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Consultation on possible change of Club kit and colours

17th May 2016

We have been in discussions with various kit suppliers for our Club kit which will include having the facility to order online via a dedicated webpage and to provide up to date designs and styles, similar to those now worn by many other clubs, and with an extended range of clothing options. We hope to conclude those discussions and have new supplier arrangements and the web page up and running by September.

This will be happening and we hope you’ll all find this convenient and a positive improvement on current arrangements.

This also provides the opportunity to rebrand the Club colours alongside the potential change of our name. This would help us to stand out against the large number of other clubs in Essex and the East Region that also have blue and white as their colours.

One alternative is to change our colours to the maroon and white used by Chelmsford City FC and by the council – broadly known as our city colours.
We appreciate that this could involve additional initial costs for parents and swimmers and therefore want to seek your views on the proposed changes.
You will find indicative examples in this pdf file of what the modernised kit from a new supplier could look like, both in our current blue and white as well as in a new maroon and white.

Please take the time to look at these and then feedback your preferences on both the name change and change of colours. You can do this by completing a short survey by clicking on this link.

Latest Newsletter

3rd March 2016

The latest club newsletter can be found here.

Essex County Championships

2nd March 2016

With 70 swimmers qualifying to take part in the Essex County Swimming Championships 2016, Chelmsford Swimming Club is delighted to be ending the championships with a total of 45 medals, 4 Essex County Champions and some very tired swimmers after three weekends of intensive swimming.

Follow @ChelmsfordSC and Like the Chelmsford Swimming Club Facebook page to see more photos from the three weekends, using the buttons to the right.

Read More here.

Latest Newsletter

3rd December 2015

The latest club newsletter can be found here.

Club Championships 2015

20th October 2015

The latest club championship results, and details about this year's sponsors can be found here.

Success for Chelmsford Swimmers in National Arena League

21st October 2015

The Club’s team were victorious in the first round of this season’s National Arena League, achieving first place by a very wide margin in the South East Division 1 meet at Canterbury on 11th October. Despite the fact that we had a number of swimmers swimming up an age group we led from the start and the lead was never challenged, resulting in a good start to our campaign to get re-promoted to the Premier Division.

Chelmsford swimmers achieved a total of 21 first places from the 49 events, with eight of the relay teams winning their events. Wins in individual events were achieved by Gus Veasey; Jack Skerry; Lauren Scott; Thomas Samuels; Tom Ward; Olivia Harrison, Ryan Kelly; Abbie Low; Ryan Mogford, and Eleanor Clarke.

The whole team enjoyed their success on the night and some of the Chelmsford parents present were even seen doing a Mexican Wave!!

Synchro Jack Petchey Award

20th October 2015

Our latest JP award was given to Ariadne Cook on Sunday evening, for her outstanding commitment to the club and helping to keep the team spirit going.

She has also taken to being seen as one of the more senior girls, with responsibility and maturity, by volunteering at certain sessions to learn more about coaching. We are very proud to have Ari in our club.

Essex Mini League

20th October 2015

Last week saw the final round of 'The Essex Mini League' take place at South Woodham Ferrers, against Romford, Clacton, Havering and host club Maldon.

The 2015 Mini league started in February, with the 18 member clubs set to swim at five separate galas with the aim that each club will swim against every other club in the league during the season. This is an important event for Chelmsford Swimming Club, allowing swimmers that may not achieve county qualifying times, to represent the club against swimmers of similar ability levels.

Results are yet to be updated for some of the final rounds so the league table currently has us sitting at 9th with one gala left to report. Colchester is leading the table with 175 points compared to our 145.3, however, only 5 of those above us have scores to be added so our final position is yet to be confirmed, but the only way is up!!

So, well done to all the swimmers that have represented our club in The Mini League events this year and especially those that attended our last event. Chelmsford ended the evening in second place (Romford came first) and saw some great swims by all our swimmers, especially those that were representing the club for the first time, swimming up an age group or even reluctantly swimming their least favourite stroke!! It was an exciting, fast paced gala and hopefully it will encourage our younger swimmers to make sure they take part in our league events in the future.

