1999-2022: This website has recorded the history of Dartes for 23 years - you're welcome to explore.

Today it enters archive mode (http://archive.dartes.co.uk). The club has chosen a new Team Unify website (link to follow soon) and so now is the time I hand over to the next generation. This site will remain as an historical reference for as long as I can continue to host it in the hope that it's of interest to someone. Club Records, Medal Tables, and the like were accurate upto the end of August 2022 but will not be maintained here beyond that.

Unfortunately I've archived this earlier than expected as a lot of changes are being made to schedules and training fees, etc which leave this site incorrect.

Club Info

We Are Doncaster Dartes

We are Doncaster Dartes, the town's Elite Swimming Training Scheme and traditionally one of the top 4 squads in Yorkshire Swimming. In association with Doncaster's swimming clubs, we provide the high performance training and top class, professional swim coaching required to succeed at the very highest level.

Our objective is to provide Doncaster's ambitious swimmers with the Environment, the Skills, and the Coaching Support required to reach the top in British Swimming.

Final Few Headlines Before Archiving

DiSE Selection

27 Aug 2022: Congratulations to our latest athlete selected to part of the Swim England Talent Programme.

Madison Johnson (Arm) has just been confirmed on the roster for the Diploma in Sporting Excellence at the older end of England Talent. This qualification offers 64 UCAS points on successful completion

It's a qualification reflecting the knowledge and experienced gained by elite athletes over their years of training and competition.
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Swim England's Distance Initiative

24 Aug 2022: Following on from the talent programme selections announced yesterday, we have exciting news about Swim England's new Distance Initiative.

Both Jenson Owen (Edl) and Head Coach Dave have been selected for this project that's intended to revitalise British distance swimming.

To have an athlete and coach involved in year 1 is excellent.
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National Development Programme Selections

23 Aug 2022: August is the time selections are made for the various Swim England Talent Programmes.

We don't always get to hear about these, so if you're selected too, please let us know. So far we know of Callum Broadhead (Arm) as part of the Sprint Group on the National Youth Development Programme, and Grace Burton (Arm) and Cazia Martin (Arm) selected for the National Age-Group Development Programme.

Congratulations to those three (so far).
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Team Yorkshire Selections

22 Aug 2022: The 2022 National County Team Championships is just around the corner, and selections for Team Yorkshire have just been made.

Dartes is third club by number of selections with Callum Broadhead (Arm), Jenson Owen (Edl), and Greta Highfield (Ros) being called up to represent the White Rose.

They hope to continue Yorkshire's winning streak in the competition and hold off strong competition from Lancashire and a few southern counties.
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Swim England Nationals Medals

12 Aug 2022: Following on from success at July's British Summer Championships, August's English meet brought another pair of Bronze medals.

We bid farewell to a veteran of Nationals and welcome in the new generation to take her place.

Top 13 year old boy Jenson Owen (Edl), new Bronze medallist Grace Burton (Arm) and a bunch of finalists/top 10 finishers.
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3rd Yorkshire Club at British Summer Champs

10 Aug 2022: A couple of weeks ago half our National Squad contested British Summer Championships at Ponds Forge.

A Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal later and we finished the meet as Yorkshire's 3rd club on the medal table.

A North East Region record for Callum Broadhead (Arm) the cherry on top, a Dartes age-group record for Madison Johnson (Arm) too, and a first ever British final for Molly Chambers (Drn).
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Coach Selected for National Development Programme

8 Aug 2022: Congratulations to Head Coach Dave Cuthbert for selection to the Swim England National Age Group Development Programme for the 2023 season.

This 3 camp event works with the best age-group athletes to help them in their quest to achieve senior international podium success. Coach Dave will play a leading role in supporting those swimmers at the start of their journey to become the Great British Swimmer.
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Gold, Silver, Bronze at British Summer Champs

29 Jul 2022: A medal of each colour marks the 11th best Nationals campaign in Dartes' 45+ year history, and a significant step up from before the pandemic.

Leading the way was Callum Broadhead (Arm) with sprint Gold and Silver. Joining him in the medals was Madison Johnson (Arm) with a hard-earned Bronze.

At the grand old age of 19, a first national final also went to Molly Chambers (Drn) for 200m Butterfly; just missing the 100m final by one spot. Louie Nightingale (Spa) contested his first national level competition too.
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Informational Pointers

Rossington CSP Entry Bell

The front door to Rossington CSP is now remotely operated by the intercom to the left of the door. If the door is locked, press the buzzer and wait for the duty manager to release the lock.

Occasionally you may have to wait a while if they're cleaning or in the plant room, so try again every few minutes until you're admitted.

There is also an exit button to the right of the door if it's locked as you try to leave.

Is Your First Meet Approaching?

Come along and join the team For those of you about to undertake your first meet (and as a reminder for everyone else) here's an introduction to what you can expect and everything you need to know.

Of particular interest is advice for those entering their first meet and how to decide which events to enter.
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In The Press: Winter Yorkshires

24 Nov 2021: October's Yorkshire Winter Competition brought 7 Gold medals to Doncaster and the Doncaster Free Press has published a brief article about the meet.

4 Gold medals for Callum Broadhead (Arm) were added to by another pair for Kiera Binns (Adw) and the last for Jenson Owen (Edl).
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Using Pace Clocks

Pace Clocks Being able to use pace clocks is an essential skill for swimmers of all ages. We know some of you struggle and shy away from using them, so here are some helpful hints.

The key point is: never give up. Use them on every swim and within a few weeks you'll be happy to use them.
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What do you learn from Swimming?

Successful Team It's not just swimming skills you learn in the pool. Take a look at the top 10 life lessons you can make use of out of the water.

From simply showing up on time to dealing with strange people and managing your time effectively, it all helps mould you in to a successful person.
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Be Good Lane Mates

Meet Calendar How many times do coaches yell at you for blocking the finish for your team mates in training? Are you one of those annoying swimmers who just loves getting in the way?

Here are a few helpful hints on how you can be a better team mate. You thought this stuff only happened at Dartes, right? Oh how wrong are you!
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Champion's Choices

World Junior Champions: Caleb and Max Swimmers tend to be high-achievers academically too. The reasons for that are many, but solid time management skills and learning to succeed are skills swimmers learn young.

Success is all about making Champion's Choices! Make sure you're making the right ones.
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Hard Work and Tiredness

Many across our squads have discovered new levels of tiredness recently.

Here's an article we stumbled across that might put some of that in to perspective for you. Especially the final few paragraphs.
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