Nottingham Northern Swimming Club

Nottingham Northern Swimming Club logoNottingham Northern Swimming Club is a friendly and competitive swimming club which welcomes both female and male swimmers of all abilities from the age of five years old.

Training Sessions are held five times a week; three times at Harvey Hadden Sports Village and once each at Ken Martin Leisure Centre and at Nottingham High School. The club organises an annual Nottingham Northern Junior Open Meet in June each year - the 2020 date will be Sunday 28th June - and enters swimmers in a range of Galas throughout the year.


Current Notices

NATALIE KEETLEY: We have received the sad news that Natalie Keetley, one of the lifeguards/swimming teachers at Harvey Hadden and many other pools in the city, lost her life to COVID-19. We as a club would like to pass on our condolences to her friends and family. Her family and friends are aware times are difficult currently but would like to raise money in support of the intensive care unit at Nottingham City Hospital who through tremendously difficult times fought for and with Natalie to try and save her life. Visit the fundraising page here.

DIANNE ALLEN: We are saddened to report the death of former Nottingham Northern club committee member and parent Dianne Allen, who has passed away at the age of 59 due to cancer. She and both her children Ben and Sarah were at the club for many years. Her husband Jeff also helped with the sound system at the club at the Northern Opens. Dianne was on the committee and was chair for many years, and did much work especially due to her business knowledge. Dianne was instrumental in modernising Nottingham Northern in her capacity as chair person. She introduced the new logo and organised our centenary celebrations in 2008. Her friendly nature encouraged new people to join the committee enabling the club to move forward in a professional manner. Nottingham Post tribute to Dianne Allen.

IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) UPDATE: Some of you may already be aware, Nottingham City Council have announced that all 8 swimming pools will close from tonight (Tuesday 17th March) at 10.00pm for an initial period of 4 weeks. The High School will no doubt also close their pool, which means unfortunately all training sessions are cancelled with immediate effect until further notice. Whilst we are all disappointed by this, the health, safety and well-being of everyone associated with the club must be the priority. Thank you for your understanding and hopefully we will be able to recommence training sessions in the not too distant future. We will keep you posted as any updates come through.
Every blessing,
Head Coach.

WEDNESDAY TRAINING SESSIONS: We have now opened up our Wednesday sessions at Harvey Hadden 7.30pm - 8.30pm to I2 swimmers as well as I1 and Seniors. Look forward to seeing the I2s there as well.

School Gala Participants

SCHOOL GALA SWIMMERS: Huge congratulations to 3 Northern swimmers who competed in a school gala on 27th February, with their school coming 1st and winning the trophy! Jack Marshall came 2nd in Breaststroke for Year 5. Aidan Dickie came 1st in Backstroke for Year 4. Leon Andreou came 1st in Front-crawl for Year 4 and he also swam in the cannon relay and his team came 1st!

LOVE YOUR CLUB SURVEY: Do you love your club? Swim England are looking to build on their #ValueofSwimming research and gain more understanding around the social value of being part of a club. Find out more and complete the relevant survey to be in with a chance of winning some rewards, which will help secure more support and resources for your club:

POOL CLOSURES: Due to pool closures at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, we have moved some of our Sunday sessions to John Carroll Leisure Centre, Denman Street Central, Nottingham, NG7 3PS. We will begin at the earlier time of 12 noon, finishing at 1 pm. T2 group will be in the teaching pool from 12 - 12.30 pm and those who normally swim in the first session the time is 12 - 12.30 pm and the second session is 12.30 - 1 pm.

The sessions at John Carroll are:

  • Sunday 15th March 2020 - NOW CANCELLED
  • Sunday 29th March 2020 - NOW CANCELLED
There will be no training on the following days:
  • Thursday 23rd April 2020
  • Thursday 2nd July 2020

If any training sessions have to be cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstances, announcements will be issued by email. Please ensure the club has an up to date email address for you to ensure you receive alerts.

