Information for parents

Fees

Training fees are calculated annually and are divided into 12 standard monthly payments. Monthly payments must be paid consistently to ensure that the club continue to meet its ongoing financial commitments.

A member whose fees are more than two months in arrears shall be deemed to have resigned from the Club and their membership terminated. Where membership has been terminated in this way the member shall be informed in writing either via post to the last known address or by electronic means. Club Constitution | 5.2

Please pay each 1st of the month, combining all siblings into 1 payment

(with £5 taken off for each sibling of the first swimmer).

MASC Bank details  

Morpeth Barclays Bank

Acc. Number: 10648671

Sort code 20 -58 – 17

Current fees can be found in Squad Information

Leaving Morpeth ASC

A member wishing to resign membership of the Club must give to the Club Secretary written notice of their resignation.  Fees must be paid for the last month in which the member swims.

 

Any member unable to make payments should contact 

EATING WELL FOR TRAINING AND COMPETITIONS

As parents you don't need to analyse your child's swimming, that is the job of the coaching team! One way you can really help and support them to perform well though is encouraging good eating and drinking habits at competitions. 

Swimming competitions are long days and a lot of young swimmers tend to overeat early on and then not eat or drink anywhere near enough towards the end of the day. 

Below are a few documents with snack ideas and information on when to eat at competitions (for example swimmers should be snacking and drinking straight after each race on their way to swim down). 

Our young swimmers don't need to be following any fancy nutrition plan just yet! Equally they don't need to be finishing off a family sized bag of chocolate buttons or Haribos before 9:15am or eating a large Pasta bowl 7 minutes before their 400 Free heat gets on the blocks. 

Please provide swimmers with all their snacks and drinks for each session at competitions.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I DRINK?

CEREAL BARS!

EATING AT COMPETITIONS

TRAVEL SNACKS PROTEIN

TRAVEL SNACKS CARBOHYDRATES

BREAKFAST IDEAS

HEALTHY LUNCHBOX IDEAS FOR YOUNG SWIMMERS

 
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CREATING A GOOD MORNING ROUTINE!

5 tips for establishing a morning routine in young swimmers (Swim England, 2016)

One of the toughest parts of swimmer-life is the early morning wake-ups, and establishing a morning routine is a challenge you face as a swimming parent.


Getting your child out of bed and out of the door at the crack of dawn – especially on those cold, dark winter mornings – is an art form. You are in a fight with the temptation to roll over and go back to sleep, or to skip the all-important breakfast for a few extra minutes under a warm duvet. It’s a tough test of any swim parent’s bag of tricks.

So, here are our five top tips to help you get your young swimmer out of bed in the morning – other than simply whipping off the duvet and opening all the windows mid-winter at 4am (see 6am is a late start in the swimming world!)

 
 

1. EMBRACE EARLY NIGHTS

The importance of sleep has endless proven advantages including benefits to muscle recovery, growth, health, metabolism and performance. Encourage swimmers to record any TV programmes they might be tempted to stay up late for – or remind them of iPlayer. Also, ensure homework gets done early. It all makes it easier to stick to the early nights

2. TURN OFF THE TECH
Remind your kids that their thought processes are not fuelled by WiFi and feeling sluggish does not mean that the bandwidth needs upgrading. Staring at the blue light from devices such as phones or tablets before bed can disrupt sleep. Encourage your swimmer to lower the brightness level and try to turn devices off an hour before bed. Tech is no friend of a good morning routine

3. PACK THE NIGHT BEFORE
It’s always a great idea for your child to get their swimming bag (and school bag) packed the night before. Swimmers can pack their own bags. This both gives a little extra time in the morning and also prevents the risk of forgetting anything in the morning rush. Being well prepared for the day ahead may also help for a calmer and better night’s sleep.

4. PICK A GOOD ALARM
An alarm clock is key to waking up at the same time and establishing a healthy regime. It’s a good idea to suggest your child places their alarm clock somewhere out of reach, so they’ll have to get out of bed to stop the alarm, rather than rolling over and pressing the snooze button.

