Forfar Amateur Swimming Club (FASC) encourages swimmers to compete at the highest level possible and to achieve continuous improvement through competition.

The club has two teams competing in the Midland District Tayside Age group Leagues, one team currently in the Premier Division and the other team competing in the 2nd Division. These teams are selected based on performance with regard to the Club galas in June and November each year. Swimmers do not pay when competing for these league teams. Swimmers are encouraged to wear club costumes, tops, shorts and swim caps when competing for the team and these are all available.

It is important that swimmers take a note of the dates of the league galas and make every effort to attend, as it is very disappointing for other swimmers if relay teams are not complete and the club also loses valuable points. The dates for all these galas are available on the website. These events are fun events and give swimmers the opportunity to swim in a team atmosphere against other swimmers of similar abilities.

FASC also encourages swimmers to enter the following swimming competitions, where swimmers have the appropriate qualifying times; Midland District Age Group, Disability and Open Championships (50m course); Dundee City Aquatics (DCA) Mini Meet; St Thomas and Menzieshill/Whitehall Mini Meets: Midland District Distance Meet; DCA Stars of the Future; Midlands Sprints; DCA Autumn Meet; the Midland District Graded Meet; Tayside Schools; Santa’s Elves Meet and other meets from time to time. The costs for these events are typically £5.00 per swim. If the club enters relay teams into any of these events, the club will cover these costs.

Notice will be given well in advance of these external meets through ‘messenger’ (see procedure on website download). Swimmers are encouraged to compete and if they are in any doubt, they should discuss the situation with their coach. The swimmer should then respond using ‘messenger’. Payment should be made by Direct Banking.

The club must submit entries well in advance of these competitions so please take note of deadlines. Sometimes these competitions can be oversubscribed, under these circumstances swimmers will be refunded any entry fees submitted.

The club also holds their own club galas in June and in November at Forfar Campus. An Individual Medley (IM) gala will also be held at an appropriate time.

Details on the various competitions

Midlands District Age Group, Disability and Open Championships

These Championships are held in early February (at Dundee Olympia) over a Friday evening, Saturday & Sunday and swimmers must have the appropriate accredited times to enter the meet and be over 11. Events are held for all strokes at 50,100 & 200 metres. These Championships give the ideal opportunity for swimmers to gain times for the Scottish National Age Group Championships held in March/April. Age group relay events are also held at this event. The events are long course (50m)

Dundee City Aquatics Mini Gala

This meet is held on a Sunday in early March and attracts entries from many clubs in Scotland, Events are held over a distance of 50 metres for all strokes with three age groups, 8-9 years, 10 years & 11 year olds. This meet gives the opportunity for many young swimmers to enter their first competitive gala.

Midlands District Distance Meet

This meet is held at the beginning of May at Dundee Olympia over Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. The Distance Meet features 200 metre events in all strokes, including the 200 metre individual medley (IM). In addition to these there are longer distance swims of 400 metre IM and freestyle events over 400 metre, 800 metre and 1,500 metres.

Stars of the Future

Held on a Sunday at the start of June over one day and is limited to those of 10, 11 and 12 years of age. This event tends to attract many top young swimmers and can have challenging qualification times. This event allows swimmers to gauge their progress against many top swimmers from around Scotland. The event features events at 50 metres for all strokes (100 metres for 12 year olds) and the 100 metre IM.

Midlands District Sprints

Held over one day at the start of September with 50 metre events for all strokes along with the 100 metre IM.

The Midland District and Graded Meet

Held at the beginning of November over a Saturday and Sunday. Swimmers who are 10 and over and who have not Midland Championship times can enter these championships with the opportunity to gain “Too fast” times allowing swimmers to then swim in the Midland District Age Group Championships. Finals are held for each event for those swimmers who do not achieve “Championship” times. Events are held over 100m all strokes, 200m all strokes and IM, 400IM, 200m medley and freestyle relays (10-13 and 14+).

Santa’s Elves Meet

Organised by Stonehaven Swimming Club and takes place at Montrose Pool in early December. It is a fun meet, ideal for those at Junior Coaching and beginning to compete. Swimmers wear fancy dress (and the coaches and officials also).

Development Squads

Over the summer, swimmers with appropriate times will be put forward for the Angus Area Squad, the Angus Development Squad, and the Tayside Bronze Squad. Those chosen will receive additional regular training with the other top swimmers from Angus and Tayside. Young swimmers who are lacking 100m times for the Development squad can take part in the Carnegie Graded Spring Meet to get the times to qualify for the squad in January.

It is important for swimmers to attend as many training sessions as possible and to work hard. The only failure is the failure to try your best.

We hope that you enjoy your swimming and progress well.