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Open our pools

Posted by Orion Swimming Club Birmingham at Jun 23, 2020 7:36AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

How you can help support Swim England’s #OpenOurPools campaign
23 June 2020
Swim England is calling on its members, clubs, coaches, teachers, swim schools, swimmers and facility operators to back its #OpenOurPools campaign.

Chief Executive Jane Nickerson has said millions of people are being let down by the Government’s decision not to allow pools to reopen on 4 July.

So we are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reopen facilities up and down the country as soon as possible – and there are a number of ways you can get involved:

Sign our petition
Click here to call on the Prime Minister to urgently review the decision not to allow swimming pools to reopen and to announce a date when pools may open again as soon as possible.

Write to your MP
Download our template letter and send to your MP asking them to back the campaign to #OpenOurPools

Share our infographics
Show everyone you’re behind the Swim England #OpenOurPools campaign by sharing our social media graphics. Click here to download them.

Pledge your support on social media
We have created a number of social posts that you could use on your channels to encourage the Government to reconsider its decision not to allow pools to reopen from 4 July. Download them here.

Make sure you tag Swim England in on your social media posts:

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Breaststroke Technique Masterclass

Posted by Robin Surgeoner at Jun 16, 2020 1:41AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Breaststroke Masterclass

Orion and Swim Science (Robin & Josh) will be presenting an interactive Breaststroke Technique Masterclass this Wednesday at 6:30 over Zoom – All those on the Zoom Land Work contact list will automatically receive an invitation, but we will welcome as many swimmers as want to take part, so if you aren’t already receiving Zoom land work invitations and would like to come to this masterclass then please email me your details to


Hi Everyone – Well plans for the Orion Bigger Night In are progressing well

It looks like next week is going to be a lovely week, so some of may wish to plan to take part in your garden

It would be great for people to send in some choices of music they might like to hear played during the event

I would also like some more offers of performances from swimmers or parents to help entertain each other – It can be anything, from reading a poem to singing to playing an instrument, to playing an instrument and singing, to playing an instrument and singing whilst staring on one leg up a ladder (safety first of course), a quick cooking lesson, who knows? The Choice is yours

There will be a quiz which will hopefully include a music round two, and if we can work the technology, a picture round as well

We are very much looking forward to it and hope that lots of Orion families can be there too

If you want to take part in performing something, or have a song choice then please email

Land Work

Just to say that numbers taking part in the live Zoom land work sessions continues to increase and whilst not everyone can attend every session there are now 66 families on the email list which is fantastic – but there is always room to welcome more – If you are not doing any land training why not join us and see what you think. If you would like to receive invites to the training the please email

Some Swimming News + Orion BIGGER Night In

Posted by Robin Surgeoner at May 16, 2020 2:04AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Some Swimming News

At last the tiniest glimmer of hope appears somewhere near a swimming pool near you. British Swimming, along with many other National Governing Bodies, (NGBs) have been in conversation with the Government about the introduction of training for Elite Athletes. Effectively elite would appear to mean those who would have been likely to qualify for that would have been the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Any training that does recommence will be at strictly monitored National Performance Venues, however what it does mean, is that if this is successful, it will offer guidelines and hope for bringing swimming and of course other sports closer to starting again for us mere mortals.

Land Training Continues

Land training ins now available from Orion in 2 formats. Firstly is our 4 times per week land work sessions on Zoom, which are led by Robin & Josh Surgeoner, with these sessions focussed on Swimulation. The idea being that sessions are created around simulating the movements and efforts required in various strokes and distances, utilising both resistance and cardio work to ensure a great work out. I can assure anyone whatever squad you are in that no one leaves these sessions worrying that they haven’t worked hard enough, plus there is a challenge at the end of each session usually with an age differentiation for fairness that everyone, parents included really rise to. The second option is Carl’s Land Work Sessions which he sends out 3 or 4 times a week, with the sessions listed and instructions on how to complete the exercises. These are for those who prefer to work individually or make their own groups up in, and also have challenges at the end. As a club, what we want is that everybody is taking part of one or both sets of sessions. The advantage of the Zoom sessions is that you are being guided through the sessions and we can help ensure that you are doing them safely and effectively and at the same times even week, while Carl’s sessions allow you to do them at a time that suits you but does require a bit more self motivation to ensure you complete the sets properly. If you want to take part in either of these session please either email for the Zoom sessions or for the self directed training.

Orion BIGGER Night In – 7pm Friday 29th May 2020

After the resounding success of the Orion Big Night In, the time and date has been set for the next Orion Social Event, the Orion BIGGER Night In, and tis will run from 7pm until whenever on Friday 29th May. Having set up our own little production studio, Josh and I are able to run these social events and Zoom sessions safely in terms of needing to shield from Corona, but being able to broadcast into everybody’s hoes interested in join us.

Just like the first event, we will pump great quality music into your home designated party areas, we can take requests for songs before the event, and during the party via the chat function, we will run a brand new quiz, written for an all age audience, and just like last time we are looking for swimmers and parents willing to be spotlighted and perform something, indeed anything family friendly, to all of your Orion friends. We will automatically send invites to those on the Land Work Zoom list, but if you and your family want to take part in the Orion BIGGER Night In then please email

Madeira Training Camp

For all those booked to go to Madeira, we have agreed with the providers in Madeira to postpone the camp until such time that it is safe and sensible to travel abroad, which is liklly at the moment to mean the camp will be in one of the half term breaks in February, May or October 2021.

Just to close, please keep yourselves safe and well, and whatever the Government says, do not take any risks that you do not need to take. Just because you can go to the beach doesn’t mean that you should go to the beach – I don’t want to be boring, but the more we can keep the lid on this awful virus the sooner we are likely to start returning to an open world


*Hi Everybody

Well Done Grace Moran*

The first ever Orion Big Night In turned out to be a resounding success, with families from across the Orion Membership taking part.

We had live DJ taking and playing requests to entertain everyone, a fabulous quiz, hosted by Josh, and won by Grace Moran and Mum, so great work you two, and to top it off we have 3 amazing live performances from Orion swimmers, with Saketh playing his guitar, Emily Ashton singing and Bobbie Chen wowing us with her violin playing.


With such a great time had by all we are now planning the Orion Bigger Night In for either Friday 29th or Saturday 30th May at 7pm – Pleas let us know your preferred date and we will go with the majority

Finally for now – If you know of Orion swimmers who are not yet taking advantage of the live land train sessions then please encourage them to take part – you can share the invites you get within Orion or get them to email and I will add them to the invite list