The pre-county camp at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in south London between 18th December and 21st December was put in place to give a chance to our County Championship Qualifiers to get some extra long course preparation away from Flitwick in the run up to counties. The aim was to give the swimmers a 2 days programme focusing on their technique but also with an emphasis on swimming in a long course pool similar to how the Counties would be run at the end of January.

The facilities were  exactly what we needed from a 2 day camp. The food was very good and varied. We encouraged all our swimmers to eat a balanced meal at each meal of the day.

The dry land facilities were a little cramped but the coaching team managed to work around this, with some great games played towards the end of the end of the weekend.

The pool was also very good. We were, surprisingly, the only club in the pool at any given time so it really did feel like a private pool solely for Flitwick Dolphins.

In the evenings, following dinner, the team got together in the conference room to watch some videos going over certain aspects covered in the swim session to affirm the teaching points they had been given by the coaches.

The most surprising thing of the weekend was the great weather we had. The 17C temperature and clear blue skies made what was a tough two days that little bit more easier as the swimmers were skipping to the pool from their accommodation each day.

We would like to thank the Crystal Palace staff for their hospitality and we look forwards to going back again for future camps.

Special thanks to Junior Performance coaches Ian Fowler and Judy Thompson for their invaluable support and enthusiasm during the camp playing a vital role in the success of the weekend.  

Hatz
Head Coach

The Crystal Palace swim camp was my first swim camp ever! I thought it was a fun time and learned a lot as well. I enjoyed the challenge of training in a 50 mtr pool for longer than I usually do. I was worried that I would struggle to keep up with everyone else - but found that I could. ☺ I will look forward to the next one - thank you to everyone that was involved. Jake Hickmott

The swim camp was brilliant and I can't wait to go again! Martin Bull (Senior Squad!)


It was really fun and I liked the breakfast after the training session. Mari Cutler


Really great trips and fun, loads of swimming. There were great facilities. Albeit only two days a mix of enjoyable activities. Ellen Faysse


The Crystal Palace trip was vey enjoyable. The training was hard and I won't deny it but as hard as it was there was a variety of what we did in and out of the pool. The accommodation was reasonable for our length of stay but there was a bit of dust and mud in the rooms. I liked the fact that we met up in the evenings to discuss what we had done that day and watched videos about ways to improve dives and turns. The food in the canteen was ok but there was quite a lot of meat in the meals and the vegetarian option didn't look very appetizing. I enjoyed having the chance to train at a 50 metre pool for a few sessions so I could understand how long all the different races would be, so my overall review is that it was a very enjoyable, challenging, hardworking and fun trip. Imogen Thompson

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The training sessions were challenging and really enjoyable on each of the days. During the last 15 minutes in the pool on the last day we got to have a fun session which was amazing. It was brilliant. Thank you to everyone involved. Billy Cutler

I thought that the swim camp was really hard but also a lot of fun. We did a lot of training and a lot of hard sessions and I think we all got a lot out of it. Sam Dennis

It was good to train in a 50m pool and it was good to be with my friends Ben Raynor


Wonderful time. Everything was brilliant . The food was great, the room was cosy. Just overall it was amazing . I would definitely go again. Eloisa Miller


It was amazing, great fun! I really enjoyed the land training sessions, the swim sets were hard but fun at the same time. I learnt loads about technique. I really enjoying the social side of the camp. Autmumn Handscombe


I had an excellent weekend at Crystal Palace. I enjoyed the swimming and the land training and cant wait to go on the next swim training camp :-) George Maskell

The 2015 National Talent camp that I attended from the 18th of December to the 21st of December was an incredible opportunity for me to develop my confidence and make new friends whilst learning from other sports as well as Aquatics. 350 young coaches, athletes and officials from various parts of the UK and across 10 different sports; including, Aquatics (synchro, water polo and swimming), Boccia, wheelchair basketball, tennis, football and more, met for the first time on a cold wintery Friday morning at Loughborough University. Loughborough University- famous for its great sporting reputation and development of athletes as well as boasting an extensive list of famous Olympians and successful athlete’s part of their extraordinary alumnae, was to be the learning environment for the 4 days.

