Assistant Coach

We are delighted to announce after an extensive selection process we have now recruited an outstanding candidate to fill the vacant coaching position within Newport Live/ City of Newport Swimming & Water Polo Club. Matthew Tutton will join the coaching team on a full time basis starting on the 2nd January 2018.

Matthew is a Level 3 performance coach, and has been involved with coaching in Wales for over a decade. Matthew has coached swimmers to British Championships and British Nationals, with one of his swimmers winning a silver medal in the Summer.   

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience over the past few months, and also to thank both Alan Roberts and Sarah Knight for the brilliant work they have been doing.

Kindest regards the Coaching team.

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Coaches Report 14-22/10/17

Arena League-Round 1
The City of Newport Swimming club re-entered the National Swimming Arena League this year for the first time in 5 years. On Saturday 14th October we travelled to Hutton Moor to compete in the first round. For those of you who have never witnessed an Arena League it is a very fast and furious competition, completing 50 events, which are a mix of relays and individuals, in about 2 hours. Newport came away from the 1st round with a stylish win, beating 2nd place by in excess of 100 points, winning 38 out of 50 events.
 
The second round will also be at Hutton Moor on Saturday 11th November, where we hope to display another dominant performance to put us in a strong position for the final where we will fight for promotion to the first Division.

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Newport Water Polo Fight Hard in the National Age Groups

Well done to the Newport Water Polo team, representing the Welsh Region over last weekend, they all put in a highly spirited performance which saw the team finishing 8th out of 14.

The boys played very well throughout the day and gave all of their commitment and effort for the Coaches.

Well done to you all, and thank you Coaches, for the work and dedication yo have put into the team, they did Newport and Wales proud.

Club Championships - Friday Evening Session

It is with regret that following the short notice withdrawal of three referees from the officials for Friday evening that this sessions is now cancelled.. 

The Club have explored a range of possible options to afford Swimmers the opportunity to swim either the 800 m or 1500 m events in the next few weeks. We have looked at others days and equally using other Club Champs from local clubs to see if we could piggy back. However, in reality we are left with the least worst option. 

We will therefore reschedule the 800 m and 1500 m events to follow on from the planned session following a short break on Sunday 1 October 2017. Any swimmer who wishes to withdraw as a result of the required change will receive a refund. 

Apologies for the disruption caused by this late notice change. The Club will do all it can to make the best of the current situation and we appreciate your understanding in this matte

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Assistant Coach Vacancy

“Newport LIVE in partnership with the City of Newport Swimming and Water Polo Club is excited to recruit for a driven, ambitious, professional and highly qualified Swimming Coach to become an integral part of the very successful Newport Live Integrated Swim Programme.
 
To be our Swimming Coach you will need to possess a UKCC Level 1 Coaching qualification or equivalent and have extensive knowledge and experience of making an impact coaching competitive swimming at Age, Youth and Regional level. To deliver the primary school swim programme, you will need to possess an UKCC Level 1 Swim Teaching Award and have experience and knowledge of swim lesson programmes and national governing body teaching plans.
 
For further information/or to apply please visit http://www.newportlive.co.uk/jobs/575-swimming-coach  or if you wish to contact the Head Coach please contact: James.Goodwin@newportlive.co.uk
 
Closing date is Thursday 12th October”

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Newport Water Polo Juniors Dominate in Welsh clash

Saturday 2nd September saw a fantastic match for Newport in their local Derby against Cwm Draig.

The older Juniors established a strong lead early on in the match then made way for the younger juniors to gain some very valuable experience against their Valleys adversary. The younger juniors made up most of the team for the majority of the second half and maintained the lead throughout.

Newport finished eventual winners 18 - 11, with all gaining a lot of experience from the encounter. 

Training Times

There will be no Strength and Conditioning Sessions on the following dates:

Tuesday 25th July
Saturday 29th July
Tuesday 1st August
Saturday 5th August

There will be no morning training on Friday 4th August

There will be a Summer Shut Down week commencing Monday 7th August for National Performance, National Potential, Regional Performance 1 & Regional Performance 2 squads.
Week commencing Monday 14th August - all sessions back to normal.

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Team Manager Training Course

Opportunity for Team Manager Training
The WSA – Welsh Sports Association are hosting a Team Manager workshop in Cardiff on Tuesday 27th June 2017 between 4.30 pm – 9.30 pm at Sophia Gardens, Wales National Sports Centre.  The cost is £50 which will be paid by the Club.
Anyone interested pleased book online at http://wsa.wales/events/  please ask for business invoice so the club can receive the bill.

Tribute to Bernice Hooper - Club President (R.I.P.)

To all past and present members of City of Newport Swimming and Water Polo Club.
It is with regret that I pass on the news that our Club President, Mrs Bernice Hooper, has peacefully passed away on May 14th aged 98. She will be remembered by many, having taught generations of children in her teaching positions at schools across Newport as well as a swimming instructor at Newport Swimming Club which was formed in 1898 at Stow Hill Baths.
Swimming and the love of the sport ran in the 'Hooper' family. Her husband, Wilf, was Secretary of the Welsh Amateur Swimming Association for many years and late daughter Jocelyn represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff and Australia. A plaque inside the main door at the International pool at Spytty is dedicated to Wilf Hooper. Mrs Hooper was the Welsh swimming team manager at the Commonwealth Games held in Australia, New Zealand and Cardiff. Mrs Hooper held the office of President of the Welsh Amateur Swimming Association, as did her husband and eight other members of the three swimming clubs in Newport.
In January 1984, with the impending closure of Stow Hill Baths, Newport Swimming Club amalgamated with Maindee Olympic Swimming Club to become Newport and Maindee Olympic Swimming and Water Polo Club which is 2004 became known as City of Newport Swimming and Water Polo Club.
As a younger swimmer, Mrs Hooper's mother persuaded my Mother and her sister, also Welsh team swimmers and swimming instructors, to allow Bernice to swim with them in the Usk River swim! This swim was stopped in 1946 due to the high pollution in the river.
Mrs Hooper continued her competitive swimming into her late 80's and would walk to the Maindee Baths every morning from her home in Devon Place to train at 6.15 a.m.
She will be fondly remembered by many.
Jen Smith (Vice President)