Club Champs 2014 Rules Sunday 16th November & Sunday 23rd November

The Club Championships 2014 Rules can now be downloaded using the link below.

Entry forms should be completed and returned with the entry fees to Andrew Hickingbotham or one of the other coaches if unavailable.

The closing date for entries is Sunday 26th October. Any entries after this deadline will not be accepted.


Arena League 2014 Round 1 Report

Round One of the Arena League was a cracker!

Team Ilkeston finished third out of five teams that were really tough opposition. It was great to see Ilkeston prevail as a top three team hammering Dove Valley who has been our bogey team for the past three years!

This result proves how far you have all come as swimmers and put up a fight especially in the final two relay races!

We have swimmers on the freestyle relays pulling 26’s, 27’s and 28’s out and some of the 13/14 year old’s doing 29’s for 50m’s! Its fantastic and obviously its only a fraction of what you are capable of at this moment.

In terms of top three positions:
6 – 1st places
8 – 2nd places
14 – 3rd places

Final scores:
1st Falcon – 178
2nd Wantage – 174
3rd Ilkeston – 138
4th Matlock – 135
5th Dove Valley – 109

A lot of personal bests were recorded last night! Swimmers were knocking several seconds off their times which proves if you work hard you will receive rewards in return. But, swimmers get to know your pb’s please! Every time we asked last night, “great swim – what’s your pb!?” Half of you looked and didn’t know. You need to know what your goal times are to fire you up for the race!

In addition, we had some debuts for Team Ilkeston last night in their first Arena League for the club – well done to these swimmers!

Leah Burgin-Rawson, Keira Banks, Ashley Hutchinson, Lewis Brown, Kian Eaves, Ollie Hunt, Ellis Haddon, Evan Coggins, William Foster, Daniel Sloan, Robyn Beecham!

Big thanks to all the parents that helped out on poolside!

Wait until you see these results!! Well done Team!

JC Dobb 2014 Autumn League Round 2 Report

A Brilliant performance from everybody at the Second Round of JC Dobb Autumn League with ISC finishing 4th, but more importantly just 17 points behind the winners.

On the night, we were a victim of our own success with speeding tickets in 6 events proving the swimmers are coming on leaps and bounds with some huge PBs. The total time under the cut-offs for all 6 speeding tickets was 1.41 seconds, showing how narrow a margin there was between coming 4th and potentially winning by a country mile. But that’s the fun of Dobbs.

With just one round to go, ISC is in a really strong position. We head into the next round on 29th November at Hucknall Leisure Centre in 3rd position overall, just 11 points off top spot.

There were 32 new best times in total, 4 more than the last round and the whole team was fantastic.

In total there were:

6 – Speeding Tickets

16 – 1st Places (5 in the last round)

10 – 2nd Places (15 in the last round)

5 – 3rd Places (12 in the last round)

This meant we finished in the top 3 in 31 of the 48 races. 37/48 including STs.

16 First places is a massive achievement when you consider the 6 speeding tickets also finished first with PBs. This meant we touched the wall first in a third of the events excluding the STs.

Some highlights of note from the night were:

Keira Banks making her gala debut and contributing to 3 1st place finishes and 1 2nd place finish in the 10/u and 8/9yrs relays.

Ryan Kirk marking his gala debut with a speeding ticket and big PB in the 10/U 25m Backstroke.

Lewis Brown marking his first individual race with a speeding ticket and going sub-20s in the 10/U 25m Butterfly with a time of 19.61.

Jake Elson (x2), Evan Coggins (x2), Leah Woodhead, Charlie Palmer, Chelsea Sanders, Cameron Halliday, Robyn Beecham and Elsie Vivian getting 1st Places in their individual events.

It was a great night as ever and we all owe a big thanks to all the parents for helping out and ensuring the night went ahead without a hitch.

Bring on Round 3!!!

