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Club News Letter – Update@ 19th Jan 2021

Sent on behalf of the Club Secretary
Dear Parent/Guardian/Swimmer …
Thanks for sticking with us in 2020!  We do hope you are keeping safe and well in the circumstances as we know 2020 has been a difficult year for our members.  But without your support, Kingfishers Swimming Club could not have survived.
Together, we returned to swimming with as many swimmers as we safely could under the strangest of circumstances, to give as many swimmers as possible time in the water.
We have worked hard as a committee and as a club to resolve all the issues Covid has raised – and to streamline administration, control costs and organise ourselves in a safe way to ensure the club is still here for the benefit of all our swimmers now and into the future.
Thank You To Our Members and Volunteers
Many individual members have volunteered time and skills to help.  For example, to become Covid monitors, raise additional funds (such as our Christmas Raffle), contribute to our fundraising by buying raffle tickets, manage our Swim Manager membership system, apply for grants, meet with the pool operator and council and prepare for Level X to bring competition back to the club alongside regular training and club nights.  These are just a few examples.
Many have joined the fight to get our pools open and to keep them open (subject to lockdowns!) … and most swimmers have returned to sessions when invited and followed the necessary rules – or pledged to return when circumstances allow them.
Investing in Our Facilities
We aim to make our training sessions the best they can be in the circumstances.  We are currently pricing up deck level pace clocks at each end of the pool to help swimmers monitor and improve their performance and times.  These will particularly assist those who may struggle for various reasons to see the current clocks. We are also looking to purchase backstroke start ledges for the lane blocks and have an ongoing project to evaluate with the pool operator the feasibility of, in the future, upgrading the starting blocks to add adjustable footrests. We are also invested in 4 Assistant Swim Teacher courses last year to upskill our volunteer workforce.
The committee would like to thank everyone involved for all their help and support, particularly for the Christmas Raffle which has made additional purchasing possible.
Your Kingfisher Community
We want to be here to serve our members and we thank you for being part of the Kingfisher community.  Without you there would be no club, but we do rely on your continued membership to survive.
At our last committee meeting we closed by playing the Presentation Night video from 2019 and it was a welcome reminder of what a special community Kingfishers is – it covered events from that year and is filled with positive thinking, great sportsmanship, smiling swimmers, success stories, achievements and fun loving faces enjoying all the club can offer – and will continue to offer in a ‘normal’ year – from a swimmer’s first internal gala, through friendly/district meets to licensed open meets with serious performance targets to beat!
As we approach membership renewal, we hope you will choose to renew in 2021 and continue your swimming journey with us.  We are looking forward to a return to regular training and competitions for all in 2021 – and for us all to continue wearing the Kingfishers badge and colours with pride!
Your Membership Renewal 
By renewing membership with us, you also renew your Swim England membership. You are supporting Swim England in championing our sport in the media, in campaigns and in lobbying for swimming.  As an affiliated club we provide safe and welcoming club sessions for you and your family, access to licensed meets and are able to ensure everyone is trained and insured for pool, fitness, competition and open water swimming. And of course, for Category 2 members, we hope that you’ll be able to enter competitions and challenge yourself against clubs locally and nationally.
You can see a video message about all that Swim England membership does for the sport and members here – look for the video in our Facebook group (#YourMembershipCounts):
We need to pay the club’s Swim England affiliation fees and programme water time at the beginning of February.  At our December AGM we recognised the pressure many are under and moved our renewal payment date to February 1st.  That was before lockdown 3.0.
*** What You Need To Do Now ***
As there are no training fees for at least 2 months, in order to ensure we have space for you or your family when we return we hope you will be able to renew your membership as last year and are asking you to indicate how you want to pay – all in one payment on 1st February or spread your renewal over this month and next, with a payment now and one on 1st of next month whilst here are no training fees.
We encourage all Cat 2’s to renew as Cat 2, given no current training fees – particularly as you will need this category to register for Level X when we return.  Swim England will be very grateful if you can manage this.  If you are not intending to compete, the form allows you to request a Cat 1 renewal.  Payment will support Swim England at this difficult time and reduce our costs in amending registrations later in the year.
Fees are confirmed on the form – there is no increase in annual membership this year.
Please complete the form as soon as you can on the link below so we can set up your billing.  We will then invoice and take direct debits according to your response (or ask you make bank transfers if not on a direct debit) as per the plan chosen.
Here is the link to the form:
If the first form is full and you can’t open it, try the link below:
If neither work try the link below:
Please Note: It is important you commit to renew with us now, as otherwise the club will not be able to hold places for you, as we will be admitting new members from our waiting list as soon as renewals are completed and we have a return to water date, in order to preserve our ability to purchase our training lanes.
There is an opportunity on the last page of the form to raise a question about renewal or anything else or if you want us to contact you with a response.
If you have any questions or need assistance about payments or a payment plan and can’t complete the form on the above link then please email me confidentially at the email address:

