Payments for Sessions and WASA Fees

Hi all

The committee understand that these coming weeks/months are going to be hard for our parents.

Due to the current pool and club closure the committee has made the decision to suspend all monthly club fees from 1st April until club returns to training.

Unfortunately we are unable to do this and you will need to contact your bank to cancel the standing order from the 1st April.

However, the standing order will need to be reinstated when club restarts.

WASA FEES – Will need to be paid by all swimmers when we return to training as normal. This is your club insurance and our members will need this to be able to enter the pool.

WASA FEES are unchanged from last year and will be £40 for the coming year.

All parents who have already paid I will leave this up to you if you would like a refund now or you would like me to keep this to register with Swim Wales for 20/21.

If you would like a to talk about this further then please message me personally (all in confidence).

Stay safe and updates will be posted as and when we are informed.

The committee

Club Closure due to Coronavirus

The Committee meet last night and had a contingency plan to allow limited swimming to limited squads.  As of this afternoon, the government have made a decision to close all leisure centres to the public. This has made our decision to close club completely out of our hands.  Club will be CANCELLED until further notice after tonight’s training session.

We will continue to monitor the situation WEEKLY but believe this is in the best interests of ALL our members.

Further updates will be posted on our social media outlets ie Team APP, Facebook and website.

Please note there will be a post going out later regarding swim fees and WASA fees while pool is cancelled.

Most importantly, please ALL be safe and follow the governments advice during this challenging time.

Phillip Jehu – Chair

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update.

Based on Government guidelines and Swim Wales guidance, the following will be enforced immediately by the club:-

Signs and Symptoms

 The following symptoms (mild or severe) may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever / high temperature

 What you can do – Precautions to prevent spread of infection

 There are 2 main routes by which people can spread COVID-19:

  • Infection can be spread to people who are nearby (within 2 metres) similar to cold and flu viruses.
  • It is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching doorknob or shaking hands then touching own face).


  1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your elbow (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Follow Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
  2. Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
  3. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water often and make sure your hands are dried completely – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available, particularly prior to eating.
  4. Try to avoid close contact with people (min distance 2m).
  5. Do not share drinks bottles.
  6. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  7. If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of high temperature or a new and continuous cough, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  8. If you have travelled from any overseas countries – please self-isolate for 14 days.
  9. If you have any personal circumstance that put you at higher risk, please notify your head coach/committee.

We are in constant talks with the leisure centre and the governing body on any updates to this advice. Any future update will be posted in the clubs Website, Facebook page and Team App.

The club advises to drop off and pick up children and not enter the leisure centre.  Please ensure your child has access to a mobile phone.

On Behalf of the Committee

Heads of the Valleys Swimming Club

Affiliation Fees for 2020 – 2021

The fees payable to the Governing Body and the Club for 2020-21.

There will be no increase in fees for this year and the fee will remain at £40

These fees need to be paid by 31st March for every swimmer.

These fees are a prerequisite of our governing body to allow any swimmer to train or compete under the Swim Wales Affiliation.

As a club we are bound by the rules of the governing body and insist that all fees are paid in a timely manner.  If fees are not paid by the 31st March, then the club cannot allow any swimmer to train or compete under the Heads of the Valley name.


AGM and Committee Nominations 2019

This year AGM will be held at Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre at 4:00 pm on the 28th April 2019.

Also we are looking for volunteers to make themselves known if they would like to become part of the swimming club committee.

If you are interested in one of the positions on the committee please let Phillip Jehu know and your name will be added to the nomination sheet.

Nomination close on 26th April at 4:00pm

Contact details if interested –

DBS Checks

The clubs child welfare officer – Caitlin Jehu needs to be contacted if you need to renew your DBS.

Please can you ensure you bring the following documentation:-

  • Proof of address x 2 (Utility bill, phone bill etc)

  • Photographic ID e.g driving licence, passport (Birth certificate if not passport).

Coaches Report Summer National Swansea

Heads of the Valley Swimming club travelled to Swansea for the Swim Wales summer open meet – 31st July to the 6th August.   There were 1111 competitors and 160 clubs taking part.  Heads of the Valley sent 11 seniors swimmers where they gained a total of 20 medals and 33 final places.

Ben Merriman with very fierce competition gained 3 silvers in 200 back and 400 I.M ,2 Bronze medals in 200 f/c, 400 f/c, 100 back and 12 final places.

Rhiannon Rowe swam superbly coming back after a broken wrist to achieve silver in 100 and 200 Butterfly, 3rd in 400 I.M and 4 final places,  In the same age group.

Madison Lovell swam amazing after a severe stomach bu to gain gold in 400 and 800 f/c, 3rd in 50 f/c and 2 final places,

Tom savage Taylor achieved 2 Bronze medals 3 final places.

Freya Watson in the 16 year age group did really well to achieved gold in 100 f/c and 100 fly, 3rd 50 fly, 2nd in 200 Butterfly and 3rd in 200I.M.

Niamh Thomas achieved 1 silver and two final places.

Sioned Collingbourne achieved 1 final place.

Other senior swimmers who competed and did loads of personal best times were:- Niamh Price, Maisy Palin, Dylan Havard and Carys Havard.

Also in the first 3 days there was also a Swim Wales open development meet where our younger swimmers did not disappoint and all swam personal best times.

Bailey Briggs showed she is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Archie Mclain is working very hard and I am sure he will be there again next yearwith the senior team as he has some fantastic swims.

Ellie Jones also showed she can compete with the best.

Ella Rae Woods after a nervous start out swam the competition and did really well.

Chloe Hale did the club proud and at this meet we say goodbye and good luck to Chloe as she is moving to Fishguard, so the club wishes her all the best in her new home and club.