For more information about the mini league visit

CSC swimmers to represent Essex at the National Inter-Counties Championships

7th September 2015

Congratulations to Scarlett Morine, Eleanor Clarke and Sam Perks for being selected as members of the Essex Swimming Team which will compete in National Inter County Championship at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on the 18th of October.

Good Luck and Well done.

FINA World Masters Championships in Kazan

7th September 2015

Two Chelmsford Masters, Nick Hunt and Derek Gore, represented Chelmsford Swimming Club at the FINA World Masters Championships on 5th to 11th August 2015, in Kazan, Russia. Nick swam the 3k open water and finished 17th. He also participated in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke finishing 11th, 9th, and 6th respectively. Derek swam the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle and finished in 8th, 5th and 6th in these events.

In these championships all swimmers finishing in the first ten places in their age groups receive medals. The pair came back with 5 medals between them, putting CSC firmly on the world (swimming) map!

CSC Master Nick White Swims the Channel

17th August 2015

Congratulations to Nick White, a member of the CSC Masters squad, who swam the English Channel from Dover to South West Wissant in France on the 23 July 2015 in 12 hours and 39 minutes.

Well done Nick, an amazing achievement!!

Regional Open Water Championships

19th July 2015

Four Chelmsford SC swimmers competed at the Regional Open Water Championships in Norwich on Sunday 19th July.

First up was Kayleigh Ward, 15, competing in the 3,000k - Kayleigh took the County Gold medal for 12-16 year old girls with a time of 44.53.

Next to face the cool waters of Whitlingham Lake were Scarlett Morine, 12 and Tom Ward, 12, who both competed in the 1500k event. Scarlett took the County Silver medal in the 12-16 year age category with a time of 22.30.71 and Tom completed his swim with a time of 23.08.27.

Last Chelmsford swim of the day was from Mike Morine, 43, also competing in the 1500k. Mike took the County Silver and Regional bronze in the 40-49 age category with a time of 25.17.68

Girl's 2015 ASA Inter-Regional U16 Water Polo Championships

15th July 2015

East Angels were crowned Division 2 Champions at the ASA Inter-Regional U16 Water Polo Championships in Walsall on the weekend of 4/5 July. The Girls East team were undefeated throughout the weekend and have now secured promotion to Division 1 next year!

The U16 East Angels team included Chelmsford's Ciara Nicholson and Basildon's Rebecca Coyle, who regularly trains with Chelmsford. Both Girls had a fantastic tournament and were praised heavily by the East Angels Head Coach, Brian Poole. Ciara Nicholson was referred to as a power house to be reckoned with in attack and defence and also scored her debut goal with her first touch!

Well done to all the East team, especially Ciara and Rebecca for all their hard work and effort over the past months during selection trials, training and competition days.

U16 East Girls Team: Erin Scarce (SC Torpedoes), Poppy Mayall (Ipswich), Eve Poole (Ipswich), Meg Wall-Peters (Ipswich), Rebecca Coyle (Basildon), Ella Cotton (Modernian), Eda Colliver (Modernian), Eloise Bailey (Modernian), Paige Flower (SC Torpedoes), Ciara Nicholson (Chelmsford), Hannah Osborne (Ipswich), Amelia Spinks (Hitchin), Ella Ward (Ipswich).

Boy's 2015 ASA Inter-Regional U16 Water Polo Championships

15th July 2015

Three Chelmsford Water Polo players, Tom Fairchild, Adam Frost and Cameron Gilmour took part in this year's ASA Inter-Regional U16 Water Polo Championships in Cardiff on the weekend of 11/12 July. The East team won 5 of their 7 games and were only narrowly beaten by the two championship finalists (North East and South West).

East's 5th place finish will mean they will be promoted to Division 1 for 2016! Well done to all the East team especially Tom, Cam and Adam from Chelmsford for all their hard work and effort over the past months during selection trials, training and competition days.

U16 East Boys Team: Ricky Eatough (Watford), Finlay Parnell (Ipswich), Ben Chapman (Colchester), Max Dawson (Basildon), Will Eggleton (Watford), Thusitha Kamarage (Watford), Jarryd Myburgh (Watford), Daniel Harris (Ipswich), Tom Fairchild (Chelmsford), Dan Eaton (Colchester), Adam Frost (Chelmsford), Cameron Gilmour (Chelmsford), James Underwood (Basildon).

