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A NEW Head Coach for Richmond Dales Amateur Swimming Club

A NEW Head Coach for Richmond Dales Amateur Swimming Club

Ben Hatchett New RDASC Coach

RDASC board has selected Ben Hatchett to replace Chris Dove who left the club to take up a coaching position in Dubai. Ben is currently Head Coach at Durham City Aquatics.

I’m delighted to be taking over as Head Coach; the club has a massive amount of potential and has the resources available to be consistently finishing at the top end of the County Championships table. These results will then form the foundation towards our primary performance targets, of podium success at Regional and National meets, which the team will be looking to continuously develop over the next few years.

I am thoroughly looking forward to getting started; working with the athletes, coaches, board members and parents to drive the club on to the next level”

Ben holds over 10 years experience, coaching swimmers and implementing strategies over a range of abilities covering Learn to Swim to British Championship standard. He holds the Swim England Level 3 Senior Coach qualification, a Bsc (Hons) in Sport Science for Performance Coaching degree and an MSc in Performance Coaching

Richard Palmer-Jones, Chairman RDASC said “We are delighted to welcome Ben as the new Head Coach of Richmond Dales. We are excited by his vision for the club. He has a proven pedigree – having successfully combined athlete performance development with overall club development in his previous role. Ben will now lead our impressive team of 8 coaches as we take the next step in our clubs evolution towards our stated intention of becoming one of the leading clubs in North East Swimming.”

Ben joins RDASC on the 2nd of January.


This years RDASC AGM, is to be held on Monday 11th November at 18:00 in Catterick Leisure Centre.  All members of the club are invited to attend the AGM. 

The attachments to this post are:
– Nomination Form AGM 2019:
This should be used if you would like to nominate yourself or somebody else for a Board role within the Club.  Please note new members can be nominated and those who currently hold that position will be more than happy to support and guide you should your nomination be successful.  Completed nominations forms should be returned by 14th October 2019.
– Notice of AGM 2019: 
More information on the roles is included in this attachment “Notice of AGM_2019”.  Please feel free to chat to existing members of the Board if you want to find out more about these different roles.  Current roles are held as follows: Club Chair: Chris Smith; Club Secretary: Eithne Longstaff; Finance Officer: Lesley Scott; Club Development Officer:  Keith Hall; Coaching Representative:  Chris Dove; Fundraising Officer:  Amy Simeon  (Please note, Chris Smith, Eithne Longstaff, Lesley Scott and Chris Dove will all be standing down from their roles at the 2019 AGM).
Please contact any member of the board if you have any queries.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting
Notice of AGM 2019
Nominations form AGM 2019

Competition Calendar 2019-2020

The competition calendar has now been filled with the meets that we will be attend for the remainder of the season. There is still a possibility of competitors being added so keep a look out. Please check and key an eye out for information.

RDASC Competition Calendar 2019-2020

Diddy League – Final!

Some exciting news about Junior League 2019

Could we start by saying a huge “WELL DONE” to all the swimmers who have contributed to our success
in reaching the final.  With your hard work and committment to each event we have maintained a position within
Division 2 and won ourselves a place in the finals.

This will be held on the 15th September 2019, times and venue to be confirmed soon

For the finals it is really important that we field the strongest team possible to help secure our position in the Division.
We regret not all swimmers will be invited to the finals but are thankful for their contribution to the competition
throughout the year and the supports of our parents and carers.  A team list is being prepared by the coaches and
will be circulated once complete.  But could we ask that you all save the date in your diairies please.

In true Junior League style there will be a Fancy Dress Parade (we have done exceptionally well in the past) and the

theme this year will be one that celebrates 50 years since The Beetles recorded at Abbey Road Studios, therefore we are

thinking, pops stars, musicians, fans and obviously the famous 4.

We have booked a coach to transport the swimmers to the pool and seats for parents will be available on a first come
first served basis, again names will be taken once the team lists are circulated.

Tickets for the finals are requiredfor supporters and we have been allocated 40.

Congratulations and Good Luck to Harvey Stonebank and Chris McDonnell

Harvey and Chris have been selected to compete for DSGB at European Down Syndrome Championships in Sardinia next with our very own Keith Hall being name Head Coach for the competition!

We wish them all the best of luck for the competition!

Gala information – including closing dates

Please find below all the information that you need for the upcoming galas that you may want to attend. If you are unsure which competition you should be entering please talk to your coach.

Please take note of the date for entries, try not to leave it till the last minute.

Middlesborough Halloween Meet– Elite Performance and Age Group Performance to ask coach

19th/20th October 2019

Entries and payment to Caroline NO LATER than Friday 20th September 2019

Information sent to all email addresses, plus via the following link- meet condition

Middlesbrough Christmas Meet- Elite Performance and Age Group Performance

7th/8th December 2019

Entries and payment to Caroline NO LATER than Thursday 26th September 2019

Information sent to all email addresses, plus via the following link- meet conditions 

York City Baths- Winter Meet Extravaganza

7th/8th December 2019

Entries and payment to Caroline NO LATER than Friday 14th September 2019

Information sent to all email addresses, plus via the following link- meet conditions