5. LIGHT UP THE MORNINGS
Light tells your body it is time to wake up. Swimmers often need to wake before sunrise, especially during winter. Some swimmers opt for a wake-up light alarm clock.  There are many different types available which allow a smooth transition from sleeping to waking by getting progressively brighter. Alternatively, getting straight out of bed and turning the lights on, or opening the curtains in summer will help tell your body-clock that it’s time to wake up.

Dos & Don'ts for Swimming Parents

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Swim Parents

When coaches, swimmers and swimming parents work well together, incredible things are possible. The team is committed and focused on helping the swimmer to realise their full potential.

For swimming parents there are a few simple dos and don’ts that can help ensure that you are guiding your child in the right way and fulfilling your all-important role.

  1. Do be supportive – rain or shine!  Whether your child comes first or last, sets five PBs or none, you should still love and support them the same. One of your most important roles as a swimming parent is to provide emotional support during the tough times, of which there will be many. Let your child know that they are still loved, no matter how badly they think they swam. And likewise, try not to let them get cocky when they win.

  2. Don’t pressure your child Remember that swimming is your child’s hobby. If your child has their own reasons and own goals for participating, they will be far more motivated to excel and therefore far more successful. It is normal and healthy to want your child to excel and be as successful as possible, but swimming parents cannot make this happen by pressuring them with expectations. Instead, you can encourage them and offer them unconditional support and guidance.

  3. Don’t be the coach‘Coaches coach. Swimming parents parent.’ Your child’s coach is there to teach the technical swimming skills. You can help your child to learn values and develop positive character traits. Showing unconditional love and support, and creating a happy and balanced home environment will help them to get the most out of what they are doing in the pool.

  4.  Do encourage independence - Confidence is the essential ingredient in all great swimming success stories. Confidence comes from knowing; knowing you can do it. Encourage your child to pack and empty their own swimming bag, to make their breakfast, to carry their swimming kit, fill their water bottles etc. This will help to create independent and self-motivated swimmers, with a strong sense of confidence, self-belief, resilience and self-reliance.

  5.  Don’t dangle carrots Try to avoid extrinsic motivation (bribery!). It’s important to be careful of the message you send out – swimmers should swim for themselves and for the positives the sport brings. When your child does well, try to praise them for what they did well, not the outcome that they achieved.

  6. Don’t criticise the officials The majority of officials are volunteers. Many are even swimming parents who have decided they want to help out on the poolside. Children sometimes make mistakes at meets – it happens! If your child is disqualified at a meet, try not to complain or worry. If a disqualification is questionable, as sometimes is the case, the coach (and not the parent!) will take the necessary steps.

  7. Do respect the coachTrust the coach to do their job. If you have any questions about something your child’s coach is doing or saying in the sessions, it is usually ok to ask. However, their attention will be on the swimmers they are coaching during session times, so try and grab a word with them before or after training. Remember that a huge number of coaching staff are giving their time voluntarily and are keen to get the best out of every one of their swimmers!

  8. Do be loyal and supportive of the teamWhere possible emphasise the importance of being a team player. Swimmers that motivate others are often the happiest and gain the greatest benefit out of training and competition. This goes for swimming parents also. Cheer for your own child but cheer for their teammates too. This will help to create a positive atmosphere amongst the swimmers and their supporters.

  9. Don’t make your child feel a failureChildren develop at different rates, in terms of size, strength, coordination, emotional and intellectual maturity and just about everything else. Encourage your child to compete against themselves, and to measure themselves against only their own best efforts. If they do win and beat everyone else, it’s a bonus!

  10. Don’t push for Olympic or Paralympic glory Maybe your child will become an Olympian, but for most this isn’t the case. Encourage your child to be the best they can be and to enjoy their sport, but make sure both your and their expectations are not too set too high. It’s great to have goals and dreams, but the most important thing is that they are happy. If they are happy the good performances will come naturally.

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