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Tuesday, 3rd October 

Another brilliant night for Dove Valley with an emphatic victory

With lots of first places gained and 14 personal bests Dove Valley stormed the Four Towns event this Saturday.

 

Special mention to James Watts for knocking two seconds of his 50m fly.

 

Its safe to say that we are all very proud of all the team!

 

Here are the results below:

Four Towns.xlsx
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Tuesday, 12th September 

Amazing result for Dove Valley swimmers

Gaining second in the final and second in the league with promotion to the top division was a brilliant achievement for our swimmers and one they should be very proud of. 

 

19 Personal Bests were gained with Jonte, Adam and Amy getting two on the night

 

Special mention to Mae who knock a magnificant seven seconds of her 50m breaststroke and Evie who knocked three seconds off her 25m freestyle. 

 

 

Here are the results below:

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Wednesday, 21st June 

Outstanding swimming in Junior League Round 3

With no disqualifications and 11 new personal bests the whole squad swam very well indeed.

 

There were lots of outstanding swimmers in this gala and even though we were just pipped to the first place they can all be very proud.

 

Here are the results below:

Junior League round 3.xlsx
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Friday, 9th June 

Excellent team performance at the Four Towns gala

16 personal bests and a lot of very close races was the result of an excellent team performance. 

 

There were no disqualifications on the relays and no speeding tickets has meant we go into the 3rd round 17 points in the lead. 

 

Here are the results below:

Four Towns 2017.xlsx
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Wednesday, 17th May 

Dove Valley wins by 6 points in the Second Round of the Junior League

An excellent swim from the Junior Squad to come first in this gala again with 17 personal bests and a healthy haul of first places. 

 

Special mention goes to Charlie Egerton who knocked 6 seconds off his 50m Crawl  personal best and also to Matthew Johnson who took 6 seconds off his 25m Fly personal best. 

 

Here are the results below:

Junior League Round 2 - 2017 v1.xlsx
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Monday, 8th May

Dove Valley's elite excel at the West Midlands Swimming Championship

The West Midlands Swimming Championships took place at Coventry Sports Centre over Bank Holiday Weekend, where elite swimmers from the region compete against each other. This year 3 swimmers from Uttoxeter's Dove Valley Swimming Club, Olivia Gregory, Lucy Oldham and Ben Twynham were amongst these elite and  between them they competed in 9 heats and 5 finals and came away with personal bests galore. 

 

Following hard work throughout the previous 12 months, and a final push at the COSSACS Open meet in March for Lucy and Ben, the 3 swimmers met the challenging qualifying times needed to compete against the best swimmers in the region.  It was Lucy and Ben’s first Long Course gala, where the races take place in a 50m Olympic sized swimming pool, twice the length of the clubs home pool at the Uttoxeter Leisure Centre.   

Ron Marrow one of Dove Valleys Longest serving coaches said “Last year we only had Olivia at the West Midlands Championships, and previous to that it was Adam Peaty and Daniel Johnson in Adams last year with us before moving onto Derby in 2009. It has been a great many years since the club has had 3 swimmers in this Championships, we are so proud of their achievements, and hard work they have put in, WE could have the next Adam Peaty here again in Uttoxter!” 

 

Olivia, (13) is no stranger to the West Midlands Championships having swam in 2016, this year she qualified for more races than the 6 she opted to swim in.  With long course personal best swims in all 6 event heats, she made in into 4 finals and in total swam in 10 races achieving 8 PBs.  Over the championship Olivia swam in the 200m Breaststroke heat in a time of 2:59.54 knocking 6.4seconds off her PB and making the final where she swam in a time of 3:00.11 finishing 8th. She swam in the 100m Breaststroke heat with a PB of 1:24.25 and the final in 1:23.42 a PB finishing 5th, the 50m Butterfly heat in 34.04 a PB, and the 50m Backstroke heat in a PB of 35.11, making the final and swam another PB of  34.59 finishing 4th narrowly missing out on medal.   She competed in the 50m Breaststroke heat in 38.32 a PB and the final in 38.56 finishing 6th and the 50m Freestyle heat in 31.08 another PB.
Olivia said “I was disappointed not to get a medal but happy to make 4 finals.” Her dad Paul Gregory who was poolside with the swimmers said “I am so proud of Olivia, Lucy and Ben and their achievements, they have worked hard to get here and compete with the best, it has been a great weekend.”


Lucy Oldham (11),  had a qualifying time for the 50metre backstroke and as she headed off from the team base to the marshalling area before her 50m backstroke race she said “I am not sure if I am nervous or excited”. Lucy won her heat with a personal best time of 37.32s jumping 12 places in the standings to finish 23rd with a long course personal best quicker than her short course which is a very rare occurrence.

Ben Twynham (11), qualified to swim in the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke events.  He swam a personal best in the butterfly narrowly missing the final, but the 50m backstroke was another story as he reached the final and finished 4th in his age group with less than a second separating first and fourth with Ben missing out on Bronze by 0.04 of a second. Ben Said “It was my first time competing in a 50 metre pool. I felt so proud to have made it to the midlands and really enjoyed the day”

 

John Plant (chairman at Dove Valley) said “for our small club to have three swimmers compete shows the hard work and dedication they have shown to their sport over the last 12months. Myself, the coaches and the rest of the swimmers are immensely proud of what they have achieved.”

Friday, 28th April

Abbots Bromley Swimming - Sundays


Please note that with immediate effect Dove Valley ASC will not be training at Abbots Bromley on Sundays. As from Sunday 7th May we will be switching both location and timing. Swimming will take place at Denstone College from 07.00 to 08.30 on Sunday mornings. Further details below:

 

Abbots Bromley - Sunday Training.docx
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Monday, 3rd April

Dove Valley amazing at Derby Open Meet

Last weekend, eight Dove Valley swimmers entered the Derby Open Meet. There were swimmers from all over Derbyshire and Staffordshire. It was a very competitive gala and for many of the swimmers this was their first taste of an open meet which saw all the Dove Valley swimmers hitting 1 or more personal bests over the weekend. 

