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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

Dryland S+C Trial with Accelerate

3 May 2021: P4 and P5 endured a sunny/dull morning/evening with Accelerate Fitness last week as part of our drive to improve our dryland offering.

Caught in mid-squat were some of P4 enjoying their morning workout under the guidance of Coach Howard on a secluded section of Town Fields.
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Double Olympic Selection

30 Apr 2021: The Brothers Litchfield during their Dartes years A few days ago we heard the amazing news that Max Litchfield (Spa) and Joe Litchfield (Spa) have both earned selection to the British Team for Tokyo after trials earlier this month.

They joined us on Zoom over lockdown so many will already know much about them, but we've put together a very brief summary of their time at Dartes.
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Dryland in the Park

29 Apr 2021: On Thursday evening Phase 5 enjoyed a fresh face for their dryland work as we popped over to visit Accelerate Fitness for a trial.

Happily we just avoided hail stones and rain during the workout on Town Fields. Coach Howard put them through their paces with the usual array of body weight moves that have become familiar over the pandemic.
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Phase 5 First Time Timed Turny Thing

25 Apr 2021: Random team photo - we're lacking current ones After introducing Phase 5 to The Turny Thing last week, we decided it was time to record some results to give us a base line for future efforts. So that's what we did to mark the end of week 2.

We suffered a few DQs due to the rather technical nature of the drill. That left Daisy Purchase (Edl) leading the girls.

It was also the day we started our gymnastics rings workouts again.
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Phase 3 Looking Good in the Morning

17 Apr 2021: Random team photo - we're lacking current ones Phase 3 looked to be enjoying their first early morning since our return to training. Asst Head Coach Jordan introduced them to advanced relay take-over skills in addition to the hard work.

Before they arrived, Phase 5 were busy discussing RAMP warm ups at 5am. Over the summer we filmed an example of an outdoor RAMP warm up and discussed many of the details.
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Return of the Dolphin Test

15 Apr 2021: It's been something like 3 or 4 years since we last performed our one length dolphin kick test set. Back then it was 25y in Hall Cross.

Yesterday we introduced it to our new home, Rossington CSP.

We witnessed what we think are pretty fast times, including a 14.8 for Callum Broadhead (Arm), although we have little context to compare against.
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Dartes Coaching on YouTube

14 Apr 2021: We've begun a tentative dip into the world of YouTube content creation.

We've posted a few experimental videos from over lockdown, and we're adding more as time goes on.

It's intended as a coaching resource; drills, sets, and other bits and pieces that might be useful to others. It's also a chance for our young athletes to show off to friends and family just what it is they get up to.
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First ones back in the pool?

12 Apr 2021: Diving into Adwick pool at 5am this morning must make Phase 4 and 5 among the first swimmers to return to training.

Happy smiles and a full house suggested they were glad to be back in the pool.

But there was work to do. The steady building up of training volume and skill perfection begins again.
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Swimming Coach Mentor Programme

1 Apr 2021: Russ Barber on a previous visit to Dartes The Swim England North East Region is once again investing in the nationwide Swimming Coach Mentor Programme.

It's first year (2020) struggled to achieve much due to the pandemic, but we're delighted to announce that Dartes Head Coach Dave Cuthbert has been invited back for the 2nd year to work with mentor Russ Barber.
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Development Squad Selection

20 Dec 2020: Congratulations to Grace Blair (Adw) for her selection to the Yorkshire Triathlon Development Squad.

Just like on the swimming version that we regularly place athletes on, Triathlon has a similarly structured development pathway for young athletes.
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Announcements

AGM 2021/22

20 May 2021: Nominations are in for the 2021 AGM later in the month. At our last AGM it was decided to bring the AGM in-line with the club's financial year and thus move it to May.

Thus, our next AGM will be held online on Thursday 20th May at 7pm. We would encourage all members aged 16 years plus to attend that AGM.
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Let the Racing Begin!

12 Sep 2021: The first Dartes hosted meet post-pandemic is hoped to be September Sprints on Sunday 12th September at John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds.

We advise entering early to avoid disappointment (first come, first served). It is expected that most early season meets will be booked solid very quickly for obvious reasons, so get in fast.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

8 Apr 2021: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our April committee meeting are now available to be viewed by the wider membership.

They have been added to the collection of other meeting minutes that are available for reading.
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Congratulations!

12 Apr 2021: Congratulations Greta Highfield for moving up to Phase 5.

We all look forward to seeing what you can achieve when competitions re-start.

Congratulations!

12 Apr 2021: Congratulations Rose Keefe (Spa) for moving up to Phase 5.

We all look forward to seeing what you can achieve when competitions re-start.

Congratulations!

12 Apr 2021: Congratulations Noah Brown (Adw) and Lawrence Chapman for moving up to Phase 4.

Cohen Leonard (Adw), Katie Wilson (Arm), and Grace Lazenby (Arm) also moved up just prior to lockdown 3.

We all look forward to seeing what you can achieve when competitions re-start.

COVID Crowd Funding for Dartes

16 Feb 2021: With the pandemic approaching its anniversary, Dartes has been without its traditional fund-raising activities for nearly 12 months. That has obviously put a huge dent in the club's finances.

For that reason, we are turning to Crowd Funding to keep the club viable. Please consider making a donation should your circumstances allow.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

21 Mar 2021: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our March committee meeting are now available to be viewed by the wider membership.

They have been added to the collection of other meeting minutes that are available for reading.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

4 Feb 2021: Meeting Minutes First meeting of the new year were held on 4th February. The minutes for that are now available to be viewed by the wider membership.

They have been added to the collection of other meeting minutes that are available for reading.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

7 Jan 2021: Meeting Minutes First meeting of the new year were held on 7th January. The minutes for that are now available to be viewed by the wider membership.

They have been added to the collection of other meeting minutes that are available for reading.
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