Final Gala Standings:

1st Sutton – 178

2nd Radford – 164

2nd Kimberley – 164

4th Ilkeston – 161

5th Portland – 130

6th Hucknall & Linby – 112

Standings after 2 Rounds:

1st Sutton – 324

2nd Radford – 317

3rd Ilkeston – 313

4th Kimberley – 305

5th Portland – 252

6th Hucknall & Linby – 230

Next Gala is the JC Dobb Autumn League Round 3 on Saturday 29th November at Hucknall Leisure Centre.

JC Dobb 2014 Autumn League Round 1 Report

A Fantastic performance from everybody at the first gala of the new season with ISC coming 2nd, just 1 point behind the winners. This puts us in a great position heading into the next round on 4th October which ISC will be hosting at Bramcote Leisure Centre.

There were 28 new best times in total and the whole team swum brilliantly considering the gala came right off the back of the summer break and holiday season.

In total there were:

5 – Speeding Tickets

5 – 1st Places

15 – 2nd Places

12 – 3rd Places

This meant we finished in the top 3 in 32 of the 48 races. 37/48 including STs.

Some highlights of note from the night were:

Grace Bennett making her gala debut and finishing the 25m Butterfly in a huge new PB of 23.18 to add to a new best time for her 25m Freestyle.

Hannah Brompton making her gala debut and contributing to 4 3rd place finishes in the 10/u and 8/9yrs relays.

Robyn Beecham making her Dobbs debut and gaining a speeding ticket and 1st place as well as new PBs in her 2 individual races.

Will Wright getting under the 30s mark for the first time at ISC in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 29.86 and a speeding ticket to go with it.

Jake Elson, Elsie Vivian and Charlie Palmer getting 1st Places and new PBs in the 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 50m Butterfly respectively.

As ever with the dobbs galas it was great fun and really close races with all ISC swimmers going flat out to the wall. Big thanks to all the parents for getting all swimmers poolside well in time for the warm-up, it is a real help to me on poolside to know everyone is there early so thanks for that. Also, huge thank-you to all the helpers on the night, great work as always!!

Bring on Round 2!!!

Final Gala Standings:

1st Radford – 153

2nd Ilkeston – 152

3rd Sutton – 146

4th Kimberley – 141

5th Portland – 122

6th Hucknall & Linby – 118

Next Gala is the JC Dobb Autumn League Round 2 on Saturday 4th October at Bramcote Leisure Centre.

Christmas Bowling

As we have done for the last 2 years, ISC are looking at doing a Christmas bowling event.

It will be on the Sunday 14th December after or before presidents night (yet to be decided).

The cost will be £10 for 3 games and a meal.

If you are interested, please contact Events Organiser Kyle Hudson or you can comment on the post in facebook.

Letters regarding the event will be handed out closer to the time.

Swimming Caps at Training

Please be aware that only BLUE ISC Caps should be worn at training sessions.

WHITE ISC Caps are for Arena league and selected other competitions only.

The club has invested a lot of money in swim caps and Head Coach Rob Hudson put a lot of time and effort into picking a great design and the most durable cap. The club are selling them at cost to recoup the money and would appreciate everyone getting in team colours to promote the club. It would be great to see a pool full of BLUE ISC caps. The WHITE ISC Caps are earned by being selected for the Arena League and not available to buy so if you have one, please take care of it and use it only when required as each one comes at a cost to the club.

Belper Open Meet – Ghoul In The Pool

ISC will be entering the Belper Open Meet on Saturday 25th October as a team.

All meet info has been put on the notice board and coaches will have entry forms to hand out from Monday 18th August.

To raise awareness of Open Meets and increase ISC participation, the swim committee has kindly agreed to once again contribute towards the event fees at a cost to the club. ISC will contribute 25% towards the fees and would like to see a big turn out.

Cheques should be made payable to Ilkeston Swimming Club for 75% of the fees.

All entries to be handed into Rachel Sanders or the coaching staff when Rachel is unavailable by 17th September at the very latest.

