it is not a true A and B situation due to the differing age bandings, but I think it is fair to say the LDL is to ensure swimmers get a regular chance to compete, some for the very first time in a competitive Gala situation. Both teams recorded a very solid 4thplace in their respective meets, with the LDL team doing extremely well against 5 “A” teams, and especially considering they only had a team of 5 boys in total, whereas 14 or even 16 would be ideal. Clearly this means several events had an empty lane, but with new recruits joining every week, it is hoped to have a full roster by the third round in June, where the league is split by table standing, so everyone competes against similar standard teams. So a great effort from the 5 chaps, who swam a variety of events, distance, and up, one, two or even three age groups. These were Jujanna Desphande, Farrell Hennigan, Jamie Bexon-Walsh, Alex Bowler-Smith, Arpith Nair. 


Over at the NJL, the more experienced team, assuming you can be experienced at 9?, were competing in the premier division, and as such were pitted against some very strong opposition, in Leicester Sharks, Halesowen, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Northgate, and Braunstone. Sharks wining by a clear margin with 243 points, Rugby 4th with 161. There were no DQs all evening for Rugby, always a positive in the gathering of points, as well as event wins for Erin Lloyd, Jess Mackenzie, Amelia Kerr, and some of the relay teams, girls 10s medley, Ava Rogerson, Libby O’Brien, Emma Jones and Annabel Crees, girls 12s free Jess, Anna Farrow, Ana Rath-Juanloa, and Harriet Troup. Seconds for Logan Wilson Shrubb, Annabel Crees, twice, Jess, Ava Rogerson, Anna Farrow, Erin, and more relay teams the boys 9s free, William Gower, Logan, Noah Unwin and Tristan Underhill girls 12s medley. 


Individual success was just as hard to attain in the LDL, with Issy Hobbs, and Isobelle Clements having the honour of securing maximum points. Maybe we change everybody’s name to Isabelle before the next round?, is that allowed? There were 2nds for Jujanna, Savannah Holden, Briony Dew, and thirds for Yanna Villasis, Issy, Phoebe Faupel, Baileigh Kirkup.


The LDL relay teams struggled at times, with so many swimmers having to swim up and against such strong competition, but there were, 3rd in girls 12s medley and freestyle and also girls 11s medley and freestyle.


Rugby finished a distance behind the winners, but pipped Oadby and Wigston in a head to head for 4th, and also in front of Loughborough town, who failed to attend. Head Coach James Dyer said, “everyone enjoyed themselves and swimmers, parents and supports all had a great time”, which in essence is the whole aim of the LDL team, finishing high up in the league is a bonus, if these swimmers compete for the next 5,10 or more years.







Club of the Year Award

Just in case you missed this when first announced. RSC won the coveted "Club of the Year" award at the Rugby Borough Council annual awards.


This is a whole club award for both Speed and Synchro sections of the club, as a recognition of all our success in and out of the pool in 2016.


So well done to all, young and old, swimmers, helpers, parents, coaches, officials, team managers, club captains, and committee.





Long awaited - awards night video!

Apologies for the delay, but we had technical difficulties!

This is a fantastic reminder of the awards evening, curtesy of Kelly Williams. Thank you Kelly for taking the time to put this together for us, I'm just sorry it's taken so long to be aired.

Please click the link below and enjoy!


Happy 50th Birthday!


We helped him to celebrate this at the weekend by showing how much we care by helping him into the pool!

Take a look.....


Last week our Treasurer, Rachel Cutler also celebrated her 'special' birthday, but as she is a lady, we wouldn't be so mean to her x

H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y   T O   Y O U   B O T H ! x




 Fantastic photos......take a look!


rugby open meet previews day 1


rugby open meet previews day 2



For details of how to order and the order form, please click the link below.

How to order.docx

Coventry & District Relay Gala - Saturday 4th February 2017



What a fantastic night we had over at the Coventry 50m pool for the annual Coventry & District relay gala.

Rugby swimmers you did us proud! It was a thoroughly enjoyable night to watch as a spectator. The team spirit was high both on poolside and in the gallery.

There were some very close races with Rugby A & B teams both featuring regularly amongst the top 4 places (21 out of the 32 races).

We did particularly well coming 2nd in both relays in the following age groups... so well done to:

12/14 year old boys A team, Matthew Seaton, Luke Anspoks, Ben Jones and Daniel Carey.

12/14 year old boys B team, Barney Dudkowsky, Toby Rigg, Max Green and Aaron Kirkaldy.

15 yrs over boys A team, Lucas Williams, Ross Turner, Gleb Popov and Jack Carey.

15 yrs over boys B team, Thomas Parker, Devesh Chohan, Rhys James and Mr Chairman (Simon Rigg).

The 10/11 year old girls B team came 3rd in their freestyle race, a big well done to Phoebe Faupel, Clara Haywood, Yanna Villasis and Elizabeth O’Brien.

As did the 12/14 year old girls A team, Jessica Mckenzie, Lucy Ann Cunliffe, Ceri House and Charlotte O’Brien, well done girls!

The 15 yrs over girls freestyle A team came 3rd also which is definitely worth a mention as we haven't won a medal in this age group in living memory. Well done Maddie Haywood, Jasmine Rigg, Holly Cochrane and Megan Williams.

A special mention should also go to our newcomers in the younger age groups as this was their first gala, so a very big deal for them… Well done, Amelia Kerr, Logan Wilson-Shrubb, Noah Unwin and Marco Rodriguez Hernandez. 

2017 Award's night

Rugby Swimming Clubs – Awards Evening



Rugby Swimming Club held their annual awards evening on Friday 13th January, at the Railway Club, Hillmorton Road attended by squad members and their families. There was no red carpet, but everyone had certainly come dressed to impress. The club has been going since 1971 with members from 6 to…..well it would be rude to say who but some soon to enjoy a “special 50th” birthday.


A delicious buffet and bar was enjoyed, as each member brought “a plate of something” maybe next year we should limit the sausage rolls to under 1000??. This was followed by speeches from the club chairman, Simon Rigg, who, after welcoming everyone, and thanking various members including Leisa House, Sandra Kelleher, Steve James, and Jon Seaton. The swimmers were then all invited up to thank their parents and guardians for  all their help and support over the year. He went on to the prize giving, ably assisted by Club President Ross Turner, aptly enough, as these two were joined by Karen Taylor and Rachel Lloyd earlier this year in winning Rugby’s first ever GB Master’s relay title. One of a number of notable achievements in 2016, including Cov and District trophy wins, National Open Water titles, for Rachel and Kelly Dughmosh and first final appearances in the Mercian and Leicester leagues, and culminating in promotion to the Arena Premier League.


Trophies won by swimmers at the club championships in September/October were presented, with a fabulously supportive atmosphere being shown by the whole squad throughout the prize giving ceremony. Prizes are based on a decathlon type scoring system to find the true all-rounder in each age group. Many swimmers came away with silverware:


Best in age group


Girls 8yrs – 1st place, Lucy Carlyon

Boys 8yrs – 1st place, Logan Wilson Shrubb, 2nd Finlay Lloyd, 3rd Noah Unwin

Girls 9yrs -  1st place Annabel Crees, 2nd Emma Jones, 3rd Elizabeth O’Brien

Boys 9yrs – 1st Alfie Hebb, 2nd Ben Carley 3rd Farrell Hennigan

Girls 10yrs – 1st Erin Lloyd, 2nd Ella Marlow, 3rd Yanna Villasis

Boys 10yrs – 1st Toby Marlow, 2nd Kieran Jarvis, 3rd William Stamp

Girls 11yrs – 1st Jessica Mackenzie, 2nd Anna Farrow, 3rd Harriet Troup

Boys 11yrs – 1st Max Green, 2nd Ben Aitchison, 3rd James Armeson

Girls 12yrs – 1st Lana Wilson-Shrubb, 2nd Charlotte O’Brien, 3rd Erin Moran

Boys 12 yrs – Mackenzie Patchett Smyth, 2nd Tom Tyler, 3rd, James Phillips

Girls 13yrs – 1st Ceri House, 2nd Hannah Webber, 3rd Cerys James

Boys 13yrs – 1st Daniel Carey, 2nd Barney Dudkowsky, 3rd Toby Rigg

Girls 14yrs – 1st Regan Walker, 2nd Lauren Phillips, 3rd Eva Rath-Juanola

Boys 14yrs – 1st Matthew Seaton, 2nd Ben Jones, 3rd Max Taylor

Girls 15yrs – 1st Megan Williams, 2nd Maddie Haywood, 3rd Holly Cochrane

Boys 15yrs - 1st Thomas Parker, 2nd Rhys James, 3rd Ross Turner


Most Improved

The following swimmers won prizes for most improved, voted for by the coaches.  Ella Marlow was first followed by Anna Farrow, and Emma Jones for the girls and the boys were Barney Dudkowsky, Ben Jones and Max Taylor, in that order.


