Category: 2020

Return To Swimming Member Survey & Contact Point

Return To Swimming Member Survey & Contact Point

Concerns? Advice? Assistance? Feedback?

In preparation for a return and in accordance with Swim England’s advice to clubs, we have established a Planning Group and prepared a short survey to help members with questions or concerns – which is live until 21 June 2020 (access below).

Note: You can email anytime if you or someone you know in the club has a question, wants to let us know something or needs assistance (including club welfare matters). Usually this will be to the Club Secretary for COVID-19 or general matters and the Welfare Officer for confidential welfare assistance. Email us at:, or

If you have already responded earlier this week – thank you, we have it! If not – please read on …

Not everyone has access to this group – but it is currently our largest single meeting space until we complete transfer of club records to Swim Manager … more about that another time … so please do share the link as we would normally within the club for those you know are not group members, or ask them to contact the Club Secretary.

The survey is completed outside Facebook in a club controlled survey account.

Your response will help us understand your concerns and whether you are able to come back when safe to do so, and assist us in planning a return to swimming in the pool with Swim England and Everyone Active.

Please reply as an individual swimmer/volunteer OR on behalf of a family including yourself as a parent/carer/swimmer/volunteer.

In other words we need just one response per individual Master/Open Water swimmer and one response if you swim AND have junior members.

Parent and child viewpoints in your answers are equally important to gather feedback.

Thank you for your help!

The survey is accessed via the Club Facebook Group

Any issues or for access (Members Only)

Further details about the survey and how it is hosted etc. can be found on the club website COVID-19 Guidance page under the menu ‘Information’ tab:

Kingos Lockdown Chocolate Tombola

Kingos Lockdown Chocolate Tombola

It’s finally here ……. if you haven’t gained enough weight from the lockdown it’s now time to come along to the safe distancing Kingos Chocolate Tombola.

Location – 1 Weydale Avenue (opposite Kinderland)

Time – Saturday 13th June – 11am – 3pm

£1 for 10 tickets.

This will be held in the garden weather permitting.

Please come along and support the club and stop the chocolate melting.

Over 200 prizes to be won!!!!!

A Message From Our Club President – Maureen Dickinson

Kingfishers Swimming ClubHi Everyone,

What strange times we are living through and thank goodness we are still waking up each day to live through them.  For over 40 years my weeks have revolved around Kingfishers Swimming Club and I am having terrible withdrawal symptoms.

Our lives have literally been turned upside down and whilst the scientists struggle to learn more about this virus, we are adjusting and becoming used to a new kind of normal days.

So many changes around us are taking place. Family life has changed we cannot visit some of our close relatives, colleagues, school or college friends and team mates, and inevitably our priorities too are changing.  Some of us might be struggling with so many changes and our old priorities are shifting.

Our Kingfisher families are riding out this storm in many small boats.  When the storm has passed and we are able to pick up our swimming lives again, with whatever changes are made to keep us all safe, we will begin to deliver lessons and skill sets. We realise that there will be changes to our Kingfisher community and systems.

Via Microsoft Teams the committee are continuing to hold on line committee meetings, discussing how we can best manage change, Post Covid 19 preparations and are constantly looking for opportunities to help deliver our future.

One exciting development that your committee are working on whilst we are in lockdown is the use of Swim Manager Software. This software will help structure & manage our club by digitising all aspects of the club & will also offer many new features & opportunities for our members.

The following link will give an insight into how we plan to take the club forward & the new features that we will implement over the coming year:

Stay safe everyone and keep well during this long lockdown.  It’s only been a matter of months and children change so quickly, I hope that when we do get back in the water, I am still able to recognise and remember the names our younger width swimmers.  I sometimes struggle to remember what day of the week it is for they are very much all the same just now.

Yours in Swimming



Kingfishers​ Swimming Club​ – Update 8th April, 2020

Swimming Club​

Update 8th April, 2020.

A lot has happened since we suspended swimming on the 18th March; it turned out to be the correct one predating the government’s decision by a few days.
This message is an update prior to the unprecedented virtual committee meeting that will take place on Thursday via the wonders of ‘Office Teams’. This is to discuss the way forward and try to predict various scenarios so that when we return to swimming we are as prepared as possible.
The pool provider, Everyone Active (EA) kept going after the governments recommendations and eventually was one of the last Sports Villages to close in the North East. This might prove relevant as they may look to charge us for the pool time we didn’t fulfil whilst they were open and we were still within our ‘notice period’. At the moment the majority of E.A. staff have been ‘furloughed’ so meetings are not practical or possible.
Kingfishers have paid the Swim England dues of £4.123.30 (which is funded from the annual membership payment) and we have also allowed for backdated pool fees, various insurances and non running costs, so as a club, due to prudent housekeeping, at this time we are financially sound.
For this to continue we ask that could all members ensure that they are up to date with their swimming payments, making payment as soon as possible of any outstanding balances overdue for any previous months (including February and March 2020, plus any outstanding balance still overdue for annual membership.
Please note that if there are any problems do contact Paula Ambury (email addresses listed below) and we will be as sympathetic as possible in these extremely difficult times.
When we reopen we cannot realistically expect to start with a 100% attendance but hopefully experience a steady return and uptake as the country returns to the ‘new normal’. Understandingly the uptake will also be mainly dependant on families’ financial commitments.
Depending on timescales and coaching availability would running a programme through the August months be viable? Such are these types of questions that we will begin to formulate plans upon?
If anyone has any questions that we can reasonably attempt to answer, please don’t hesitate to ask, but as always please be aware as volunteers we don’t always have the answers that you may seek.
Stay safe and hopefully it will not be too long before we are back in the water.

