Vikings Swimming Club looks to positive future

North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club held their Annual Presentation of Awards and AGM on Saturday. (virtually) Club Chairperson Sarah Buchan, reported that the club had returned to training with renewed vigour when restrictions were lifted and the swimmers are hungry to get back to competing as soon as possible. This comes as no surprise because under the auspices of lead coach Sam Watts, proportionally results at competitions have been excellent; namely at the Norfolk County Championship, the Warwick Thompson and the County Development Gala held just before lock down at the beginning of the year. In the masters section, Mark Claxton competed at the World Cold Water Masters Championships in Slovenia where he achieved 2 bronze medals a 4th place and a 6th place respectively..

As the “lock down” restrictions were lifted in the Summer, the club committee took effective action to ensure there was a safe, covid compliant transition and wasted no time in increasing and rejuvenating swimming by launching their SOFA Project (Swimming Opportunities For All) using Beeston Hall School Pool before they returned to the North Walsham and Aylsham pools respectively on their reopening. This proved very popular with more people joining the club either to learn to swim or squad training.

The future looks positive too and shortly they will be staging a Level X Meeting at the Victory Pool in North Walsham facilitated by Swim England. The competition is best described as a virtual endeavour whereby swimmers compete mainly against the clock, as opposed to competitors and the times are recorded nationally. It will take place over three separate sessions as soon as the Victory re opens.





North Walsham Vikings Swimming Club have been settling back into the Victory pool at North Walsham and are getting set for next year’s County Championship potentially post-poned until March.


Although training has been restricted because of covid regulations and guidance from the sports governing body Swim England, the Vikings have been training six days a week and the response has been very encouraging. The current set up has been carefully co-ordinated to cater for four ability levels plus a masters section and is supporting  60 swimmers across the range. Head coach Sam Watts explained.


“I am happy with the response so far. It just shows a real need for such a healthy outlet of participation through swimming which youngsters are clearly getting so much out of their participation. I am focusing towards the County Championships now and hopefully other competitions. Meanwhile, the numbers back in the learn to swim have also been reassuring.”


With the initiative of the club’s SOFA project (Swimming Opportunities For All) in July, when the club used Beeston Hall School pool, the Viking’s Learn To Swim programme has  continued at Aylsham High School which has again attracted 20 children on Tuesdays and Fridays. As a bonus, the club are now welcoming back former members who are rejuvenating their enthusiasm for swimming post covid.


“Its pleasing to be back especially in the wake of Swim England’s announcement that over a quarter of pools in the UK still have not opened and many hundreds are facing an uncertain future” remarked Club Chairperson, Sarah Buchan.


If you would like your youngster to be apart of the SOFA project trying out for the squads or taking part in the learn to swim programme please contact




Day and time  Lane  Squad 
Sunday 5-6pm 1 Squad A
  2 Squad B
  3 Masters / Tri
Sunday 6-7 pm 1 Squad A
  2 Squad C
  3 Dev
Monday 7-7.45pm 1 Squad A
  2 Squad B
  3 Dev
Monday 7.45-8.30pm 1 Squad A
  2 Squad B
  3 Squad C
Tuesday 6.30-8pm 1 Squad A
  2 Squad C
Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm 3 Dev
Wednesday 6.30-8pm 1 Squad A
  2 Squad B
  3 Masters
Friday 7.30-8.30pm 1 Squad A
  2 Squad C
  3 Tri
Saturday 0700-0830am 1 Squad A
  2 Squad B
  3 Masters / Tri



Swimming Opportunities For All (SOFA) is not just for existing club members but for the wider community. It ranges from learn to swim through to regional and indeed national performance level. Our key priorities at the moment are to rejuvenate participation post covid at all levels and increase the number of students participating, so that more can enjoy safer swimming and for others, return to quality sport and healthy competition. Our top squads, 1 & 2, were are striving for excellence and we want to get this focus back as soon as possible. The NNVSC is the smallest club in Norfolk but has in place a progressive system from learn to swim to regional and national level. If you would like to take part in SOFA – either the learn to swim – or try out for the squads contact Jane  There is currently a charge for participation although rates are very competitive. All sessions are currently being held at beeston Hall school, Beeston Regis. 


There will be NO training on :

Good Friday 10th April

Easter Sunday 12th April

Easter Monday 13th April

Training as Normal on :

Easter Saturday 11th April



Dear Parents and Swimmers,


NNVSC has taken the advice issued by Swim England and produced the following information for our swimmers. The health and wellbeing of everyone who takes part in any aquatic activity is of paramount importance to everyone at NNVSC.

NNVSC is currently following the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England and is advising its swimmers, coaches, teachers, and volunteers to do the same. At this time, NNVSC is continuing to plan for sessions as normal.

However, the national governing body will be following the latest information and assessing risk as appropriate.

Due to the ongoing spread of novel coronavirus, there have been a number of calls to Swim England about whether it is safe to still go swimming.

The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) has been in contact with Public Health England regarding novel coronavirus. A spokesperson for PWTAG said: “Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time.

“Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus. However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.”

These include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Most importantly, if you feel unwell, please avoid using the pool.

This announcement is not intended to panic anyone and NNVSC is sharing the above information to ensure all possible precautions are taken. Should this information or advice change we will communicate it to you via email. If we have to cancel sessions at short notice, we will inform you via text and / or email. Please ensure that we have the most up to date contact details for you.

