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Welcome to Bridgend County Swim Squad    Croeso i Garfan Nofio Penybont Ar Ogwr

About Bridgend County Swim Squad

 

Welcome to Bridgend County Swim Squad. We are a competitive club of nearly 400 members, catering for all ages and levels of swimmer once they have learned to swim. We were formed from the merger of four local clubs  - Bridgend, Cynffig, Maesteg, Pencoed and the Bridgend County Performance Centre. The Club had its own swimming pool at Llangeinor until it had to close and be demolished in 2008. Our squads currently train at Ynysawdre and at local pools in Maesteg, Pencoed and Pyle. Some training sessions are also held at the National Pool, Swansea and Cardiff International Pool.  

 

         

Llangeinor Swimming Pool

 

BCSS has recently appointed a new Head Coach in Alex Dallimore and the club looks forward to new ideas and a fresh approach in training procedures and the structure of the club. The previous Head Coach, Phil Melhuish, had been in post since 2003 and guided the Club and many of the swimmers to perform at the highest stages. He was ably assisted by dedicated assistants who put in so much time and effort to help make BCSS one of the leading Performance Centres in Wales.

 The Club has already produced swimmers who compete at both national and international levels, and have competed as a team in the Arena League Western Premier Division for the past ten years, reaching the division final in 2005, 2012-16. This means competing against clubs like Cardiff, Millfield, Swansea and Plymouth, which is no mean feat.

Bridgend County Swim Squad is an amateur club that relies on the help freely given by elected committee members and other helpers. The club can never get enough help whether it's arranging an Open Meet, organising social events or helping on poolside at galas. Volunteers are always warmly welcomed.

Halo Leisure has assisted the Club in many ways since the company took control of the local swimming pools from Bridgend County Borough Council. BCSS is grateful for all the assistance they have received from the Halo Company and its staff.    

                   

 

 

 Ynysawdre Swimming Pool

Aims

In every sporting organisation, the higher the peak you aim for, the broader the base you need. For this reason, the club caters for a range of swimmers from those who have just learnt to swim right up to full international swimmers.

 A swimmer’s individual progress and improvement – at whatever standard – are what give satisfaction to the Club and its coaches as well as to the swimmers themselves.

The Club provides coaching and competition for all ages and levels of swimmer: and all are welcome.

The aim is to provide an enjoyable environment in which to:

·         Help swimmers fulfil their individual potential

·         Prepare them to compete at a level appropriate to their ability

The aim is for swimmers to be happy; and for most of them the Club is a highly social place. Equally the Club expects them to train properly and regularly. Swimming training does demand and develop a degree of discipline that is useful in all aspects of life.

In addition, all experts agree that it is the very best form of exercise.

Competition is part of the Club's life. All swimmers in the Club will compete in events and meets of various kinds. Competing is a necessary aspect of developing the swimmer's potential. And the progress that only comes from competition is enormously rewarding.

Young swimmers new to competition are given the support and encouragement that is aimed at making their participation an enjoyable and exciting experience.

Procedures for entry to competitions can, at first, seem confusing. Section 4 of the Handbook deals with this subject. In addition of course, any Committee member or "seasoned" Club member will be happy to help.

Because the Club views competition as an aspect of training it is part and parcel of Club membership.

When picked to represent the Club, swimmers are expected to make themselves available.

Parents are asked for their co-operation in helping to make their son or daughter available to compete.

Finally, it is important always to remember that the Club exists for its swimmers.

 

 The Committee

The committee is elected, according to the Club Constitution, at the AGM which was held in October.

The Committee for 2018 is as follows:

  Roland Nicholas   Chair  

            Wayne Rees  

Vice Chair
Claire Cook Secretary
Catherine Tarpey Treasurer
   
Kate Ashton Membership Secretary
Steve Gibbs Fixture Secretary
   
Alex Dallimore Head Coach
   
Craig Napper Assistant Coach
   
Jennifer Protheroe Asst. Treasurer
Vacant Asst. secretary
   
   
Stuart Davies & David Holley Funding/Sponsorship co-ordinator /Marketing/PR co-ordinator
   
Lisa Pugh Events Co-ordinator
   
Anne Davidson & Laura McCloy

Volunteer / Officials Co-ordinator

   
Elizabeth Leach & Lisa Davies Development Squad Representative
   
Alison Hembrow Competitive Skills Squad Representative
Wendy Maiden Performance Squad Representative
Vacant Senior Squad Representative
   
Andrew Davies Club Shop and Club Kit Co-ordinator
   
   
   
   

 

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