New captains and vice captains


New captains were announced for 2017, these again being picked by the coaches, the successful candidates were, senior boys captain Jack Carey and vice-captain Ben Jones, senior girls captain Megan Williams and vice-captain Lucy House. The junior boys captain was James Armeson and vice was Max Green, Junior girls captain was Jessica Mackenzie and vice-captain was Anna Farrow.


Team Player of the Year


This was jointly awarded to Jon Seaton, for all his work on the Rugby Open, and the committee in general, and Sandra Kelleher, for her sterling work, as Membership and Open Meet secretary.



Attending the evening after completing his first year with us was head coach James Dyer.  James and his team Tony Hall, Devesh Chohan, Rory Grealy were thanked by the Chairman, as without them the achievements of the swimmers would not be possible. Not to mention the numerous poolside helpers we have who give their time generously.


The celebratory atmosphere continued after the prize giving with a disco and games, which were thoroughly enjoyed by both swimmers and parents! In some cases a little too much by some of the parents, as competitive instincts had to be curtailed at times, Cat Rimen, as always, generally speaking keeping order.



League update

For only the third time in their history Rugby Swimming Club have made it to the dizzy heights of the West Midlands Arena Premier League. Going into the final at Derby in 4th place, RSC knew they would have to throw everything at the final to make the top 2. A difficult decision was made to move swimmers across from the Leicester league team to strengthen the team as much as possible, some swimmers only having one race, but if they could save half a second and were happy to help out, then so be it. It is only 3 seasons ago that Rugby missed promotion to Division 2 by one point in the play-off final, only to move up when another team dropped out. That year relegation was avoided back to Division 3 by the smallest of margins. Last year a solid mid table position was secured, as the club moved on and attracted some new blood, and just as importantly kept swimmers into their mid to late teens. It is not long ago that the 6 x 2 cannon, was a mixture of masters and mid teenagers, now there is one master and 5 late teenagers making up the team. This is also true on the ladies side. The final has double league points, so Rugby knew the only way of finishing in the top 2 was to finish first or second in the gala, as all the top six teams were there. These being, Belper Marlins, City of Derby B, Rugby, Arnold, Stratford Sharks and Pershore. To put it into perspective a certain Olympic Champion and WR holder, Adam Peaty swims for Derby A. Rugby were on fire all evening, and were always in the top two places at every point check, and at each the hope grew as did the fear factor of dropping back. Rugby had 10 winners on the night, as well as 22 other top three places, and crucially on twice did they finish 6th, with no DQs all evening. Head Coach James Dyer was justifiably pleased with the whole team effort, and augers well for the upcoming County Champs in the new year.

The team being

11/U Years   Boys 11/U Years    Girls

Toby Marlow Erin Lloyd      

Ben Aitchinson Harriet Troup

Jake Smith Anna Farrow 

James Armeson Anna Rath     

Kieran Jarvis 


13/U Years   Boys                   13/U Years    Girls     

Daniel Carey                          Jessica Mackenzie    

Max Green                             Charlotte O'Brien      

Adam Kenworthy-Fahy        Lucy Ann Cunliffe     

Barney Dudowsky                             

Toby Rigg      


15/U Years   Boys                   15/U Years    Girls     

Jack Carey                              Holly Cochrane         

Ben Black                               Ceri House    

Matthew Seaton                    Jasmine Rigg

Jack Dolly                               Ellen Armeson

                                                AAofie WIlliams


Open   Boys                           Open    Girls  

Ross Turner                          Maddie Haywood     

Thomas Parker                     Megan Williams       

Gleb Popov                             Rachel Lloyd 

Rhys James                          

We will of course await official confirmation of the results before counting our proverbial chickens.


The Leicester League team went to Braunstone set on having a great time, and maybe unsettling a few teams. As one of only 2 non “A” teams in the final, they knew the going was going to be very tough. Some teams do not enter the National Leagues for various reasons, whereas Rugby entered the LL to ensure more swimmers can compete, and in the 4 years, we have moved up each year, from the bottom quarter, to lower mid table, to upper mid table and now into the grand final. As discussed Rugby had moved some swimmers over to the AL, and with other teams welcoming back students from Uni, it was going to be an uphill task. To give you an idea both the open men’s and ladies 100m were won in times 2 to 3 seconds faster here than at Derby. Rugby were intent on being the best supported and loudest team on show, which it is fair to say was achieved. The team was led by two members of the committee, Chairman Simon Rigg, and Secretary Karen Bates, whose huge experience helped the younger and less experienced swimmers enjoy the evening despite unfortunately finishing 8th, and of course chief cheerleader Ethan Fletcher was superb in rallying the troops. He led a rousing chorus of “you can only beat our B team” during the final event, the 8x 1 cannon, which prompted the coach from Burton to congratulate the club on the team spirit and sense of fun. Rugby were in an evening long battle with Burton and Leicester Sharks, but the real battle at the sharp end saw Rushden just pip Nuneaton to victory. Team Manager Darren O’Brien was extremely pleased to see every swimmer giving their all despite the team managing only 3 x 3rd places all evening, but team spirit never dropped.

The team being

10/U Years   Boys 10/U Years    Girls

William Stamp Elizabeth O’Brien

Ben Carley Annabel Crees

Elliot Ray Emma Jones

Alfie Hebb Yanna Villasis


12/U Years   Boys 12/U Years    Girls

Tom Tyler Clara Haywood

Mackenzie Patchett-Smyth Erin Moran

James Phillips Ella Marlow

Alexander Bowler Smith Elena Ridges

Zak Taylor Briony Dew


14/U Years   Boys                     14/U Years    Girls

Max Taylor                                   Victoria Perxylo

Edward Haynes                            Hannah Webber

Ben Jones                                     Lauren Phillips

Aaron Kirkaldy

Luke Anspokes                            Regan Walker


Open   Boys                          Open    Girls

Devesh Chohan                             Karen Bates

Max Markham                               Lucy House

Ethan Fletcher                             Maya Patchett-Smyth          

Simon Rigg               


Coventry Open Weekend


This weekend Rugby took a team of predominantly younger swimmers over to the Coventry 50m pool for the November Open Meet.

With medals up for grabs for each individual age group, off we went with the intention of bringing some home! Some needing times for the upcoming Warwickshire’s and others just wanting to get long course times and experience in this daunting 50m pool!

The competition was tough as Coventry train here all the time, so this makes it a comfortable environment for them. Rugby on the other hand swim long course only a few times a year, and this can make it slightly more difficult as you need a different approach to your swims in a 50m pool. The competition were teams such as Biddulph, Co Birmingham, Camp Hill, Leek, Stafford Apex and the elite group of swimmers Derventio! Derventio seemed to have a  particularly high number of swimmers in the upper age groups making it even harder competition for those older swimmers that had come along!

So medals we went for, and medals we got!!....To start off day one, a few of our swimmers bravely took on the 400IM, Mackenzie & Maya Patchett-Smyth along with Briony Dew and Yanna Villasis.  Yanna received a Gold in her age group! 200 Back saw Kieran Jarvis (10yr) receiving a Bronze and Alfie Hebb (10yr) just missing out with 4th place, with less than a second between them, both knocking 8/10 seconds off their pb’s! For the girls Yanna (10yr) received a Bronze along with a Silver for Harriet Troup (11yr)! In the 50 Fly Max Green (11yr) got a Bronze for the boys. For the girls was a Gold for Annabel Crees (9yr) and Bronze for Emma Jones (9yr), a close race with only 0.50 between them! 200 Free was a tough event with Emma (9yr) getting a Gold with a 7 second pb! Annabel just missing out on 4th place. Issabelle Hobbs (10yr), Alfie and Ella Marlow (11yr) all had excellent pb’s in this event! 100 Fly I think I can fly….. and she did, Yanna (10yr) was successful again with a Bronze. In the 200 Breast both Emma (9yr) & William Stamp (10yr) got a Silver, Toby Marlow (11yr) just missed out on a 3rd place. 50 Back again saw medals for Annabel & Emma (9yr) with 2nd/3rd places. And Hannah Webber (14yr) received a Gold!

