Club News

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - New Swim England Overseas Travel & Security Policy

Following guidance received from the BOA Swim England have revisited the Overseas Travel Policy to include additional security recommendations.

The policy provides guidance and advice to members and employees planning overseas trips, including staff travelling on business, national teams competing in overseas competitions as well as club training trips.

We have taken this opportunity to review all areas of the policy to ensure it incorporated the best practice elements of the Team Manager training modules and Wavepower to make it a more inclusive policy. We have also included appendices to assist with planning trips.

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Time to Listen Training

Swim England advises all Club, County and Regional Welfare Officers that the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Training entitled Time to Listen only needs to be attended once. 

There is no requirement for any Welfare Officer to repeat this training every 3 years unless you wish to do so. 

As you are aware up to now Swim England as other sports had understood TTL needed to be re-attended on a 3 yearly basis.  This is not the case and will hopefully make it easier for our Welfare Officers.

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Changes to poolside accreditation policy for 2018

Coaches, team managers and chaperones need to ensure their Safeguarding qualification has been recorded by the Swim England Membership team in order for them to get poolside accreditation in 2018.

As of 1 January, if our Membership team do not have proof of qualifications, support staff will not be able to apply for a poolside accreditation at Swim England national events. You can find out more about Safeguarding and Protecting Children courses, and how to submit proof on the Swim England website.

In anticipation of the new requirements, the IoS will be holding a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course during the Swim England National Winter Championships. If you have coaches, team managers or chaperones attending the event, this could be a great opportunity to update their qualification if necessary.

The Safeguarding and Protecting Children course is happening on Wednesday 13 December.The workshop will take place from 12:30-3:30pm in the Skyline Bar at Ponds Forge. The course fee is £35 per head, and there are limited spaces available.

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Stroke Clinics - 2018

The region have once again organised Stroke Clinics at the beginning of 2018 for swimmers, coaches and parents to attend. 

These clinics are aimed at County level swimmers and their coaches
These are open to swimmers 11 - 13 years of age on a first come first serve basis.
2 swimmers and 1 coach per club

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Swim England North West Office

Please note that from Monday 24th July the Swim England North West Office will be moving to new premises

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ASA Incorporation Document

The purpose of this paper is to provide some basic information on the incorporation of the Amatuer Swimming Association (ASA).

Discussions have taken place regarding the incorporation of the ASA on several occasions and at last year’s Annual Council Meeting (ACM) the matter was discussed in detail. 
A number of Regional meetings followed early this year and widespread support for incorporation was received.
A meeting in April where all Regions were represented gave unanimous support and formal proposals are to be put to the ACM this October.

Advice has been taken from the auditors and law firms and as well as the Regions, both the Sport Governing Board and the Group Board support the move to incorporation and the structure set out below.

The ASA prides itself on operating within an effective governance framework and as part of this it is pertinent to review the governance structure from time to time.  The matter of incorporation is therefore back on the table for debate and consideration as the world in which we operate in is an ever changing one which is becoming more business orientated and partnership based.  The world is also more litigious than in the past and it may well become more difficult to ensure that risks are fully insured.

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Heath & Wellbeing Benefits on Swimming

A new study that shows the health and wellbeing benefits of swimming has been launched today by Swim England.

The report shows the unique benefits of water make it the ideal place for people of all ages to exercise. It is particularly beneficial for those with long term health conditions.

The report also found evidence that swimmers live longer. Swimming regularly also helps older people to stay fit, physically and mentally.

On the other end of the scale, the report also found that children who take part in swimming lessons regularly develop physical, cognitive and social skills quicker than those who do not.

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SwimMark replaces swim21 accreditation

Formerly called swim21, SwimMark accreditation is Swim England’s quality standard for clubs.

It recognises high standards of governance, sustainability and effectiveness.SwimMark is Swim England’s quality standard for clubs. It recognises high standards of governance, sustainability and effectiveness.

Any affiliated Swim England club can apply for the accreditation, regardless of the size of membership or the disciplines delivered.

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Swim England North West Strategy 2017 - 2021

Swim England North West release their 2017 - 2021 Strategy Document

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