East Region Inter-County Championships 2015

8th July 2015

Congratulations to the Chelmsford SC swimmers who represented Essex at the Inter-Counties on Sunday 5th July:

It was a fast and furious afternoon's swimming and all the Chelmsford swimmers rose to the occasion with strong individual and relay swims. It was a fantastic atmosphere and at close of play, Essex eventually finished in 3rd position.

East Region Open Water 2015 Championships

5th June 2015

Anyone interested in competing in this years Open Water Championships, at Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre on Sunday 19th July, please download the entry form from the fixture list and return with a cheque payable to Chelmsford Swimming Club Ltd to Mike Morine NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 12TH JUNE 2015 for their entry to be processed.

East Region Championships

1st June 2015

Chelmsford Swimming Club faced fierce competition from across the East of England, at the ASA East Region Long Course Championships and were rewarded with 7 Bronze Medals, 5 Silver Medals and two Regional Champions; Gus Veasey (19) who won Gold in the 400m Individual Medley and Harry McLagan (12) who won Gold in the 200m Freestyle.

At the Youth Championships Ryan Kelly, Amelia Barnetson, Eleanor Clarke, Courtney Sanders and Darcey Gardiner all qualified for the finals but leading the pack was Gus Veasey, who, in addition to a bronze medal in the 200m IM (Individual Medley), was delighted when he became Regional Champion in the 400m IM.

Congratulations also go to Jonathan Scott (13) who qualified for the final of the 50m breaststroke which was the last event on the final day swam a fantastic 37.92 placing him 7th in the region.

At the Age Group Championship the first medal came from Annabelle Kitching (13) taking the bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle which was later followed up with a silver medal in the 400m IM with a time of 5.26.73.

Owen Vaughan (11/12) also had a successful weekend with a silver medal in the 1500m Freestyle and bronze in the 200m IM and 400m IM. Ryan Kelly (15) also won silver in his age group in the 1500m Freestyle and Sam Perksstrong> (13) brought home two bronze medals this year, in the 200m Butterfly & the 200m Backstroke in addition to the silver medal in the 400m IM.

Harry McLagan (11/12) delivered the highlight for the club at the Age Group Championships with a fantastic weekend of swimming; winning bronze in the 50m Freestyle, silver in the 100m Freestyle with a new Long Course personal best of 1.04.02 and finally took home a Gold medal and became Regional Champion in the boys 11/12 200m Freestyle.

Making the finals but just missing out on medals were club swimmers Lauren Scott, Tia Magrath, Scarlett Morine and Tia Gardiner with Tom Samuels at age 10, swimming at his first Regional Championship to achieve a personal best in the 200m Breaststroke.

The ASA News page, with links to the results, can be found here

Harry McLagan is Regional Champion

26th May 2015

Congratulations to Harry McLagan who has become Regional Champion in the 11/12 year age group at the recent ASA Eastern Regional Age Group Championships, held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

CSC takes 43 medals at the Essex Masters Championships

13th May 2015

11 swimmers, representing the Masters division of Chelmsford Swimming Club, took part in the Essex Masters Championships, at Southend-on-Sea on Saturday 9th May and were rewarded with a total of 43 medals between them.

The team, aged from 23 to 75, won a total of 19 GOLD medals, 16 SILVER medals, and 8 BRONZE medals across several events and age bands and finished third out of the 12 participating clubs with a total of 342 points, which was 131 points more than the club achieved the previous year at the same event.

Further details can be found here.

CSC Simply Swimathon 2015

1st May 2015

Well done to all the swimmers, parents and helpers that came along and supported the SWIMATHON 2015 and helped to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

So far we have raised nearly £2500 and there is still more to come!!!

Chelmsford Swimming Club had a great turn out from all areas of the club, with swimmers from Synchronised Swimming to Water Polo and Masters to junior squad and even some from the competitive squad, despite a major gala taking place in Crawley.

It was fantastic seeing swimmers from 75 to 7 getting in the water and doing their bit to complete their Swimathon Challenge and we are looking forward to getting the final total raised by the club from doing what we love best ......being in the water!!