Thank you again for all your support in 2020 and we look forward to seeing you back in the water in 2021.

Kind Regards
Vicky Gough
Club Secretary
For assistance please contact:
Swim Manager and Accounts: admin@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

2020 Christmas Raffle Draw Results – Kingfishers Swimming Club

Christmas Raffle Draw Results

Firstly can I thank everyone who has donated to the raffle. It was drawn tonight, and due to technical difficulties, we didn’t manage to live feed it….. Shaun has promised he will practice for next time. The draw was adjudicated by Brian de-Alker. We used a random number generator app on an iPhone to draw the numbers.

Thank you to our sponsors who donated prizes or money towards prizes these are : Our Co – £500, MKN Surveyors Ltd – £500, Becky Fox for the Body Shop Hamper, Dave Eves for the days gardening, Schneider Electricals for the vouchers, Tap & Spile, & Mrs Balloch, Eat Me Cafe.

Can I secondly thank everyone who has participated in the raffle, including my dad who seems to have spent my inheritance.

I am overwhelmed with the amount that has been raised which totals £2398

To the lucky winners I will contact you by text message, messenger or email to arrange a covid safe delivery.

DON’T WORRY I won’t be dressed up as Santa!

Kay – Fundraising Organiser.

Winners are :

1. iPad – Suzanne Eblet

2. Nintendo Switch – Reece Markham

3. Luxury Food Hamper – Karen Wade

4. 1 Years membership, kitbag and towel – Andrew Rennard

5. 1 Days Gardening by Dave Eves – Karen McCrory

6. Body Shop Hamper – Teresa Hargreaves

7. Sega Mega Drive – Jade Liley

8. £50 Love to Shop voucher – Debbie Fox

9. Hotel Chocolate and Prosecco – Gail Flinton

10. Hotel Chocolate and Prosecco (2) – Suzanne Eblet

11. Red Box Lindt Hamper – Sharon Griffin

12. Brown Box Lindt Hamper – Shannon Lewis

13. Tap n Spile Meal for 2 delivered to your door – Hannah Foster

14. £30 Go-Ape Voucher – Vickie Berriman

15. £30 Eat me Café Voucher – Maddie Adams

16. £25 Amazon Voucher – Claire Malthouse

17. Lego Harry Potter Voucher – Joanne Michilitus

18. Prosecco and Chocolates – Charlotte Adams

19. Puzzle and Snowman Cuddly Toy – Lyndsay Milburn

20. Haribo Selection Bag – Craig Sellars

Kingfishers Special Prize draw for selling tickets to folk outside the club – Charlotte Adams

Wishing you all a safe & magical christmas….

See you all 4th January 2021 when hopefully we will be swimming again

 


Kingfishers News – 16th Dec 2020

Dear Member/Parent/Guardian

The committee, officers, coaching and teaching teams wish everyone connected with Kingfishers a peaceful and (as much as it can be in the circumstances) restful Christmas and New Year – and we hope to see you all when we resume in January, all being well and subject to social distancing!

Highlights:

Please note below the Christmas break dates and information about membership renewals and training plan costs.  A huge amount of time has been given this year to keeping the club running safely and as ‘normal’ as possible for our swimmers in these very strange and challenging times.  The club is grateful and thankful for the support of volunteers, members and their families as we look forward to 2021 and beyond …

:: Annual membership not increasing for 2021

:: Deferment of payment of annual membership due 1st January until 1st February

:: Swim England Cat 1 affiliation fee continues to be included

:: Cat 2 fees and Level X Series 2

:: No immediate change to training fees (subject to review in March)

:: Last session before Christmas break and return date

Annual Membership Renewal, Cat 2 and Level X

Following last week’s AGM and committee meeting I am very pleased to report the club continues to be in a strong financial position during these uncertain times.  We will be sharing shortly the Chair’s report and key Officers’ reports with you.

