I have now received and checked all the Chief Time Keeper slips, DQ reports and team sheets for round one.
There was a very minor adjustment to gala points in Div1 which did not affect finish order or league points. No change to Div2.
Uploaded files on the website now give FINA DQ numbers and explanations.
I have sent out today the draw for round two. This can also be seen on the Fixtures page of our website. The date is Sunday 20th May.
Your hosts for round two are:
Enfield – at Southbury Rd
Hillingdon – at Hillingdon Sports Complex
NUEL (with Halstead) – at Freeport Braintree*
Barking & Dagenham – at Basildon Sporting Village
Owing to London Regionals, it will be more difficult to find extra officials for round two. So please do you best to support your hosts when asked with any extras that you have.
*Please note: the newly published start times for each gala. In particular start times at Braintree have been pulled forward from what was first published. Hillingdon is also an early 1pm start.
With much thanks to all the volunteers and officials involved… round 1 passed off extremely well. Our swimmers all did us proud!
You will now find the results in our web pages. This year Div1 is going to be extremely close. Therefore it is right and proper that I work through all the paper work when it arrives in the post and there may be some adjustments to the gala points.
However I am confident that the overall positions and the league points will not alter. Therefore I have published the draw for round two. This is important, because it is only fair to give host clubs as much notice as we can.
Not every club used my 2018 template for their team sheet. Please, please do this for me in future. It shows at a glance whether you are declaring any over-age swimmers and this, combined with my “checksum” column in the new 2018 results input spreadsheet helps eliminate any glaring errors and gives us a much better chance of getting the early results correct.
All the templates can be found on our “resources for host clubs” page. All the rules, all our policy documents… are all online. Thank you.
Finally we are ready to kick off this year’s competition! The first gala is Sunday 22 April. Your Club contact has just been emailed the draw and contacts sheet.
But, there has been one change of venue – for Div 1 Gala 1. Southend pool has maintence work and has cancelled on us. We have moved this gala to Southbury Road Leisure Centre, Enfield. Check the fixtures page.
Warm-up is at 15.00 if you are at Barnet. All other pools it’s at 16.30.
Host clubs remain as announced. Host packs have been sent out. These include our Child Protection and Photography policy which must be prominently displayed by your nominated promoter.
Can all clubs who have not yet sent me their DBS list and hosts who have not yet named their promoter do so before the first event.
Team Managers – you shall submit your actual team sheet to me the day before the gala and bring a printed copy to the event – using the Excel template provided.
We wish you a very lively competition!
Welcome to round one!
The first date of our competition for 2018 is 22nd April. I am in the process of gathering together for the mail-out all of the files and information clubs will need, which I will send in a few weeks.
For now: please note that all participating clubs (and there has been a couple more withdrawals), have paid their subscriptions and so we have the final list of competitors, which has enabled me to publish the draw – please see “fixtures” page to find out where you will swim.
Our hosts for round one shall be:
Clubs should have finished registering their new swimmers with the ASA, as the ASA began this process earlier in the year, however for our purposes you submit your list of swimmers on 31 March. Please DO NOT submit before I send out the round 1 files. I need you to use the appropriate forms to return your lists.
These will be confirmed at the AGM. However so far we have:
Dulwich Dolphins confirming their withdrawal. As Dulwich swam in Division 1, all other clubs are moved up 1 place. This means that Epping Forest DSC escapes relegation and remains in Division 1.
Two teams: Borough of Southend and Team Luton, withdrew in 2017 when they were unable to field a team. Rules state that they must re-apply in writing to the AGM if they wish to join Division 2 for 2018.
There has been a show of interest from Newham UEL swimming club. We hope we can entice them to join our friendly league!
The Junior Inter-League Southern Area final for 2017 will be hosted by Nuneaton & District league.
This will take place at 13.00h on Sunday 1 October
at Pingles Leisure Centre, Nuneaton. CV11 4LX.
M11 JSL will be represented by this year’s winners: Camden Swiss Cottage. We wish them all the very best of luck and success.
A small amount of money has been spent on a re-branding exercise. You will have noticed our new colour scheme and logo above. We welcome your comments and ideas for putting this branding to good use.
The initial concept is for it to help encourage participation and loyalty amongst swimmers in your club team. Clubs may apply to me for the artwork and use this to create a “team” version of your club shirt or hat in preparation for our event. Swimmers will only be able to get their hands on this artwork if they turn out for their club team.
As of 2018, the winners of Div1 and Div2 will receive unique and exclusive medals embossed with the M11 Juniors logo.
There’ll be a reminder and agenda nearer the time, but the date for your diary is
Wednesday 15th November 2017
8pm at the Latton Bush centre
Harlow. CM18 7BL
(blue room, as usual)
Its most likely we’ll have a decision from the National League by then and may even be changing our programme for 2018
We also wish to remind clubs in this lull period before the AGM, that we are still offering grants of £100 to help young people gain their Level 1 Coaching Swimming award.
So far we have helped 3 young people from Harlow, Enfield and Thurrock. We’ve had some “interest” from Epping and Hillingdon, and hope to reach our aim of spending £1,000 from our surplus funds.