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Clubs help shape Returning to the Pool guidance at virtual roadshows

More than 1,200 club officials have had the chance to quiz Swim England on its Returning to the Pool guidance – and even help shape the advice.

A series of virtual roadshows have been held across all regions of the country to give clubs the opportunity to find out more about the guidance ahead of pools reopening.

Items raised during the meetings have also led to minor alterations being made to the comprehensive document, including amending the health survey and creating a declaration form in the supporting resources.

The sessions were led by Swim England Club Development Director Jon Keating and Head of Talent – Swimming Grant Robins.

Jon said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the clubs that got involved in our Returning to the Pool guidance virtual roadshows.

Really positive

“The level of engagement has been massive and we hope that everyone who took part in the Zoom meetings found them really beneficial.

“The questions posed and the discussions we have had throughout the sessions have been really positive and have led to some small but necessary changes to the guidance.

“A Covid-19 Lead webinar has also been created as a result of these sessions and the regions will be delivering these in the coming weeks.

“I’d also like to say a big thank-you to Mike Parker, National Talent Officer – Swimming, and Tom McManus, Para-swimming Talent Coach, for supporting with delivery and all the Swim England regions for facilitating these sessions.

“Hopefully, we’ll get good news regarding the #OpenOurPools campaign very soon and clubs will be able to put the guidance to good use.”

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