I can confirm Swim England affiliation fees are not increasing and county fees are suspended due to the current circumstances.

I am also pleased to confirm there will be no increase in annual membership this year, and Cat 1 affiliation for swimmers continues to be included.

The Level X Racing Series 2 competition will be run during normal Top Squad sessions and held under gala conditions.

The coaching team intend for all top squad competitive swimmers to take part.

Level X competitors will be renewed as Cat 2 at an additional cost (as usual) of £18.55 payable on 1st February.  Inclusion in the Level X entry list confirms your agreement to this charge as the club will be billed even if no other licenced meets occur this year.  Entries will be communicated separately in the near future.

If you are a tax payer please ensure you log in to Swim Manager and tick acceptance of the Gift Aid form for our records so we can make your annual membership payment benefit our swimmers even more, at no additional cost to you.

The club have deferred the date for payment of annual membership from 1st January until 1st February (but the payment will need to be the full amount).

We realize many families have been affected by furlough or employment changes and we want to help ease the burden after early payment of December salaries and other expenses you may have at this time of year. We need to collect payment in full as we pay Swim England affiliation by mid-February, so please budget for this. If you have any concerns regarding payment of membership or training fees please contact me at the secretary@ email address below on a confidential basis.

Training Fees

More good news – training fees will not be increased in the first quarter of 2021.

The committee would like to encourage as many swimmers as possible to continue to swim with the club and the more that do the less pressure on club finances. The committee will review swimmer numbers and costs in March with the hope there will be no need for any adjustment if numbers swimming remain sustainable for the current pool time hired. We will give notice if any changes are required nearer the time and seek to minimize them.

In the meantime … please keep safe and keep swimming!

Break Dates and Covid Health Forms!

If you/your child has not returned since lockdown 2, but intends to do so in January please ensure you return the Covid Health Survey and Covid Declaration Forms before the first session.

Final session before Christmas break is Sunday 20th December 2020.

Even though there are no club sessions during the Christmas period we still have a duty to provide details for Covid 19 track and trace.

The Club Secretary is the point of contact for track and trace. If you are asked to provide details as part of the track and trace procedures please use the secretary@ email address.

First session after Christmas Break – note any timing changes – Monday 4th January 2021.

Timing Changes

Please note Monday’s session will be running half hour earlier (6.00 pm – 8.00 pm)

If you started at 6.30 pm, your new time will be 6.00 pm and so on.

Masters swimmers, your Wednesday session has been moved to Fridays, 7.00 pm – 8.00pm.

Christmas Raffle – To be drawn at our last swim session on 20th December

You’ve got to be in it to win it !!

From iPad to Go-Ape voucher and lots more there’s no reason not to partake in this years fabulous Christmas draw.

Only £1 a number can you afford to miss out?

Spread the word with friends & colleagues and help Kingfishers Swimming Club raise funds in these challenging times.

If you or anyone would like to join in the fun message or email Kay and she’ll pick your lucky numbers out.

https://www.facebook.com/KayNoble/

fundraising@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

Look at this fantastic prize list :

  1. Apple iPad

  2. Nintendo DS Switch

  3. Luxury Food Hamper

  4. 1 Years Membership, Kit Bag & Towel

  5. 1 Days Gardening from Dave Eves

  6. Body Shop Hamper

  7. Sega Mega Drive Console

  8. £50 Love To Shop Vouchers

  9. Hotel Chocolate & Prosecco

  10. Hotel Chocolate & Prosecco

  11. Red Lindt Hamper

  12. Brown Lindt Hamper

  13. Meal for 2 Delivered to your door courtesy of Tap & Spile

  14. £30 Go Ape Voucher

  15. £30 Eat Me Café Voucher

  16. £25 Amazon Voucher

  17. Lego – Harry Potter Bus

  18. Prosecco & Chocolates

  19. Puzzle & Snowman cuddly toy

  20. Haribo Selection Bag

Many thanks to all our sponsors, parents & fundraisers who have donated these fantastic prizes

Good luck everyone !

 

Thank you.

