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Local children’s swimming club raises £2000 for Children in Need

After waiting for the Gazette to print the article regarding the efforts made for Children in Need, they have managed to get it very wrong.  This is in fact the article that was submitted.

Forward Hillingdon swimming squad had a wonderfully successful evening last week when they turned their usually Friday night training session into a sponsored swim to raise money for Children in Need. ‘The idea for the sponsored swim came from two of the children themselves. We thought that it was such a great idea that we asked the whole club if they wanted to take part,’ said Charlotte Lee, one of the club’s coaches. Charlotte went on to say, ‘The enthusiasm that the children showed was amazing and we’re so proud of what they all achieved.’

A total of 30 people joined in the swim, including the Head Coach, Iain Henderson. Iain and the coaches were incredibly impressed with the children’s performances, with five of the children swimming an amazing 2 miles in just one hour. Over the rest of the club 11 children swam 1 ½ miles or more and all of them reached the 1 mile target, with the exception of two of the younger children who battled through injuries to take part in the event. The youngest children swimming were just 7 years old and some of them only joined the club this term. They all did wonderfully well with both their swimming and the huge amount of money they raised.

All of the swimmers and helpers were rewarded after their hard work with delicious home-made cakes produced by two of the mums.

Forward Hillingdon squad would like to thank everyone at the Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex for being so very helpful and supportive during their sponsored swim.



Poolside Helper Course

FHS will be running the ASA Poolside Helper Course at Uxbridge Leisure Centre on December the 11th 2011. The session will start at 13:00 and run for just under four hours in the classroom with a further three hours practical work poolside. The practical work will be organised to suit individual candidates over three x one hour sessions on Fridays and Sundays after the classroom work. We apologise that we cannot offer this course in a single session.

This is an introductory certificate is for those who wish to help their club or organisation by working on poolside under the guidance of an ASA Level 2 Certificate for Teaching Swimming holder.

There is no assessment as this is not a teaching qualification. A certificate of attendance will be provided subsequent to completion of the course.

Candidates must be 14 years of age at the start of the course.

The cost for this course is fixed at £25 per person and includes the ASA certificate fee.

For further details, please contact Iain Henderson


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Barnet Copthall Novices Meet

We have been invited to attend a novices meet for swimmers aged between 9 and 12 on 9th October 2011. We would like to enter your child for 50m front crawl, 50m backstroke and 50m breast stroke. The charge for this is £4.50 per stroke – payable to Forward Hillingdon Squad.

The attached document provides full details of the meet from Barnet Copthall Swimming Club. The summary is as follows:

Breast Stroke and Back Stroke (all) warm up time is 8.30am
Freestyle (girls) warm up time 1.00pm
Freestyle (boys) warm up time 4.15pm

Please confirm entries as soon as possible, as the meet is a first come first serve. We will be unable to accept entries after 5th September. Payments for entry must be received in full to allow your child to be entered to swim.


Happy New Year

...to all our Swimmers and Parents


from the coaches and committee of FHS


Externally Funded Sessions 2010

Well, we have completed several sets of sessions opening competive swimming to swimmers who might not normally look at a competetive club.

The response has been favourable, with a couple of swimmers joining the main club from these sessions.


Christmas Swim Dates

After a successful term at the new Hillingdon Pool, we will be closing for the Christmas period.

Our last day will be 17th December 2010 and we will be returning on Wednesday 5th January 2011.  Our swim times will be:

Botwell Pool in Hayes.

  • Wednesday - 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Hillingdon Sports Complex.

  • Friday - 8.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Sunday - 5.00pm - 6.00pm
We would like to wish all the swimmers and parents a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.