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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Girls Under 19 Water Polo

Hucknall win the plate
The Girls’ U19 Plate competition was a much more complicated affair. Two groups of three played a round robin tournament, then playoffs took place to determine the winners.
Every game was closely contested, with no huge score margins like the boys’ competition. Hucknall Water Polo showed some grit and determination throughout the competition, winning three out of three matches. They came away with a gold medal win.
City of Leeds also went into the finals unbeaten, topping Group B to take on Hucknall in the finals. The U19 Girls’ plate final was a nail-biting battle throughout, but Hucknall managed to scrape the win from the Leeds side, winning the match 5-4.
Caledonia and Otter played the third place playoff in the match before, and while London Otter were advancing and applying pressure to the Scottish side, they just couldn’t manage to pull back the goals, taking fourth place.
The Hucknall team captain, Naya Patel, commented on the win, “It feels amazing to win, we’re just a small club with big ambitions.
“Last year we can away with third, so to come back here today and take the gold has proved that we have the skill and we’re an organised group of girls who put in the training, which has put us up on top today.”

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Dave Ackroyds Funeral Arrangements

Dave Ackroyd’s funeral is on Thursday 5th May 11.45 at the Bramcote Crematorium

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dave Ackroyd

It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of our much loved coach Dave Ackroyd, who died yesterday surrounded by his family. We will all miss him.

Dave was a well loved coach at Nottingham Northern Swimming Club along with being a very active official at competitions across the county.

After a very serious illness in hospital, Dave was placed into an induced coma but unfortunately passed away yesterday.

Emma, his wife, wishes to thank everyone for their support over the last few weeks.

Our thoughts and prayers are with him, Emma and the girls; Phoebe and Fearne.

May he rest in peace.

We will announce details of funeral as and when we know

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Malcolm Crofts funeral arrangements

Please see below the funeral arrangements for Malcolm Crofts funeral.

Wednesday 30th March at 2.30pm

at Mansfield Crematorium. Derby Rd,  Mansfield NG18 5BJ in the Thoresby Suite.

Flowers from family members only please.

Others- donations to Parkinson’s UK.

Everyone is invited to the Terrace in Il Rosso directly afterwards.

Il Rosso is a coffee shop just along Nottingham Road from the Crematorium travelling towards Mansfield-go through 3 sets of lights and its right next to the Sainsbury’s Superstore.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Malcolm Crofts passes away

Malcolm Crofts Past President of Notts ASA sadly passed away last Friday.

He leaves behind his wife Carol and two daughters.

Malcolm was well known to all in the Notts.Water Polo League first as a player and later as a referee-he and Roy Copley used to be a well-known double act.

He was, for some years, the Chairman of the Notts. Water Polo Committee.

He was also a past President of Notts. A.S.A. (1992) and also refereed in National League and Midland League Competitions.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

East Midlands News Letter

Here is the latest East Midlands Newsletter

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Nottingham named ASA performance swimming hub

Nottingham has been named as the host city of a new ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) Beacon Programme set up to support the next wave of elite athletes.

The Nottingham Beacon Programme is the first of its kind to be set up in the East Midlands and will be hosted by Nottinghamshire County Swim Squad, Nova Centurion Swimming Club and Nottingham City Council.

This announcement recognises the commitment of Nottingham City Council to high performance swimming through the re-development of the Harvey Hadden Sports Village, and the rich history of the region for producing talented athletes.

Seventeen swimmers are currently involved in the performance programme, including World junior champion and record holder, Rosie Rudin.

As well as allowing athletes to train in the new Olympic-sized swimming pool, the programme will also provide access to high performance services including strength and conditioning, sport science, physiotherapy, nutrition advice as well as educational support.

Beacon Programme Head Coach Nathan Hilton moved to Nottingham 18 months ago to work with Nova Centurion Swimming Club and to develop the region’s Beacon Programme.

He said: “We are incredibly pleased to have achieved our Beacon Programme status. It’s absolutely brilliant for Nottinghamshire and for the 17 swimmers currently on the performance programme.

“Over the next two years, many talented athletes from across the region will benefit from this programme; in addition to the value that it will offer to coaches as part of the wider education and development opportunities available through the Beacon network.”

Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council said: “It is fantastic to have such a high-quality swimming programme within the city and we are pleased that it has obtained Beacon status.

“We are excited to welcome the swimmers to our 50m pool and we are sure that the Nottingham Beacon Programme team will work exceptionally hard to deliver training and support to unlock the potential of the next generation of athletes.”

Jon Keating, ASA Head of Clubs, added: “The launchof the Nottingham Beacon Programme is very important as it allows athletes from across the East Midlands region to access a High Performance Centre.

“Beacon Programmes are the result of a partnership approach between the ASA and a network of local clubs. The new Nottingham Beacon Programme will work closely the Nottingham City Council, the Harvey Hadden Sports Village, as well as with clubs from across the region.

“I would like to thank everyone for their hard work in successfully achieving this status and the ongoing commitment to make the programme a success.”

ASA Beacon Programmes support and enhance the development of high quality senior athletes as well as working with regional clubs from across the country to identify individuals with the potential to achieve senior podium success.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hucknall Ladies promoted

Hucknall Ladies held their cool on day two of the last matches of the National League Division 2 which after two wins and one loss the team came second overall and are now promoted to Division 1.


The team of Naya Patel, Alison Inwood, Laura Woodfield, Stacey Roe, Lynsay Wilson, Helen Reader, Cassandra Mercer, Rachael Endy, Georgia Bosworth, Joanna Coates Amelia Peters India Wilkinson and Cara Dunsbee with Coach Tim Dunsbee now have to buckle down to some hard training sessions before the start of next season when the competition goes up to another level

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

East Midlands Beacon Project

On behalf of both the Club Development Team and England Talent Programme; I wanted to inform you that as of a few weeks ago we’ve been successful in creating a New Swimming Beacon programme hosted by Nova Centurion Swimming Club/Nottingham City Council at the 50m pool in Nottingham (Harvey Hadden).

The Beacon Programme will commence on 23rd January 2016. On this 1st session we’re expecting 18 athletes to be in attendance, but this will grow to 30 athletes over the coming months.

The programme will run for an agreed period of 2 years; January 16 – January 18. During this time we will work closely with Nova and Nottingham City Council to build a plan for sustainability beyond this 2 year period.

I’m really pleased to be making this announcement that recognises the commitment to high performance swimming from Nottingham City Council through the development of the impressive Harvey Hadden Sports Centre, and the rich history of Nova for producing talented athletes, whilst addressing the disparity of having no Beacon within the East Midlands region until now.

Over the next 2 years we envisage that many Regional talented athletes will benefit from this scheme; in addition to the value this programme will offer to parents and coaches as part of the wider development of the Beacon network.

Specific Beacon Objectives:

  • Number of Athletes Engaged in the Programme – Regional and Daily
  • England Talent Programme Athletes
  • Growth of Category 2 Members across the Network
  • Number of Clubs as part of the Beacon (Growth of the Network)
  • Junior International Athletes

In brief the Saturday morning sessions will include – long course training, land training, an education programme, plus sports science and physio support to the selected athletes. From April there will also be an additional long course training opportunity every Tuesday morning.

Holly is due to attend your next Regional Board Meeting and is happy to give more details of the scheme during this board meeting; and likewise I am due to attend a future East Midlands board meeting on 2nd April 2016. Where I will be happy to share further details and a progress of the programme to date.

I look forward to watching this programme thrive, and trust you will join me in wishing every success to this scheme in the East Midlands region.

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