*Save The Dates* – Arena League

The National Arena Swimming League is fast approaching.

The dates for each round are below.

Date: Round: Venue:
Saturday 13th October R1 Alfreton Leisure Centre
Saturday 10th November R2 TBC
Saturday 8th December R3 TBC

Team selections will be made very shortly for the first round, and selections for R2 and R3 will be made closer to the dates.

For more information on the Arena League please read the Arena League section within our competitions guide on our website:



Land Training

Just a quick reminder that land training sessions have re-started on Friday nights 7-8pm at Rutland Sports Park in the tennis centre. ( no session on 28.09.18 )

These sessions build overall fitness, improve core strength and stamina and are open to all swimmers age 10yrs and over.

Parents are welcome to join in too, or stay and watch.  However if dropping swimmers off for the session, please pop in and ensure I have a contact number for you before you leave.

The initial price is £2 per class per person to be handed to myself each week.

Please wear suitable clothing – you will get hot, and bring plenty of water!

See you there

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*Reminder* – Squad Trials Sun 16th

Squad Trials – Sunday 16th September

Just a quick reminder that squad trials are taking place this Sunday (16th Sept).


The trials are split based on squads. See below for timings:




3pm – 4pm

Development Squads

*Swimmers that swim on Tues 7pm – 8pm and Sun 3pm – 4pm*

4pm – 6pm

Main Squads

*All main squad swimmers*


All swimmers should aim to attend as squad selections will be made based on these trials.

If you have any questions or queries then please contact a member of the coaching team.

Important announcement from our Chairman and Committee:

Ilkeston Swimming Club are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Head Coach, Richard Tomlinson, with effect from 1st October 2018.

Richard is joining us from City of Derby swimming club, where he has spent a number of successful years coaching their Development and Midlands squads.

He will bring a wealth of experience to the club and has some fantastic ideas to develop our club further and potentially increase the number of our membership.

Richard will be seen shortly at the pool where he will be meeting with all the swimmers and announcing some exciting changes to the Squads and training programme.

I hope you will all give Richard a warm Team Ilkeston welcome!

Club Championships: Sponsor an Event?

Ilkeston SC Club Championships will be held on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September at Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston. Have you handed your entry form in yet?

Remember the closing date for entries is 30th July 2018!

Also, do you know someone who would like to sponsor an event or age group at the Championships?

Your support will help with the cost of medals and engraving trophies.

Sponsorship packages can be bespoke to your requirements. If you are interested in supporting the club, and you would like more information, then please contact, Paula Elson or Rob Hudson.

Rotherham Metro Meet…

Team Ilkeston swimmers were recently in action at the Rotherham meet over the weekend which saw some fast end of season racing to conclude the competitive season of 2017-18.

The team of 21 swimmers included; Alfie Brown, Alicia Bull, Amber Wilkins, Arwen Moore, Caitlyn Cooke, Dominic Webster, Elliot Bestwick, Emma Wilkins, Erica Beharall, Erin Pickard, Eve Beharall, Fern Hunter, Finley O’Neill, Hannah Cope, Joshua Bestwick, Leo Charlesworth, Louie Stadler, Max Bull, Naomi Forbes, Paige Baldwin & Steven Cope.

A hot and uncomfortable poolside still produced some excellent results with a total of 26 medals, and a 80.39% PB rate over the weekend. Swimmers can be proud of their performances, but most importantly they can use their individual points for improvement to further their individual progression next season.

Well done to all swimmers, and thanks to our poolside team of coaches and team managers who helped throughout the weekend; Kyle Hudson, Charlie Palmer, Dale Wilkins, Elaine Wilkins, Steph Brown, Victoria Bull & Carl Stadler.

A Gold Erin Pickard (50 Back)

B Gold Eve Beharall (100 & 200 Free, 400 Individual Medley, 100 & 200 Butterfly), Finley O’Neill (200 Butterfly), Emma Wilkins (100 Back), Alfie Brown (200 Breast), Naomi Forbes (200 Back)

A Silver Erica Beharall (200 Free), Erin Pickard (100 Back)

B Silver Naomi Forbes (100 Back & 200 Breast), Louie Stadler (200 Butterfly & 100 IM), Josh Bestwick (200 Butterfly)

A Bronze Erin Pickard (200 Free), Emma Wilkins (50 Back), Erica Beharall (100 Breast & 50 Free)

B Bronze Naomi Forbes (50 Back & 50 Breast), Fern Hunter (100 Breast), Dominic Webster (200 Breast), Erica Beharall (100 Butterfly)