History & Notes on Spa Club
The Spa Swimming Club was formed 1968, shortly before the official opening of the swimming pool. Doug Kimber, then Sports Master at Campsmount School, was the club’s first Head Coach. At first, there were no qualified teachers, so we enlisted the help of three members of Doncaster Swimming Club … Walter Harrison , John Predery and Cyril Chaffey, who came along for a number of weeks and advised the few on the poolside how to organise lessons etc. At the same time, the swan and the white rose were decided upon as our motif and Phil Johnson, the Arts Master at Campsmount, designed the logo which has been used ever since.
When Doug Kimber moved to another school, he was replaced by Mal Cooke, whose son Ian was one of our best swimmers. When Mal had to leave, John Harriman took over for a number of years and, since then, we have had several Chief Coaches … Alan Cooper, Dennis Brown, George Charlton, Mick Mundy, Arthur Brown and Debbie Flewitt, Kevin Nicholas and Mick Gartside.
Our first “Home Championships” took place in 1969 and consisted of 24 events held on one Friday evening. The Home Championships are one of the highlights of our annual calendar, where swimmers race in age groups in various events of their choice.
Another highlight is the annual awards night where trophies from the Home Championships event are awarded. Over the years we have had various ’celebrities’ to present awards … for example Mick Bates (the Leeds United footballer from the famous Revie team) . In 2017 we were delighted to welcome Olympic and former Askern Spa Swimmer Max Litchfield to present awards.
We have had minor problems over the years but the most serious occurred in the mid/late 90′s when we were advised that the swimming pool was being closed due to “faulty” concrete (this was at the time of the Poulson problems with pre-stressed concrete). We had quickly to arrange alternative pool time at Adwick Leisure Centre, or the Club may have folded. Happily we were able to do this for two years and we hired a double decker bus from Doncaster Corporation to take our swimmers to Adwick for two hours every Saturday evening. The Club continued on two hours per week until the Askern Pool re-opened….and we still swam Galas.
Over the years we have competed in, and been successful in, various leagues – see our “Swimmers’ achievements” page. Our most notable achievements came in the Barnsley, Dinsdale and Pocklington leagues.
It is rewarding to know that children are learning to swim in the same pool their parents used and, in one or two cases, where their grandparents swam.
Below are some photos showing various officials of the club over the years
Bernard Jones a great servant to the swimming club for many years doing all aspects of teaching coaching and officiating. On his marathons and half marathons he has donated hundreds of pounds into the swimming club. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK BERNARD ON BEHALF OF THE CLUB FOR HIS STIRLING EFFORT. Whilst in history Bernard’s three sons were all excellent swimmers: Lewis, Lloyd and Liam .
In 2016 Askern Spa will be competing in Division 4 of the Barnsley Minors League alongside Knottingley ASC, Rossington Rascals and Huddersfield Crusaders
2016 CLUB FIXTURES AND RESULTS
|2016 CLUB FIXTURES & RESULTS|
|DATE||COMPETITION||HOST TEAM||VENUE||WARM UP||RESULT|
|16/4/16||BMLD4||Askern Spa||Askern||1pm||Spa 128, Hudds 128, Knott’y 108, Ross’ton 98|
|21/5/16||BMLD4||Rossington Rascals||Rossington||3pm||Spa 130, Hudds 130, Knott’y 120, Ross’ton 97|
|25/6/16||BMLD4||Knottingley||Knottingley||3pm||Hudds 145, Knott’y 126, Spa 120, Ross’ton 87|
|18/9/16||BMLD4||Huddersfield Crusaders||HALIFAX||2pm||Hudds 124, Knott’y 120, Spa 118, Ross’ton 115|
Key to competitions – BMLD4 = Barnsley Minors League Division 4
BARNSLEY MINORS LEAGUE D4 2016 – FINAL POSITIONS
1st: Huddersfield Crusaders – 527 Pts
2nd: ASKERN SPA – 496 Pts
3rd: Knottingley – 494 Pts
4th Rossington Rascals – 397 ts