London Swimming Club Update - November 2018

Club Update - November 2018

Welcome to the November Update

Top stories in this month's update;
  • London Region Development Programme 2019
  • London Swimming Coaches Forum - Recruitment
  • Crystal Palace Redevelopment Consultation Survey
  • Water Polo Referee's course
  • Water Polo - London u14 Team Trials
  • Water Polo Development Tournament - last one of 2018!
  • NxT Generation Coaches Conference - Swim England
  • #RightToBeActive Campaign
  • #LoveSwimming Campaign
  • Swim England Teaching & Education Conference 2018
  • Swim England National Awards
  • Swim England Swimming Talent Pathway 2018/2019
London Region Development Programme 2019 
London Region are pleased to announce details of their 2019 development programme. Details and application forms for the following regional positions can be found on the regions website;
  • Swim Coaches
  • Team Managers
All details can be found 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.

The Coaches Forum is currently looking to fill 3 vacant seats. Any and all Level 3 (Senior Coach) coaches that are interested in joining can find further details HERE


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. Further details will be posted on the London Swimming website in due course. Swimmers must compete at the London Region Winter Champs 2018 to be considered for selection to the team.

Your Club’s Future Aquatic Demands for the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre: Survey

There has been a lot of discussion and work exploring Crystal Palace National Sports Centre previously. However, with a decision being made by The Mayor in 2019, now is the time to make sure that the need for swimming clubs remains part of the future development plans for the Sport Centre.
Your Crystal Palace National Sports Centre pool demands for training and events for swimming and aquatics will assist in making the case for improved water space provision.  Therefore please can you complete this very short questionnaire for Swim England London Region which is aimed at all aquatic clubs.
The survey is designed to identify what pool and other facilities you would like to access both now and in the future and can be found HERE
SE Approved courses in London
You can find details of Level 1, Level 2 and CPD courses being delivered across the region HERE
Get the most out of your Local Authority
The Sport & Recreation Alliance have released some new information that may be useful to clubs to encourage them to engage with their local authority to both promote, engage and support the work that the clubs do.
All details can be found HERE
Information on the most recent club survey conducted by The Sport & Recreation Alliance can be found HERE
Club Matters have recently updated their website.
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.
The new website can be found HERE
Online Swim Teacher training for Students.
The IOS have recently released an online workshop for students aged 14 to 15 to allow them gain an insight and information on teaching swimming, prior to being able to take their Assistant Swim Teacher qualification when they turn 16.
Full details can be found HERE
NxT Generation Home Nations Coaching Conference
On Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November 2018, Swim England will be running their inaugural
Nxt Generation Home Nations Coaching Conference
at the Lancashire Cricket Ground in Manchester.
For more information, and to book you place, see HERE.
With the recent departure of Esther Hill from the role of National Club Development Officer for London, Swim England and London Region are pleased to announce the appointment of Yvonne Stead to the role. Yvonne will be joining the region from the South-West Region where she recently held a similar post, and will take up her post from December 1st. For any and all current SwimMark queries Clubs should contact Helen Weeks at, 
London Sport Awards 2019
Nominations for the 2019 London Sport Awards are now open!
All details can be found on the London Sport website HERE.
Water Polo Referee Course

London Region will be running a Water Polo Referee course in December. 
Dates, details and venues can be found on the
London Swimming website.

London Region Water Polo
u14 Team Trials

London Water Polo will be running selection trials for both their Boys and Girls u14 teams. 
Dates, details and venues can be found on the Water Polo page of the London Swimming website HERE.

Development Tournament
The final water polo development tournament of 2018 will take place at Whitgift School on Sunday 25th November 2018.

For full details, see 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.

Safeguarding & Time to Listen Courses Coming Up
The Region is currently booking further Safeguarding courses for 2018. 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.

#LoveSwimming Campaign

The latest phase of the sector’s #LoveSwimming campaign aims to encourage adults, especially women, to embrace the mental health benefits of swimming by using the pool to escape the stress of their busy lives.

You may have already seen some video clips and graphics across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from Swim England and our #LoveSwimming partners.

We would love for you to get involved. Tell us why you #LoveSwimming and what it means for you. Watch the video in full or learn more about the #LoveSwimming campaign here

Swim England Club's Survey 2018
Having been two years since the last club survey, Swim England are once again inviting clubs to share their views with our national governing body.
Please see the link to the survey HERE
2018 Swim England Handbook
The Swim England Handbook is our official guide to contacts, procedures and information about Swim England.
Due to our new incorporated status, some information contained within the handbook will be revised as our transition progresses.
You can download the Handbook by clicking here. It is in PDF format.
The new Swim England Qualifications website has now gone live! This replaces the ASA awarding Body website.
The link to the new site can be found HERE.
Swim England Teaching and Education Conference 2018
On 30 November 2018, we’re bringing together the experts in swimming to discuss the hot topics for swimming teachers and educators in our sector today.

This is your chance to network, hear and share ideas and fresh thinking with the swimming community - and a number of approved centres and suppliers. Find out more and get your tickets here.
This year’s event will take place on 10th November at The Great Hall at the University of Birmingham.
Please see HERE for further details.
The Swim England Talent Pathway information booklet is now available for download. This outlines the swimmer development pathway from County camps for 11 year olds, through to Podium Programme for senior international swimmers.
#RightToBeActive campaign
Britain is not active enough. We are the most obese nation in Western Europe, with rates rising faster than any other developed nation. 80 per cent of girls and 77 per cent of boys are not active enough to stay healthy and one in five children are classified as obese before they reach secondary school. As we know, sport and recreation can help solve many of the biggest threats facing our children. Making it part of their daily lives will make them healthier and happier. 

That is why we are supporting the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s call for government to give every child the fundamental #RightToBeActive and we encourage you to join in. Together we can create a better, healthier and happier future for our children.

For more information about the campaign go to the Sport and Recreation Alliance website, or sign the petition 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)

Position Vacant - 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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