In addition, swimmers and supporters that turned up on the day donated £105 to take part and swim, so an extra thank you to everyone that came..... Every little helps!

Don’t forget all swimmers should register their time on the Swimathon website and download their certificate.

Click here to view a gallery of photos from the event.

Birketts LLP sponsor Swim Camp 2015

31st March 2015

Chelmsford Swimming Club are delighted to have gained the support of Birketts LLP’s Chelmsford office, as sponsors of the 2015 Competitive Squad Swim Camp in Spain this Easter.

James Davison, Associate and Rafael Ruiz, Partner at Birketts LLP, came along to one of the competitive squad training sessions to meet some of the swimmers and to hand over the cheque for £1,000 to the Club Chairman.

Rafael Ruiz, a partner in Birketts' award-winning corporate and commercial team, commented:

“We’re delighted to support Chelmsford Swimming Club. The Club has been very successful in recent times and there are a large number of hugely talented and committed swimmers. On behalf of everyone at Birketts I wish them every success at the Eastern Regional Long Course Championships in May.”


Medals for the Synchronised Swimming Team at Regional Championship

30th March 2015

The synchronised swimming section of club had great success at the Regional Championships held at Stevenage this week.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who competed and well done to Maia Card-Gowers (Under 12) who came 2nd in her figures section in Skill Level 0, and in the 13 Years and Over age group, to Georgia Harman who came 3rd with her Solo in Skill Level 0 and to Evie Reynolds who came 2nd with her solo in Skill Level 1.

There were further successes in the duets with Claire Kelly and Anna Leinemann coming 1st in Skill Level 0 to the music “Walk like an Egyptian” and in Skill Level 1 duets there was another gold medal for Emily Jennings and Jenny Chandler and a bronze for Evie Reynolds and Lena Leinemann.

Swim Camp Fund Raising

6th March 2015

The last visit to raise "cash for clothes" for the 2015 swim camp made another £14.00.....So our grand total is.....Drumroll !!


Well done and a big thank you to everyone that has donated and especially to Esther Harrod and Julie Kitching for their sterling efforts in collecting all our old clothes and turning it into cash for our swimmers.

Essex County Swimming Championships

6th March 2015

Congratulations to all swimmers that took part in the Essex County Swimming Championships during January and February. Full results can be found on the Essex County Swimming Association website: With 69 swimmers qualifying from Chelmsford Swimming Club to take part, there are too many swimmers to mention them all by name however, we are proud of all the swimmers that qualified and took part in the event, won medals over the three weekends, achieved places in the finals or beat their own personal bests over the course of the three weekends.

By the end of the final weekend, Chelmsford Swimming Club were placed as one of the top three clubs in Essex out of the 24 clubs that entered. They brought home over 80 medals and saw a total of 26 events where Chelmsford swimmers were announced as Essex County Champions, achieved numerous Regional qualifying times and most swimmers smashed their individual Personal Best times. The club also saw four of their girls, in the 13 years age group, finish in the top 6 for overall performance out of the 70 competitors within their age group and had five boys finishing in the top 3 for their respective age group, including Charlie Boden, who was announced Top boy for the 4th consecutive year and set a new event record for 100m backstroke.

To read the full press release click here.

Eastern Region Inter-County Water Polo Champions

23rd February 2015

Congratulations to the Essex Ladies Water Polo team, who after some hard fought games at Luton last night retained their Inter-County Water Polo title for the 2nd year running. The 11-woman team was made up entirely of CSC players.

Their first match, against Hertfordshire, was a relatively easy affair and after leading 9-4 at half time gave the opposition very little opportunity to score in the second half and finished winning 18-5. Golascorers were Dani Brazier (10), Rachel Moore (3), Helena Wright (3) and Hannah Parkinson (2).

Their next game saw them facing new entrants to the competition, Bedfordshire, and after a rocky first half which Bedfordshire led 3-0 Essex pulled back to within one goal to lose 4-3. Goalscorers were Dani Brazier (2) and Hannah Parkinson (1)

Because of the scores and results in the other games it meant that going into the final two games, any one of Essex, Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire could lift the trophy, especially when Bedfordshire put the pressure on Essex by winning their match against Hertfordshire by 11 goals !

