Virtual training sessions, peer to peer mentoring, diet tips and inspirational talks from competitive athletes, have been the order of the day for Richmond Dales Amateur Swimming Club members during lockdown. The club were celebrating as swimming pools opened to the public and they return to their regular training, albeit with strict safety control measures in place.
Richmond Dales ASC who train at Catterick and Richmond swimming pools are known for the wide range of swimmers they support. Swimmers from 7 years old are welcomed into their youth, fitness, elite, masters and para swimming squads. The Club also have close links with GB Down Syndrome Swimming and reached out to this squad to provide mentoring support during the lockdown period.
The Swimming Club have expressed their gratitude to Olympian swimmers Hannah Miley, Chris Cook, Ross Davenport, James Guy, European Champion springboard diver Grace Reid and Para Olympic Finalist Stephen Clegg for providing club members with a range of talks and question and answer sessions whilst the pools were out of bounds.
In addition to these sessions, and land based training via Zoom, coaches have held cookery sessions online showing swimmers how to prepare their own healthy snacks for before / after training & competitions.
Lockdown has had serious financial implications for the club with pool training being suspended. However members have stepped up to the mark by accepting ‘The 8:5:3 Challenge.’ and raising sponsorship money for pool equipment.
8:5:3 represents the letters in the club’s name (8-Richmond, 5-Dales, 3-ASC) and using the numbers, each individual had to come up with their own physical challenge to complete. The only rule was they needed to include all three numbers.
Megan Tait, a Year 8 student at Richmond School, chose to do an 8km bike ride, a 5km run and a 3km row, 5 times a week for 3 weeks – an incredible achievement.
Keith Hall, Club Development Officer and Coach at Richmond Dales ASC, said: “We are extremely proud of all of our athletes who have remained active and committed throughout this really difficult period. The individual challenges were extremely imaginative and helped to keep the swimmers fit and focused. The funds raised so far really did exceed our expectations but we still have a way to go to fully fund what we need. We would like to thank all of our Swimmers, Coaches, Parents and Supporters.”
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Richmond Dales ASC was formed in 1976 and has a long record of producing top level swimmers all the way up to Olympic athletes. To continue with its plans to expand and to help identify the next generation of elite athletes, Richmond Dales ASC is keen to identify the next generation of elite athletes by attracting new swimmers to the club to give them the opportunity to experience competitive swimming training. If you are interested in joining Richmond Dales for these sessions you can contact the club by emailing