London Swimming Club Update

Club Update - January 2019

Welcome to the January Update

Top stories in this month's update;


London Region Aquatic Conference

London Region will be hosting their first cross discipline aquatic conference on Saturday, 7th September 2019 at the Novotel West (Hammersmith).

Further details will be released over the coming months via the regions website and newsletter.


As in previous years, London Region will be sending a swimming team to a meet abroad to give our best swimmers the opportunity to experience a higher level of competition as they continue along the performance pathway. In 2019 the team will compete at the Dave McCullagh International Meet. Further details are now available on the London Swimming website HERE.


London Region has a Swimming Coaches Forum, which allows coaches from London clubs to work together to help improve swimming within the London region.

SE Approved courses in London
You can find details of Level 1, Level 2 and CPD courses being delivered across the region HERE
London Diving Officials Course
London Region will be hosting an officials course for Diving on Sunday 17th February 2019 at the Holiday Inn Express Stratford City.
For further information and to register interest, please contact London Region at
FINA Diving World Series
FINA's diving world series will make a stop in London for round 5, from 17-19 May 2019 at the London Aquatic Centre.
More information and tickets can be found HERE.
Please could all clubs add a reference to any BACs payments made to the region to ensure they are easily identifiable.
We often have events for more than one discipline running simultaneously and it is therefore not always easy to identify payments without a reference.  Thank you.
Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for sports clubs, providing free, convenient and practical resources for developing and running a sustainable club.
Their website can be found HERE
Congratulations to Camden Swiss Cottage SC who won the #FundRaisingGoals competition with Easy Fundraising in the run up to Christmas. Camden were the highest raisers and win swimming goodies worth £100.
International selection for London Swimmers & Coaches
Congratulations to the following swimmers and coaches who have recently been selected by Swim England for upcoming international events;

Fleur Lewis - Barnet Copthall - Open Water Best Fest Mallorca
Ben Hooper - Hillingdon - Golden Lanes Swim Meet Nice, France

John Adye - Hillingdon - Golden Lanes Swim Meet, Nice, France
Damien Bryan - Hillingdon - LEN OW Cup Israel

Any London Region clubs who have athletes or staff selected by Swim England for an international event should contact London Region at so that the region can celebrate their achievement.
London Region Events
All regional events, from swimming meets to safeguarding courses can now be found HERE.
Crowdfunding for an Active Nation
Sport England have teamed up with Crowdfunder to help more than 20 projects across the country to unlock matched funding as part of their costs.

Details of this exciting new scheme can be found HERE.
Safeguarding & Time to Listen Courses Coming Up
The Region is currently booking further Safeguarding courses for 2019. See course details HERE
Please note that candidates between the ages of 16 and 18 can attend these courses but will need a chaperone who is not doing the course to accompany them.

The Region's criteria for support for these courses has also changed. See details HERE

Places on these courses are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please see HERE for changes to the Time to Listen Course requirements.

Funding - London Sport's funding search tool can help sports organisations and individuals living and operating in the capital to access what funding grants and bursaries there are available - if your club is looking for funding then it is definitely worth a look HERE

London Sport also currently have free workforce development workshops. See HERE for full details.

For all SwimMark queries clubs should contact Yvonne Stead, Swim England Club Development Officer at
Safeguarding & Protecting Children courses in London....

Details of courses being run by organisations such as local authorities and London Sport can be found HERE

More information about the role of Club Welfare Officer and training can be found HERE

Swim England and Everyone Active launch new three-year partnership

Swim England and Everyone Active have signed a three-year partnership to get the nation swimming.
The two organisations are working together to improve the health of the nation by encouraging people of all ages to swim more, increasing the number of young people learning to swim at Everyone Active centres and supporting 500 additional swim teachers to gain swim qualifications.

Further details can be found here.

Swim England Sport Science and Medical Conference 2019

Following a successful conference last year based on The Female Athlete, we would like to invite you to this year’s Sports Science and Medical Conference.

The conference will focus on how to develop skills to improve starts and turns for your swimmers. This includes how land work can help to develop the perfect start and turn, how to improve arena skills, eating for winning and much, much more.

The full agenda for the conference is available here

Sports Science & Medical Conference 2019

  • Date: 10 March 2019 
  • Location: The Village Hotel, Brailsford Way, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 6DL 
  • Time: 9.30am to 4.15pm 
  • Cost: £35
Don't miss out, book your place now.
Meet Licensing
Swim England have recently revised the requirements for the minimum number, and allocation, of officials at licensed meets. 
As a result, Level 1, 2 and 3 meets are no longer required to have the role of finish judge or Chief Timekeeper, the requirement to have finish judges is also relaxed for Level 4 meets when AOE is in use.  As always, it is for the Lead Referee to decide whether additional officials should be appointed.
The revised Open Meets Licensing Criteria also defines what is meant by J1 in training. 
Open Water Hub
Swim England have recently released a new Open Water hub on the website. This will provide information and advice to open water swimmers of all ages and abilities. The new site can be found HERE.
Swim England Volunteer Hub
Swim England has joined British Swimming and the other Home Nations by launching a new Events Volunteer Hub.
It is a one stop shop for all things volunteering at national aquatics events. See HERE for further details.
Swim England launch new IOS website
Swim England and the Institute of Swimming are launching its new booking website on January 9th, making it faster and easier to book courses online.
The new website will be part of the network and will be accessed at The new-look site is a faster and more intuitive experience. It is also tablet and mobile enabled so you can search, book and complete your learning while on the move.
The Swim England Coaching & Teaching Register
In 2019, Swim England will launch their new Coaching & Teaching Register. The launch of the register will be done in a phased approach. Further details can be found HERE.
For more information on each of the disciplines, as well as resources for volunteers and coaches, click on the below headings to visit Swim England's online Hubs....
Should you have any feedback, or your club needs any support or help then please just get in touch. Contact details for the team are below;

Suzanne Philpot - Regional Executive Officer  (
Strategic Planning & Implementation)

Yvonne Stead - Swim England Club Development Officer (
Club Development including Swim Mark Accreditation)

Dean Walker - Swim England Club Development Officer (Open Water Development / Water Polo Development)

Kelly Stannard - Administration and Member Services Officer  (
General Office Enquiries/Communication/ Finance)

James Warrener -Regional Development Officer (
To support the growth, development and implementation of the Region’s programmes and services - All Disciplines).

Damien Bryan - Regional Administration Officer (
Administration support for the growth, development and implementation of the Region’s programmes and services - All Disciplines).
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