Swim England London Club Update

Club Update - October 2019

Welcome to the October Update

Top stories in this month's update;
Swim England London Awards 2019
As part of the Swim England London Aquatics Conference, the annual Swim England London awards were handed out. A full list of the award winners can be found HERE. Each winner will now be put forward for the equivalent Swim England national award.


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

The Swim Coaches Forum currently have 3 places available. For further information and to apply for a place on the forum, see HERE

Continued Success for Bromley's Tamryn Van Selm
After a very successful summer representing GB at both the European Youth Olympic Festival and European Junior Swimming Championships, Bromley SC's Tamryn Van Selm has been rewarded with a place on British Swimming's World Class Programme for 2019-2020 within the Podium Potential programme.
Congratulations to Tamryn and Bromley from all at Swim England London.
SE Approved courses in London
You can find details of Level 1, Level 2 and CPD courses being delivered across the region 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 Constitutions
A note to all Swim England London clubs. If your club constitution has not been updated since 2016 you are required to do so and to send a copy of the new constitution to Swim England London's affiliations officer, Jean Cook

See HERE for further details.
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

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 yvonne.stead@swimming.org
London Sport Satellite Clubs
London Sport has begun its biggest ever search for individuals, groups and clubs to get teenagers more active through Sport England Satellite Club funding in 2019.
For further information, see HERE
London Sport and Disability Sports Coach announce new Training Partnership

Disability Equality Training to improve access to sport services for disabled people.

London Sport and Disability Sports Coach have partnered to deliver disability equality training courses that aim to ensure disabled people have improved experiences when accessing sport services and facilities in London.

For further details, see HERE.
World Para Swimming Championships 2019
The London Aquatics Centre hosted the 2019 World Para-Swimming Championships from 9-15 September.
Around 600 swimmers from 60 nations took part in the championships, which was a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. London swimmers Alice Tai, Brock Whiston and Ellie Simmonds did the region proud with some standout performances. Read HERE for further information.
National Inter-County Championships
Well done to all London swimmers who represented their counties of Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Essex at the recent Inter-County Championships which took place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
Full results can be found HERE
National Para-Swimming Championships 2019
The National Para-Swimming Championships will take place at the Manchester Aquatics Centre from November 30th-December 1st 2019.
Full details can be found HERE
London Region Events
All regional events, from swimming meets to safeguarding courses can now be found HERE.
FINA Diving World Series
London has been named as the host city for the final leg of the FINA Diving World Series in 2020, just a few months out from Tokyo 2020.
The event will take place from 27th-29th March 2020.
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.
Swim England Strategy 
Swim England will soon be developing there new strategy from 2021-2025. The current strategy Towards a Nation Swimming: A strategic plan for swimming in England 2017-2021, can be found HERE

London Region will also be updating their strategy in line with Swim England and invite clubs, county boards and discipline chairs to share their views with the London Region Chair, David Fletcher.

The current London region strategy can be read HERE
Sport England boost for Sense
Thousands of people with complex disabilities will be supported to access sport for the first time, as national charity Sense is awarded £1.3 million by Sport England.

London Sport are proud to support Sense's important work in London and look forward to working with them to support people with complex disabilities to get active.


A reminder to all clubs to ensure that they are following Wavepower guidelines in relation to posting photographs and using social media. For all up to date information on Wavepower please see HERE.

Swim England Stronger Affiliations
Swim England is bringing in new guidelines for its affiliated clubs in a bid to show they have the highest standards of safe and effective practice in place.

The Stronger Affiliation process is being introduced so new and existing members know clubs are well run and their personnel have the necessary safeguarding checks in place to ensure members’ safety.

Other sports, including football and tennis, have also introduced similar schemes.

Swim England has a total of 1,045 affiliated clubs and more than half of these (55 per cent) are SwimMark accredited – the national governing body’s quality standard for clubs.
Those that do not currently hold SwimMark will now have to provide six pieces of evidence to ensure they stay affiliated to Swim England from January 2021.

For more info read HERE.
Swim England Annual Report
The Swim England 2019 Annual Report is now available on the Swim England website HERE 
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 Teaching and 
Education Conference 2019

The 2019 Swim England Teaching and Education Conference is set to be the UK’s largest event dedicated to the swimming workforce community.
The event is to feature the National Swim England Learn to Swim and Workforce Awards for the first time.

The awards and conference will be bringing together more than 350 people to network, learn about and discuss the key topics relating to swimming.
On Monday 18 November, the awards evening will take place, followed by the conference on Tuesday 19 November.

For more information, see all details HERE
Big School Swim
>From the 11th-15th November, Swim England will be celebrating the Big School Swim - the importance of learning how to swim and all about water safety skills at school.
See HERE for more information.
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.
Learn to Swim Activity Pack
The Learn to Swim Activity Pack (2019 edition) is the perfect poolside companion for swimming teachers delivering Stages 1-7 of the Learn to Swim Programme. 
The pack includes more than 50 activities, providing a mix of traditional, contemporary and new ideas for Learn to Swim lessons. 
Easily adaptable to suit every kind of lesson plan and learner ability, this activity pack guarantees to inspire lesson delivery, engage learners and enhance their learning. 

Click HERE for more information.
Swim England Membership Growth Projects

Membership Growth Projects is a Swim England funded programme designed to increase the number of club members.

Applications are open to any SwimMark accredited club that intend to deliver new sessions, or put in place any interventions to grow club membership.

The key focus is on growing club membership without trying to be too prescriptive, and is open to all aquatic disciplines. 

For more information, 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
reo@londonswimming.org  (
Strategic Planning & Implementation)

Yvonne Stead - Swim England Club Development Officer
yvonne.stead@swimming.org (
Club Development including Swim Mark Accreditation)

Kelly Stannard - Administration and Member Services Officer
admin@londonswimming.org  (
General Office Enquiries/Communication/ Finance)

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

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