Setting Up Your Club

Setting up your club will involve taking into account elements of governance such as your policies and constitution, as well as decisions on membership such as affiliation.

Click or tap the links below to find out more.

Expand iconGovernance

Club governance are the rules and regulations used to run the club and the rules by which the club is run.

  • Data Protection Guidance – find out more about how the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) may affect your club.
  • Equality and Diversity at your club – read our guidance on ensuring your club adheres to the principles of equality and diversity.
  • How to make a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check – the process of making a check and why you need to do this.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about DBS – all your questions about DBS checks answered.
Expand iconLegal

The most common constitution for an aquatics club in England is as a members club or unincorporated association. We have a range of guidance and templates to help you achieve this.

However, there are a number of alternatives to constituting as a members club or unincorporated association:

  • Constituting your club as a company.
  • Constituting your club as a registered charity
  • Constituting your club as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC)
  • Constituting as a charitable incorporated organisation

Not sure about the difference between each option? Use the links below to find out more.

Expand iconMembership and Renewal

Use the links below to read our guidance on Swim England Affiliation and how to renew annual membership using the Online Membership Service (OMS).

You can find out more about:

  • Membership categories, costs, and registration for clubs – find out about registering members of your club, and the three different grades of Swim England club membership.
  • Club Membership Process FAQs – your questions answered about registering club members and Swim England affiliation.
  • Swim England Affiliation – find out how to affiliate with us and the benefits it will bring to your members.
  • Online Membership System FAQs – your club’s Registration Officer will use the Swim England Online Membership System (OMS) to register members.
  • Club membership renewal FAQs – read more about the process of renewing your club members with us.
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