 

Iona Pell in her 1st open meet claimed a silver 100m backstroke. William Bulmer in his first open meet won Bronze in the 50m Backstroke his older brother Adam who also swam in his first open meet came 5th in the Breaststroke final against some very tough competition. Katie Simister knocked 7 seconds off her personal best in the 100m breaststroke and another one in the 50m breaststroke. Maddy Egerton swam her heart out to get personal bests in the 100m Individual Medley, 200m backstroke and 100m Freestyle.

 

Ben Twynham came away with a number of medals, Gold in 100m back, Silver in 50m back, Silver in 50 fly and another silver in 100 freestyle.  Amy-Lee Jones won gold in 200m IM and silver in 100m Backstroke. 

 

Golden girl Olivia Gregory won 12 medals; 3 golds in the 100m IM, 100m freestyle and 50m Backstroke; 5 Silvers in the 200m Backstroke, 200m IM, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and the 50m freestyle; 4 Bronze medals in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 200 freestyle. She swam in 17 races achieving 14 PB’s, 3 midland times and 7 club records. She also collected the trophy for second best girl!!

 

To top off such an amazing meet, Dove Valley were awarded 3rd best visiting club! Amazing achievement for our 8 swimmers! What a great weekend.

 

Monday, 6th March

Dove Valley shine at the Counties

This year the qualifying times for the ASA Staffordshire County Swimming Championships had been made quicker in most of the age groups, and the way times were achieved was changed.  This made qualifying extra tough for the swimmers of Dove Valley, but despite this we still had an impressive eight swimmers who managed to achieve the new criteria and between them they swam in 23 events at Stafford Leisure centre over two weekends to compete against the best in Staffordshire.

 

Leading the pack was Superstar Olivia Gregory (12) who had a great meet last year and was hoping to improve this year. She swam in 22 races achieving 17 personal bests, setting new club records in the 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke, 200m Freestyle, 100m and 200m Individual medleys and making it through to 10 finals. Olivia won gold in the 100m and 200m breaststroke knocking 8 seconds of her personal best along the way. She narrowly missed out on gold medal in the 50m breaststroke by 0.03 seconds but came away with silver, she also got silver medals for the 50m butterfly and the 100m individual medley and a bronze medal for the 100m backstroke. Olivia just missed out on more medals with four fourth places and a fifth place.   Her dedication and training was evident to see in her results, which ensured she also booked her place into the West Midlands District Championships in May, with 6 qualifying times in the 50m, 100m, 200m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m fly. She certainly had an outstanding Championships.

 

Ben Twynham (11) qualified for the meet in 50m backstroke, his favourite stroke and distance and he knocked 2 seconds of his PB in the heats ensuring his place in the final where he swam his heart out to bring home a silver medal missing out on gold by 0.5 seconds. His excellent swim secured him a  place in the West Midland District Championships too!

 

Amy-Lee Jones (10) also had some fantastic swims with qualifying times in the 50m Butterfly, 50m back stroke and 100m Individual Medley. She has been training hard and this was rewarded with a 2second personal best in the 50m butterfly ensuring her a place in the final where she finished 5th, and a final place in the 50m backstroke where she came in 6th with a 1second personal best and after qualifying for the final in the Individual Medley a nail-biting finish saw her narrowly miss out on a medal and take the 4th spot with another personal best.

 

Bronte-May Brough (12) had a great weekend and competed in the 50m Butterfly and made it to the final where she finished and impressive 5th with a personal best, she also competed in the 50m breaststroke where she finished 9th and was first reserve for the final.

 

Dylan Cope (11) qualified in the 100m and 200m breaststroke where he picked up a new personal best in the 100m by over a second, Lucy Oldham (11) competed in the 50m backstroke and finished with a new personal best time of 38.77 seconds.

 

Harvey Grills qualified in the 50m fly where he set a new personal best, and James Watts competed in the men’s open Freestyle with an excellent time of 28.73 seconds.

 

Ron Marrow organiser of the Dove Valley Staffordshire’s team said “We are proud of all our swimmers and what they have achieved through hard work and dedication, for our small town club to produce such excellent results is fantastic, who knows they could be following in Adam Peaty’s footsteps in the future.”

 

Everyone at Dove Valley wishes Olivia and Ben all the luck in the Midlands Championships.

Tuesday, 14th February

Results from the LSC friendly Gala

A promising start for our Junior team against two teams we will be swimming against in Junior league.  We had a slightly depleted 1st team (special mention to all the boys who had to swim up an age group in the relays!) Well done to all those swimming in a gala for the first time.  You achieved a lot of PBs ( 33 in total!) Special mention to Tye Bassett who knocked 9 secs off his fly time and Cicely Hall who swam over 8 secs faster.  Adam Bulmer and the 11year old girls were outstanding comming 1st or 2nd in all their races.

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Tuesday, 31st January

Results from the Four Towns Trophy Gala at Leek

 

Four Towns 2017.xlsx
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Monday, 14th November

 

Club Championships Results 

 

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Monday, 10th October 2016

 

Dove Valley 30th Anniversary a huge success

 

On Saturday 25th September the Pirelli stadium hosted the Dove Valley 30th Anniversary Ball, the ball was not just a celebration of the clubs 30 years, it was an important fundraiser for the clubs committee who hoped to raise enough funds to take all the members to the Iconic Olympic pool in London for a training session.  

 

Adam Peaty's amazing success has been inspiring and the club have been following him closely sending him good luck cards and messages in Rio and for the swimmers to be able to swim in the pool he recently won another European gold Medal in would be a dream. 


The evening started with a fabulous champagne reception for the 175 guests, sponsored by Nigel Davies Solicitors. John Plant then gave an address in which he thanked all the coaches, parents and swimmers past and present for making Dove Valley a success and hoped there were many more years to come.  