Link to Website for info:

ISC Team Building Day

Venue: Shipley Country Park, Heanor, Derbyshire, DE75 7GX

Date: Sunday 21st September 2014

Everyone Arrived by: 11:45am

Start Time: 12:00pm

Finish Time: 14:30pm

Event Cost = FREE

Team Ilkeston are happy to announce a date has been set for another Ilkeston Team Building Event at Shipley Country Park.

All (Coached) Senior, Youth and Junior Squad members that swim on a Sunday 4-6pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday are invited to join us before they go back to the pool for a stretching session followed by the 4-6pm training session.

There will be Fun Relays, Wheelbarrow Races, Piggy-Back Races, a Team Run through Shipley Park, Land Exercises, Strength Building, The TrimTrack, and an Assault Course, just to mention a few.

Get your names on the notice board quickly to ensure you don’t miss out on something that’s always a great experience.

Please make sure you bring your own drinks & snacks/food and dress appropriately according to the weather by wearing suitable clothing for activities i.e. no jeans.

Any questions then please speak to Senior Boys Captain Kyle Hudson.

Bring ‘n’ Buy Sale Week

ISC will be having a bring ‘n’ buy sale for 2nd hand swim kit commencing Sunday 14th September until Thursday 18th September.

With swimmers quickly growing out of fins and new kit being bought, this is a great opportunity to pass those unwanted items on to the next generation of ISC swimmers and get a bit of cash towards your next purchase.

Simply give any items to Andy Hickingbotham or one of the other coaches from Sunday 7th September with the amount you are willing to sell for and your name. We will then put all the items together at the swim sessions for everyone to see and buy.

Typical examples of what to bring are fins, floats, goggles, paddles, good condition swimwear.

JC Dobb Spring League Round 3 Report


Some Stats from the epic final win last Saturday…and whoa was it close:

I didn’t know the full story until I looked into the results. We went into the gala knowing we had to beat Kimberley by 6 points to win the league after two fantastic rounds earlier in the year. We started well but some fantastic PBs and subsequently speeding tickets knocked us back. In fact, after 17 races we were 29 points behind Kimberley and sitting 1point above last place.

Then we went on a run and some great swims put us back in contention.

Then on race 44 of 48, Natasha Barker picked up 2 points to put us 2 points in front of Kimberley. That left 3 races to pick up 4 points more than our rivals to win the league. Step-up Jayne Stallion and Will Foster in the 50m Back.

Both destroyed the competition and won their respective races in style to put us 9 points in front of Kimberley. Then to the cannon, where at this point we had no idea of how we were doing, such is the dobbs galas.

Led by the rapid duo of Leah Burgin Rawson and Lewis Brown, the cannon came in 2nd place with some fast changeovers and a barn storming last leg from Dalton Smith.

Cue a nervous 10 minutes of totting up scores and it was done…for the first time since 2004 would you believe,


This is a massive achievement for all involved. This is certainly my greatest achievement in my time with the club and has added to a great year which included winning our own Jamie Rigby Gala and getting to the final of the Leicester league for the first time I can remember also. I’m proud to say we did things properly with all our swimmers racing to their full potential, and whereas other clubs slow down to win within the cut off time, we turn up to swim fast and get PBs. Keep it up, let me worry about cut-off times and keep smashing those PBs.

Huge tanks to all those who helped out poolside, much appreciated and for the support from parents who were sweating up in the seating at a roasting Hucknall pool.

Here’s your stats:

44 new PBs and best times

5 Speeding Tickets

11 First Place Finishes

10 Second Place Finishes

6 Third Place

Finishes 27 out of 48 Top 3 Finishes

Final Gala Standings:

1st Radford 158

2nd Sutton 153

3rd Ilkeston 152

4th Kimberley 144

5th Hucknall 129

6th Portland 113

Final League Standings:

1st Ilkeston 511 – Highest total since I’ve been doing it (No records prior to)

2nd Kimberley 508

3rd Sutton 457

4th Radford 456

5th Hucknall 361

6th Portland 316


Next Gala is the JC Dobb Autumn League Round 1 on Saturday 6th September.