East Midlands News

East Midlands 2017 AGM

The East Midlands Arena League AGM will be on the 18th of June at 10-30am at the Talbot hotel in Oundle, please could you indicate if you are to attend or send your apologies.

The agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting but one of the major points will be the change in the format of the finals weekend, if you are not attending please indicate your thoughts, the East Midlands  Arena league would probably only get one team i.e. The Regional Winners.


CMKSC make the National Arena League Swimming Final!

City of Milton Keynes Swim Club had their best league result ever on Saturday 10th December in Cambridge. Competing in the National Arena League, CMKSC were crowned champions of the East Midlands region and now qualify for the National Final in Cardiff against the other top teams in the country.

Norwich Swan - R3 2016

Norwich Swan Swimming Club played host to the National Arena Swimming League East Midlands Division Two Final at Wymondham Leisure Centre. Having won both of the two previous rounds, Swan were tied at the top of the league table on maximum points with Calverton and Bingham and St Ives so the stage was set for an extremely tight and competitive gala. This was the third year in succession that Swan had made the final. They finished fourth in 2014 and third last year so they were hopeful of gaining promotion into the Premier League this time.

East Midlands 2016 AGM

The East Midlans League AGM will take place on the 5th June 2016 at Fletton House ,Fletton Way, Glapthorn Road, Oundle  Peterborough PE8 4JA. At 10.00am for 10.30am start. Please could all clubs if not attending send apologies by the 1st June 2016, with no meeting last year no minutes or matters arising if clubs have any points to bring please forward ASAP.

The league fees are the same as last year and need to be paid by the 1st June 2016 to Mel Hickman or pay by BACS  Natwest Bank, Sort Code 52-30-21, Acc No 33654263, Acc Name - The National Swimming League East Midlands, Please indicate the team or teams name The fee is £80-00 per team, any problems please contact Brian Collis.

The 2016 AGM can be downloaded here.

Norwich Swan - Round Two 2014

Following their outstanding performance in round one of the National Arena League, Norwich Swan travelled to Peterborough determined to follow up their victory with a second win and consolidate their position in the top three teams of the East Midland Division 2. It soon became apparent that the host Club, City of Peterborough were going to be Swan’s main opposition.

Sherwood Colliery - Round Two 2014

Following on from a solid Round 1 performance & a trip down the A1 to Biggleswade, the black & gold colours of the merry men & women from Sherwood Colliery were hoping for somewhere slightly more local; with local rivals Chesterfield SC in the draw, fingers & toes were crossed.

So, with the draw pulling out a trip down the M1 to Milton Keynes, the coach was booked and once again the black & gold army headed off with (I suspect) the Chesterfield SC coach either just in front or not far behind.

With teams from Northampton A (who we drew in the first round) & City of Milton Keynes, it was always going to be a tough one.  Throw in Chesterfield, South Lincs Comp & West Norfolk for good measure and the squad knew they were going to have to be at the top of their game.

In the bright and airy 8-lane pool at Bletchley, the squad didn’t disappoint.  Consistent performances all evening saw us pull ahead of South Lincs & West Norfolk from the first points tally, and a strong Chesterfield squad seemed to be within our sights.

Our National Age Group Champion, Lily Boseley, gave us our first wins of the night in the backstroke events and a nice run of firsts & seconds from the younger age groups saw us pull within touching distance of the third spot.  However, with many swimmers having to compete out of age and, in some cases, out of their comfort zones, the points seemed to stretch away from us again in the final events & we had to settle for another solid fourth place finish.

That wasn’t where the drama ended however.  With a buoyant coach full of chatty swimmers & parents heading back to Nottinghamshire, the dreaded ‘M1 Closed’ overhead notices started to appear, and our fears were realised when, at J16, and at 10pm, the coach was diverted out into the Northamptonshire countryside.  As beautiful as that might be under normal circumstances, it added almost 2 hours onto the journey and meant a 2am arrival back at our home pool, the Rebecca Adlington Swim Centre.  The lengths some people will go to get out of Sunday morning training!

Many thanks to our hosts down in Bletchley who battled a series of technical problems and to the patient swimmers and spectators who amused themselves in the delays with some excellent Mexican Waves.

Head coach, Ian Negus, praised the squad’s performance & resilience in difficult circumstances, commenting “The National Arena League is the toughest competition we enter and our committed squad put in another gutsy display against some massive clubs in the Premier Division; all of the coaching team are very proud of their efforts.”
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