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April Fool Gala – Entries open Monday 17 January 2022

Key information:

Date: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2022
Venue: John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, Leeds LS11 5DJ

All the information you need is listed below or visit the event page on our website here

Club Championships 2022 – Thank You!

After missing out on being hold the Club Championships last year, I think we more than made up for it this year – what a series of races! Congratulations to all that took part, you are all winners.

It was great to see so many swimmers taking part, from the very youngest experiencing their first, to those that this will be their last championships. There was some fantastic racing and some incredible times – well done swimmers, you are a credit to the Club. Of course, these championships cannot take place without the willingness of the many volunteers who give their time freely. Thank you all, to the officials, the timekeepers, the team managers and marshalls, gala organisers and the coaches for preparing the swimmers. I feel I must give special praise to Caroline Ovenstone whose tireless work behind the scenes and the countless hours of work beforehand, enabled these galas to take place. I did notice a few more grey hairs last night Caroline.

Thank you for making me a contented, proud Chair.

Kind regards

Steve Jones

Job Vacancy – Performance Swimming Coach

Richmond Dales ASC is excited to announce that we are now recruiting for a Performance Swimming Coach.

The newly appointed Performance Coach would be responsible for the delivery of coaching (pool and land-based) to swimmers in Regional and Nationals squads. The Performance Coach would form part of a 5 strong coaching team and be expected to input into the full swim program in order to raise levels
across the board.

If you have ambition, drive and enthusiasm as well as a proven track record in developing performance swimmers this is an excellent opportunity to further develop your own skills and our Club – We want to hear from you!

The successful candidate should be qualified to a minimum of Swim England Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Swimming or Swim England Coach Certificate.

More details can be found here

Closing date for applications: Friday 4th February 2022
Interviews and selection process : Week of 28th February 2022
Please send your CV and covering letter to Mr Steve Jones – Chairperson
RDASC (). If you would like an informal discussion on the role prior to applying, please contact 07946 196212.


Richmond Dales ASC Para Squad visited Angus Morton Butcher

Last week Maisie, Joe, Sky and Harvey from Richmond Dales ASC Para Squad visited Angus Morton Butcher in Richmond to say a very big ‘Thank You’ to them for their generous donation of £200.00 to help support their squad.
Mick Kirk owner of Angus Morton Butcher on Finkle Street in Richmond, made the donation after hearing about the swimmers during a chance conversation in his shop.  Mick said “I’d like to thank you for giving me the chance to help in a small way and I’m proud to say that today I met some truly amazing people today. What an amazing group of athletes and some of the widest grins I have ever seen…keep up the good work”
Richmond Dales ASC would like to once again thank Mick and all at Angus Morton Butchers for their support.
#est1976 #paraswimming #joinourclub #swimming #OneTeam #lovesports #Fundraising #thankyou

Christine Golightly will be joining the ranks of our Licenced Officials at the club

The Board of Richmond Dales ASC are delighted to announce that Christine Golightly will be joining the ranks of our Licenced Officials at the club with immediate effect. 
Christine is a referee with many years experience officiating at competitions from Level 4 Meets to international competitions.
Christine is about to embark on what she describes as the “highest achievement”  of her officiating career having been selected to officiate at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Christine started officiating over 23 years ago, like many of our volunteers, when her daughter started swimming.  She has spent countless weekends on poolside, and just like our other referees and officials, has the ethos of supporting the athlete and putting the swimmer first.
Christine has also spent two years as Northumberland & Durham and  North East Regional President.
Christine says :-
“Thank you so much for the lovely welcome. I am very much looking forward to continuing my time as an referee with Richmond Dales.
During my journey I have made some great new & lifelong friends in the swimming world and have enjoyed my many years as a volunteer and official. I would genuinely  encourage any parent or carer to step forward and become involved. It is a truly rewarding experience and one you won’t regret.”
Our Chairman, Steve Jones said :-
“As Chair of RDASC I very much welcome Christine Golightly to our club. I have know Christine for a number of years and have her to thank for training me up to be a swimming official, with her running both my Judge 1 and Judge 2 training courses.
As well as being a well respected swimming referee, Christine is a Senior IPC official who has officiated at many para swimming events at British & European levels and will be officiating at the Tokyo Paralympics this year.  
Christine is a valuable asset to the club and I would like to thank her for becoming the latest member to our family”.
Christine joins John Flynn, Michelle Worthy & Kevin Rand as our referees and becomes one of our officials including Starters & Judge levels 1 & 2.
Thank you for joining us Christine, on behalf of all of our swimmers, coaches, parents & carers, Welcome to Richmond Dales ASC.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a licensed swimming official, please email  and we will send you more information. Its a great way to give something back to the sport.

Iain Young Back to Pool Gala 18/19 September  – is now CLOSED 

Iain Young Back to Pool Gala 18/19 September  – is now CLOSED 

Thank you to all those clubs who have entered the Iain Young Back to Pool Gala. We are really excited to get back to competitive swimming and grateful for your support. Please be aware that the gala is now full and unfortunately we cannot accept any further entries.