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Training Alterations

There are a few changes to the normal training schedule due to meets running this weekend.

Changes affect Phase 4 only, no other squad is impacted.

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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.

Headlines and Site Updates

Welcome Coach Rob

15 Oct 2021: Tuesday evening saw the arrival of our new Phase 4 coach, Rob Hudson.

Making his mark immediately, Coach Rob has been selected for the exciting and innovative Swim England Pathway Coach Programme for the 2021-22 season. He is one of just 18 coaches selected nationally.

On his first week he finds himself added to our Coaching Honours list.
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Results Archive Updated

10 Oct 2021: Results Archive The Winter Yorkshire Competition got off to a fine start for our older athletes.

The big improvements continue with 8 medals returning to Doncaster. A new Dartes age-group record for Madison Johnson (Arm) in 50m Butterfly (2nd fastest ever Dartes girl), and Callum Broadhead (Arm) claimed another for 50m Freestyle (his 4th as a 14 year old).

Coach Dave's swim of the weekend can be shared between two 100m Freestylers breaking the minute for the first time Jesse Goodwin (Adw) and Madison.
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Our Traditional Early Season Meet in Hull

5 Oct 2021: Swim of the meet for Phoebe Weatherill (Edl) at Hull, but there were many fine contenders.

The Hull meets are always a highlight on our early season calendar, and this weekend didn't disappoint. Here's a summary of a few highlights (definitely not all) and a little race guidance for the newbies thrown in.

Young Lily Cattlin (Edl) demonstrates perfect pacing through her 200m Backstroke - who can match that next time?
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More Animals are Added

4 Oct 2021: Friday night at Hull saw Dartes swimmers claim half of the Gold medals on offer for the 400m IM.

By the end of the weekend, we'd also claimed half of the medals available for 200m Butterfly. A number of them nervously racing it for the first time, like Archie Ainslie (Ros) and Phoebe Weatherill (Edl) coming away with 10/11 years Gold medals each.

We've made a fantastic start to the season in the Animal events, keep it going.
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Results Archive Updated

3 Oct 2021: Results Archive Another fabulous weekend of racing for most of Phase 4 and Phase 5. The Hull meets are always a favourite.

Biggest PB went to Connie Crowther (Drn) for dropping 57sec on Friday night's 400m Freestyle. Another Dartes age-group record was claimed by Callum Broadhead (Arm) in 50m Butterfly too.

Coach Dave's swim of the weekend goes to first time 200m Flyer Phoebe Weatherill (Edl) - Gold in the 10/11 year olds. Roughly half of the 200m Fly medals came to Dartes.
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Farewell Photo Shoot

22 Sep 2021: Last weekend's Beverley meet was intended to be Coach Jordan's farewell meet. Unfortunately, illness scuppered those plans.

He popped down to Rossington CSP last night to surprise Phase 4 and as is Dartes-norm, a photo shoot broke out.
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The Animal Squad Begins ...

21 Sep 2021: Back in 2010 we decided to honour those braving the hardest events with their own special squad: The Animal Squad.

We're 3 meets in to the 2022 season and already off to a flying start. Kiera Binns (Adw) is one of them, adding herself to the 400m IM with a Bronze medal at Beverley last weekend.

Are you brave enough to add yourself next?
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Number 7 Selected for National Development Programme

20 Sep 2021: They're coming in one-by-one now, but here's our 7th selection for the National Development Programme.

Callum Broadhead (Arm) makes it a 4th consecutive year after making his England Talent debut in 2018, but missing out on competing at Nationals in 2019 and 2020 due to the pandemic.

Emulating the 7 swimmers selected for this programme should be the goal of all our young swimmers.
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A Colourful Meet to Start The Season

14 Sep 2021: Too many fantastic performances at September Sprints to mention more than a few but here are some of the highlights.

A first time appearance on the Dartes Top 6 lists for Louie Nightingale (Spa) and top swimmer awards for Millie Dey (Arm) and Jack Jones (Arm).

There was even a Winter Nationals qualifying swim for Callum Broadhead (Arm). Thank you to all our visiting clubs for a fun day.
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5th and 6th Selected for National Development Programme

13 Sep 2021: Earlier in the week we reported on four athletes who were selected for the Swim England National Development Programme. We later learned that Megan Wood (Arm) had also been selected.

Yesterday it came to light that Rose Keefe (Spa) was also on the list. These selections get sent to feeder clubs, Swim England does not notify Dartes - hence the delay in compiling the full list.
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5 Selected for National Development Programme

10 Sep 2021: Five Dartes swimmers were selected for the Swim England National Development Programme yesterday.

Grace Burton (Arm), Greta Highfield (Ros), Isabelle Child (Arm), Megan Wood (Arm), and Nicholas Honeybone (Arm) have all been invited on to Phase 1 of the England Talent programme for 2021/22.
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Entry Deadline: North East Regional Champs

Level 2 Meet 12 Oct: Entries for North East Region Winter Championships should be submitted by 5pm, Tue Oct 12th.

This is before the age-group Yorkshires takes place. We might accept entries for events qualified for at Yorkshires following that meet, but the bulk of your entries are required by the 12th.
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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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Entry Deadline: Northampton Winter Festival

Level 1 Meet 12 Nov: Target meet number 1 for Phase 5 will be the Northampton Winter Festival. We'll be marking the end of training cycle 1 with this popular level 1 meet.

Read the notes on the calendar if level 1 meets are unfamiliar to you. This will be fastest times first, not first-come, first-served. There are likely to be rejections.
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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 pt 4...

23 Jul 2021: When it rains, it pours.

Another Free Press article interviewing Doncaster's newly favourite brothers: Max Litchfield (Spa) and Joe Litchfield (Spa). On the eve of Max's opening swim in the heats of 400m IM in Tokyo on Saturday (Joe swims in the 200m IM on Wednesday).
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In The Press pt 3...

19 Jul 2021: The Olympics must be arriving soon, Doncaster Free Press has discovered another ex-Dartes swimmer to celebrate.

Rebecca Milnes (SAS) was part of the club's National Squad back in 2001 for 800m Freestyle. She went on to represent GB at Triathlon and is now lead paratriathlon coach at Loughborough's High Performance Centre.
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In The Press pt 2...

19 Jul 2021: With the Olympics just days away, here's another ex-Dartes swimmer remembering his journey to the games.

This time it's Joe Litchfield (Spa) being inteviewed by Swim England and giving a little detail regarding the efforts of his parents and Dartes which helped get him there.
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In The Press...

7 Jun 2021: Local media is catching up on Olympian Max Litchfield (Spa) coming from Dartes (in addition to younger brother Joe).

The Doncaster Free Press recently ran an article describing Max's development years, starting out with Minsthorpe then Spa Askern, but with the bulk of his training taking place in our training lanes.
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