On to day two, another good day….100 Breast, William (10yr) received Bronze as did Toby (11yr), whilst Ben Jones (14yr) had a tough race and just missed out to the Derventio lads with 4th place. Erin Moran (12yr) just missed 3rd place also. Ella (11yr) however, was very successful with a Gold! Then came the very tough 200 Fly the only two daring enough (must be mad!!) to take this on were Yanna and Mackenzie! Both getting Gold medals so worth the effort!! In the 50 Free we gained a number of medals with Gold going to Annabel (9yr), Silver going to Adam Kenworthy-Fahy (12yr) and Bronze to Emma (9yr) and Max (11yr). 200IM Kieran (10yr) got Gold, Annabel (9yr) Bronze and Alfie (10yr), Adam (12yr), Anna Farrow (11yr) just missing a medal with 4th ! Poor Hannah (14yr) had a goggle problem meaning she had to step down! The O’Brien sisters took the 100 Back by storm with a 2nd for Charlotte (12yr) and a 3rd for Libby (9yr), the boys also did well with Kieran (10yr) in 2nd and Alfie (10yr)/Adam (12yr) getting 3rd. And to finish on a high…. a very successful event for us the 50 Breast we had Emma (9yr)/Ella (11yr) with Golds, Annabel (9yr)/Adam (12yr)/Hannah (14yr) with Silvers, Toby & Anna (11yr)/Erin (12yr)/Ben (14yr) with Bronze and William just missing out on Bronze by 0.10!!!

The Rugby Cheer Leading team were in good voice and made themselves heard, it was a great atmosphere as the club in the main were seated together, which made the long days, not such long days for the parents! We know kids… you can’t hear us!!

And not forgetting to thank of course our supportive coaching team who did a great job! Tony, Darren & James.

Warwickshire Masters Swimmers travelled to the QDJC on Sunday the 20th to defend their Midland’s Title. Master swimmers are those over 18, and in some cases in this meet, over 70. This is a fantastic, friendly but fiercely competitive meet, with some rivalries going back 50 or even 60 years. With 68 events, including mixed aged based relays, the logistics is somewhat complex, two male 2 female swimmers with of total age exceeding a set figure. Warwickshire, as ever marshalled by Team captain, Trevor Clarke, went on to retain their title with relative ease, scoring 402 points, well clear of Notts, 352, and Derby, 302.5. We will not know the full National results until the master central computer compares all the times form the North, East, West and South regions, but it will be a great surprise if Warks are outside the top three.

Rugby Swimming Club, provided 5 of the victorious team, from Gleb Popov, 18 last month, through Ross Turner, 37, Rachel Lloyd, 44, Simon Rigg 49, to Barry Davies 70. Not many people make their county debut at 70, and Barry was a little nervous at first, but soon got into the swing of things coming second in the second event, despite giving 5 years away to his victor, clocking a very rapid 34.05 for 50m freestyle. Barry was also instrumental in helping the age totals in his relays, as well as making up valuable time. Ross seemed to swim 50m breaststroke any number of times, as he swam in the 18+ event, 25+ and 35+ and just about every Medley relay going, as well as a freestyle relay or two, going sub 25 for free on a couple of occasions. Rachel swam a variety of strokes and relays in her debut, and was integral in these relays gaining very valuable points, clocking a very quick 28.7 freestyle and possibly a lifetime best 50m back in the medley relay in 33.96, in also her first appearance for the county. Simon Rigg in only his second race since being out injured for 6 months, was competitive if not on top form. Clocking 27s for freestyle when he would hope to be doing low 26s or even high 25s in relays. Still working off one good leg, his starts and turns were badly affected, but valuable points gained, despite only being able to swim freestyle and not his specialist breaststroke events. Gleb drafted in at the very last moment, showed just why he is such a force, swimming 50m backstroke in a couple of different relays, and doing most of it underwater, as his kick is just a sight to behold, dipping under 30 on one occasion. All in all Rugby contributed heavily in this resounding victory for Warwickshire, as can be seen from the picture, despite the age range, a great team spirit was felt between the five.

League round up

In the second round of the Arena National League (ANL) and the Leicester League, (LL) Rugby Swimming Club had a very challenging draw, but hopes were high. The Arena team were at home, and seemed to make home advantage count, as they came first, having won out in a battle with Stratford Sharks that lasted all evening. Eventually winning by 223 to 201, with Orion 3rd with 183, Leicester Sharks 152, Warley Waspes 148, and Coalville 139. Over at Hinckley Rugby were always up against it, being in the next lane as Nuneaton A, so the aim was to finish second, which was nip and tuck with Nene Valley all evening, again Rugby prevailed, as Nuneaton romped home with 316 points, Rugby 250, and NV 232. Possibly the highlight of the LL was the whole team, up and chanting during the last relay. An 8x1 cannon, as Kelly Doughmosh, GB Master Champion at 3km, racing over 25m much to her own amusement, and finding it just a tad short for her taste. As ever Ethan Fletcher led the support, as a strong Rugby team, were undoubtedly the loudest team on show, if not always the fastest.

Rugby had 18 winners at the ANL, well clear of the next best who had 8 each. These were, the Ladies and Gents open medley relay teams, the 9/10 girls equivalent, boys 13s free relay, the 15s girls medley, and the Open ladies completing the double, Harriet Troup, Lucy Ann Cunliffe, Ellen Armeson, Anna Farrow, Jess Mackenzie, Dan Carey, Holly Cochrane, Jack Carey, Barney Dudowski, Megan Williams. Seconds for several of the other relay teams, and Ross Turner, Maddie Haywood, Ben Black, Jack Dolly and Erin Lloyd. These were backed up by solid thirds, for Rhys James, standing in at the last minute, and smashing his 100m free pb, with 57.2, Rachel Lloyd, Tom Parker, Toby Marlow and the ailing Jack Carey.

The highlight of the evening epitomises the recent rise of the club, this has to be the senior ladies team, for several years this has been, how shall we delicately put it?, not our strongest area. Held together by Masters swimmers and girls swimming up in recent years. Now the girls are older, and have been joined by one or two additions, several have now been with the club for 8 or 9 years, despite being only 15 or 16 years old. The Medley team, of Maddie, Rachel, Holly and Megan, were joined by Jasmine Rigg, and Ellen, to win the cannon, and thus both relays with relative ease.

Over at Hinckley an interesting mix of Youth and experience took on the mighty Nuneaton, admittedly success was limited, but we did have them worried on several occasions. The real competition was between Rugby and NV for second, and ultimately it was Rugby’s consistency that won the day. Rugby had 6 firsts, compared to Nuneaton’s 32, but NV only had 3, and Rugby were outside the top 4 on just 2 occasions, and as always, steady accumulation of points is the key. Maximum points were secured by Lauren Phillips, Ben Jones, Mairead Williams, Annabelle Crees, Erin Moran, and the girl’s 14 and under relay team. William Stamp, Ceri House, Max Taylor, Hannah Webber, and several relay teams backing this up with seconds, with too many thirds to mention, Rugby were solid all evening, without a single DQ, and team spirit was superb. Club Chairman Simon Rigg confirms that RSC have made the top 8 final for this year, in only the fourth year in the league, and will be one of only 2, non “A” teams in the final.


Target Setting

Could all swimmers fill out the target sheet for the upcoming season.

Could you please email them back to headcoach@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk when they are filled out. Also you can have a chat to your squad coach.

Deadline for submission is 18th September please.



Chair runs half marathon for Alzheimer's charity
Our club chair Michael Moran is running a half marathon for the Alzheimer's Research Charity on Sunday.
Please take a look at the link below but, as with all mental health issues, raising awareness alone is a great start.
Many thanks

Portsmouth Accepted Entries
Please see attached accepted/rejected entries for the Portsmouth Easter meet.  If a swimmer has SCR against an event it means that they have been rejected.
Thank you

Charity Ball in aid of local schools and Mind
Tickets still available for the Charity Ball at the Benn Hall Friday 29th priced at £28. We have a number of parents from the club attending and should you want to come along on your own we have spare seats so we will make sure you know someone else who is attending. All of the proceeds from the Ball are going towards a school based project run by Mind so if you are able to attend your support will be gratefully received - if you would like a ticket please call 07983544093 or email lloydgraeme@yahoo.co.uk
Summer awards evening
Our current event organiser is looking for some help planning this years summer awards evening. If anyone is interested please email Faye directly at rugbyopen@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk
Swimming hats

Named hats have just arrived.

