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Teaching and Education Awards and Conference 2022 returns to Solihull

The 2022 Swim England Teaching and Education Awards and Conference will be staged in front of an audience for the first time since 2019 this September.

The conference and awards have been held virtually for the past two years due to the pandemic but the voco St. John’s Solihull will host the events on Thursday 29 September.

The ‘exciting’ annual conference is the largest event for the swimming workforce, bringing together more than 350 people to network and discuss the key topics relating to swimming.

A number of workshops will take place throughout the day, delivered by the Swim England training teams as well as award-winning swimming teachers, including Adrian Bethune who will host a workshop on developing swimmer wellbeing.

It aims to inspire any teachers delivering the Swim England Learn to Swim programme, tutors and anyone delivering school swimming or water safety training.

The key note for this year’s conference is well-known sailor and journalist Pip Hare.

She is one of only eight women to finish the Vendée Globe yacht race and is preparing to compete again in the 2024 race.

Sarah Green, Swim England’s head of educator training, said she’s looking forward to having people back at the event.

She said: “It’s incredibly exciting to have the Swim England Teaching and Education Conference and Awards back in front of the swimming community.

“Everyone has faced so many challenges over the last few years and it will be great to see everyone again at this wonderful event.”

Tickets are now available for the conference and awards with early bird prices at £65, using the code EARLYBIRD22, before 30 June.

You can get your tickets here.

Get your nominations in now

The evening’s awards ceremony gives Swim England the chance to honour the very best of our swimming workforce within the UK.

It’s a chance to highlight the innovations and achievements of the best educators, swimming teachers, tutors and swim schools within the sport and recognise their success.

The National Swim England Teaching and Education Awards will be presented in the following eight categories:

  • Educator of the Year
  • Trainee Tutor of the Year
  • Approved Centre Diversity Champion
  • Swimming Teacher of the Year
  • Swim Primary School of the Year
  • Swim School of the Year
  • School Swimming Lesson Provider of the Year
  • Health Impact Award

Sarah is looking forward to the awards adding: “The awards give us a chance to highlight some of the fine work done throughout the swimming community over the last year and I’m looking forward to honouring those that have pushed themselves the extra mile to improve our sport.

“We hope there are plenty of entries to make sure we honour those that we all can be inspired by.”

Nominations for the awards close on Sunday 31 July.

Submit your nominations here.