It’s not a club after all

The LAC advanced coaching scheme lacks just one ingredient and that is being a club. In the classic sense clubs have club championships, club discos, club records and are run by local volunteers.

Technically the coaching is superb but most swimmers still have their local club as main club. We can no longer compete for the LAC ACS, we need to compete for a second club that we also register with.

So last year was pretty special is was the first and only year that the then LACPP held competitions and brought out a club kit. Now any swimmer that is only registered with the LAC has to compete for Newham.

I wrote about it before that I thought the Newham & UEL club service is excellent, there are no qualms about this at all.

But, as we live right next to Bethnal Green Sharks training ground and locals are used to Madison winning medals for the local school and the local club, we want to try and get back into Sharks as our main club. It’s where we live, where we compete.

The Newham Partnership

There is a very nice letter from the chair of Newham & UEL Swimming club on their current website, explaining that they plan to launch a completely new website by 1st October 2017. Please read as it explains the situation better than all my attempts so far.

Officially the old LACPP is going to cease to exist on 31 December 2017. LAC ACS swimmers will have to compete for Newham. That just means, Madison will have to get another club kit. We bought the LACPP one for years to last. It will be great to be able to enter competitions online.

And I huff and I puff …..

and I blow your house down. The LACPP Facebook page has disappeared. I liked it, it was very well run and had many previous moments embedded in lovely pictures.

That is the nature of the Internet, it is a series of electronic commands that are placed on web servers and they can be turned off at any moment. It’s like a house of cards.

The LACPP website currently still exists. Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the Internet once criticized it that websites get taken down at the spur of the moment, when they hold important markers and history. The first website was launched in 1990.  I started my first website in 1999; this also doesn’t exist anymore, it consisted of thousands of pages.

The best thing to do, when you are impressed by pics on the internet, save them straightaway or they might be gone the next time you look.

Running websites takes a lot of time and money. But Facebook actually allows content to stand as long as Facebook exists. Even though the LACPP ceases to exist, the Facebook page could remain with a note that the club no longer runs and that it is being replaced by a new one. But, as it goes, such Facebook groups, when they are commercial, somebody has to be responsible for maintaining them and that usually also is associated with cost.

The LACPP was written about in the Swimming Times and surely has impressed upon many people, not the least the swimmers and their families and of course the coaches that worked there.

Most images that were posted by LACPP can still be found online when using a search. I saved a few LACPP Facebook pictures but the other ones do not appear to have been kept at all by Facebook.

I think that the LAC itself is the most important historical marker of the club. People always remember history from the buildings.

For us swimmers, if we bought one, we still have the kit and that should have historical value rollapaluzaand a lot of sentimental value too.  All the swimmers that won medals at the one and only LACPP hosted age group on 13 October 2016 will have precious memories too.

Madison loves her LACPP kit and even wore it when entering a cycling competition.

I suppose when the new club is going to start, it will come with a new kit. The first meeting of the new club will be on 3rd September 2017. I almost forgot about that, I am such an Internet junkie, that unless it’s in e-mail or on the web, I don’t seem to realise.

The Internet is very important and good for sport, sports persons everywhere get inspiration from seeing others across the globe achieve and they want to do better.

 

 

 

swimmers eat cake too

WP_20150618_17_53_52_ProI shall bake a celebration cake as soon as the new LAC swimming club gets announced. I only just realised that we are going to get a new club, new name, new kit.

The finalization should be done very soon. Stay tuned and get in touch with LACPP, which will still exist till the end of the month if you are interested in joining the new club. Though I must admit nobody has asked me to beat the drum for it, but I still want to.

The new club should be operational from September. It shall train at the LAC.

It was worth it

Considering Madison had premium one-to-one sessions and exclusive small group top quality training during her time at LACPP, I think the time and money spent on the fees was well worth it; even despite the fact that during the last 12 months we only had about 6 land training sessions.

Even though I soon can mothball the expensive LACPP kit because we are changing club, the experience and skill improvement is something that is going to stay for the rest of Madison’s swimming career.

It is a great shame that the club sort of collapsed and a long-term membership is no longer feasible for lack of any type of contingency. I just can’t plan ahead without a plan. There are no plans beyond July and we are looking at another club that seems to be the happiest club I can find.

We’ve asked for a trial and if successful will soon let you know which club we are going to join. But this time I won’t spend £125 on the club kit straightaway, it will be the t-shirt only and then we’ll see how long it is going to last.

I think it is important to stay on the lookout for the best training opportunities and rather change club than stay at the same one out of habit.