If anyone needs one for tomorrow please email Simon at simonhw1@virginmedia.com and Sandra will bring them along to session 2.

They are £8.50 - payment by cash please.

First weekend at Warwickshire's

Well done to all our swimmers who competed at the Warwickshire's this weekend.

With 32 placing in finals, resulting in 16 medals which included 6 firsts.

Look forward to more of the same in two weeks. Good team spirit!

Lifeguard training

Please see attached flyer for forthcoming lifeguard training at QDJC.

Lifeguard Course Rugby - 18th - 23rd February 2019.pdf

Rugby Open - accepted entries and volunteers
Hi all
Please find attached RSC accepted entries for the Rugby Open on 8th-10th March. 
Thank you so much to everyone for supporting this meet - we really need your help to ensure everything runs smoothly.  As such now is a good time to have a look at when your swimmer is competing against the volunteer rota and consider whether you can help with any of the attached roles.
Rugby Open Meet 2019 - info for helpers.docx
Volunteers will receive:
o free entry to the spectator area;
o the same refreshments as the Officials for volunteering at consecutive sessions;
o and we’ll have a floating helper to free you up to ensure you can watch their swimmer compete. 
We're also planning on having a short briefing for potential volunteers during a forthcoming Sunday training session at QDJC (date to be advised). If you're unsure about what's involved this will be a great opportunity to find out more and speak to others who have volunteered previously.
Please let me know at secretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk if you're interested.
Many thanks

Reminder - Rugby Swimming Club Kit
Please see attached orders to date - please could those who have placed orders check details are correct.  Still a couple of days left for anyone else wanting shirts.   
Only a few more days left to place your shirt order.  To ensure you receive it in time for the Warwickshire's the deadline is this Sunday (6th January).  Also, please be aware that you can only request initials, rather than full names.  Please state the initials required in the notes section of the online order form.  
Just to confirm that shirt orders can only be made online via the link below.  Please email Darren at rsccoach.darren@gmail.com if you wish to see a sample shirt over the coming week.  Thank you
We are pleased to advise that the new club shirt is now available to order via the link below:
The intention is for all County competitors to wear the new shirts at the end of January and enable Rugby to stand out!  With a number of meets taking place over the coming months (especially the Rugby Open!) and League galas all swimmers will be required to have the new shirt.
We’ve negotiated a competitive price for a good quality shirt and hopefully you’ve seen a sample. If you need to try a shirt for size, please ask Darren after one of the sessions as some samples are available.
Orders need to be placed by 6th January in order for shirts to be returned in time for the Warwickshire’s so please make every effort to place your order ASAP.
If you have any questions, please ask.
Many thanks,

Updated Competition Calendar

Dear all

Please find attached the latest Competition calendar updated with a few more dates that are now available (Cov 50m Winter Training / Cov Relays for example). 

RSC 2018 2019 Competition Calendar Nov 2018.xlsx

Development TT results
TT Results 02/10/2018 Thanks to those who volunteered,




Rugby Sprints Results

Please see attached results from this evening's Sprint meet.

Rugby Sprints 2018 results.pdf

Many thanks to everyone involved in making it such a successful night of swimming and well done to all of our amazing swimmers.

TT Results 10/07/18
TT Results 10/07/18


Big thanks to those who helped out last night!

Leicester Diddy League Round 3

See team call and details for Leicester Diddy League round 3


This will go up on the noticeboard at Rugby School Sports Centre on Tuesday

Development Timetrials 15/05
Development Timetrials from last week
Mercian League Round 2

Team call for Mercian League Round 2

This will go up on the noticeboard tommorow if you can please declare availablility ASAP


Development Timetrials 15/05

Big thanks to those who helped out timekeeping last night,


TT Results 15/05
Warwickshire ASA 2019 Age Group Championship information
Please note that the entry details - Dates, events and entry requirements, promoters conditions etc for the 2019 Age Group Championships are now available on the WASA web site  http://www.warwickshireswimming.org.uk/?page_id=24
Diddy league travel - Saturday 12th May

For all those travelling to Burton for the Diddy league on Saturday please see message below from the organisers:

" There are signs on the M1 saying that the road is closed in both directions between junctions 23A and 24 from 10pm on Friday 11 May - 3pm on Sunday 13 May.

Please be aware of this and take the necessary measures when travelling to your Diddy Gala if you believe this closure will affect your journey."

Development Time trials

The next Development Time trials will be next Tuesday 15th May, If you would like to help as a timekeeper please let me know at roryrsc@gmail.com


Land Training Performance

HI Guys


Land for performance tonight will be in the RSSC cafe.



Training tonight

Hi all

Just to confirm that training is on as normal tonight.

For those doing Swimathon during the first hour (5-6pm), please could swimmers be ready poolside at 4.50 so that I can run through a quick briefing and hand out your swim caps.

Parents who have kindly offered to count laps tonight – please could you meet me in the foyer at 4.40 so that I can run through what to do.

Finally, we would like to take a picture of Swimathon swimmers, ideally in their green RSC tops if they have them, to send to the local newspaper.  Please let me know if you have any objections to this.

Many thanks



Hi Guys


Please could everyone who has qualified for midlands please bring your rugby top to training on Monday so we can have a team photo for the website.





Performance Land Training

Hi Guys


Land training for performance will be at the field at QDJC with Devesh at 18.15 tonight.





Volunteers for Midlands Masters

Hi all

We’re hosting the Midlands Masters at QDJC on 26th/27th May and need some volunteers to help on the computers and timing system. This is urgent now, so please contact Louise or Myself ASAP. This meet is second only to the Nationals, and will have some of the best Masters Swimmers in GB, and indeed the World on show.

Details of the meet can be found here - http://www.swimming.org/calendar/all/midland-open-masters-seniors-championships/

Please let me know at secretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk asap if you’re able to help, or Chariman@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk.

Many thanks

Louise / Simon



Please can we remind swimmers with Midlands times that entries must be submitted by tomorrow evening (Monday 9th April).

Please complete the standard open entry form and send to Sandra at openmeetsecretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk

Entry fee is £8.00 per event, BACS payment to Rugby Swimming Club by tomorrow as well please.

 Many thanks



Wednesday land work

Just to confirm that land work on a Wednesday has not yet started.  I will confirm a start date for this asap - hopefully in the next few weeks. 



Reminder there is no development training this evening and our new squad structure starts from tomorrow Monday 2nd April



Happy Easter

Morning everyone

Just a reminder that there is no training tonight (Friday) and no land training on Saturday.   Normal training on Sunday and then new squad times commence from Monday 2nd April.

Good luck to everyone swimming in Portsmouth this weekend!

Happy Easter from all at Rugby Swimming Club


Code of Conduct slips and weekend training

Please see attached list of swimmers yet to return their reply slips and/or signed code of conducts.  These must be returned by Friday 30th March.

conduct slip returns.docx

Please also note that there is no land training this Saturday and new squads will commence on Monday 2nd April.



Committee Meeting News - March 2018

Hi all


We held one of our quarterly Committee Meetings last week and thought it would be useful to give you all an update on the key things we discussed.  We hope you find this useful.  Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any feedback, suggestions or require further information.


Committee Meeting News - March 18.docx







Thanks alot those who volunteered to be timekeepers tonight!


TT Result 20/03/18

Hi Guys


The deadline for returning Code of Conducts and reply slips has passed.


Those swimmers who have not yet responded, please return these at your next training session.

All Forms MUST be returned by the implementation of the new squads on April 1st 2018.


For swimmers that have only returned the reply slip - please forward your signed codes of conduct.


Many Thanks



Leicester Sharks Regional Qualifier - Officials

Hi all

Please see below plea for officials at the forthcoming Leicester Sharks Regional Qualifier (7th and 8th April at Pingles, Nuneaton).  Please contact Lisa at Leicester Sharks direct if you at able to help - luffie90@gmail.com

Many thanks


Could I please ask for the details of your Officials attending the Leicester Sharks Open Meet weekend of 7th & 8th April 2018.


As reminded by the Promoter, we would like 2 Licensed Officials per 10 entrants.


I am happy to take all levels of Technical Officials from Referees to J1's and to those under training.


