Club Update - July 2018

Welcome to the July Update

Top stories in this month's update;
  • London's Development Camps
  • Regional Open Water Champs Results
  • Disability Sports Summer Festival 2018
  • Masters Development Day
  • Annual Council Meeting 2018
  • The Talent Equation - podcasts by coaches, for coaches
  • Masters Open Water Nationals - CLOSING DATE approaching!
  • Start Diving Programme
  • Swim England Commercial Committee - Member recruitment
  • Swim England National Awards
With this year's London Region swimming talent camps getting started this month, just some information for next season around the talent development camps which the region runs.
Swimming Talent Camps 
  • Age Group - 12 year old age group (age as at end of the year)
  • Camp Structure - 3 x 1 day camps, usually run first weekend in July, September and December
  • Selections - Highest ranked swimmer in each gender for each Olympic event based on rankings from January through to the last day of Regional Age Group Championships.
Open Water Swimming Development Camp
  • Age Group - 13-18 year old (age as at end of the year)
  • Camp Structure - 1 x 2 day camp, usually run in June
  • Selections - Top 3 swimmers per age group per gender at London Regional Open Water Champs and any London swimmers competing at National Open Water Age Group Championships.
Coach Development
  • Opportunities available to be a Skills Coach on any of the talent camps run by the region. 
  • Regional Coach Conference - held once per year
  • Observation opportunities available during all camps
Further information from
London Region 2018
Open Water Championships
London's Open Water Championships, which acts as a qualifying event for the National Championships, were once again held at Surrey Quays on Saturday 30th June. 
The fabulous weather we are enjoying complimented some fabulous racing on the day as swimmers from age 12 upwards took to the waters of Surrey Quays racing over three distances;
2km - 3km - 5km
Well done to all those who took part and to all the medalists in the national qualifying events who earned themselves a spot on the start line at Rother Valley on Monday 30th July.
A huge THANKS to all our volunteers and officials who organised and ran the event.
Full results can be found HERE.
MASTERS 2018 National Open Water Championships
There is still time left to enter the National Masters Open Water Championships which take place on Sunday, 29th July 2018 at Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield. On the day there are 1.5km and 3km individual events, while there is also a Team 2km relay!
All details can be found HERE.
Have you ever wondered how you could become a better coach? In his latest Talent Equation podcast, our head of coaching Stuart Armstrong explores how you can help young people unleash their potential. 
London Youth Games 2018 - Swimming 
It's that time of year again when Europe's biggest youth sport festival takes place!
On Saturday, 7th July, the Swimming events take place at Crystal Palace.
Please see HERE for details. 
Disability Sports Coach Summer Festival 2018 - 27th July
When: Friday 27th July 2018 - 10am - 3pm
Where:     Westway Sports Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, Kensington,London, W10 6RP   - get directions here!
Cost: Free
Register: Click here to register your place!


London Swimming has a Coaches Forum, this forum is Coach led allowing coaches from London clubs to work together to help improve swimming within the London region.

For further details and a list of the Coaches Forum members see HERE
London Swimming Annual Conference and Council Meeting 
 The 2018 ASA London Region Annual Conference and Council Meeting will be held on Saturday 8 September 2018 at The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU.
 The event will include the presentation of the London Swimming Awards 2018.
 See details for the meeting HERE and details of the awards HERE. Please note that the deadline for nominations is Friday 13th July 2018.
MASTERS Development Day
London Swimming will host a development day for Masters Swimming on Sunday 19th August 2018 at Charlton Lido.
All details 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
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.
For all SwimMark queries Clubs should contact Esther Hill, Swim England Club Development Officer. CLICK HERE

The newly created Swim England Commercial Committee is recruiting two new members.

The committee exists to support the Board to develop the approach for delivering income streams.

It explores current and new income streams including sales, sponsorship, partnerships, and memberships, and reports into the Swim England Board. See HERE for further details.

The START Diving Programme
START Diving is a Swim England funded programme providing the opportunity for new audiences to try diving for the first time.  It is open to any Swim England diving club or any operator delivering diving lessons.See HERE for further details.

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.
Nominations for the Swim England National Awards 2018 are now open.

They recognise all those involved in our sports, including volunteers, athletes and coaches. There is also a Club of the Year and Club Network of the Year awards.

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 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.
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)

Esther Hill - 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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