Derby and Notts Junior League Round 1

The final results, individual times and relay split times can now be found on the website in our member area:

Please contact a member of the coaching team is you require the user name and password for the members area. 

We were drawn against some tough competition, but this did not appear to phase our swimmers, nor did they disappoint on the night!

Throughout the night, we managed to secure two first place finishes, ten second place finishes and fourteen third place finishes which is a brilliant effort by all swimmers.

We held third place overall throughout the gala right up until the final event, the cannon at the end, where unfortunately we were disqualified for one of the takeovers. Whilst disqualifications can be extremely frustrating, we learn from them, move on, and use them to further motivate us for the next round.

Overall, we finished in fourth place, missing out on third by one point! The effort levels from our swimmers were extremely high, and it was brilliant to see everyone (parents included) coming together as one team, and supporting their teammates.

The final results were City of Derby A in first with 269 points, Etwall Blues in second with 174 points, Nottingham Leander B in third with 160 points, Ilkeston in fourth with 159 points, Eckington in fifth with 159 points and Hucknall and Linby in sixth with 84 points.

A special mention and well done goes to Felicity Dobbs, Sami Zilate, Kieran Law and William Radford for representing Team Ilkeston for the first time at a team gala.

Thanks to Gary, Victoria, Kay, Steph, Kate, Jake, Eve, Holly and Delainey for all helping out on the night.

Round two is on Saturday 18th May and team selections will be being sent out via text message very shortly.



Fantastic weekend of Racing for Ilkeston Swimming Club!

With 2 days of Racing, Ilkeston swimmers took to the stage. First of all was Round 3 of the Arena League and our swimmers approached the gala with shear grit and determination. With some changes made to the team, and swimmers feeling ill, they didn’t let us down.

Every swimmer gave it their all, which resulted in a 1st place finish which has never been done before. Based on the teams efforts in the league this year, Ilkeston finished in 10th place which is amazing, and puts us up there next season for promotion.

After a late night on Saturday with tired swimmers, it was time to race again at the
DASA Sprints at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on the Sunday.

We didn’t disappoint, from young swimmers, to the older ones, they were amazing and it was nice to hear Ilkeston mentioned a lot based on swimmers performances at Arena and the DASA Sprints.

A lot of the younger swimmers swam for the first time in a long course pool, and took it all in there stride and were a credit to their coaches.

It was a weekend for Ilkeston to remember, with much more like this to come.

Stats for the DASA meet spoke for itself:
– A massive 94 % PB rate.
– 19 top 6 places.
– 10 medals won.
– 4 midlands qualifiers.

Medal winners were:

James Wright:

50 Fly Silver
50 Free Bronze
50 Breast Silver

Alex King:

50 Free Silver
50 Fly Bronze
50 Back Silver

Fred Buckingham:

50 Fly Bronze

Lewis Brown:

50 Back Bronze

McKinley Cotton:

50 Free Silver
50 Fly Bronze

A thank you goes out to supporting coaches Dan Sloan, Steph Brown, and Gary King.
Also team mangers Claire, Emma, Victoria, Kay, and Kate for there support over a very busy weekend of swimming.

And a thank you to the officials from Ilkeston and the parents for there great support.

Well done all, you’re a credit to Ilkeston Swimming Club, with more fast swimming ahead.

Another write up will follow soon in the Derby Telegraph and Ilkeston Advertiser.

Head coach Richard Tomlinson

Club Colour Gala – General Info and Confirmed Entries

Colour Gala – Sunday 16th December.

Please note; no further entries will be accepted.

Please click the link below to open the confirmed entries list. This document also contains additional information about the gala.

Confirmed Entries and Info

As we are holding a bake sale, we require bakers! Please feel free to bring along some baked goodies. If you will be doing so, could you please let Victoria Bull know by emailing her:

I received a great response with regards to people putting their name down to volunteer at the gala, to the point where there was too many! So many thanks to everyone that put their name forward. Below is a list of confirmed volunteers required at the gala:

  • Dawn Hutchinson
  • Fay Webster
  • Gill Tait
  • Hayley Cooke
  • Helen Naylor
  • Kay Charlesworth
  • Sharon Bestwick
  • Shona Baldwin
  • Steph Brown
  • Steven Wood
  • Tanya Stadler

If your name isn’t down on the list then you won’t be required, but once again thank you for putting your name forward and offering your assistance.