Please let me know if you have any special requests and if numbers allow I will do my best to accommodate particular area's people need further mentoring on etc.


if you can tell me:





Contact email:

Sessions available 1   2   3   4



Many Thanks Lisa

LSCSC Officials Coordinator



Extra training for Junior and Diddy league swimmers

For all swimmers selected for the first round of the Junior and Diddy league, there will be a practice session this Sunday (18th March) for 30 to 40 minutes at 7.00pm at QDJC.  This is in addition to normal training. 

Many thanks


Junior and Diddy League Round 1 team calls

Further to the message below, the location for the first round of the Diddy League has been confirmed as Wigston Pool and Fitness, LE18 2DP.

Please see attached team calls for the first round of the Nuneaton Junior League and Leicester Diddy Leagues galas to be held on Saturday 14th April.  

These will shortly be posted on the noticeboard at RSSC – please tick to confirm availability.

NJL First Round Team Call.docx

Leicester League First Round Team Call.docx

Development Additional Training (and more info)

There will be additional training open to all of the development squads over a couple of upcoming Sundays.

These will be on Sunday 18th and Sunday 25th March from 19:00-20:00 at the Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre.


I would like to clarify that training on Sunday for the new Development 2 and Development 3 due to start in April will take place at the Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre from 17:00-18:00. Swimmers will be required to have their own kickboard and training fins as we wont have access to any equipment.


The next Time trials will take place on Tuesday 20th March again I will need volunteers to be timekeepers so please let me know if you would like to help via email below.




Rugby Open photos

The photos from the 2018 Rugby Open Meet are now available to view online. To get the link, please email melfensonphotography@gmail.com or message her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MelFensonPhotography/


Many thanks to Mel for battling through the elements to be there and take so many great pictures over the weekend!

Huge Thanks

Evening all

Just a quick note to everyone who helped over the weekend, as ever this is not just any Open Meet, this is the Rugby Open Meet, and it is simply the best. (Apologies to M&S for paraphrasing their advert). This is because of the people who organise and run it all. Great to see so many new faces helping, as one or two of those who have been mainstays for years are stepping down from their roles.


So as ever thanks to Jon Seaton for being the promoter and sitting in the bat cave for every minute of every session, to Louise Eaton, who organised everything down to the last sweet, Sandra Kelleher, for passing on her experience. Leisa House for the officials, Sharon Mackenzie for the raffle, superb as ever, Andy "the mic" Fletcher, the man is a legend, and one who can make 72 heats of 200m free sound interesting deserves praise, and every single person who helped, the list is too long to well, list.

Great show from the swimmers, coaches, officials, helpers, centre staff, a great team effort.


Mr C

Development 2 Additional training

There will be an additional training session for Development 2 this Sunday from 17:00-19:00 at Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre.

Hope you can make it.


Saturday morning training

For swimmers who are in Development 2 or Juniors and are not competing at Warwickshire Championships this weekend there will be additional training this Saturday morning.


Queens Diamond Jubilee


Hope you can make it


Cov and District Relays

Just a reminder that all swimmers are expected to stay until the end of the gala at these team events, this is so that our swimmers in the final races still get full support from the team.

I understand a number of people may need to leave early so can i ask that you let me know in advance by email or text message if this is you.




TT Results 23/01/18

Big thanks to the volunteers tonight,



Extra Training

For swimmers who are in Development 2 or Juniors and are not competing at Warwickshire Championships this weekend there will be additional training this Saturday morning.


Queens Diamond Jubilee


Hope you can make it




First Development Time Trials 2018

Our first time trials of the year will be held next Tuesday 23/01

I need volunteers to be timekeepers please let me know if you are interested




Tomorrow's Coventry Open - start times

Hi all

Just to confirm the following times for Session 1 of tomorrow's Coventry Open:

Warm up: 8:30am

Races start: 9:30am

Kind regards


Cardiff and Portsmouth Open Meets

Hi all

It's been brought to my attention that the attachments with details of the Cardiff and Portsmouth meets won't open.

They are attached again below and hopefully work this time.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

Cardiff Meet.pdf

Portsmouth .pdf

Portsmouth Qualifying times.docx

Open Meet Payments

Evening all


We are about to send out the accepted entry lists for the Coventry meet, but we have been delayed from doing so, due to none payers. There are a dozen or more swimmers, entered into the meet but no payment has been made. a separate mail will be sent to all these.

In future no entry will be accepted without payment into the bank as previously stated.


Sent on Behalf or Rachel Cutler



Development Training

Our first session of the new year is tomorrow Tuesday 2nd January.


Happy New Year



Hi All


I hope you all had a great Christmas, and ate your own body weight in turkey and Christmas pudding.

Just a reminder that the presentation evening is on the 5th of Jan at 19.30 at the Railway Club on Hillmorton Road.

We are still awaiting several trophies back please, these are the best age group trophies, Most Improved, and Team Player one, not the individual event trophies from the Club Champs.

Also the Christmas party will now be on Sunday 7th, at 18.30, so early finish to training, and then into the main Sports Hall.






Hi all


A note form Abbie Dolly, might be of interest.


Just to let you know we as a family do engraving as part of a business so we are offering a discounted price to members of the club who ever want trophies engraving. It’s £5 for the plaque plus 2 lines of text included.

If you could let people know as I know from experience how expensive it is when you have more than one trophy to engrave.

If they do want one they can contact me





Hi Guys


Made a bit of a mistake, training will be 10-12 tomorrow at RSSC.  Everyone will train at same time.





Presentation evening 5th of Jan 2018

Hi all

The annual presentation evening will take place on the 5th January 2017 at the Railway club, Hillmorton Road.  This will start at 7.30pm and will finish at approximately 11pm.  Cost is £2 per person or £5 for a family ticket.

This is a great opportunity for the club to come together at a social event and see the swimmers who have won the overall age group club trophies be presented with their awards.  There will also be some other awards presented on the night.

In a change to previous years, we would ask each family to bring a plate of food with them as before, but to sign up on the sheet at RSSC, as to what this might be, this is designed to prevent the World's sausage roll mountain arriving like last year.   

As we have swimmers with nut allergies, please do not bring any nuts to the evening and if home baking - please clearly state if the food contains nuts.

There will also be a disco and some party games, all friendly and not overly competitive, or more likely a proverbial bun fight as in previous years. Apparently musical chairs IS a combat sport.

No need to book tickets - these will be sold on the door.  Look forward to seeing you all there.

Kind regards


Mr C

Good and Bad

Morning all


On a positive note, some great swimming from everyone yesterday, on the less positive side was the state of the Rugby seating area after the end of the day.

I was sent a picture, showing a mass of empty bottles, bags, wrappers, food stuffs, torn up swimming hat, generally a disgusting mess.

Please ensure there is no repeat of this today.



Club Kit

Hi All


Can we please refrain from calling the Club Kit suppliers directly with requests. All requests for anything to be added to the Kit List, needs to come via the committee please.

Thanks in advance


Mr C

Northampton Open Meet - Warm up times and Events in Session

Please see below schedule for this weekend's Northampton Open Meet 

Schedule 2017-Northampton Swimming Club.docx



Cov & District Training

Hi all

Please see below details of Cov & District long course training sessions in January. 

2018 long course prog 12.12.17.doc

Please can you let me know if you're interested before Christmas by emailing secretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk.  Please include the name, age and current squad of your swimmer. 

Please note that these sessions are aimed at swimmers in Juniors and above.

Thanks very much


Club sec


Christmas Party

Morning all

Unless there is a thaw of biblical proportions this morning, we will have to cancel the Christmas party this afternoon.

A final decision will be made at 12, but I am not overly hopeful.


Mr C


Hi all

Apologies, but the Christmas party has had to be cancelled, as all the equipment for the games etc, is stuck several miles away and locked in by the snow.

It will be rearranged for sometime in the New Year.

Lucas has said that training will be on if anybody wants to make the trip.


Mr C.


Presentation Evening

Hi all


With this being early this year, 05/01/18, might be worth getting your child's trophy engraved, and cleaned, ready to go back to Catrina before the Christmas break, please.


Mr C

Northampton Swimming Club Winter Festival Open Meet - 16th/17th December

Dear Coaches, Swimmers, Officials and Spectators,

To help with the smooth running of the Northampton Swimming Club Winter Festival Open Meet on the 16th and 17th December 2017 the Manager at the Diamond Jubilee Centre has kindly asked that the following takes place during the weekend.

