Swimming club promoted
The National Arena League for Swimming Clubs is a league competition for clubs across the whole of England and Wales, split into areas.
Dane Valley competes in the North West regional divisions and having re-entered the league three years ago, the area is split into three divisions.
The Congleton-based club has managed to secure promotion following this year’s competition.
After the first two rounds, which took place in Darwen, Lancashire, Danes were ranked third going into the A final held at Ellesmere Port and after a “fantastic” team performance finished second, which guaranteed promotion to division one. They will face opposition from larger town/city clubs from Stoke, Carlisle, Macclesfield and Crewe.
Dane Valley finished a close second behind the Manchester-based club Flixton with Holywell from North Wales finishing third.
Head coach Hugh Dokter said he was happy with the performance of his team over the three rounds, saying: “We have been concentrating on gaining promotion in this league since I returned to the club. This is Dane’s second promotion of the season as they were also promoted to top league in the locally run Crusader league in June.”
Next up for the club is the Cheshire County Championships, for which the club has 21 swimmers entered, all of whom have gained qualifying times in multiple events.
The championships, taking place in Macclesfield over weekends in January and February, are another opportunity for the Dane’s swimmers to show the strength of the club against clubs from the whole county, said Dokter.
For details about joining the club and becoming part of the successful journey, contact Hugh Dokter via email — firstname.lastname@example.org