Xmas pool closure - Last session this year is on Friday 21st December and first session next year will be Wednesday 2nd January 2013 at 5pm

2012 Club Championship results now posted - click here

EGM 25th October at 6.30pm in the Festival Drayton Centre

PB's for September added

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - to be held at 6pm on Monday 8th October 2012 at Festival Drayton Centre.

The current Executive Committee, Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Welfare Officer will not be standing for re-election this year and urgent nominations for the election of members to these key positions on the committee are sought. Any nominee should indicate in writing to the Secretary of the Club their willingness to stand for election.

As a committee run Club we cannot operate without these key Executive Officer posts. This leaves the Club in a very vulnerable position and without volunteers to take on these roles we will have to face the unpalatable option of closing the Club.

Please give serious thought to standing for one of these posts, the Club depends on parent volunteers to run successfully and any person taking on one of these roles will be given assistance by the outgoing Executive Committee.

Please feel free to come and speak to any of the current committee if you would like to know more about what is involved.

Latest PBs have been added

We have now had confirmation from the Swimming Centre that Market Drayton Swimming Pool will re-open on Wednesday 6th June. The club session times remain unchanged and the Wednesday session is 5pm until 6pm.
Thank you all for your patience during this enforced closure, now begins the hard work to get the swimmers back to total swim fitness.
Now we have an official return date we can get busy issuing all refunds by cheque and can all return to normal.
Look forward to seeing you all next week!


For those swimming in this gala the pool will be available from 3.50 p.m. for a 4.00 p.m. start. Warm-up for 30 minutes, then competition starts at 4.30 p.m. Pool address is:- Buxton Swimming Pool, St Johns Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE

There is limited spectator seating at the refurbished pool. There are a maximum of 45 seats on poolside. There is then another area where a limited number of spectators can sit but the seats are orientated towards the learner pool. You would have to stand in this area to view the gala. There is also an aerobics studio at first floor level that overlooks the pool. We can't have seating in this area on account of the floor surface, but spectators are welcome to stand and view the gala. So, 45 spectators seated in relative comfort and some options for others to stand and observe.

Buxton Swimming Club do, however, intend to operate entry on a first come first served basis, so there is chance that some parents might miss out if other Clubs arriving earlier attend with larger numbers of spectators.

As there is limited space on poolside, Buxton SC would be grateful if swimmers could use the lockers provided (£1 coin needed to operate lockers).

WARNING - DO NOT park in the lower deck of the 2-storey car park. The lower deck is locked at 6 p.m., and you will not get your car back until the following morning!! The upper deck is fine, as is the outside part of the car park at ground level.

We have booked the pool at Trentham High School, Allerton Road, Trentham, Stoke on Trent ST4 8PQ.

The session is Saturday 26th May and the cost is £2.50 per hour.

We have been informed by the Swimming Centre Mangement that the pool will be totally closed until further notice due to major repair works.

Shropshire Council spokesman Laura Owen said on Friday 13th: “We are confident that we will be able to estimate an opening date early next week. No further problems have been found, it is just a process of elimination to find the exact location of the leak.”

We will wait to see if such a date in forthcoming.

In addition to the Wellington weekend sessions we have now managed to secure some additional swim hours for the Easter Holidays at Trentham High School, Allerton Road, Trentham, Stoke on Trent ST4 8PQ.

Thursday 5th April 5-7pm --- Tuesday 10th April 4-6pm --- Wednesday 11th April 5-6pm --- Thursday 12th April 5-7pm

If the pool has still not re-opened after Easter the times for the sessions will be:

Monday 16th from 7pm --- Tuesday  17th from 8pm --- Friday 20th from 7pm

Payment will be £2.50 per hour, payable on the day.

As you are aware the main pool at the swimming centre has been closed since 12th March 2012 to enable essential maintenance to be carried out. The swimming centre originally hoped to re-open the pool on Monday 26th March, when we could resume our normal squad timetable.  Unfortunately due to the nature of the repairs that need to be carried out the swimming centre cannot confirm for definite when the main pool will re-open. 

The short notice of the initial closure and the delay in re-opening the pool has made finding suitable alternative sessions at other pools very difficult.  We have now secured some weekend swimming sessions at the newly refurbished pool at Wellington for the following dates:-

Sun 15th April 4-5pm all 6 lanes ------ Sat 21st April 4-6pm all 6 lanes ------- Sun 22nd April 4-5pm all 6 lanes

Swimming fee refunds for the period of the closure will be made to all parents/carers once we know how long the pool will be closed for, this refund will be made to you by cheque once we have a confirmed re-opening date. For swimmers using the sessions at Wellington there will be a charge of £2.50 per hour payable on the day.

Thank you for your patience during this enforced closure we hope that the delay is kept to a minimum and that we will be back to our full swimming timetable as soon as possible.

Crusader League - Division 3 - Round 3 - Crewe
 If you are swimming in the Crewe Crusader Gala this Sunday 1st April, the pool address is Flag Lane, Crewe CW2 7QX. Telephone 01270 537790. The warm up is scheduled for 5.15pm so swimmers should be at the pool by 5pm.

Crusader League - Division 3 - Round 2 - Halton SC
If you are swimming in the Halton gala on Saturday evening, please be at Market Drayton Swimming Pool Car Park by 5pm if you wish to travel on the coach, the contributory cost will be £2.50 per passenger.  There will be some available seats for parents so if you want to come along and spectate you can take any spare seats. For those making their own way to the gala, the pool address is Kingsway Leisure Centre, Kingsway, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 7QH. Telephone 0151 495 2200. The warm up is scheduled for  6.45pm so swimmers should be at the pool by 6.30pm.

Pool will be closed until further notice - as soon as we have an opening date it will appear here.