Vicky Gough

Honorary Secretary

Kingfishers Swimming Club

 


Kingfishers Swimming Club 2020 Xmas Raffle

You’ve got to be in it to win it !!

From iPad to Go-Ape voucher and lots more there’s no reason not to partake in this years fabulous Christmas draw.

Only £1 a number can you afford to miss out?

Spread the word with friends & colleagues and help Kingfishers Swimming Club raise funds in these challenging times.

If you or anyone would like to join in the fun message or email Kay and she’ll pick your lucky numbers out.

https://www.facebook.com/KayNoble/

fundraising@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

Look at this fantastic prize list :

  1. Apple iPad

  2. Nintendo DS Switch

  3. Luxury Food Hamper

  4. 1 Years Membership, Kit Bag & Towel

  5. 1 Days Gardening from Dave Eves

  6. Body Shop Hamper

  7. Sega Mega Drive Console

  8. £50 Love To Shop Vouchers

  9. Hotel Chocolate & Prosecco

  10. Hotel Chocolate & Prosecco

  11. Red Lindt Hamper

  12. Brown Lindt Hamper

  13. Meal for 2 Delivered to your door courtesy of Tap & Spile

  14. £30 Go Ape Voucher

  15. £30 Eat Me Café Voucher

  16. £25 Amazon Voucher

  17. Lego – Harry Potter Bus

  18. Prosecco & Chocolates

  19. Puzzle & Snowman cuddly toy

  20. Haribo Selection Bag

Many thanks to all our sponsors, parents & fundraisers who have donated these fantastic prizes

Good luck everyone !


Fit 4 the future – wellbeing webinar for young people held by North Yorkshire Sport

Fit 4 the future – wellbeing webinar for young people held by North Yorkshire Sport

Thursday 26th November 18:00 – 19:00

A webinar aimed at supporting young people aged 16-25 increase their resilience as we move in an out of various lockdown restrictions. It will cover challenges faced by young people and what they can do to improve their mental wellbeing


Vote Kingfishers Swimming Club & Help Support Us…….

Help support your local Kingfishers Swimming Club –Scarborough

Lets see if we can get some extra funding to support us through these hard times by voting & trying to win some of the available funding. All you need to do is cast your vote for us & if we get enough votes we may be awarded some of the funds…..

Its as easy as casting your vote to support us 🙂

Whats it all about ?

The Ecclesiastical Society are a financial service group that exists to give their profits to charities – and have been for over 130 years.

Ecclesiastical Society

They’re proud to be giving back to the communities that they serve and champion the issues that really matter to them, especially in these times of need – by working together to build a movement for good

 

Follow the link below to cast your vote. Lets keep the kids of our town swimming 🙂

Kingfishers Swimming Club, Scarborough, Registered Charity in England No. 1093018

 

Please press the vote button below & vote for us …..

Feel free to share with everyone……


Lockdown Update – Kingfishers SC Re-Opening Plans, Training Fee Suspension, Prize Draw and More …

Dear Parents, Swimmers, Families and Friends

Lockdown Update!

We hope you are all keeping safe and well.
While out of the water don’t forget to explore the many online resources from Swim England and others including those via the links on our club website:
https://kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk/useful-links/
Also watch out for updates on our Facebook Group as to what is happening …
If you need assistance or support please contact our volunteers – we’re here to help:
General club matters – Vicky: secretary@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk
Welfare and support – Adrian: welfare@secretary@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk
Swim Manager, membership, payments – Kath/Brian: admin@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

Re-Opening Plans

The committee recently met to review where we are and our Chair and Secretary this week had an update meeting online with Everyone Active and Matt Hewison, Sports Development Officer at Scarborough Borough Council.
It is our intention to restart swimming as soon as the lockdown ends on Saturday 5th of December, as we hope the Sports Village will re-open earlier that week, subject to local measures; we will confirm what is happening nearer the time.

Training Fees Suspended For Lockdown

We are not taking any payment from members for November although we swam through the first few days of the month.
As we plan to re-open with the next club swim session after we closed, in the same week of the month, we will take a payment in early December as pool bills will still have to be paid!
We would like to thank Everyone Active however for agreeing a phased charging structure to assist clubs in re-opening and fixing their rate for the next 12 months from January, which gives the club certainty in planning and budgeting for 2021, and also to thank the council for their support of Kingfishers in these unprecedented times.