  • No Coaches or swimmers on poolside on Saturday or Sunday before 1200 due to swimming lessons taking place. Access to poolside will be from 1215 onwards

  • The small pool must be kept clear until 1330 on Sunday 17th December 2017 due to swimming lessons taking place

  • No camping chairs on poolside at all during the weekend due to limited space

  • Swimmers to use small bags for poolside and place larger bags in the lockers in changing rooms

  • The entrance to the centre needs to be kept clear to allow access for members of the public using the other facilities at the centre

  • The centre operates a no photography policy for members of the public.

We are looking forward to seeing you all over the weekend for lots of fun and fast swimming!!!

Yours Sincerely

Andy Sharp

Head Coach

Northampton Swimming Club

Parents Meeting

Hi Guys


I would like to have a parents meeting on Monday 11th December at 19.30 on the balcony.  It will be about the plans I have to alter the squads.


Many Thanks



Christmas Training schedule

Please see below training schedule over the Christmas period.

For the 24th and 31st please can you let us know if you will be attending, as QDJC Centre is opening specially for us.

Everything up to 23rd December is as per the normal schedule.

Sunday 24th QDJC: 7am-9am (Seniors, Age Group and Juniors)

Wednesday 27th RSSC: 9am-10.30am Seniors

                                       10.30am-12.00pm Age Group, Juniors, Dev 2

Thursday 28th RSSC: same as 27th but squads switch times so it’s fair

Saturday 30th QDJC: normal

Sunday 31st QDJC: same as 24th

Monday 1st January: no training

Tuesday 2nd January onwards:  normal schedule

Christmas Party Reminder

Just 5 days to go, so please get your fivers and names to Jo Marlow/ Devesh ASAP.

Otherwise, I will win all the events, and be eating lots of Pizza



Mr C

Assistance needed

Hi all


Whilst the Arena team are away trying to secure therefore Premier League Status, the LL team are at home.

As host of the final round of the Leicester League we are responsible for recording and logging the results. It is a simple case of inputting the times for each event into a predefined spread-sheet for a couple of volunteers.

Anybody willing to help, please contact myself or Louise, the Club Sec.



Ps, Even if you can't help, please come along to support, and make as mush noise as possible, at the appropriate times, of course. ;-)

Coventry Open

HI Guys


We will be entering the Coventry Open in January (14th/15th).


Please could you get entries in by the end of the week as its first come first serve.


It will be the first long course meet of the year and will be good training for Warwickshires.





Team call for Leicester League

We are blessed and are at Rugby

Please Declare availability by ticking/ crossing sheet on noticeboard at Rugby School

Round 3 Team call

Saturday Training

Hi Guys


Training will be cancelled on Saturday morning as most people are at the Nuneton Meet.


If you are racing this weekend please can you ensure you are prompt to the warm ups.





Hi all

Please find attached details of the 2018 Warwickshire Championships to be held at Coventry Sports Centre 50m pool on the weekends of 27th/28th January and 10th/11th February.

Completed entry forms need to be with Sandra Williams by 19th December and payment of £4.50 per event needs to be made with entry via BACS, date to be written on entry form.  

Qualifying period for times is from the 1st March 2017, and can include qualifying times gained at the forthcoming Northampton meet.

Please be aware that swimmers need the correct qualifying time, as attached, to be able to enter the events.

Many thanks




Open Meet Form.pdf

Hi Guys 


Please the Arena League Team Call, we are back at Redditch, Please tick at RSSC if you are available ASAP list will go up tonight.





Saturday Morning

Hi Guys


Please can you confirm if you will be training on Saturday as if numbers are low training cannot take place as there is an Open Meet at Nuneton this weekend.


Land training will not be running this is just for the pool.


Please confirm by midday tomorrow on my email; leadcoach@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk




Dates for the diary

More info to follow, but please see below,

Apologies, I was given duff info, Amended date for Christmas party


10/12, Christmas party at 18.00, same as last year only better

05/01/18, Presentation evening, 19.30, same as before but even better

27-28/01 and 10-11/02, Warwickshires' same as before .....


And lastly, if you paid £25 annual fees in Sept, please set up payment for the remaining £25 for 02/01/18, thank you.



Mr C.


AGM and Club Sec

Morning all


The AGM was held on Tuesday, and passed without any major incident.

I was re-elected Chairman

Rachel was re-elected as Treasurer

And I would like to introduce and welcome, Louise Eaton, who was elected as Club Secretary. Louise's daughter is in Development, so hopefully will be around for a while.

With a bit of IT jiggery-pokery, she will have the sec e-mails etc, so please hold fire for a day or two with any questions.

Thanks and Regards





Named hats

These have arrived and can be collected from Simon Williams, and cost £8 per hat.


Accepted entries

Hi All


please see attached, accepted entries for up coming meets


Northampton have used LC times for all, as it was originally a LC meet




Mr C

Nuneaton Accepted Entries.pdf

LeicesterAccepted Entries.pdf

Northampton Entries.pdf

Rugby Open 2018

It is that time of year again, with the RO only a bit over 3 months away, please see attached.


Entries into Sandra by Nov 30th please, and entry money to be paid into the RO account as per previous info from Rachel, please. We will then open up entries to other clubs.





Rugby Open Meet 2018 v4.pdf


Hi Guys


Training this Friday and Saturday morning will be cancelled due to the Leicester Open Meet.


Many Thanks



Coventry Open

Hi Guys


We will be targeting the Coventry Open in January.


I will send information out once I'm home from my holiday.





Rugby swimmers help Warwickshire retain Midlands' Title


Four Rugby Masters swimmers, Barry Davies, Rachel Lloyd, Ross Turner and Simon Rigg, helped Warwickshire smash the opposition in retaining the Midands' Inter-Counties title. The team won nearly 50 out of the 68 events as the team romped to victory gaining over 500 points ahead of Notts with under 400, and Leicester with 350. The team, as ever led by the inimitable Trevor Clark, simply were just too good for the opposition, but the National title depends on the other regions, and the relative times.

Barry was up first in a freestyle relay, which led to one of the highlights of the afternoon, as he and the Notts swimmers started within a few hundredths of each other and were neck and neck the whole way, both clock sub 35 seconds for 50m free, quite extraordinary when you consider both are in their 70s.

Another highlight came a couple of races later, as Neil Smith (40) from Kenilworth, went into the last leg of the 140+ freestyle relay over 2 seconds down in 4th. He had caught the opposition by the turn, and went onto win by over 2 clear seconds, clocking a sub 24 in the process.

Rachel won very valuable points across all of her races, swimming, back, breast and free, in both the individuals and relays. She was unlikely to be pipped by 0,03 of a second in her individual breaststroke, but gained revenge in the back, plus helped several relays to victory.

Ross also swam a similar variety of events, and relays, being the youngster in one and the elder statesmen in others. Again just beaten in his breaststroke, by 0.01 of  a second, but he was in at least 4 winning relay teams.

Simon showed less variety, swimming free, free and well, free, all in relays. All 3 were in sub 27 seconds, which is showing decent return to form at last. In one event he was distinctly the experience in the youth and experience combo, as the team was led off by 18 year old Dan Moore from Cov, who set a Midlands record on the first leg on the back in the medley relay.

11th November Arena and Leicester league details

Arena League Address:

Abbey Stadium, B97 6EJ, Reddich


Leicester League:

Station Road, Wigston, LE18 2DP


Both are meet at 5:30

Development TT Results 07/11/2017
Jess and Jack represent Warwickshire

Two of Rugby’s leading swimmers were proud to represent Warwickshire  at the  Intercounty Nationals  on 8th October at Sheffield’s Pond Forge International Swim Centre.


Club Captain Jack Carey who was picked for a successive year, swam 100m Freestyle and the Freestyle leg in both the Relays for the 16/17 year old age Group.  16 year old Jack was up against national level 17 year olds recorded a PB of 55.21 seconds in the 100m free with  24 second splits in both the 50m relay legs.


Jessica Mackenzie  Rugby’s Junior Captain swam the relays achieving an excellent 28.46 seconds for her 50m Freestyle leg in the 12/13 year girls, another PB.


Warwickshire went on  to finish  8th  in Division 2.


Congratulations to both Swimmers and the Rugby Coaching team Lead by Lucas Gregory, for a great achievement in being selected ahead of the competition from our big city club rival

Well done to both






Just a reminder that the Club AGM is to be held on 14/11/17 at 7.30 at RSSC café.