 

A delicious three course meal followed with attendees being entertained by singer Mitch Corner whilst they ate. 


Then the fundraising really hotted up with Steve Egerton on the microphone the auction started with bids coming in for limited Emma Bridgewater vase, Limited edition Print by artist and a signed Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty Shirt and Cap which went for a staggering £500.  

 

Both the auction raising £3049 and the raffle raising £712 were huge successes making the visit to the Olympic pool more of a reality. Dancing into the night finished off the evening perfectly, with the guests looking forward to booking the Olympic Pool.

Saturday, 8th October 2016

 

Dove Valley Swimmers Falcon Meet Report 

 

After a late night for the Parents who all attended the Dove Valley 30th anniversary ball, the swimmers themselves showed no sign of letting up on their recent successes at the Falcon Open Meet on Sunday 25th September.


Olivia Gregory (12) stole the show and showed the rest of the competitors how to do it by taking 1st place in the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 50m Freestyle and 50m backstroke, and coming second in the 100m individual medley, this outstanding performance meant she came away with 3rd place overall Top Girl,  an amazing accolade to be extremely proud of.  


Nico Tsiamis (12) also came away with an armful of trophies with 3rd in the 50m breaststroke, 3rd in the 50m butterfly, 4th in the 50m backstroke, 5th in the 100m Individual Medley, and 6th in the 50m freestyle, whilst his younger brother Alex Tsiamis meet picked up 5th place in the 50m backstroke and in the 100m Individual medley and 6th place in the 50m butterfly.


Amy-Lee Jones came away with 4th place in the 50m breastroke and 6th place in the 50m backstroke, whilst Annabelle Mycock picked up 3rd place in the 50m breaststroke.


The team picked up some sensational personal bests with Ben Twynham knocking 13 seconds of his breastroke and 12 seconds of his individual medley. Andy Tsiamis knocked a good chunk of his breastroke personal best. Tessa Ayre knocked 5seconds of her 100m Individual Medley, and came away with a new Personal best in 50m freestyle, while her sister Alex Ayre (11) swam to her personal bests in all strokes, despite carrying an ankle injury .


Rachel Jones who along with Paul Gregory were ensuring the swimmers all got to their races on time said  “ It was a great meet for the swimmers, we always aim for some personal bests and not only did we got those we came away with trophies galore, considering we took the smallest team it was a great performance.” 

Monday, 3rd October 2016

 

Dove Valley cheer on Adam Peaty at the Town Hall 

 

Rain did not dampen the Adam Peaty bus tour and Dove Valley Swimming club had been given a special location at the foot of the town hall steps, donned in the team colours and sporting their Adam Peaty t-shirts they cheered and chanted and  despite the rain the enthusiasm to cheer their hero on was immense.
 
The atmosphere was amazing and has he approached they were shouting Adam over and over, they listened intently to his words of thanks to Uttoxeter and whilst he was inside eating his special surprise cake the swimmers were lucky enough to enjoy specially made cake pops by Lara's Creative Cakes. As he left the town hall to continue his journey he stopped and posed in front of the swimmers holding his Gold medal.
 
The swimmers and their parents were honoured to have cheered him on, and been part of this momentous day for Uttoxeter to show him their support and leaving everyone in awe of this Olympian.
 
A huge thank you to all those that turned up, not only did you look smart but you did Dove Valley proud. Well Done. Please see below links to the news coverage of this event:
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 20th September 2016

 

Dove Valley swimmers shine at Cossacs open meet

On Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 14 swimmers from Dove Valley travelled to Fenton for the Cossacs open meet gala. It is the first time the club had so any swimmers competing in this type of event.  The 14 Swimmers all inspired by Adam Peaty’s success competed in 79 events between them over two days and came away with 25 medals, including 12 gold! Between them they set over 40 personal bests and put Dove Valley swimming club firmly on the map!

Golden girl Olivia Gregory (12) lead the way coming home with 6 Gold medals in the 50m butterfly 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley setting 5 personal bests along the way! Ten year old Lucy Oldham  showed her hard work in training each week had paid of by securing a medal in all 5 events she entered with a gold in the 50m backstroke and a bronze in the 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 100m Individual Medley, and impressive haul! Speedy Ben Twynham (11) came away with a medal in all three colours, a gold in the 50m Backstroke, silver in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 50m freestyle. Maddie Egerton also 11 picked up gold in the 50m backstroke with a bronze in the 50metre freestyle.


Annabelle Mycock 10 came away with gold in the 100m and the 200m breast, the same medals she picked up last year as a 9 year old, and ten year old Amy-Lee Jones swam her heart out to pick up gold in the 100m butterfly and bronze in the 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley, whilst Alex Tsiamis competing in his first open meet picked up silver in the 100m backstroke and the 50m butterfly.
Dylan Cope who had only turned 11 last week came away with a bronze in the 50m breastroke and bronze in the 100m breastroke.


Whilst Jack Allen, Bea Egerton, Bryony Hall, Rowan Hall, Niko Tsiamis, Andy Tsiamis did not come away with medals there were plenty of personal bests and 4th places between them, and they were instrumental to the team spirit which helped all the swimmers perform to their best.


Paul Gregory who was pool side assisting the swimmers in getting them to their races on time said “ the team spirit amongst them was phenomenal they were cheering each other on in every race and there cheers were deafening when one of them won a medal it was great to be a part of.”


John Plant chairman added “the swimmers once again made Dove Valley proud and the support they showed each other was testament to what great camaraderie there is at the club.”

Tuesday 20th  September 2016

 

Results from Club Championship Distance Races 

 

 

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Monday, 12th September 2016

 

Adam Peaty inspires young Dove Valley Swimmer to help save a life

 

A DOVE Valley swimmer has been inspired by Adam Peaty to raise vital funds to send a cancer sufferer to Germany for life-saving surgery. Finlay Bointon does not even know mum-of-two Katy Dawson, who is trying to raise £50,000 to pay for advanced medical procedures not available on the NHS.