Colin Simmons
Chair, Kingfishers Swimming Club

If you have any questions please contact the club:
General enquiries via Vicky the Club Secretary:

For payments and front desk enquiries via Paula:

Scarborough Spring Splash – Cancelled 21/3/2020

Scarborough Spring Splash – Cancelled 21/3/2020

Please see email below received today 17/3/2020 with regard to the cancellation this weekends gala.

Email: Scarborough SC

To All Clubs That Are Attending Our Spring Splash 2020

Due to the Government announcement on 16th March 2020 and the updated guidelines from Swim England Website ( Scarborough Swimming Club unfortunately have no option but to postpone our Spring Splash on Saturday 21st March 2020. We will issue more information, as it comes available.

Please would you contact your relevant club’s competitor secretary who will then contact me with any questions

Scarborough Swimming Club

Meet Promotor

Nathan Renshaw


Kingfishers S.C. 

With regard to all other training activities at this moment in time we are still continuing as normal, but as you are aware the situation is fluid & this status may change at any time.

The club is following Swim England guidelines along with Everyone Active & will update everyone through normal communication channels as & when we have more information.

Please share this information with anyone who is not on the internet or Facebook


Stay safe & well everyone.

Kingfishers SC.

Kingfishers SC Update – COVID19 (Coronavirus) 16th March

Just a quick update on our current position, the health and safety of our swimmers and volunteers are paramount and are our number one priority.

The situation with Coronavirus is unsettling, fluid and quick moving, as things stand today we are continuing to run all our sessions and we will continue to provide the sessions until instructed otherwise / pool closes.

We are taking all advised precautions and ask that anyone attending our swimming sessions does the same.

Swim England advises swimmers to shower before entering and on leaving the pool.

In addition to minimise risk please can as many parents as possible pay monthly fees by card.

The committee and head coach are continually reviewing the situation.

If there are any changes either in official advice or in our ability to deliver our swimming sessions then we will update members and families as quickly as we can via the club Facebook page and website.

As a registered charity we have concerns over the impact of this situation on the whole Club, our families and friends, but by working together we can get through this short term challenge.

( On behalf of Kingfishers Swimming Club Committee)

No Training On Sunday 21st March











Please note that there will be no swimming on Sunday 21st March

This is due to a swimming gala.

Good Luck to all our swimmers competing at this Scarborough Spring Splash

Go Go Kingos…….

Kingfishers Summer Raffle – Aimee Willmott Framed GB Kit

Kingfishers Summer Raffle – Aimee Willmott Framed GB Kit

This is your chance to win official Olympic kit of Aimee Willmott. Only £1 a ticket to be drawn this summer.

Aimee Willmott (born 26 February 1993) is an English competitive swimmer who has represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games, FINA world championships and European championships, and England in the Commonwealth Games. She was the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion in the 400 metres individual medley.

Raffle tickets are available every Wednesday club night.

All funds raised will go towards Kingfishers Swimming Club.


Kingfishers Swimming Club – Now Accepting New Members !!

Kingfishers Swimming Club – Spaces Now Available !!

To book a trial  please email:



Kingfishers – Yorkshire Championships Review

Kingfishers – Yorkshire Championships Review (February 2020)

The Yorkshire Championships are held over four weekends in February at Pond Forge (Sheffield) & the John Charles Aquatics Centre (Leeds). Swimming at this event is by invitation only & is achieved by swimmers meeting a qualification time whilst swimming at licensed open meets throughout the year. These championships bring together the best swimmers in our county all competing for the kudos of Yorkshires number one swimmer.

Congratulations to the following 9 swimmers who qualified & have been swimming over the last four weekends.

2 Isobel VASEY
3 David HOPE
4 Thomas EBLET
5 Grace FOX
6 Joseph BENSON
8 Harriet BENSON

This years championships have resulted in some excellent swims with four of our swimmers Eliza Hammond, Tom Eblet, David Hope & Izzy Vasey reaching multiple finals in their respective events, a fantastic achivement from a small club swimming against the bigger city clubs whom have greater access to water time & national level training facilities.

Full summary of results as follows:




Every swimmer performed fantastically & many pbs &, NER qualifying times achieved, but without a doubt the performance of the championships came from Eliza Hammond who took a silver medal in the 14 year girls 50m Backstroke with a new pb time of 31.94s (1 sec off her qualification time).

Well done to everyone who competed & also a big thank you to the coaching & poolside management team for supporting our swimmers over the last four weekends.

Back into training now in preparation for the NER’s in May …….

Go Go Team Kingo’s……