50M TRAINING SESSIONS: Training sessions using the full 50 metre pool at Harvey Hadden are available every month for swimmers from the top four lanes. These sessions take place from 5-6 pm on Sundays and the next dates are:

  • 12th April
  • 17th May
  • 31st May
  • 14th June
  • 5th July
  • 2nd August
  • 13th September
  • 4th October
  • 18th October
  • 1st November
  • 15th November
  • 13th December
  • 3rd January 2021
  • 17th January
  • 14th February
  • 7th March

AGM: Our club Annual General Meeting was due to take place at Harvey Hadden during the training session on Wednesday 1st April 2020. This will now be postponed until the club resumes training activities.

EASTER BREAK: We will have a break from training for Easter, with no training sessions between Thursday 9th and Monday 13th April 2020.

NOTTS ASA COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020: Congratulations to all the swimmers who competed at the Notts ASA County Championships at Harvey Hadden this year. Please see the Swimmers Page for updated PB lists.

NOTTS ASA STAGE 1 ROUND 1 GALA: Huge congratulations to our fourteen 8-11 year old swimmers who competed in this gala in Mansfield on Saturday 25th January. This was some of our younger swimmers' first experience of competitive galas and all swimmers did the Club proud! We came 5th with 117 points - an amazing achievement to break the 100 points mark! There were some fabulous swims, 23 PBs and a great team spirit as always. Thanks also to coaches, team managers, officials and spectators. Ian, Head Coach. Please see the Swimmers Page for updated PB lists.

OPEN MEET ADMINISTRATORS - TRAINEE VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: The Nottinghamshire Network of Swimming Clubs are seeking to recruit volunteers to train in the running of electronic timing and scoring systems that are used for a range of competitions across Nottinghamshire. If you are interested in this important volunteer role, please see this advert.

GALAS AND DIARY DATES: Our club calendar for 2020 has been put together and is available on the Galas and Diary Dates Page. Please take a look and update your calendars for 2020 with the important dates in the life of our club!

HARVEY HADDEN PARKING CHARGES: From 1st January 2020, parking charges have now been introduced at Harvey Hadden. However parking is free of charge for up to a 3 hour period every day. You will have to use the RingGo web site or app or computer terminals in the foyer of Harvey Hadden and enter your car's registration plate. Please note that the RingGo website and app will default to sending you text notifications (text summary and text reminder) at a cost of 20p per text, so we suggest you untick this option to save money. See the RingGo web site here:

SWIMMING CLUB MEMBERSHIP FEES: The NNSC committee has recently met and the fees for 2020 were discussed. Due to rising costs it was felt that it would be necessary to increase monthly fees for 2020 with effect from February 1st 2020. The decision was made to increase them to £29 per month, this is £25 monthly fees (for general running expenses) plus £4 membership, unchanged, (sent to Swim England, East Midlands and Nottinghamshire ASA regions). Nottingham Northern is one of the few clubs that spread the cost of the membership over 12 months; most clubs expect payment on January 1st. We still think that £25 is good value for money. Could you please alter your standing orders to the new amount of £29 and if you have any questions email our treasurer: If you are not renewing your membership for 2020 could you please let us know before January 1st.

NOTTS ASA FESTIVE FRENZY 30TH NOV/1ST DEC 2019: Great swimming over the weekend by our 8 swimmers resulting in a further 18 PBs. Huge congratulations to Kim and Grace for winning bronze medals! Thanks to all of our volunteers and spectators. Ian, Head Coach. Please see the Swimmers Page for updated PB lists.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019: Club Champs are over for another year! Well done to everyone who swam, and thanks to all those who supported or officiated. The Complete Results are now available and the updated PB lists are now on the Swimmers Page. Additionally all results (except those for the 25m events) have been submitted to the Swimming Rankings team and can be viewed by searching for each event here: Results of Meet by Event or by swimmer here: Individual Best Times.

PRESENTATION EVENING 2019: Our Annual Club Presentation Evening took place on Saturday 16th November 2019 at the Richard Herrod Centre. Photos from the event are now available on the Swimmers Page.

FALCON SPRINT OPEN: An absolutely fabulous day with amazing results. Our team of 12 swimmers completed in a total of 56 heats and secured 23 new PBs, 11 finalists, 7 reserve finalists and 4 place medals. A special mention goes to Bailey Price for his bronze medal in the boys 50m Backstroke and to Danae Fritz for her bronze medal in the girls 100 IM and silver medals in the girls 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke. Please see the Swimmers Page for updated PB lists.

