Level X Competition Series

** Update 02/11/20 **

The club will be taking part in the new Swim England’s Level X competition series. The first session will be held on Wednesday 4th November 2020 and will then continue as and when possible after the upcoming lockdown.  

The events will be held in training sessions and the first distances in Phase 1 that are available to be swum will be, 50m and 100m of all strokes and 100m Individual Medley. Once these events have been swum, the club will then release details of the next phase of events and when these will be taking place during training sessions and which squads will be taking part.

The performance and county development squad will swim both 50m and 100m events of all strokes and the 100m Individual Medley. The development squad will swim 50m of all strokes. The club will upload our results to Swim England by the 24th November and the leaderboard will be published on the swimmingresults.org website on the 30th November. When you select the rankings tab, Level X is at the top of the section.

It has been decided that the Dolphins Squad will not be taking part in Level X but will instead have their own separate events in training sessions to enable the swimmers to have a chance to gain experience of swimming in races in a training session environment.

The club is allowed to have six timekeepers, one starter/referee and one judge officiating at each Level X session. If you are a timekeeper, please can you bring your own stopwatch if you have one. The club can supply a stopwatch if it is needed. If any of the club officials can help with these sessions, if you could contact Dianne Barrett at officials@thetforddolphins.club and please state which sessions you can help out at, that would be much appreciated.

Thetford Dolphins awarded SwimMark

Thetford Dolphins have been awarded the SwimMark Essential Clubs status by Swim England.

The SwimMark accreditation is Swim England’s quality standard for clubs.  It recognises high standards of governance, sustainability and effectiveness. Any affiliated Swim England club can apply for the accreditation, regardless of the club’s size or the disciplines it delivers. Its aim is to create the best possible swimming experience for all, to raise the quality of aquatics provision across all areas and for National Sport England to give recognition for great quality clubs.

Last year Julie Malcolm volunteered to take on the project and has committed many hours leading the process, compiling many emails to the Swim England East Region office. As she ticked off element after element the date for submitting our evidence loomed ever closer and I’m glad to say all the hard work and commitment resulted in today’s news.

Praise must also go to other members who have worked along side her. So appreciation must also be extended to Dawn Macduff, Jonathon Cooper, Sam Heslop, Steve King and Dan Clucas.

Coronavirus – No training yet, but hopefully soon! Update 25/07/2020

Update 25/07/2020

As you are all aware work has been ongoing with regards to securing a date for our swimmers to return to the pool and we have now received news from Lex Leisure, the operator of Breckland Leisure Centre regarding our return.

The centre is to re open in a phased approach from next week, with the swimming pool opening to Swim Clubs from 7th September and public swimming in early October. However, potentially the pool can reopen to our club earlier in August upon the club completing risk assessments, lifeguard returning to work training and formally agreeing a schedule of training sessions with the leisure centre.

Training sessions will look and feel much different than the swimmers are use to. Along with the social distancing that we are all now living with, sessions will see swimmer numbers reduced and initially a reduction in hours per week. These changes are in line with Swim England guidance, focusing on the safety and physical fitness of the swimmers.

We now have a period of preparation and members of the committee are hard at work to ensure a safe return to the pool. Julie Malcolm emailed a copy of the Swim England club guidance for members to not only understand the extent of the work required, but to be assured that the safety of all members is paramount.

Julie also recently emailed a ‘return to the pool survey’, we have had a good response to this and would ask that anyone who has not replied to do so as soon as possible.   

Dan Clucas and Dawn MacDuff will use the feedback from the recent survey to look at squad and lane numbers and a schedule of training will soon be published, along with the cost of subscriptions.

Julie Malcolm is investigating ‘funding’ and ‘grants’ from various bodies nationally. She is finding this difficult as many projects have closed their applications due to demand.

As you may have seen in the press, Dereham swimming pool is to remain closed until late November and as this is run by the same pool operator, we are being asked to accommodate Dereham Otters Swimming Club at Breckland Leisure Centre. We are assured that our hours of training will not be affected.

I’m sure you are all delighted to receive this news and I hope you will continue to offer your support to the club through this difficult time.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the return to pool training.

Kind regards

Mark Flood



Parents and Swimmers,

As promised the Executive Committee of the club has acted on advice around the competing and training of our swimmers while the country is in the grip of COVID-19.

Swim England, the governing body for swimming disciplines in the United Kingdom, Swim England East Region and Norfolk ASA will take the advice issued by the government, we also, as a club have to act on the decisions of the pool operator at the same time.

As a result of a series of meetings from swimming’s governing body’s late yesterday and today it has been decided to issue the following information to parents and swimmers.

All training at Waterworld Swimming Pool Thetford will cease with immediate effect until the end of May, this will, as you would expect be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the club on a regular basis. It is not a decision which we as a group take lightly but we must think of the health, welfare and safety of all our swimmers and their parents at this difficult time for our country.

Dan, as head coach, will be sending out land based exercises for swimmers to undertake at home.

As ever, we will endeavour to keep all parents and swimmers up to date with the latest developments as and when they occur and we thank all parents and swimmers for their support and patience while decisions are made at this difficult and fast moving time.

In the next day or so we will be looking at the financial implications and we will advise on monthly subscriptions shortly.