It is with great sadness that we are informing you of the sad passing of Mick Hobster. Mick sadly passed away yesterday (31st October) at 9:00pm suddenly from a heart attack.
Mick was a great well known face around Nottinghamshire Swimming events, helping out on “the door” at most events accross Nottinghamshire, along with is wife June, not only for the county, but for most clubs at their open meets, from the Falcon Sprint Meet, Mansfield Major Oak and the Ernehale Open to name a few.
Mick and June were the true volunteers with hearts of gold, never asked to do any job, but always the first to come forwards and offer their assistance, and with big smiles.
Our thoughts go out to Micks wife June and Daughter and coach Mandy, and grandaughter Ellie. Mick will be greatly missed.
Swim England have now released the information regarding the return to competitions and the introduction of the new Level X racing series.
he First part of the Level X Series will be run from Friday 23rd January through to Thursday 31st December 2020. Leadership boards will be placed on the National Rankings website showing swimmers where they currently stand nationally within their age groups.
The Second part of the Level X series will then be run from January 4th to March 9th 2021, with more events being included.
Nottinghamshire ASA Swimming Committee and League Management Committee will also be looking into things such as a County Leadership board a bit like our counties. If and when we have more information on this we will get this circulated around the clubs.
There are lots of documents and information online to help clubs out to get going with Level X which can be found here.
Our main county organisers, who have been involved in meetings with Swim England regarding the new Level X racing, may be able to help with any local issues regarding the level x structure. You can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that you are all doing well and keeping safe in these unprecedented times that the world is facing at the moment. Nottinghamshire ASA have been working away behind the scenes to keep in touch with our clubs and also keep looking at the advice given to us regarding the holding of competitions.
The world is in very hard times and we are all gutted that we have had to cancel almost a whole years’ worth of competitions, which has not been seen in peace time.
Swim England have now released a statement last week regarding the changes to County Championships 2021 and also previous statements that have been published regarding a new “Level X” style virtual competition.
The Nottinghamshire ASA Swimming Committee who organises the county competitions have now had meetings direct with Swim England and we are now in a position to share this information with you.
You can view the statement from Swim England here.
Swim England have formally moved the County Championship window and therefore we have now cancelled the County Championships in the normal window of January and February. With the information from Swim England we have PROVISIONALLY booked the following dates in 2021 to look at holding our County Championships:
30th May 2021
20th June 2021
4th July 2021
17th July 2021 (1/2 day)
18th July 2021
All of the above dates are provisional depending on what happens and any other restrictions that may come into place between now and the dates above.
We also believe that under the current situation, it would be wrong for us to start looking at a schedule of events or any sort of qualification times or even a qualification method, as we do not know what extra restrictions may come into force or what format we may have to hold the county championships in.
As the Swim England announcement states, over the coming months there will be regular meetings between the Swimming Leadership Group and the County Swimming Coordinators to put plans in place for the revised Championships. It is still the intention to hold the Regional Championships in the normal window, although again like our County Championships, this is provisional and in what format and qualification method they will use is still in discussion.
The Nottinghamshire Swimming Committee want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can and taking all of the advice we can to help all of you return to competitions in a safe manner.
There is a lot of information circulating regarding the “Level X” style competitions where you will be able to hold a form of time trials within your “training bubbles”, where your times will be allowed to go into the national rankings under this new level x banner. Please note that all of this information is still being finalised and currently trialled amongst some clubs around the UK.
As soon as we get more information we will circulate this with all of the club.
We hope that you are all healthy and keeping safe.
It is with sad news that we must inform you that with all of the ongoing conditions in the world and inline with all current government guielines, Nottinghamshire Swimming Committee have agreed to give early notice that the 2020 Festive Frenzy will be cancelled and not take place.
We are currently in discussions with Swim England and working hard to find out any information on a return to safe competitions, including County Championships, Local Galas and Club Competitions.
As soon as we have any valuable information we will send out a notification to all clubs.
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Quite a few people have been sending in questions regarding the upcoming Summer Gala and if we will be releasing the information for entries soon.
Following the current Government and Swim England guidance, the Nottinghamshire ASA Swimming Committee have been in discussions and forward of any lock-down measures being eased we have decided that in the interests of safety it is only right that this years Summer Gala is to be cancelled.
Swim England have recently released statements suggesting that all licenses for competitions are to be suspended and no new licenses to be issued for the foreseeable during this calendar year.
We echo the comments and fully agree that even if the lock-down measures are eased soon and swimmers are allowed back in the pool, pushing yourself to get back to competition ready so quickly could seriously damage your health and could cause longer term stresses and strains.
We appreciate that a lot of you just want to get going again, but we hope that you appreciate the tough decisions that have to be made and we hope you are all keeping safe and we will see you all back in the pool soon.
We regret to inform you in this world wide crisis that we find ourselves in of the passing of Tony Conway who was a life long volunteer from Radford Swimming Club, always helping out at Nottinghamshire events and Open Meets until recent years when health conditions took over.
We would like to inform you of the funeral details for Tony, however in these unprecedented times, with government restrictions on Social distancing, it is sad that people will not be able to attend. There will be a small service for close family only.
Tony will be sadly missed and our thoughts go out to his family in these hard time.
In line with Swim England events and government guidelines today, Nottinghamshire ASA have decided that we should be cancelling all league and competition activity.
The statement released by Swim England states:
“Having further reviewed the guidance, it is Swim England’s interpretation that club activity falls into the ‘public gathering’ category and therefore it is strongly advising clubs to consider cancelling or postponing activity – including events – until the end of May.”
Jane Nickerson, Swim England Chief Executive, added that she recognised the worries from clubs and learn to swim providers but said a final decision on whether to call off sessions and events had to rest with them.
With this information we would advise all clubs to cancel training sessions but we do state that this is a decision to be made by your clubs and we cannot force any of you to “shut down”.
This is a constantly changing situation and we advise everyone to keep an eye on Swim England’s website and also the daily governments announcements and follow the appropriate action that is advised.
For now Nottinghamshire ASA have cancelled the following events:
Notts ASA Stage 3 League – 21/03/2020
Notts ASA Stage 3 League – 02/05/2020
Notts ASA Stage 1 Trophy – 25/04/2020
We will keep everyone updated as much as we can with further developments. We hope that everyone is doing well and keeps safe during this difficult time.