However, the sporty 10-year-old has taken it upon himself to swim 400 lengths of the Uttoxeter Leisure Centre pool to raise as much as he can towards the Worcestershire mother-of-two's total. Finlay said the Olympic heroics of Adam Peaty, a former Dove Valley swimmer, had spurred him on to complete his challenge.

Finlay said: "It was amazing meeting Adam and it's extra special that he swam for my club. His achievements have given me the enthusiasm to carry on with my swimming and I'm determined to complete my challenge to help Katy.She's a friend of a friend of my mum's and, when I saw her Facebook page and that she had two young children, I just wanted to do something to help.

"I really felt for her and it made me think how I'd feel if my mum had a serious illness and how tough it must be for those kids. I want to raise as much as I possibly can towards the total. She needs about another £10,000. It's been really tough going so far. I'm doing a mix of different strokes, but, mostly, like Adam, breaststroke.

"Thanks so much to everyone who's donated so far and given me such amazing words of encouragement. It's really spurred me on."

Mum Karen, who lives with Finlay, dad John and little brother Alfie, eight, at the Bointons' home in Cook Lane, Doveridge, spoke of how proud she was of her son.

She said: "I'm incredibly proud of him for what he's doing. He passed the 200 mark recently at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre, which was brilliant."

Anyone who wants to contribute should visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/john-bointon

Dove Valley Swimming Clubs' Chairman John Plant interviewed by Sky News

 

Following the success at the Rio Olympics 2016 of the Team GB swimmer, Gold Medalist and World Record holder Adam Peaty, there was a great deal of local and national media interest focusing on the club where Adam started out, Dove Valley Swimming Club.

 

Sky News have kindly given us permission to add these interviews to our website - happy viewing!!

Nigel Davies Solicitors sponsor the champagne reception at our 30th Anniversary Celebratory Ball


When Nigel Davies solicitors based on High Street Uttoxeter, heard about this magnificent achievement they wanted to show their support for the club as they  have been incredibly inspired by the coaches and swimmers dedication over the years and as a result are generously sponsoring a Champagne reception for the ball as well as coming along to join in the celebrations with us.


Director of Nigel Davies, Matthew Ellis said “We are very proud to support Dove Valley Swimming Club and wish them every success for the current season, clubs like these, particularly those involving young people in sport are very important to our community and we are pleased to be able to help wherever we can, which is why we wanted to help them celebrate and raise funds to fulfil their dream by sponsoring a champagne reception at the ball.”


However the ball is not just a celebration, it is an important fundraiser for the clubs committee to commemorate 30 years in a very special way.  It is the dream to raise enough funds to take all the members to the Iconic Olympic pool in London for a training session.  Adam Peaty's amazing success has been inspiring and the club have been following him closely and to be able to swim in the pool he recently won another European gold Medal in would be a dream for the swimmers.


The Ball will be held on Saturday 24th September 2016 at the outstanding Pirelli Stadium in Burton upon Trent, where the evening will start from 7 with the champagne reception sponsored by Nigel Davies Solicitors followed by a delicious 3 course sit down meal at 8 pm.  There will be live entertainment, a mini auction, raffle, dancing and bar until 1am.  The cost per person is £45. There are tables for 8 to 14 people.
Don't miss out on helping Dove Valley ASC celebrate their 30th Anniversary with an amazing evening.


We would like to ask all former members who have been involved in the club over the years to put on their glad rags and join us too to commemorate this fantastic achievement.


To secure your tickets or to sponsor an element of the ball such as the table decorations or menu or if you wish to donate raffle prizes for this special event contact jayne.egerton@googlemail.com / mobile 07817 282151 or visit us at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre Mondays and Thursdays 7.30-9.30. For a full range of Legal Services, Nigel Davies Solicitors can be contacted on 01889 567719.

Dove Valley will be 30 years old, help us celebrate our 30th anniversary

 

When It was announced just over 30 years ago that Uttoxeter was building a new indoor pool, who could predict then that 30 years later with the hard work and dedication of it’s founders, coaches swimmers and supporters since, that Dove Valley ASC would be celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary with a Celebratory Black Tie Ball.


Bill Adshead the clubs president was one of the original founders and he said “When I saw there was going to be a new indoor pool, I spent 12 months promoting the idea of a new swimming club and together with Peter Bryan and Paul Gascoigne we managed to secure a one hour slot on a Mondays to train as soon as the pool opened, it seems crazy now with the intense training the swimmers go through but we started by swimming widths and eventually progressed to lengths as we became more established. We managed to get more people onboard and Sheila Hughes and Bob Murray joined us enabling us to go to a gala at Cheadle which I had organised to prepare for the future, it was here we met Bernard and Frankie Broadhurst who started to train our officials enabling us to become a more professional club and it grew from there.”


It was after this that the club really took off with a number of swimmers and families moving from Cheadle Dolphins to this new upcoming club, many of which served the club for a great number of years, and ensured it became well established. The more established it became the more people and families became involved ensuring the club grew from strength to strength.


It’s these people including Jason and Rupert Hough, Phillipa Latham, Kim Hill John Craske and Stephanie Prince among many others they that have enabled us to create first class squads, county champions and dare we dream an Olympic champion in Adam Peaty.


“It’s thanks to all these people from 30 years ago to present day and the hard work of the swimmers that Dove Valley ASC is such a thriving first class club which punches above it weight in many competitions and it is a pleasure to be involved” said chairman John Plant.


Don't miss out on helping Dove Valley ASC celebrate their 30th Anniversary with an amazing ball.The Ball will be held on Saturday 24th September 2016 at the outstanding Pirelli Stadium in Burton upon Trent, where the evening will start from 7 with the champagne reception sponsored by Nigel Davies Solicitors followed by a delicious 3 course sit down meal at 8 pm.  There will be live entertainment, a mini auction, raffle, dancing and bar until 1am.  The cost per person is £45.