Pool time while Market Drayton is closed
Friday 8-9pm - pay on the door, usually an adult only swim, but we have got 2 lanes

Alleyne's Sports Centre 
Oulton Road 
ST15 8DR    

Coventry 50m pool Sunday 18th March from 1-3pm Price will be between £5 and £10 per swimmer, dependant on the number of swimmers that go.  

NOTE: - Land training and gym sessions are unaffected


Results from the second weekend of Counties 2012 
Thank you to both Louise Scriven for giving up her time over the two weekends to be on poolside with our swimmers and to David Grindrod for operating the electronic timing and results overthe both weekends.
There were a total of 7 PBs gained - see table below.
Name Event Time PB
Holly Blanks 200 breast 3.50.37 PB
Jack Booth 50 fly 28.62 PB
Toby Cordova 100 back 1.15.71 PB
Katie Deakin 100 free 1.11.10 PB
Lowri Morris 200 breast 3.5 4.81 PB
Dan Scriven 50 fly 30.41 PB
Izzy Trimboy 200 breast 4.09.24 PB

PBs updated for February

Results from the first weekend of Counties 2012

This weekend saw 9 of our swimmers turn up for events taking place during Saturday and Sunday25th and 26th February 2012.There were a total of 5 PBs gained and one MDQT - see table below:

Name Event Time PB
Jack Booth 50 Free 27.22 PB
Katie Deakin 100 back 1.22.84 PB
Richard Grindrod 50 free 27.23 PB
Richard Grindrod 100 free 1.00.04 PB
James Parton 100 free 1.11.21 PB
Dan Scriven 50 breast 31.88 MDQT


Swimmer of the Month

The swimmer of the month is:- Hannah Fradley  - Awarded for excellent performance in training and in the recent crusader gala, both individually and as part of the team.

Swimmer promotions

Well done to the following swimmers who have moved from Junior Development Squad to Marlins.

Tom Lee, Ben Harrison, Joseph Heath


Well done to the following swimmers who have moved from Marlins to Porpoises.
Chloe Blanks, Ben Trevor, Sophie Hughes


Well done to the following swimmers who have moved from Porpoises to Dolphins.
Nia Brannon, James Simpson, Megan James, Lowri Morris, Sam Trevor


Well done to the following swimmers who have moved from Dolphins to Sharklets.
James Parton, Connor Bentley, Becky Deakin, Hannah Fradley


Well done to the following swimmers who have moved from Sharklets to Sharks.
Edward Saxon, Azara Cook, Toby Cordova

Annual Trophy Awards 2011/12 
Male Jnr Development Swimmer of the Year
*** Joseph Heath ***
Male Marlin of the Year
*** Philip Garner Jones & Alistair Smith ***
Male Porpoise of the Year
*** Keiran Ravenscroft ***
Male Dolphin of the Year
*** Connor Bentley ***
Male ‘Sharklet’ of the Year
*** Toby Cordova ***
Male Shark of the Year
*** Daniel Scriven ***
Male Most Dedicated Swimmer
*** Ed Saxon ***
Male Swimmers Swimmer
*** Ed Saxon ***
Female Jnr Development Swimmer of the Year
*** Chloe Blanks ***
Female Marlin of the Year
*** Izzy Trimboy ***
Female Porpoise of the Year
*** Lowri Morris ***
Female Dolphin of the Year
*** Rebecca Deakin and Holly Blanks ***
Female ‘Sharklet’ of the Year
*** Katie Deakin ***
Female Shark of the Year
*** Emma Scriven ***
Female Most Dedicated Swimmer
*** Frances Derricutt ***
Female Swimmers Swimmer
*** Frances Derricutt ***
Swimmer with most PBs
*** Katie Deakin ***
MDQT Award
*** Daniel Scriven ***

Club Person Award
*** Barbara Slawson ***

Chairpersons Cup
*** Debbie Grindrod ***
Overall Top Swimmer
*** Daniel Scriven ***

MDSC held it’s annual presentation evening on Saturday evening at Tern Hill Hall Hotel.  What a super evening, lovely venue and great food.  It was great to see all the swimmers dressed in their finery (parents too!) and it is, as always, fantastic to be able to celebrate the success of the swimmers both throughout the year and their achievements during club championships.

Thanks in particular should go to both Lorraine Vine and Sian Brannon for all the hard work in organising the evening, purchasing thank you gifts and selecting such a super venue,  Louise Derricutt for producing and selling all the tickets (they were so professional), Jane Morris for ordering and sourcing the medals and keep sake trophies and to the rest of the committee who helped in collating the medals ready for the night (thanks to Louise D for being so organised and producing labels and tags ready to tie the medals together). 

Thanks also to Don Redfern (Leda’s dad) for taking the pictures during the evening which should be available shortly and will be on the web site as soon as possible. All in all a very successful evening – here’s looking ahead to next year’s!   Debs

January newsletter now available - also added some of the old newsletters from 2006 & 2005 and updated the Qualifiers page for any aspiring swimmers who get Midland or National times at Counties.

Final PB chart update for 2011 has been added.

New Treasurer - 5th December 2011

We are very pleased to announce that we have a new treasurer, Sue Trimboy. A big welcome and thank you to Sue for taking on this crucial club role, without a treasurer the club would have been forced to close as it is such a vital post. Sue will be working closely with our outgoing treasurer Debbie Grindrod to ensure a smooth transition of the role.

Debbie Grindrod has been with the club for an amazing 8 years and will be missed by all the committee who value her knowledge and professionalism enormously. Anyone who has benefited from Debbie’s help over the years would agree that she has been a fantastic treasurer and brilliant club advocate. Thank you Debbie on behalf of the committee and the club, what a star you are.