Chairman RSC

Development Time Trials

The next Development Time Trials will be held on Tuesday 7th November




Morning all

The Club AGM will be held at the RSSC Café at 7.30 on the 14th of November.

The Club Secretary role is still vacant, if we do not find a volunteer before the AGM, then we will be constitutionally defunct and the Club, as a whole, may have to be wound up.

Anyone interested in volunteering or wanting to discuss it further please contact myself or Rachel ASAP.



RSC - Club Secretary.pdf

League update

Just a quick note say well done to both the Arena League and Leicester League teams. On the return to the premier league the Arena team came 6th, against very strong opposition, and the team effort, along with some outstanding individual performances auger well for remaining in the division.

Over at Corby a delayed start and several stoppages, didn't prevent the team coming 5th, behind all the A teams and well ahead of the others, again a mix of individual performances and rousing team spirit kept everyone on their toes.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that these are team events and everyone should stay to the end to support the team, as over in Corby we were left swimming swimmers up, in the cannon, as several swimmers decided they had finished and disappeared, without telling the team managers of their intention.





Hi Guys


If your going to the Leicester league tonight the postcode is incorrect.


Corby's Postcode is NN17 1QB.






Hi all


We are short of an announcer for the Arena league on Saturday, if anybody fancies hearing their dulcet tones over the airwaves. Please respond to me at the chairman e-mail.

Thanks in advance


Mr C

Session 4 Results

Morning all


Please see attached for results of the endurance events from Sunday. Those who swam for time only are listed as DNC as this was the only way of creating a result sheet for those officially entered. The time only results are on the Swim England rankings list, so can be used for future entries.


Mr C

Results Session 4 2017.pdf


Evening all

Can you please check your kit bags for Tom Tyler's fin. Blue and Orange Maru size 4-5, with TT on the back? He has the same in a size 9 or so, so if your feet hurt, there may be a reason. It looks like the swap was last Thursday


Mr C

Northampton Winter Open

Hi Guys


For the Northampton meet as it is first come first served.


The deadline is 05/10/2017.




If you have any questions about entries just pop me an email.





Contacting Lucas

Please use




The old Head Coach e-mail is now obsolete.




Coventry and District

It appears the documents will not load properly onto the website, so please read



Coventry and District Association of Swimming Clubs


Affiliated to ASA WM Region      Held under ASA Laws and Technical Rules

Licensed at Level 3

To be held at Pingles, Nuneaton




Due to the large amount of Entries received, the position has been discussed with all eight Clubs attached to the Association and with Licensing Officer and it has been decided that rather than reject a large proportion of entries, the meet will be run without finals.


Warm up for Session One on Saturday 7th October 2017 will be brought forward to 12.45pm for a 1.30pm start.


All clubs are responsible for supervising their own swimmers during the warm up session in the lane which will be allocated to them.


As the space is limited, it is requested that swimmers do not take large bags onto poolside but these should be left in the lockers provided in the changing rooms. 


Coaches and Team Managers will not be allowed to obstruct the area used for the marshalling of swimmers on the Balcony Side of the pool area.


To prevent empty lanes it is essential that any swimmer who has entered but is unable to compete on the day withdraws. These withdrawals can be made either by e-mailing withdraw@canddswimming.org.uk . 


Or on the day of meet, but this must be done at least one hour before the start of the Gala.  Please be aware that we have chosen not to enforce fines for non-withdrawals, however abuse of this rule will result in fines being applied for future events.

Coventry and District Accepted Entries 2017.docx

Club Captains

If you would like to be considered for the role of Club Captain, please write a quick paragraph expressing your interest and why to Lucas. This will need to be in with him by Fri 13th Oct.


The roles are Senior Boys' and Girls' Capt and Vice Capt, plus the same for juniors.

Gala reports

Are you a budding journalist? or looking for experience in writing reports for school?

We are looking for a swimmer or swimmers to take on the role of writing gala reports for the Web site and paper, these will then be sent to the coach for any tweaking and on to Alexa, our Webmaster for the web site and the Advertiser.

If you are interested please respond to myself or Lucas.



Mr C

Northampton Winter Open

Hi Guys

We are going to be targeting Northampton's Winter Open.  It is going to be at Rugby this year, December 16th and 17th.  Lets get the entries in fast as places will go quick.



Disqualification codes

Please see attached, to aid you and your swimmer, with regards to any unfortunate DQs, this will at least explain why and then you can speak to your coach

Cheers Mr C.


This evening

Morning all

When your swimmer arrives on poolside, please ask them to find Rory as soon possible for a bit of pre competition advice and assurance.




Payment confirmation

Good morning

There has been some confusion regarding payments for external open meets, these should go to the standard club account, not the Rugby Open account, which is used purely for our Open meet and Club Champs



Rugby Swimming Club payment details v2.docx


Leicester League team

Morning all


Please see attached, please tick availability ASAP.


Mr C

Leicester League round 1 2017.docx

Club Champs Program

Please see attached, schedule for the Club Champs




Prog Club Champs 2017 v3.pdf

Annual Fees

Good afternoon,

The treasurer has just sent a list of swimmers who have not paid their annual fees that were due on the 1st of September.

I am afraid to say it is a pretty long list.

Swimmers who have not paid their annual membership are therefore not current members of the club, and risk being removed from the Club Champs this weekend.

Clearly if you have paid as required, you can ignore this message. Any questions please contact

Treasurer@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk or


Arena League team

Evening all


Arena League team, Leicester League team to follow shortly. Please ensure you tick availability ASAP.




Good morning

Catrina informs me that we are still waiting on over 50 trophies to come back for the Club Champs.

Please ensure these are returned ASAP, or we will have nothing to give out this year.


Mr C

Final Draft

Please see attached, final list of entries and start list






Club Champs 2017 Entries 4.pdf

Club Champs V3

Evening all


As promised, please see version 3 of the entries list. As before please highlight any errors ASAP, please also see the last version sent out regarding the schedule of events, please quote event number and name in any query




Club Champs 2017 Entries 3.pdf


Club Champs entries

Afternoon all


Please see attached, please check your entries ASAP, and please let us know of anything obvious.


Mr C

Club Champs 2017 Entries 2.pdf


Club Champs

Me again

There has been a "glitch" in the sports system entry file, which means a few entries have not pulled through from the entry file to the start list. Thus, it is imperative that you please check your entries ASAP, and send any omissions to me at

Chairman@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk asap

No more amendments can be made after Wednesday 13th.





And again

Anybody wishing to withdraw from an event, please do so, rather than having an empty lane. General withdrawals by this weekend please, and any last minute illness type ones, by 12 noon on the day of that event, if possible, please,

Same e-mail




For newbies to a gala

and again again

Please see attached, any question, please ask your coach.



Swimming Kit.pptx

RSSC Changing rooms

Afternoon all

Unfortunately the Club has receieved a complaint from RSSC about the state of the changing rooms, both male and female, but predominately the female side.

I won't go into gory details, but suffice to say additional cleaning has been required, and we are being charged for this. now clearly, this is completely unacceptable, and anybody caught causing such a mess may face a time away from training.

It is also worth remembering that the showers do not turn off automatically, and it would appear that every single shower in both sides were left on yesterday.

The club does not want to have to resort to posting an adult in the changing rooms, but will do if required.




Training Wednesday evening

Good evening all,

As most of you will be aware, training was cancelled this evening. This was due to an unforeseen lack of lifeguard availability, despite best attempts to fill the gap.

Obviously it is appreciated that this is not the best situation with it being the first week back, and club champs up coming, so the club will to working towards offering additional time to fill the gap in the coming weeks.

The club is grateful for your patience.



Annual Fees

Hi all

Just a polite reminder that the annual fees were due to be paid by September 1st. You can pay all of the £50 or £25 now and £25 on Jan 1st 2018.




Training Wed morning

Dear All

Unfortunately training tomorrow morning, Wed 6th, is off due to coach availability. We hope to resume next week.



Club Champs amendments

Evening all


A couple of minor changes to the age brackets, to correct errors that slipped through on the final draft.


The 50m freestyle and 100m IM events are Open ages, i.e. anyone can enter, and not 8 and over as stated.




Mr C

Long Course Meet in Nov

Morning all


Lucas has asked me to send this out, as a possible Meet for swimmers.

Any questions, please contact Lucas, it is the same weekend as Nuneaton, so you have a choice.