We would like to ask all former members who have been involved in the club over the years to put on their glad rags and join us too to commemorate this fantastic achievement.


To secure your tickets or to sponsor an element of the ball such as the table decorations or menu or if you wish to donate raffle prizes for this special event contact jayne.egerton@googlemail.com / mobile 07817 282151 or visit us at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre Mondays and Thursdays 7.30-9.30. For a full range of Legal Services, Nigel Davies Solicitors can be contacted on 01889 567719.

Monday, 11th July 2016

 

Olivia and Amy-Lee punch above their weight yet again

 

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July saw Dove Valley Junior Swimmers Olivia Gregory and Amy-Lee Jones travel to Biddulph Valley Open Meet, where their hard work and dedication paid off with them both securing a string of personal bets and returning to the club with an impressive medal haul.

 

Golden girl Olivia Gregory (12) still fresh from her recent Midland Championship success competed in 7 events and came away with medals in 6 of these events! She knocked an astonishing 7 seconds off her 200m individual medley personal best to take the gold medal and 7 seconds of her 100m individual Medley personal best to take the silver medal.

 

The impressive personal bests did not stop there Olivia knocked a staggering 7 and a half seconds of her 200metre breaststroke to take the silver medal, also claiming silver medals in 50metre breaststroke, and 50metre backstroke. She finished her ever growing medal collection with a bronze medal in the 50metre fly and a 4th place finish in the 50metre butterfly.

 

Amy-Lee Jones (10) competed in 4 events and successfully secured medals in 3 of these with impressive personal bests in all four events. Amy-Lee knocked a huge 6 seconds of her 100metre individual medley personal best to collect the Gold medal and took the silver medal with a new personal best in 50metre butterfly.  A Bronze medal and personal best in the 50metre backstroke completed her medal haul for the weekend. She also narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100m freestyle with a new personal best time.

 

Both girls are a credit to the club and the coaches are extremely proud of their achievements. Chairman John Plant said “it is great to see the swimmers punching above their weight yet again competing with the big clubs and best of all returning with personal bests and medals in hand, they are great role models for the new swimmers.”

Tuesday, 28th June 2016

 

Junior League Round 3 Results 

 

Please see below the results from Saturday 25th June. The yellow highlights the Personal Bests (PBs), these are to be verified by Ron Marrow first but should be reasonably accurate.

 

Very well done to everyone who swan at this event, we came fifth overall. It was a very tough gala for us but its good for us to swim against much bigger teams.

 

1 win, 10 seconds and 7 PBs and alot of times were we very close to PBs.

 

We won't have made the final but hopefully we have come in the top half of Division 2, which really is what we aimed for realistically. Also, once again no disqualificiations which is really pleasing as it meant we then scored in every race.

 

Thank you to all the supporters and everyone who helped in an official/poolside position, it really helps us out and is much appreciated.

 

Thank you also to the 12 year old swimmers who now retire from Junior League (Kate Simister, Olivia Gregory, Bronte-May Brough, Edith Cant, Lewis Turner and Nico Tsiamis). Your contribution over the years has been brilliant and we will miss you.

 

Junior League will continue again in April 17, so keep training and working hard.

JL Redditch Results Round 3.xls
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Monday, 20th June 2016

 

Dove Valleys' Olivia Splashes to Success!

 

When 12-year-old Olivia Gregory, who attends Oldfields Hall Middle School, entered the Staffordshire County Swimming Championships back in March, little did she know that her performances would secure her a place at the Midland Championships – one step away from national competition. But, will hours of training under her belt, Olivia won the Staffordshire championships in three events, qualifying her as only the second swimmer from Dove Valley to ever make this grade. The first, of course, being Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty!

 

At the Midland championships, Olivia competed for the first time in a long course pool (50m) and as her only training was in short course (25m) this came as quite a shock in the qualifying rounds. Olivia competed in the: 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke; 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly. In the rounds, Olivia put in very creditable performances and qualified for the finals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke in 8th position. Having still not put in a PB, Olivia was determined to swim even better in the finals.

 

In the finals, Olivia managed 6th place, putting in personal best times across the board and even though she did not secure a medal, she could not have asked for more. It goes without saying that her parents and Dove Valley Club are immensely proud of her achievements which she has acquired through hours of training and utter dedication.

Friday, 17th June 2016 

 

Junior League Round Two Results 

 

Below are the results from Junior League Round Two which was a great achievement. Dove Valley came 2nd overall which hopefully will move us higher up the league.

 

Once again there were some very good strong performances and only one disqualification.

 

Many thanks go to Ed and Mim for getting the children ready for the gala's.

 

 

Junior League Round 2 Results.xls
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Tuesday, 12th April 2016 

 

Junior League Round One Results 

 

Below are the results from Junior league round one which was a fantastic result for the club. Dove Valley came 3rd (although we were 2nd up until race 49!) and just 5 points off 2nd at the finish. It was a brilliant effort from everyone, a real team effort.


Amazingly we were the only team who did not get any disqualifications, this meant we scored in every race. So all relay takeovers were correct and stroke technique was legal.


Ed has worked out (to be verified by Ron) that we had 21 personal bests (PBs) out of 32 individual races. Well done. Noticeable PBs were Mae (two), Maddie, Amy (also 2 wins), Ben.


This result should put us top half of Divison 2, nicely positioned. Its was a hard fought gala, which is what we wanted and needed.


Ed and Mim would like to wish a big welcome to our 9 year old newcomers and said that they handled the occassion really well and also thank all that helped including Nola Pell, Robin Oldham, Paul Gregory and Paul Craven and thanks all the supporters whose sea of blue poolside really makes such a difference.


The next round is on 14th May.

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Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

 

Peter Haynes Trophy Final and Staffordshire County League results

 

Here are the results from the Peter Haynes Trophy Final held on the 19th March 2016 and the Staffordshire County Swimming League held in Tamworth on 5th March 2015.