Best regards,



S R Buchan



Sarah Buchan

Chairperson North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club


No training on the following dates during the Christmas/New Year period:

Tuesday 24th December

Wednesday 25th September

Tuesday 31st December

Wednesday 1st January.


No triathlon session: Friday 27th December.


All other sessions as normal


Friday Tri Sessions

Dear Swimmers

Following the consultation it has been agreed to continue the Friday Triathlon Swim sessions with effect from 6th September.  Currently the pool has been booked for 1 lane only and attendance will be monitored and reviewed during September.

The criteria to be able to swim are:

All fees must be paid be standing order, due on the 1st of the month, in advance.  All annual memberships must be fully paid up.

I will be at the pool on this Friday, 6th September, only, to deal with any necessary paperwork and payments.


If anybody has any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.


Jane Bussey

NNVSC Treasurer


11th August 2019


Dear Vikings Triathlon member


The Vikings Committee has undertaken a recent review of the squads and lane usage to ensure that the Club is covering the costs of lane hire and coaching.


The Friday Triathlon session is currently running a significant financial loss particularly over the Summer months. To allow the Friday Triathlon sessions to continue there needs to be enough Triathlon swimmers on subscription and it is no longer financially sustainable for swimmers to “pay as you swim”. There is an opportunity to swim on a Wednesday 7-8pm and Sunday 5-6pm if you are unable to swim on a Friday or the Friday Triathlon session is discontinued; this would be open to those on subscriptions.


The Committee have decided to add an adult lane on a Wednesday 7-8pm which will have a session written by a coach and supported by one. This lane will swim alongside masters and is not masters level. Although, if you are suitably able to join them you may.


The Committee therefore needs to be able to have in place by 31st August 2019 enough regular subscriptions from triathlon members to allow the Friday session to continue. If we do not have enough subscriptions by this date there will be no further Vikings Friday Triathlon session unless there is enough interest and subscriptions in the future to re-start.


Fees for a weekly swim is £15 per calendar month and twice weekly £28 per calendar month  and annual membership fee is currently £25 a year and needed for registration with the ASA and insurance purposes..


Those Triathlon members who are not currently on subscriptions and/or not paid the annual membership fee please arrange by contacting Jane Bussey (  if you would like to continue being able to swim on a Friday Triathlon session. Please could you also indicate in the event the Friday session is discontinued whether you would swim another session or cancel your subscription. If a response is not received, it will be assumed that you no longer wish to swim with Vikings. For those who have not completed membership details and category 1 form this is also required if you wish to swim with Vikings. These documents are also attached.


If you have any questions about these changes please contact Vikings Chair Sarah Buchan or Committee Member Becky Horne. If there are questions about the subscription set up please contact Treasurer Jane Bussey.


An update will be communicated in the first week of September to confirm the sessions available to Triathlon members after this time.


Yours sincerely


North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Committee


North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club, based in north Walsham, Norfolk, is seeking a Lead Coach to join their team. NNVSC is a competitive club affiliated to swim England. It competes in the Est Region and provides a learn to swim programme through to performance squads and masters. This is a relatively small club, nevertheless delivers good results at competitions and has a great ethos of working hard from the swimmers, coaches and committee.

The swimmer’s performance results are improving as are the numbers and there is the potential for a motivated Lead Coach to take the club to the next level. The club would like to continue to develop its offering to all swimmers and develop them technically from a young age, to propel them to a successful swimming career and a lifelong love of the sport.

The Lead Coach will work with a devoted, motivated and enthusiastic coaching team to develop the club further. The successful candidate will have excellent communication (written/ verbal) and management skills, the ability to positively inspire confidence and motivate the swimmers to be the best that they can be. Candidates will preferably be ASA coach qualified with a willingness to work towards their higher-level coaching qualifications or have already completed their higher-level coaching badge (formerly level 3). A mentor programme can be put into place for less experienced coaches.

The hours are to be agreed but will include evening training sessions, weekend training, attendance at weekend competitions and necessary administration. The skills and qualifications to deliver dry-land training would be advantageous. The Lead Coach has a key role at the Club in supporting the Club ethos to encourage children, and young people at all levels of ability and achievement to enjoy and benefit from swimming. The position will require working within the coaching setup, reporting to the Committee, providing leadership to swimmers, coaches, volunteers and parents to facilitate swimmers reaching their full potential.

Main responsibilities (not exhaustive):

  • To set direction and performance targets for all Performance Squads, specifically relating to the continuation of an effective squad structure in conjunction with the Coaching team that feeds in to the Performance Squads.
  • Provide a committed and professional approach towards coaching and supporting ALL swimmers to reach their full potential. Facilitate setting individual goals, outlining appropriate training and competition plans for those swimmers qualifying/aspiring to county, regional, and national competitions. Communication with parents / guardians to support the above.
  • Actively encourage members to take part in competitions and put effective processes in place to monitor and understand the reasons for changes in participation levels.
  • To continue the existing scientifically based annual training and competition programme based around the principles of long-term athlete development with ongoing refinement and improvement of the same. Prepare or oversee the preparation of training session plans for the performance squads and allocate water time to the squads accordingly.
  • Monitor swimmers’ progress and co-ordinate swimmer transition within the squad structure (in conjunction with the other squad coaches), and relay information to relevant committee members in a timely manner.
  • Working with the coaching team, oversee the selection of swimmers for Club competitions (including relay events at county/regional championships) and ensure distribution of team lists giving ample notification to members.


NNVSC Committee