Mr C

Snow Frills2017MeetPack.pdf

Synchro Success at Fina World Masters 2017

Just to let you know about RSC success at the World Masters Championships. The RSC team of


Secured a top ten finish in the Free Combination, Free routine (You will have to ask Julie) in Budapest over the weekend.

The team scored a new best of 50.1250, the target being to get over 50 for the first time, ever, and what a place to do so.

So congratulations to these ladies, a superb performance, and if anyone wishes to join them, I am sure Hannah will set up a trial session.




Mr C

Mr President flies to Budapest

Whilst on the subject of the World Masters, Mr President, Ross Turner is flying out later this week to compete.

Such is his dedication to the 50m Breaststroke event, he is flying out one day, competing in one event and flying back the next.

I am sure you will all join me in wishing Ross good luck, and hopefully a top ten finish to match the Synchro Ladies.


Mr C

Training Monday 14th

Hi all


Just a quick note to say that the QDJC has a group of travellers on site. So just as a precaution, please ask your swimmer to lock their clothes and bags in the lockers, and only bring the wet-bags onto poolside.




Mr C

New Season Sept 2017

Good evening all

With the new season only a few weeks away, we are starting to think about squads, numbers and pool time. The Club has waiting lists for several squads, so planning is vital.

To assist in this process, can I ask, if any swimmers is definitely not returning in September to let us know ASAP, so spaces can be allocated as smoothly as possible.

I hope you understand the need for the request. Any swimmer will obviously have a chance to change their mind, but it will give the coaches an idea of where there may be spaces.



Summer Nationals 2017



Congratulations to Jess Mackenzie, Holly Cochrane and Lucas Williams, who have all qualified for the Summer Nationals at Ponds Forge in Sheffield this weekend. The three of them are picture in their commemorative T-shirts along with Head Coach, James Dyer, without who this would not have been possible.

RSC has not had 3 swimmers at the same Nationals for many years, if ever, so a huge achievement by all.

Holly has qualified for the 200m backstroke, despite never having swum the event before this year, and she has improved with every swim, smashing the time required at the Midlands Champs earlier this year. Lucas is also competing in the same event, and goes into the race as the fastest qualifier, though a recent illness has curtailed his training in recent weeks, Hopefully it won't effect him too greatly, and he can still swim to his huge potential.

Jess has qualified for the 100m freestyle, the Blue Ribband event, and she is the first swimmer from the club to do so, since her sister, Kate, several years ago. To put it into contest, Jess is currently the fastest female swimmer at the club, and she is only 12. She goes into the champs as 17th fastest qualifier, but she is in a 12/13 age group, so will be in the same one next year.

I am sure you will join me in wishing them all well at the weekend

Club Champs 2017

Please see below for the revised Club Champs information pack. Please use this form for entries.

Changes are:

  • 30 minutes later starting time on 23rd September (session 1).
  • Boys can do 800m free, and girls 1500m free, but for a timed swim only (ie no medals, trophies or points towards best swimmer award).  11 yr olds can do these events as well, but also for a timed swim only.
  • 50m free, parents' dash and coaches' relay has moved from session 3 to session 2.


Summer Splash Meet

Well done to all who swam at Nuneaton over the weekend, some great swimming.

If your child won a medal or claimed a huge PB, please let me know today, so I can write a report.


Mr C

Club Secretary

Morning all

We are still looking for a volunteer to fill the role of Club Secretary, as can be seen from the attached, this is an integral part of running the club, but isn't too onerous in terms of time or experience.

The Club really can not continue to run without a Secretary, as it is in the Club's constitution, not to mention a very important role, so it is vital we fill this position, or we will simply not be able to function as RSC.


Mr C

RSC - Club Secretary.pdf

Club Champs 2017

The dates of the Club Champs have been changed.

They are now on:

23rd Sept, 5pm

24th Sept, 5pm 

25th Sept, 7pm 

1st Oct, 5pm 

An information pack will be out in the next few days.

Mercian League Victory

Hi All

Great news from the Mercian League, where we secured a fantastic victory in  Final 2, meaning we finished 7th overall in a very competitive league.

There will be a photo beffore training on Monday, for anyone who swam in any round of the league. Remember no Rugby T-Shirt, no picture.




Mr C

Midlands Open Water Champs medals for RSC

HI all


Just a quick note to congratulate Rachel Lloyd for her Silver medal in the 3km race, as the winner was not a Midlands swimmer, and to Ross Turner for winning gold in the 1500m event.

Well done both


Mr C

Head Coach

Hi All


Just to let you know the process for finding a replacement Head Coach has already started. In fact one prospective candidate has already been met with for discussions.




Summer timetable

Good afternoon all,

I have been asked if the summer time table will affect the monthly fees.

As with all previous years the fees remain the same, this is due to the fact the fees are really an annual cost divided by 12 months.

This has been the case in previous years and this year will be no different.

Thanks and regards


Club Swimming hats

Hi all


If you ordered a named hat, they are now ready for collection. Simon Williams, will be a Teaching this evening at the 6pm session, and the squad session on Thursday, at 8pm.


Mr C

Hello All,

Here is the competition calendar for next season.

This may change throughout the season. If it does change, it will be re-sent



Competition Calendar 2017/18.xlsx


Here are a couple of open meets for next season.

Coventry and District Primaries

Meet Information Primary Galas 2017.docx

When entering this meet please use the generic entry form attached and put C+D and your child's surname in the reference box when paying.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Open Meet


When entering this meet please use the generic entry form attached and put N+B and your child's surname in the reference box when paying.

RSC Open Meet.pdf

The club closing date for both of these open meets is Monday 17th July. We will not be accepting any entries after this date.




Hello All,

Here is the Summer and Christmas Training schedule

 Summer and Christmas Training.xlsx



Membership Secretary

Evening all


I would like to announce that Hayley Troup, has taken on the role of Membership Secretary taking over from Nicky. Please be patient as she finds her feet.

We are still looking to fill the following roles within the club


Club Secretary

Web page coordinator

Pool booking coordinator

Open Meet Organiser


Any Volunteers, please do not be shy.




Mr C


English Summer Nationals

Hi all


Huge congratulations to Lucas Williams, Holly Cochrane and Jess Mackenzie for their invites to the Nationals.


I can't remember the last time RSC had 3 swimmers make nationals.

Well done to all 3.


Mr C

Midlands 2017


The West Midland Championships has taken place over the last 2 weekends at Coventry Sports Centre.  Rugby had 20 swimmers enter the meet.  A total of 67 races were entered. 12 swimmers made finals and 32 races were swam in the finals.  A total of 12 medals were won by the following seven swimmers:

Matthew Seaton-  15 year age group 100 Back Silver and 200 Back Bronze 

Lucas Williams- 17/over age group 50 Back Silver, 100 and 200 Back Gold

Holly Cochrane- 16 year age group 100 and 200 Back Gold

Maddie Haywood- 17yr/over age group 200 Back Silver

Ellen Armeson- 16 year age group 50 Back Bronze

Jack Carey- 16 year age group50 Free Silver and 100 Free Bronze

Jessica Mackenzie- 13 year age group 50 Free Bronze

Well done to all swimmers for an excellent performance. 


Development - Time Trials

The next time trials are planned for 30th May. We are looking to do something slightly different on the 18th April, more details to follow.


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Another fantastic, easy way to fund raise for the club! Please click here to start shopping!!



You will hopefully remember before Christmas we gave you details of an easy way you could help the club to raise funds through your high street purchasing. 


It’s the time of year when people are thinking of booking their summer holidays.  We would really appreciate your support and ask you to consider using the fund raising link as there are numerous travel agents connected with this site.  For the average family holiday you could generate £40 for the club!


Not forgetting all your everyday spends, including your grocery shopping! There are many high street retailers, take a look at the list.  There is also an app you can use on your phone!




Lots of us already shop with Proswimwear,  you will now find a link on the website which if you use it to do your shopping, will help us benefit in a similar way to the easy fund raising site. The club receives a commission of 5% for every purchase (excluding VAT) made through the link.


If you would like help on how to use either of these links please ask me.


I hope you will consider helping out!



Photo Permission

Hi there!


Just a quick request....

With the increasing success of the club we are finding ourselves recording our successes with a quick snap shot. Therefore, can I please ask that if there is anyone who would prefer their child/children not to be photographed for our own purposes or newspaper reports etc. or to be shown on our social media sites would you please email me at secretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk so that it can be recorded and ensure we adhere to your request.

Thankyou everyone