Looking forward to 2021

We are all looking forward to what the new year will bring …
In January membership and Swim England affiliation will be renewing for all our members, as usual, and the committee will both hold the postponed AGM on December 10th (hopefully – check your email!) and hold a committee meeting to plan our operations from January and we can confirm that the club is in a strong financial position to continue at the present time.
We are looking to see how we can assist members at a very expensive time of the year in re-joining the club – more of that later, after the new committee have met.

Investment in Poolside Team

We are pleased to confirm after Covid related delays for 2 of our mentee poolside helpers, we have now funded 4 Level 1 Assistant Swim Teacher training courses for Holly, Lauren, Tom and Phoebe who are hard at work preparing for their theory assessments – and thanks to Sherril and Everyone Active for working together to, we hope, arrange local sessions in Scarborough for them to complete their practical assessment days.

Christmas Prize Draw!

We encourage members to support this and to promote it to friends and family.  This is our main fundraising event this year – and has some amazing gifts.  We would like to thank the sponsors who have assisted by funding prizes for their generous donations, including Our Co. and MKN Surveyors.

https://www.facebook.com/ourcoscarborough/

http://www.mkn-surveyors.com

Tickets are available by emailing Kay at the address below and all tickets are £1 payable by bank transfer after exchanging emails with Kay.  Entries should be made by those over 18 years of age and via this email address only please whilst the pool is closed.

Thanks for all the hard work put in by Kay!

fundraising@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

Thank you for your support of the club at this time and we look forward to returning to the pool soon now.

Stay safe and stay well

Sent on behalf of the Kingfishers Committee

For assistance please contact one of the following:

Xmas Raffle Tickets: fundraising@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

General/Juniors: secretary@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

Masters: masters@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

Open Water: openwater@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

Swim Manager and accounts queries:

Administrator: admin@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk


Covid Update @ 13/10/2020 (9pm)

Covid Update @ 13/10/2020 (9pm)

We have had 3 parents ( from same school) contact us this evening to let us know that their child is isolating due to contact with school staff who has tested positive for Covid and all 3 have said their should be more to contact us.
If this includes your child please can you email secretary@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk
so we can update our records & manage return dates.
A general reminder if your child is isolating they can not attend swimming sessions
Please note this isolation is due to contact with others, we have not had any cases linked to swimming.

Stay Safe & Well

Thank you for your support

The Commitee


All Swimmers – Covid Update @ 9/10/2020

Update 9/10/20:

With Covid infections rising rapidly in the local area we are requesting that our members assist in reducing our risk by taking the following increased measures:

Swimmers – Please can all swimmers consider wearing a mask on entering the building and leaving poolside. Masks to be removed before entering the water and put on again while swimmers change after the session and leaving the building. Masks to be put in swimmers bag not on the benches. Age and exemptions set out by the government may apply.
Balcony – Please can all coming into the building and going onto the balcony consider wearing a mask / face covering. Government exemptions may apply.
Parents / Guardians, please collect your child promptly from their session. This avoids any congestion of swimmers near the fire exit waiting for parents (reducing risk)
Useful link to goverment guidance:
Any questions / queries please email secretary@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk
Thank you for your continued support
Kingfishers Committee

Important – Returning Widths Swimmers @Wed 7th Oct 6.30pm

Returning Widths Swimmers @Wed 7th Oct 6.30pm

 

1. We understand some parents may be hesitant about their child returning to the pool but please email secretary@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk to let us know if your child is retuning or not.

2. If your child is returning, you will need to complete the covid health and declaration form and return to the above email address at least the day before they return so it can be processed. If no form is received then your child will be turned away at the pool.

3. Some widths swimmers also had a session in lengths on a weekend. For now, they will be returning to Wednesday session only to build up fitness. This will be reviewed during October.

4. Please ensure you log in to swim manager to confirm contact and medical details are correct.

5. Swimmers arrive beach style ready and leave with clothes on over their costume / trunks

6. Please remember we are only able to allow one parent to watch from the balcony & the wearing of face masks is compulsory. This is to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading. All social distancing must be maintained & current Covid-19 guidance followed whilst attending sessions.

Please do not forget…. HANDS – FACE – SPACE.

 

Thank you for your adherence & understanding

The Commitee