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Swim England Teaching and Education Awards and Conference

The Swim England Teaching and Education Awards and Conference is a superb, annual conference bringing together more than +350 people to network and discuss key topics relating to swimming.

The UK’s largest event for the swimming workforce

Developed between Swim England’s Learn to Swim experts and educator workforce, the conference aims to inspire teachers delivering the Learn to Swim Programme, tutors, CPD presenters, assessors, approved training centres and anyone delivering school swimming and water safety.

Find out below what you can expect from the awards evening and main conference below or use the links to access the awards nomination form, conference and awards booking form, or workshops overview.


This year’s conference venue is the newly refurbished voco St. John’s hotel in Solihull in the West Midlands.

It’s purpose built and well designed conference facilities are the perfect setting – and within easy reach from all areas of the country.

Monday 18 November – Awards

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Join us for an evening of fun and excitment, honouring the very best of our swimming workforce in the UK.

We’ll kick things off with a drinks reception from 6pm, followed by a pre-dinner speaker, a three course evening meal and the awards presentations.

There are six awards categories, including Swim England Educator of the Year and Swim England Swimming Teacher of the Year. The nominations window for the 2019 awards is now closed, but you can still view information about each of the categories here.

Ticket booking information for the awards evening can be found via the conference and awards booking form.

Tuesday 19 November – Conference

View the schedule for this year’s conference below or head to our workshops page for a description of each individual workshop.

8.30 – 9.30 Conference registration and refreshments

9.30 – 9.45 Opening address by Swim England CEO Jane Nickerson

9.45 – 10.45 Workshop 1

10.45 – 11.15 Break and networking

11.15 – 12.15/1.15 Workshops

12.15 – 2.15 Lunch and networking (two seatings)

1.15 /2.15 Workshops

3.15 Break and networking

15.30 Keynote: Anthony Bennett, Miracle Man – inspirational speaker

16:30 Closing

Further Information

Click or tap on one of the headings below to find out more about the conference.


A variety of stalls will be available on the day for you to browse, gather information and ask any questions. This will include representation from a variety of Swim England departments and commercial organisations from across the sector.

Getting there


If you choose to travel by train, Birmingham International Airport mainline station is approximately 5 miles away.

Birmingham New Street station.


A map and directions to VOCO St John’s can be found by clicking here.

From the South, the venue is easily accessible from the M1, M42, M5. From the North, take the M1, M42 and take the B4438, Hampton Ln/B4102 and A41.

For Sat Nav users use postcode B91 1AT.


Birmingham International Airport is around 5 miles from the hotel here.

The quickest route is via the B4438. For Sat Nav users use postcode B91 1AT.


We are offering a bed and breakfast room rate at VOCO St John’s where the conference will be held. To find out more, visit the booking page.

Can I exhibit or sponsor the conference?

We have a number of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities available at this conference. Please contact us for more details of the packages available conference@swimming.org | 01509 640 462

Other Frequently Asked Questions

What’s included?

  • Access to the full day conference
  • Fantastic networking opportunities
  • Inspiring keynote and workshop speakers
  • Access to high-quality specialist workshops
  • Exclusive trade show offers
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day

Where do I go on arrival?

Make your way to the conference centre entrance where Swim England colleagues will be there to greet you and guide you to registration.

What accessibility is available?

Ramps and a lift are available to access workshop rooms, and a hearing loop is available for those who need it.

What if the workshop I’d like to book is full?

Workshops are available on a first come first served basis. Options may be limited if you do not book early.

What if I don’t remember which workshops I selected?

On your confirmation email the workshops you have chosen will be listed. Workshop information will also be included in your conference programme and name lanyard.

What if I’d like to change the workshops I have selected?

The workshops you have chosen at the time of booking will be allocated to you and we’re unable to make changes. Each workshop will have limited seating for the specified total of delegates booked onto each workshop.

What if I have a dietary requirement?

The venue restaurant are equipped to cater for any dietary requirement so there will be something available for all.

Will Swim England teams be there on the day?

Members of Swim England Educator Training, Learn to Swim and Swim England Qualifications teams will be in attendance.

Will I be able to provide feedback on the day?

We value all feedback, so after the event you’ll be emailed an online survey covering all aspects of the conference. We encourage everyone to complete this to make sure future events can be tailored to your needs.

Will I get the chance to ask questions on the day?

Swim England colleagues will be available throughout the day. There will also be an opportunity to ask live questions. Further information will be given on the day.

What can I share on social media about the conference?

We would love you to share your experiences of the day on your own social media feeds – whether on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat etc. Use the hashtag #SwimConf in all your posts. You can tag in @Swim_England on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Swim England – and of course any of the keynote speakers. You can also share your pictures from the day.

I need to cancel my place. Can I receive a refund?

If you cancel your booking before midnight 1 October 2019, a 50 percent refund will be issued. After this time no refunds will be issued.

Are any discounts available?

The early bird and standard rate pricing can be seen below:

Early bird day only £60
Standard day only £90

Early Bird Evening/B&B/Day £190
Standard Evening/B&B/Day £220

Early Bird B&B/Day £155
Standard B&B/Day £185

Early bird Evening/Day £95
Standard Evening/Day £125

Early bird pricing is only available until 9 August, after which delegates will be charged the standard price.

There is a further 10 percent discount available for members of the Institute of Swimming and also Swim England Swim School members, off the early bird day rate.

Need help?

If you have a question about the conference, you may find the answer in our FAQs above.

Alternatively you can contact the team at any time: conference@swimming.org | 01509 640 462