Essex played Cambridgeshire in the last match of the evening knowing that a loss would give the title to Cambridgeshire, and a low goal difference win could give Bedfordshire the title. They started well, although couldn't pull away from Cambridgeshire in the first half ending the first 7 minutes at 3-1 up. The second half was also close, but Cambridgeshire were never closer than two goals and eventually Essex won 6-3. Goalscorers were Dani Brazier (5) and Hannah Parkinson (1).

The final result was that Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex all finished with two wins (6 points). Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire had a goal difference of -1 and Essex had a winning goal difference of +2 !!

Swim Camp 2015

15th January 2015

Congratulations and a very BIG THANK YOU to all the swimmers, parent helpers and Coach Richard for contributing their time to the Asda bag pack at the weekend.

A tremendous effort from all involved and who knew the swimmers were so good at packing bags or that they would have so much fun!!!

We smashed the target set and over the weekend the swimmers raised for themselves the grand sum of £1,199 which will contribute towards things such as coach transfers; hoodies and various activities and help ensure they have a fantastic swim camp in Torremolinos.

Essex County Synchronised Swimming Championships 2014

3rd December 2014

On Saturday 15th November Chelmsford Swimming Club's Synchronised Swimming Section competed in the County Championships.

This was the first year the competition has been an ASA Licensed event and the girls competed in ability groups.

A massive well done to all the girls who competed and for the fantastic results achieved, both in the individual and team events. Also a special mention for Emily Jennings who delivered an amazing performance, winning her figures section the duet section and claimed a gold in a team routine! Click here for full results.

If you would like more information about Synchronised swimming or would like to come and see these winning routines please do come and watch our Christmas display on Sunday 7th December at Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre 6.50-8pm.

Regional Swimming Championships 2015

25th November 2014

The Eastern Region Technical Swimming Committee has been working hard to secure pools for 2015 to fit into the new Competition Pathway calendar

They are pleased to announce that they have now secured confirmation from the pools that they can have Luton on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May 2015 and UEA Norwich on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of May 2015.

In consultation with a group of coaches from the Region, they have been reviewing the Qualifying times and schedule for next year's Championships, and whilst they have not been able to incorporate all of the suggestions, they have managed to accommodate most of them.

The qualifying times have now been published (they are available on the Fixtures page, and they feel it is important to explain how they were arrived at.

The major points to bear in mind are:

** Approximately 24 in events with finals, 20 in events with Heat Declared Winners and 8 in distance events.

In a few events and age groups where there was insufficient data to get sensible times, the qualifying time has been calculated to result in a reasonable progression time across the age range.

Important Announcement regarding Arena POWERSKIN Carbon Pro Suit

9th May 2013

A recent communication from Arena and FINA regarding the banning of certain models of Arena Power skin Carbon-Pro swimsuits will not affect entrants to the forthcoming BAGCATS. Any swimmer in possession of one of the banned suits will still be able to compete in it.

As of 7th of May 2013, the Arena website announced that certain Arena POWERSKIN Carbon-Pro models were not valid anymore for FINA sanctioned events.

The following statement has today, been issued by the ASA and British Swimming:

New Procedure for Claiming Club Records

16th May 2011

Please note it is now the responsibility of the swimmer to notify the club when they have broken a club record. You will need to complete the new club record form within the Club Records section and return it to for approval.

If this procedure is not followed then the new time/record may not be recognised.

The Importance of the Underwater Kick !

9th February 2011

Sean sent this out recently. It shows what can be achieved with a good underwater kick in backstroke. Watch Hill Taylor in Lane 6.

New Swimsuit Rules

26th November 2009

New FINA bylaws on swimwear with effect from 1st January 2010 for all competitions except Masters events.

Training and Sickness do not mix !!

26th October 2009

Over the last few weeks quite a few swimmers have been turning up to training with the start of a cold or flu, and getting out early or not training fully, which in the hot damp environment of the pool spreads the illness rapidly around the rest of the swimmers

Unless you are well enough to train properly, you should not attend a training session. Swimming is an intensive sport and requires 100% fitness, so if you are unwell please do not come to training and spread your germs to others. A few days off usually means you are not contagious, so please respect the other swimmers in your squad.