DAN Goodwin is certain that the hard work being put in now will pay dividends when swimmers return to the pool.

The Winsford Amateur Swimming Club head coach says he can see the improvements being made by those members - and their families - who are getting involved in his online 'land training' sessions during this third lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We take great pride in what our members and club are doing to keep active and engaged in readiness for our pool return, which hopefully will be sometime soon in spring," said Goodwin.

"As we wait for the go ahead to reopen we are keeping active and motivated, using our extra time effectively.

"Land training takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5.30pm via Zoom.

"It is absolutely fantastic seeing so many swimmers and family members taking part in our classes. Over the two groups we regularly get over 60 swimmers taking part, which is superb.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the land training classes are making a world of difference to our swimmers.

"Strength, power and agility are all improving, of which we will transfer these gains into our pool swimming.

"Zoom land training sessions are so much fun, working out with teammates, making important gains and having lots of fun with it."

Meanwhile, member Claire Turner has this week launched the Winsford Swim Team, Walking Challenge on Strava, an internet service for tracking exercise which incorporates social network features.

"The purpose of setting this group up on Strava, is to keep our members engaged, motivated and to add a bit of competitiveness to our week," said Goodwin.

"To date we have 76 members of our club registered and are now pounding the streets, footpaths, trails, fields and hills, in all weathers and walking conditions.

"By looking at the pictures our families are posting, lots of families are having fun and we are all getting a little bit muddy!

"It is great to see so many of our members getting involved, and going on walks in all shapes and sizes, with their families and their dogs.

"Claire will be calculating the distances on a weekly basis to see how far we can all walk during the lockdown period. To date we have collectively walked 1,239.48km."

The club have also organised two 60-question quizzes for members' entertainment.

"But we all can’t wait to return to the pool," said Goodwin.