Club Swimming Hats – Training & Competition                          

Following discussion between coaches and subsequent agreement at Committee, please note we will be introducing the following policy regarding wearing swimming hats, with immediate effect:


  • Academy swimmers in the yellow “Penguins Academy” hat.
  • Development swimmers in the light Blue “Development Squad” hat.
  • Performance and Competition Squad members in the navy “Club Hat”

We are currently trying to raise the Club’s profile in the pools we train in, not least to recruit new members and this is an effective way to market the Club.


  • All swimmers will compete in all competitions in the navy “Club Hat”
  • Named hats are available from Stortford Sports Supplies
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Stewards Session Times – Tues/Thurs

Detailed below are the session times for the groups that are training at Stewards on a Tuesday or Thursday.

Stewards Session Times

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Summer Training Programme

In line with previous years, the Club will run reduced training hours over the summer period, details are as follows:

  • Morning Training – all Leisurezone morning training sessions are cancelled commencing Sunday 29th July and will restart on Monday 3rd September. This will include the Sunday morning 8:30-10:30 session at Leisurezone.
  • Total Shutdown – all Leisurezone sessions are cancelled-from Friday 24th August (Bank Holiday weekend), until normal training recommences on Monday 3rd September.
  • Sunday Evening LZ – the 17:00-18:30 session will move to 18:00-19:30, i.e. start an hour later from Sunday 29th July.

Details of revised training schedules for Burnt Mill and Stewards pools have already been sent out by e-mail.

Summer Schedule – Leisurezone

Summer Schedule ST & BM 2018

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Burnt Mill – Summer Closure

Having initially confirmed that Burnt Mill would remain open over the Summer period, we were advised on Monday 25th June that due to the continued building works on site the pool would close from week commencing Monday 9th July and would reopen on week commencing Monday 3rd September.

Since being advised, we have contacted Stewards pool to see if they could provide any pool time we could use. They have confirmed we are able to hire their pool which is great news, however there are some restrictions on the time available.

Stewards Sunday morning sessions will run as normal from 9:30-11:45 except for:

  • Sunday 12th August due to building works at Stewards.
  • Sunday 26th August which is Bank Holiday weekend.

BM – Tuesday & Thursday sessions – these sessions will be transferred to Stewards for the summer period, however due to Stewards existing bookings and building works, there are no sessions on:

  • Tuesday 10th and 17th July and Tuesday 14th August
  • Thursday 12th and 19th July and Thursday 9th and 16th August.

Session Times – due to Stewards having existing bookings, please note all sessions will commence 45 minutes earlier. Details of revised times are as follows, please follow the link to see a full timetable for each squad:

We recognise that these arrangements may not be ideal but the alternative was to simply cancel all sessions over the summer period, however in terms of the continued development of the swimmers, we felt it important to maintain as many sessions as we could.

A full timetable of the changes are detailed in the attached file:

Summer Schedule ST & BM 2018

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M11 Junior Swimming League – R2

A seriously depleted M11 team competed in the second round of the League at Hillingdon on Sunday 20th May and the team performed some minor heroics against really strong opposition.

The Club’s only winner on the day was Brianna Hansen in the 10yrs 50m Backstroke, her time of 37.78 putting her well clear of the opposition. Brianna followed this up with a PB in the 50m Freestyle, her time of 33.59 gaining her a 3rd place.

Glennon Lee continues his rise to prominence in the breaststroke events, his time of 43.75 placed him second.

Ella Edwards continues to confirm her rising talent, her time of 17.94 in the 9yrs 25m Freestyle placed her 3rd in a close finish.

Overall on the day, the showed great team spirit and produced some great time times, 15 PB’s in 32 individual races, there were a further 21 fastest ever relay splits. Some of the swimmers were doing 2 or 3 relay swims consecutively and that’s not an easy task, never mind some of the great times they were then producing.

Results, times and splits:    M11 Junior Swimming League R2 2018 Result

Overall, the Club finished 7th, but its great to put nearly 50 points on your nearest local rivals!

Basildon Phoenix 340
Camden Swiss Cottage 271
COCSE Cambridge 268
Hillingdon Swim Club 213
Hackney 208.5
Kingston Royal 187
Harlow Penguins 152
Epping Forest 108.5

Next Round – Sunday 24th June – Braintree, 3:00 Warm up, 3:30 start


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Essex Mini League – R3

With some 40 swimmers competing at Basildon over the weekend and therefore unavailable for selection, a much depleted Mini League team swam at Brentwood on Saturday night and achieved some outstanding results.

On the night, another challenging environment, not least for the spectators, many thanks to all those who attended and watched from less than ideal positions! Many thanks to all those that helped support the team poolside, and a certain Charlie Stevens who claimed to provide the Swim of the night??

With a much changed team, the advantage from  the coaches position is that in selection we are not necessarily able to give swimmers their no 1 choice event. Swimming is about stretching boundaries and challenging swimmers, it is great to see those swimmers then rise to the challenge of doing different events or in some cases swimming up in relay events and competing at a higher level. Some of the relay splits were outstanding.

Final points on the night:

1st Colchester 191
2nd Rochford 164
3rd Harlow Penguins 124
4th Maldon 117
5th Brentwood 112

Detailed results including relay splits are on the file below:

Essex Mini League Result

  • 7 first places on the night were achieved by Michael Mannix, Ashleigh Jolley,   Francesca Vann, Estelle Pierrejean (x2 in the 50 Brst and 100 Free), and on their Mini League debut – Lacey Buss & Alexander Filionescu,
  • 10 PB’s in individual races by Kai Henson (50 Back 0:37.72), Estelle Pierrejean (50 Brst 0:41.50), Airon White (50 Brst 0:45.69), Xavier Pierrejean (50 Brst 0:49.10), Esme Stringer (50 Brst 0:51.90), Sophie Brennan (50 Brst 0:53.58), Lacey Buss (50 Fly 0:40.43) Joshua Hutchinson (50 Fly 0:47.41), Isobel Sanders (50 Free 0:38.42),  Alexander Filionescu (50 Free 0:39.59)

Overall there were some great individual results and times achieved.

Next round 9th June in Basildon – where spectator accommodation will not be a problem!!!

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Essex Mini League – R2

A Mini League gala during the school holidays and the Club also competing at 2 Open Meets over the weekend was always going to be a tough ask and so it proved with 15 swimmers missing from the original selection made.

On the night, the competitive environment also proved challenging, with little room on poolside for both swimmers and parents and starts in the water at the shallow end, but all teams had the same conditions and the pool was a last minute replacement for the original venue.

That said, you cannot fault the swimmers commitment or willingness to compete, some in some unusual events! On the night the overall result was as follows:

1st Boro of Southend 159
2nd Rochford 136
3rd Basildon 131
4th Harlow Penguins 129
5th Canvey Island 63

Detailed results are on the file below:

Essex Mini League Result


  • 3 first places on the night were achieved by Kallie Jackson(25m Fly), Tommy Moody (50m Brst) and Ashleigh Jolley (50m Fly).
  • 15 PB’s in individual races by Brianna Hansen-Hoare, Kasey Bradley, Ashleigh Jolley, Joseph Quelch, Esme Stringer, Xavier Pierrejean, Kallie Jackson, Thomas Moody, Hannah Death, Sophie Brennan, Owen Stringer, Emilia Doble, Ethan May, Morgan Arnold, & Patrick Hansen-Hoare.
  • Best swims in relays were hard to assess given the start in the water at the shallow end, (2nd, 4th & 6th legs of the relays), generally times from that end were about 1 sec slower.

Overall there were some great individual results and times achieved.

Next round 12th May in Brentwood!

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