 

 

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Wednesday, 16th March 2016

 

Dove Valley swimmers take to the county stage

 

For a small town club, Dove Valley ASC certainly has great success. Over the last three weekends over twenty swimmers qualified for, and participated in, the Staffordshire County Championships held at Meadowside in Stafford.

 

Amazingly, during the course of the weekends, Dove Valley swimmers racked up 59 personal bests over a range of strokes and distances with one swimmer also breaking a club record. The talent on show at the championships was incredible, with the very best swimmers competing to achieve qualification for the Midland BAGCAT later in the year. Of the swimmers taking part, Olivia Gregory, Bronte May Brough, Katie Simister, Edith Cant, Maddie Egerton, Amy-Lee Jones, Lucy Oldham, Ben Twynham, Thomas Dunn and Alexandra Ayre all knocked huge amounts off their PBs.

 

Four swimmers made finals during the championships. Olivia Gregory qualified for nearly 20 events and carried home 18 top three finishes including 1st place in the U12 100m individual medley and 50m breaststroke. Olivia has also qualified for the Midland championships later this year as well as setting a new club championship record. She returned home with a huge medal haul. Olivia trains exceptionally hard and is truly dedicated to swimming so these results are inspirational. Bronte-May Brough, Katie Simister and Maddie Egerton also made finals and had a fantastic championship.

 

Dove Valley ASC continues to go from strength to strength and wishes to extend thanks to all of the coaches and parents who have supported the swimmers to achieve at this level.

 

Monday, 1st February 2016

 

T20's and rating sessions held in January 2016

 

Here are the results from the T20's held on the 11th and 14th January 2016 and rating sessions held on 16th January 2016

 

 

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Monday, 1st February 2016

 

Dove Valley Kick-off a busy 2016!

 

Following a short break over the Christmas period, Dove Valley swimmers have been back in action. First was the Grading Gala – a chance to set 2016 personal bests. A huge number of new swimmers took part and established swimmers put in an abundance of personal bests; some by a huge margin.

 

Last weekend, the Four Towns Gala kicked off with the first round being held at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre. Dove Valley ASC lined up against Belper Marlins, Leek and Ashbourne amidst a very competitive atmosphere.  With over 20 personal bests, most noticeable being Maddie Egerton, Harvey Grills and Lewis Turner, the results were close right up to last minute. Unfortunately, Dove Valley suffered a couple of disqualifications and time penalties in the last 10 races and ended up finishing in third place.  With all of the Dove Valley swimmers training hard – they hope to improve on this result at next round on 23rd April at Leek. 

 

The club would like to wish the best of luck to our 28 swimmers who have qualified for the County Championships over the next two weekends. 

 

Sunday, 29th November 2015

 

County League Success

 

Dove Valley swimmers have, yet again, been busy competing against other Midlands squads in the Staffordshire County Swimming League hosted by Tamworth ASC at the Snowdome.

 

Dove Valley put in a very creditable performance finishing in 4th place overall but posting a string of personal bests in the process.

 

The most notable swims came from Rebecca Fowler in the U13 50m Freestyle and Thomas Dunn in the U11 50m Butterfly. These two swimmers smashed their personal bests!

 

In total, Dove Valley racked up 9 wins and 10 personal bests which was a very pleasing result for Team Coach - John Plant.

 

Pictured are junior swimmers: (From left to right) Adam Bulmer, Alfie Carter, Luke Curtis and Lewis Turner

 

Saturday, 17th October 2015

 

Club Championships

 

We held our club championships at the Leisure Centre. Please see below for the results, the boys and girls are on seperate tabs. Well done to everyone involved.

 

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Sunday, 27th September 2015

 

Medal Haul for Dove Valley Trio

 

Last weekend, COSACCS hosted an open meeting at Fenton Manor. Three Dove Valley swimmers took the plunge and pitched themselves against hundreds of swimmers from across the Midlands.

 

Yet again, Dove Valley junior swimmers performed beyond expectation: racking up a string of massive personal bests and bringing home medals galore.

 

Annabelle Mycock (age 9) won gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, bronze in the individual medley and 200m breaststroke.  Olivia Gregory (age 11) achieved gold in the individual medley and silver in the 100m freestyle.  Amy-Lee Jones (age 9) won silver in the 50m backstroke and also narrowly missed out on medal with several 4th place finishes.  These girls train hard with full dedication and are a credit to the club.

 

The Dove Valley Junior squad are going from strength to strength and are currently inviting 7 and 8 year old boys and girls to trial for the club. Children ideally need to have achieved their 200m distance award. If interested, please click here and fill in the form.

 

Monday, 21st September 2015

 

Get early bird tickets for our 30th anniversary Black Tie Celebratory Ball next year

 

We are putting on a Black Tie Celebratory Ball on Saturday 24th September 2016 at The Pirelli Stadium, Burton on Trent to celebrate achieving 30 years as a Club. 

 

This special event, with all the proceeds going to the club, requires your support. It will be a very entertaining evening which we are confident all will enjoy. Not only will this evening be great fun and a chance to get dressed up, it will be a fundraiser for the club which will benefit the children.

 

The evening will start from 7 to 7.30pm for a sit down 3 course meal at 8pm.  There will be live entertainment, a mini auction, raffle, dancing and bar till 1am.

 

Cost per ticket is just £40 per person if you pay in full by 30th April 2016, after that they rise to £45. Tables are available for 8 to 14 people.

 

There also a Savings Club if you wish to spread the cost of your ticket(s). Email our Club Secretary Tracey Rookyard for details.

 

To book your tickets please bring along the form below, completed and  £10 per person deposit to the desk on a club night. For more information please contact our Fundraising Officer Jayne Egerton 07817282151.

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Monday, 21st September 2015

 

Dove Valley Juniors Hit Top Spot!

