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Swim England 'overwhelmed' by response to Coaching and Teaching Register

More than 8,000 coaches and teachers from more than 950 aquatic clubs across the country have been signed up to the Swim England Coaching and Teaching Register.

The ‘overwhelming response’ to the Register has been hailed as ‘superb’ by Swim England sport development director George Wood.

Swim England launched the Coaching and Teaching Register at the beginning of the year to provide a platform for better communication and support to coaches and teachers across all aquatic sports.

Clubs were asked to submit name, role and discipline for their coaches and teachers during the first stage of the register.

Now coaches and teachers are being asked to verify the information held, which includes qualification, DBS, safeguarding training plus any further documentation.  

George said: “We’ve been really pleased by the overwhelming response we’ve had to the Coaching and Teaching Register and we’re extremely grateful to all the clubs that have submitted details so far.

“We can’t thank our coaches and teachers enough for the invaluable job they do and the pivotal role they play in the ongoing development of our aquatic sports.

Strengthening relationships

“The Register is a positive way of us being able to offer improved services and support to them in the future.”

Coaches and teachers need to log onto their Online Membership System (OMS) account between 1 May and the end of July to confirm the information on the Register.

The system is user-friendly and the verification process is quick and simple.

If any details are missing, please refer to the frequently asked questions sheet for guidance on who to contact.

George added: “We are fully committed to strengthening relationships with our coaches and teachers, raising the profile of our workforce and recognising the wider benefits they bring to participants, clubs and the wider community.

“The Register will help us underpin and promote overall coach and teacher development as we’ll be able to consult directly with the workforce at all levels.

“We would encourage all our coaches and teachers to confirm their details as soon as possible so we can ensure we’re helping individuals become the best they can be.”