Day 1 started with an inspiring opening ceremony with speeches by Olympians; Dina Asher-Smith, Max Whitlock (and his coach) and Hannah Cockcroft as well as chair of the Youth Sport Trust, Sue Campbell. After the opening ceremony everyone was sorted into his or her National Governing Body (NGB) and activity groups. The first session was on philosophy and the importance of having your own individual coaching philosophy. I learned that your philosophy can help you to act in certain situations and respond to things in a particular way. For example if an athlete wants to cheat, you hold your own beliefs and respond based on your beliefs and principles. My philosophy is ‘Inclusive. Determination. Fun’. It was important when creating your own brand that the philosophy you create matches your behaviours in coaching.

Day 2 started at 6am for morning circuit training at 7am. I was not originally a fan of early morning starts and morning training, however after exercising in the morning I felt energetic and motivated throughout the whole day. Day 2 looked at Sport behaviors and Moral compass. Looking at different situations my group was able to realise that your moral compass and actions can depend on the situation and your reactions to situations may not always be the same. It was also interesting to look at ethics in sport and how coaches, athletes and officials from other sports were able to have different opinions and judgments on ‘ethics’ in their own sports. Day 2 ended with a nice hot dinner at one of Loughborough’s very nice kitchens.

Day 3 also started with a circuit session at 7am, which focused on speed. After breakfast, we had the opportunity to watch a ‘live lab’ of talented badminton players aged between 12-18. This opportunity enabled the coaches, athletes and officials to understand how coaches communicate with their players and how players can communicate with officials in matches. Wycombe performance Squad trained and competed in two matches throughout the session. It was a good chance to observe, analyse and see how feedback is given to players from coaches in a different sport from swimming. After Lunch, we had a session on emotional intelligence and the group shared experiences where their emotional intelligence was tested in their coaching- a great deal of people said that it was mainly parents of children they coach who test their emotional intelligence!

Team 1 also took part in ‘the cube’ challenge- the deliverers for team 1 said that no other team they have ever had were able to complete it! After dinner all 350 young people gathered in the sports hall for a very interactive talk on controlling your inner chimp, based on ‘the chimp paradox by professor Steve Peters’ which ended in everyone including mentors and deliverers taking part in the “Bring Sally up” squat challenge.

Day 4 started with morning circuits and again this time focused on speed. After breakfast Team 1 met again for a session on how to maximize your team YOU. As well as this we had talks from our NGBs on what happens next and how we can incorporate what we had learned throughout the camp in our coaching throughout the year, as well as setting targets and sharing ideas. After Christmas lunch, everyone once again gathered in the hall for the last time for the closing ceremony, where awards were given out. Overall the weekend was amazing. I learned so much from other sports, as well as making so many new friends and developing my confidence. I hope that I can bring what I have learned back to my teaching and coaching in the New Year!

Here are a selection of some pictures taken throughout the camp, I can be seen somewhere in the crowd in the pictures. The lady in the orange top is the team leader.




Every year I try and do something different to fundraise for children in need and this year with help from my friends at Flitwick Dolphins I organised a cake sale,guess how many sweets in the jar and guess the baby competition.

The guess the baby competition was a lot of fun for everyone although no one guessed them all right.

I would like to thank every one that helped me organised the fundraiser and a thank you to the swimmers and parents that took part.

Overall I managed to raise £207.23 thanks everyone!
Guess the Baby Board with Answers


Chloe presenting Autumn with the prize for getting the most correct answers when guessing the baby competition


Chloe presenting Rhianydd with her prize for guessing how many sweets in the jar

The Entry Pack and Individual Entry Form for the Beds County Championships 2016 can be downloaded from here
Thank you to all the swimmers who took part in our 2015 Club Championships and a big thank you to all the officials and helpers.

The results can be found on our Club Championships Results Page