 

As Dove Valley’s junior squad headed off to Wolverhampton for the finals of the Nuneaton and District Junior League, little did they know that just four hour later they would raise both major trophies and take two first places in hard fought relays. To say that the atmosphere was electric was an understatement and as the competition kicked off with the parade to determine ‘Best Turned Out Team and Supporters’, it was evident that Dove Valley had this one nailed! Dress all in blue, sporting towels sponsored by Nigel Davies Solicitors, caps and t’shirts from Actionclad, flags and banner – it was a real spectacle. To top off the children’s excitement, Adam Peaty, our local swimming hero, had signed every child’s cap! Who was going to compete with that? The supporters had also gone to town as a sea of blue and white noisy parents cheered their youngsters into the pool. Before anyone had even swum a race, Dove Valley lifted their first trophy!

What followed was a lesson in consistency and determination. Each swimmer swam their heart out to the deafening cheers from the crowd. With 12 first place swims and 71% of race with top three finishes and a string of PB’s,  Dove Valley proved themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. Other teams were even asking where we were from!

 

At three quarters of the way through the gala, three teams were on equal top scorers: Bromsgrove ASC, Dove Valley and Droitwich Dolphins. Dove Valley went on to win the all-important 8 swimmer final cannon event. However, when the final points were announced and Dove Valley were 10 in the lead with 204 points and overall 24 league points – the children and could not believe it. What an achievement! Ed Simister and Mim Hall led their young swimmers to collect an armful of trophies and could not have been prouder! The smallest club (by far) in the entire competition were victorious and now take their place in division 2 ready for next season. Bring it on!

 

Please see the results of the finals below. 

 

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Sunday, 13th September 2015

 

Results from the Four Towns gala

 

Please see below the results from the Four Towns gala held on 12th September.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

 

Dove Valley have won the league now for the final..

 

What a night, what a performance, slightly stunned I will admit. We thought 2nd place for definitely. Which would have been a very good result, but to win by only 4 points was amazing.

 

When you look at the results you will see that we were behind until race 35. Ben Twynham won his 50m Backstroke race and Bromsgrove got DQ. This put us in the lead which we then never gave up.

 

We didn’t win the most races in fact we were 3rd behind Telford (17 wins) and Bromsgrove (15 wins) Dove Valley (14 wins). The difference was the combined high finishing of 1st, 2nd and 3rds. 40 races out of 51 we were 1st, 2nd or 3rd. we only had 2 DQs. Every point counts. It was such a team effort.

 

I have calculated we have scored a massive 701 points over the 3 rounds which as far as I am concerned is a record for Dove Valley. So bring on the final on the 12th September early Saturday morning at Wolverhampton (details to follow). A bus will be provided for the swimmers.

 

You were all so well behaved and looked so smart in blue. Your commitment is obvious in the way you swam. So let’s keep up the hard work and training and we will win the final to get promoted to Division 2.

 

So far a year to remember 5 galas 5 wins

 

On behalf of Ed and Mim a super well done, we are very proud of you all. 

 

P.S. To the supporters, you looked fab in your blue t shirts. I think it made a real impression and helped the team. So thankyou for all your help and support. You are our twelth man!!

 

P.P.S. The chips were well deserve!!

 

Below are the results from Saturday Junior League Round 3.

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Monday, 22 June 2015

 

ESBC and Rotary Club Donate Trophy Cabinet to Dove Valley Swimming Club

 

The Adam Peaty Pool Hall is used by Dove Valley Swimming Club, at the recently refurbished leisure centre, for swimming galas and other competitions and is popular with both casual and competitive swimmers.

 

Since the leisure centre reopened there has been an increase in the number of memberships and users, with both the gym and swimming pool seeing a sharp increase in activity.

 

Councillor Colin Whittaker, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services, said: “It’s great to see community organisations in Uttoxeter working together to enhance and support leisure and sport to our residents. I would like to personally thank Uttoxeter Rotary Club for their kind donation. Dove Valley Swimming Club is a prominent sporting club in and around Uttoxeter and the trophy cabinet provides the club with an ideal opportunity to showcase their successes.”

 

David Brown, President of Uttoxeter Rotary Club, added: “Within the limits of the money our members collect each year from various projects, we like to concentrate on giving as much as we can to local charities. Where we can, we also try to aid International efforts such as the Rotary’s World Wide effort to eradicate Polio and, this year, to the Earthquake Disaster in Nepal. We are pleased that occasionally we are able to give to local projects such as the Trophy Cabinet and Clock at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre. We hope these will be of use to the people of Uttoxeter for many years to come”.

 

John Plant, Chairman of Dove Valley Swimming Club, said: “Being back at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre is good for swimmers & spectators alike. The refurbished facility is a pleasure to use with excellent changing & spectator facilities.

 

“Dove Valley Amateur Swimming Club is hugely grateful to East Staffs & Uttoxeter Rotary Club for their donation, this will allow us to share our successes with all Visitors and encourage new members to follow the ‘Adam Peaty’ pathway to success”.

Sunday, 14 June 2015


Dove Valley ASC lift the Bourchier Shield

 

It has been two years since the Bourchier Shield Gala has been contested. This weekend, Dove Valley lifted the trophy once more! Just two clubs battled it out on Saturday night: Dove Valley ASC (sporting two teams) and Leek ASC. The competition was tight; however Dove Valley Anemones ended the evening gala with a 13 point advantage and some pretty impressive stats to go with the win.

 

Dove Valley swimmers achieve a stunning 70+ personal bests throughout the evening; proving that the youngsters are improving all of the time. The club is certainly going from strength to strength. Olivia Gregory, a county level swimmer, broke her front crawl PB twice in the course of the night whilst Lucy Rogers went sub 40 seconds for the first time in her 50m backstroke – well done girls! Eve McPhearson and Charlotte Mountford both gained 3 personal bests in one night!

 

This gala sets Dove Valley up perfectly for the final round of the Junior League in two weeks’ time where the club hope to secure a third consecutive win to qualify for the final in September – not bad for a small town club!