All help is much appreciated and is a great way to get involved with the club!

Bramcote Open Meet 

Two Ilkeston swimmers swam at the Bramcote Open Meet at the weekend, and had a successful meet, combined with personal best times and a handful of medals.

Sisters McKinley Cotton and Delainey Cotton swam at the meet and gained 45 points for team Ilkeston which is amazing for two swimmers to achieve.

The results were:
McKinley – Gold 200 Backstroke 
Gold 200 IM
Gold 50 Fly
Gold 50 Free
Gold 50 Backstroke
Silver 50 Breaststroke

Delainey – Bronze 100 Backstroke
With 3 x top 6 places in her age group

Well done girls keep up the good work.

Head coach Richard

Presidents Night

The annual Presidents Award Night is this Sunday.

Date: Time: Awards Start Time:
Sunday 2nd December 3pm – 6pm *4pm* – TBC

What is the Presidents Night?

The main purpose of the evening is for all members of our club to come together for a fun-filled evening, and to present the Presidents Night Awards.

All swimmers, parents, friends and family members are all welcome and encouraged to come along into the pool and have some fun and a swim! The pool will be open, with floats, woggles, balls, and other equipment available for use. The slide will also be open and available for use. The pool will be open in this format from 3pm – 6pm.

At 4pm (TBC) everyone will be asked to sit around the outside of the pool, and the Presidents Night Awards will then be presented. Once the awards have been presented, everyone may then re-enter the pool.

The Presidents Night Awards are presented by our President, Steve Darkins, at the end of the year to recognise and reward individuals in the club. Although only one swimmer can win the award, being nominated is a huge achievement in itself.

The awards are voted for by the Coaching Team who consider individual’s achievements, technique, application and overall approach to and improvement of their swimming.

The awards include:

  • Foundation Squad Endeavour Award
  • Foundation Squad Most Improved Award
  • Team Trophy Award
  • Butterfly Award
  • Backstroke Award
  • Breaststroke Award
  • Freestyle Award
  • Most Improved Junior Boy (12/U Yrs)
  • Most Improved Junior Girl (12/U Yrs)
  • Most Improved Senior Boy (13+ Yrs)
  • Most Improved Senior Girl (13+ Yrs)
  • Commitment Award
  • Poolside Assistance Award
  • The Jamie Rigby Award
  • Swimmer of the Year Award


Club Colour Gala

Date: Warm Up Time:
Sunday 16th December 3pm

Entry forms are now being handed out by the coaching team for this years Club Colour Gala.

Swimmers must complete an entry form in order to participate. Swimmers are not able to participate if an entry form is not completed, and handed in. 

General Info:

  • The Colour Gala will involve all main pool swimmers.
  • Swimmers from all squads are mixed together to create six different teams.
  • Each team will have a dedicated team captain.
  • Swimmers will participate in a range of preselected individual and relay events.
  • Points will be given to teams based on their position in each event. 6 points are awarded for a 1st place finish, 5 Points for a 2nd place finish, 4 for 3rd place, 3 for 4thplace, 2 for 5th place and 1 for 6th place.
  • The team with the highest points overall will win the Gala.
  • We highly encourage all swimmers to enter this event as it is an ideal opportunity to bond with fellow team members and participate in a wide variety of races / events.

Once entered if a swimmer is then unable to participate, then please notify a member of the coaching team as swimmers will be placed in a team and allocated races. The swimmer will then need to be removed from the team and races if they can no longer participate, and other swimmers will need to be placed in the race instead. If we aren’t notified then this will have to be done on the day which we would like to avoid having to do.

The entry fee for spectators is £1.50. Programmes are provided.

A Cake Sale may take place on the day – pending confirmation.

If you have any question or queries about the Gala, then please speak to a member of the coaching team.

In order to successfully run this gala, we require a range of helpers. If you are able to help on the day then please let Dan Sloan know. All help is much appreciated.

Please note that no main pool sessions will take place on this date due to the gala.