London Swimming Club Update - May 2019

Club Update - May 2019

Welcome to the May Update

Top stories in this month's update;

London Region Aquatic Conference - Bookings now LIVE!

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

For full programme details and to book your place, please see HERE.


London Region are proud to announce that THREE London swimmers have been selected to represent Great Britain at this years European Junior Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia while London will also be represented by 3 swimmers at the upcoming World Para-Swimming Championships in London.
Congratulations to; Fleur Lewis (Barnet), Tamryn Van Selm & Evelyn Davis (Bromley) who have been selected for the Euro Juniors team and to Ellie Simmonds (Camden), Alice Tai (Ealing) & Brock Whiston (Barking) who have been selected for the Para-Swimming team.


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
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
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
British Swimming Judge Level 1 Training Update
The current framework of the British Swimming official qualifications is currently changing. Details of the cessation of the old Judge Level 1 course can be found HERE

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
Senior Coach Qualification
Applications for the Swim England Senior Coach Qualification will open on 10th June 2019, closing on the 4th August 2019. Application details will be notified in future newsletters.
World Para Swimming Championships 2019
The London Aquatics Centre will host the 2019 World Para-Swimming Championships from 9-15 September.

Around 600 swimmers from 60 nations are set to take part in the championships, which is a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
London Meets - Officials & Volunteers Registration
Officials and Non-Technical Volunteers can now register their availability online for each of the upcoming 2019 Regional Summer competitions – Summer Championships (Youths & Age Group), Summer Time Trials and Summer Open Meet. 
Please see HERE for further information and to register.
London Region Open Water Swimming Championships 2019
This year's regional open water swimming championships will take place on Saturday 29th June at the Surrey Quays Watersports Center.
The closing date is the 29th May 2019
All information and entry forms can be found HERE.
The organising committee require additional volunteers for this event. If you would be willing to help or would like additional information please contact Steve Westwood
Otter SC - 'All Stars' Gala
As well as being the 150th anniversary of London Swimming and Swim England, 2019 is also the 150th anniversary of Otter Swim Club. To celebrate there will be a special Masters 'All Star' gala.
For further information and to get involved see HERE.
London Region Development Camps 2019 - Coach Observation Opportunities
The region's development camps for Swimming and Open Water will start later this Summer, and as with last year, club coaches are welcome to attend to observe the camp sessions for their development.
Please see HERE for further information.
London Region Events
All regional events, from swimming meets to safeguarding courses can now be found HERE.
Active Londoners - Sports Funding, Now Open!

Active Londoners funding is a key part of the Mayor’s Sport Unites programme. The fund tackles inactivity by supporting individuals and organisations who use sport and other kinds of physical activity to improve the physical and mental health of Londoners. 

Active Londoners offers small and medium-sized grants for localised sport and physical activity projects.

For more information, see 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.
Synchro Coach Programme
Swim England will launch a pilot coach development programme for synchronised swimming in May 2019. Further details and to apply can be found HERE

Swim England Celebrates 150 Year Anniversary 
2019 marks 150 years of the Amateur Swimming Association. Since 1869, the organisation has gone through a great deal of change, with the most recent being the rebrand to Swim England. But through this time, it has always remained a membership organisation dedicated to the teaching, coaching and development of swimming and aquatics.

Throughout the year, there will be a range of activities that highlight and celebrate our role as the national governing body. Clubs and members will have the opportunity to get involved and take advantage of the anniversary. Keep an eye on Swim England's social media channels for the #DailySwimmingFact and use #SE150 to let us know about your stories.

If you have any questions please email
Swim England Clubs Support Hub
The new Swim England Clubs Support Hub page has been launched on the Swim England website.
This hub provides information on setting up and running a club.
For further information, see HERE
Swim England Hall of Fame
Swim England is creating a Hall of Fame to honour the achievements of individuals who have made a significant impact on aquatics.
Full details can be found HERE.
Swim England Toolkit

The Toolkit is intended to be a personal guide to help design and structure a Learn to Swim programmes and lesson content.

Each of the four Frameworks – Pre-School, Learn to Swim, Aquatic Skills and Adult Swimming – are covered and it includes guidance on the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter, which aligns with requirements for curriculum swimming.

Further information can be found HERE.
The next wave of activity in the Swim England #LoveSwimming campaign has been launched, focusing on the health benefits of swimming.
For further information, see HERE.
Expected Standards Video
More than 100 films are now available to download showing the expected standards learner swimmers should reach on each stage of their swimming journey.
For all the details, see 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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