 

The club wishes to extend thanks to their volunteers who give up their time to organise and run the galas for Dove Valley especially Mim Hall who worked tirelesslessly to organise the huge squad of swimmers. Without them, the club would not be able to be so successful.

 

Pictured are Daf Bourchier – former head coach at Dove Valley, Freya Barkas and James Dain – club swimmers.

Results of the Bourchier Shield
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Monday, 8 June 2015


Lucy hits top spot!

 

Dove Valley's Swimmer of the month for May was awarded to Lucy Oldham (aged 9).Lucy has been with Dove Valley for over a year now and has shown incredible drive and passion for swimming. She works hard in training, listens carefully to how to improve and when she competes, has a competive edge. Lucy received £10, a certificate and the club trophy. Huge congratulations Lucy - keep it up!

Saturday, 30 May 2015


A Night of Comedy at The Blythe Inn on the 19th June

 

Please join us for a fun packed night of comedy to raise funds for the club at The Blythe Inn in Kingstone on Friday 19th June. The night kicks off at 8 and food is available on the night in the shape of scampi and chips at just £5.

 

Tickets are only £8 and can be purchased from The Blythe Inn, Jayne Egerton or at the club based at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 7.30-9pm).

Details about the Night of Comedy
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015


Dove Valley swimmers top the pile

 

Dove Valley Junior swimmers (pictured) again defied the odds in the second round of the Junior League.

 

Up against Bromsgrove, Worcester, Telford, Tamworth and Wolverhampton, Dove Valley punched well above their weight to make it two wins out of two.

 

They won 16 out of 50 races with 16 personal bests, scoring 20 more points than in the last round.

 

The nine-year-old girls squad consisting of Aimee Lee Jones, Iona Pell, Annabelle Mycock and Lucy Oldham had a fantastic gala and won almost all of their races.

 

Alex Tsnamis won both of his individual races in the U9 boys' category. Tom Dunn won the U12 50m butterfly despite being only 10.

 

Olivia Gregory secured two personal bests in butterfly and breaststroke. Katie Simister swam a sub-40 second 50m backstroke for the first time.

 

Maggie Clarke knocked five seconds off her personal best in backstroke.

 

Team coaches Ed Simister and Mim Hall were extremely proud of all the children's effort and could not have asked any more of them.

 

The next step is to win round three to secure a place in the finals in September.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015


Dove Valley Youngsters Smash it at Junior League Gala!

 

The Junior League kicked off this weekend with Dove Valley’s young team of swimmers heading to Tamworth to compete against clubs from across the Midlands consisting of Telford, Tamworth, Broadway, Kingsbury and Stourbridge. This was a chance for all swimmers to prove themselves against much larger clubs and test the results of their hard training.

 

And what a gala it proved to be! Dove Valley looked strong from the outset and led the points from the beginning to the end of the competition. The passion and drive to win was evident and as the wins kept coming, their confidence and determination grew. At the end of the Gala Dove Valley had 227 points with their nearest rival, Stourbridge, scoring 183!

 

The Dove valley youngsters, all aged between 9 and 12 years old, posted 16 wins which calculated to one-third of all races. The swimmers also achieved 12 personal bests – nearly one quarter of all races swam. Most noticeable performances came from Lucy Oldham who shattered her personal best in 25m front crawl by 5 seconds, Louisa Page who knocked 4 seconds off her best 50m front crawl time, taking 4 seconds from her best 50m backstroke was Martha Cope and Duncan Craven took 2.5s from his 50m front crawl best time. Bronte May Brough and Olivia Gregory, both county level swimmers, also posted personal bests shaving more seconds from their already outstanding times.

 

The Dove Valley U11 girls relay team were utterly breath-taking in every race, winning by massive margins. They are known to their coaches as the ‘Golden Girls’. The relay team consists of Katie Simister, Edith Cant, Bronte May Brough and Olivia Gregory who are all pictured celebrating below.

 

The Dove Valley swimmers were a credit the club. They behaved brilliantly for the entire evening and looked exceptionally smart on their new t-shirts proudly sponsored by ACTIONCLAD 2001 LTD. Ed Simister and Mim Hall, team coaches, were, “Immensely proud our swimmers tonight and look forward to the next round.” Ed and Mim are the new Junior League team coaches and have worked tirelessly with the children to get their season off to a great start.

 

A fantastic result for our town club!

 

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

 

Staffordshire Building Society Gala

 

Dove Valley ASC hosted their first competitive gala this weekend since the reopening of Uttoxeter Leisure. The Staffordshire Building Society Gala saw U11, U13, U15 and open age swimmers competing for overall boys and girl’s trophies. Taking part were Dove Valley, Cheadle, Broadway and Lichfield, who fielded two teams.

 

The gala kicked off with an exhibition race for Dove Valley’s newest and youngest swimmers who were in need of gala experience. This nerve wracking experience did not seem to faze the youngsters who were cheered and encouraged by the crowd and their older peers.

The recently refurbished facilities proved perfect; the leisure centre viewing gallery and improvements to the changing facilities creating a calm and well organised atmosphere. The entire evening went without a hitch and Dove Valley was once again proud to host a gala.

Cheadle ASC proved victorious, winning both the boys and girls trophies by some distance.

 

There were standout performances for Dove Valley ASC: Simon Johnson who swam a PB in the Open 50m Freestyle; Simon also won the Open 50m Butterfly. For the girls, Isobel Johnson won the U13 50m Freestyle, Bryony Hall won the Open 50m Butterfly, Katie Simister won the U11 Backstroke and Bronte Brough won the U11 Breaststroke.Dove Valley ASC look forward to improving upon this performance as training continues in earnest!

 

Pictured in the photograph above are (Back Row) Lewis Turner, Jessica Davies , Ben Simon (Front Row) Charlotte Turner, Katie Simister and Dylan Cope.

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