NORTHERN JUNIOR OPEN 2019: The 43rd Nottingham Northern Junior Open has now been completed. Thanks to all who took part and supported. The 2019 Results are available here and have been published to the Swimming Rankings database and updated PB lists are on the Swimmers Page. For more information see here.

SPONSORED SWIM UPDATE: So we had 49 swimmers across all squads swimming on Friday night and they swam a staggering 5,242 lengths (131.05km or 81.4 miles)That's the distance from Harvey Hadden to Manchester! A great achievement from all swimmers. Thanks to everybody who helped out with the length counting - we couldn't have managed this without you! Ian, Head Coach. Here are all the results.

CLUB NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2019: Please read the latest edition of the Northerner.

END OF AN ERA: Monday night was the last session for swimming teacher Matt Anderson, who due to work commitments has had to call time on teaching. Matt has been with the club for 15 years, starting his swimming journey with learn to swim, progressing through squads, Counties, Midlands and Nationals! As an ex National swimmer, Matt has been able to share his experiences with club swimmers and inspire them through his teaching, sometimes teaching from in the pool as well as on deck. Matt has been a true family member of the club for so many years and I would like to thank him for his dedication, and to wish him all the best for the future! Ian, Head Coach

Matt Anderson

TIME TRIALS - MAY 2019: Congratulations to all the swimmers who competed in our recent Time Trials, and thanks to all the helpers and officials. The results are available here (updated 23rd May) and on the Swimming Rankings database and updated PB lists are on the Swimmers Page.

EASY FUNDRAISING: Did you know you can raise funds for Nottingham Northern Swimming Club when you shop online with thousands of retailers? Follow this link to set up your account and then the club will receive a donation whenever you shop at selected websites:

Club Captains 2019

CLUB CAPTAINS: Congratulations to our new Club Captains, Eoin and Grace, elected at our club Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27th March 2019.

Swimming Teacher Level 2: Congratulations to Michelle Hammond for achieving her Coaches Level 1 Qualification. Well done! Remember you can find out about all our coaches and teachers here.

Meet the Team: Please find photos and info on all our current coaching and teaching team on the Meet the Teaching and Coaching Team page.

Training Equipment: Training Equipment is now available to order from the desk on Fridays and Sundays. Please see the Swimming Equipment page for details of all the club's clothing, bags and training equipment.

New Club Structure: My coaching team and I have been reviewing the club structure, with the aim of simplifying it as well as adding in more swimming time for our younger swimmers. With effect from 1st January 2018, our swim session groups will be changing. We are introducing age group squads; Junior 1 & 2, Intermediate 1 & 2 and Seniors, which will follow on from our Teaching Groups 1 & 2. Although we will try to keep to age groups where possible, entry into these groups will also be based on technique, attitude, attendance and times, and so swimmers may be invited by myself to train in a higher squad. Squad reviews will take place periodically to help ensure swimmers are progressing in accordance with expectations, aspirations and ability. Please see the Training Schedule for the times of each group's sessions and details of the aims of each group. As always, please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns. Best Wishes, Ian Fahy, Head Coach, Nottingham Northern Swimming Club.

Teaching and Coaching Incentive Scheme: The club has introduced a NNSC Teaching and Coaching Incentive Scheme to encourage more parents and swimmers to become teachers and coaches.

Friends of Northern: The club has launched a "Friends of Northern" group to help former members keep in contact with the club. Please read more here.

Nottingham Northern Joins Facebook! From Ian: As the Head Coach of this great swimming club, may I encourage you to like our new Facebook page and view it regularly. On here you will find important club updates, videos of up and coming training drills which we will be using, and so much more. Please get connected today! Visit
Best Wishes
Ian Fahy - Head Coach - NNSC

Sport Nottinghamshire: Keep an eye on the Sport Nottinghamshire website for news and updates on sport in our county.

Just Swim app: The ASA have recently launched a new Just Swim website and app. It has three key sections, all of which have been developed to suit both the novice and the more experienced swimmer: distance goals, calorie burn goals and tips and advice for a better lifestyle. Visit the Just Swim website for more details or to download the app.

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