Welfare and improving swimming strokes

Welcome to this weeks newsletter!

Only 2 weeks to go until PARTY TIME! Tickets available for £15 each at training sessions from Hannah and Kate. Payments can be made by bank transfer to the club or cash. Tickets will be given once payment has been received. Don't forget about the Bake Off so get your recipe books and aprons out ready as these will be our desserts for the evening.

Message from Pam our Welfare Officer: AVTC care for the welfare of all its members and people can contact me if they have any concerns regarding health and safety, welfare or safe guarding. All communications will be dealt with confidentially. If you wish to contact me you can on avtcwelfare@gmail.com​.

The Committee meet regularly to discuss ways in which we can provide an even better membership for club members; if you have any suggestions, comments, concerns or words of praise then please let us know at the email address below!

If you would like to make some contributions to the letter, then please feel free to send any content you would like adding, or suggestions for future editions to info@abingdonvaletri.co.uk and we will include it in the next update.

The Committee

This week's news, tips and race reports

Archery charity fundraiser

Thank you to all those who came to the archery taster session on Saturday in aid of our club charity Macmillan cancer support. We managed to raise £230. Well done and thank you Wendy for organising.

Message from Coach Ben about swimming The technical elements of the swim, make it tricky, but as triathletes we like the challenge. The coaches are always trying to help you as an athlete to improve your feel for the water / body awareness. This refers to your awareness of what you are doing as you are doing it when you are swimming, rather than during a discussion at the end of a rep. When you start to understand what an improvement to your stroke feels like then you can monitor it and see if you are getting it right. To help improve your awareness we are going to spend some time for the next four weeks doing non front crawl strokes. There will still be front crawl swimming! I fully appreciate the view 'In an event I am only going to do front crawl so why try and become a good breaststroker?” To respond - firstly all aspects of swimming have a cross over in technique, by trying to learn skills in a different context you will have to think about it differently and improve your understanding of the movements.

Secondly the point of the next few weeks is not to make you good at different strokes, but to improve your front crawl by working on your swimming movements and body awareness.

This week's training

Monday - 19.00 - Run Social - Tilsley Park

Please meet at reception.

**new shorter routes are available for those people who want to run for less than 5km, so if you're wanting to get back into running after a break, come along!**

Whilst this is not a coached session, it will help develop your running endurance - we take a 10km (ish) route around Abingdon (shorter routes are available, 5km and 7km) and run in ability groups. No-one will be left behind and there is ALWAYS someone to run with. A great way to keep your running up AND have a mini social at the same time. Win Win!

Tuesday- 19:00-20:00 - Track Intervals, Tilsley Park, Dumore Road, Abingdon, OX14 1PU

Coach: Ben

Meet in the reception area 5 minutes before. You pay at reception.Bring a drink and a method of timing yourself if possible.Dress appropriately for the weather.The most effective way to improve your running speed and technique.The session will be suitable for all abilities so if you haven't been to the track before, come along a quash those apprehensions, you will work hard, you will improve your running and you will have fun.

Thursday - 19:00-20:00 / 20:00-21:00hrs - Pool Swim - Abingdon White Horse Leisure Centre, OX14 3PJ

Coaches: Wendy, George and Andy

This week's focus - Breaststroke technique. £3 payable to coaching staff on poolside, do not pay at reception. Please come along to either the session at 7pm or 8pm, whichever suits you better for a structured swim session that will improve your fitness and technique. If you have them bring along your fins, hand paddles etc. and a drink.

> See full training schedule on the AVTC website

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