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Issue 22 - December 2018

Welcome to the South West Region Newsletter

Within this you will find news and information on an array of areas relating to aquatics in the South West.
We would like this newsletter to be useful and relevant to your club. If you have anything you would like in future issues please send to Stacey Millett
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Option to sign up is on the homepage on our website here just scroll down to the bottom.

Volunteer of the Month

Name: Sarah Pullan
Club: Cheltenham Synchro
Role: Lead Coach & member of SW Synchro Committee

Sarah has been awarded the South West Volunteer of the Month Award for her continued volunteering with Cheltenham Swimming Club, where she plays a significant role in developing and running the club. 

Click here to read more about Sarah's commitment to volunteering. 

Regional Updates  

  • Chair and Vice Chair Vacancies - We currently have vacancies for both the Regional Chair and the Regional Vice Chair roles. Full information on each of these roles is available on our website by clicking on the respective role below: 
  • Risk Assessment Template - Please find this on our website by clicking here
  • Use of the Regional Logo - please note there are guidelines to adhere to when using the Swim England South West Logo; for more information please email Stacey Millett for full information
  • Update your Contacts - please keep the Regional Office updated on any changes in committee roles to ensure we have to correct contacts for important information. You can do this by emailing Chris Vickery

Changes this Month 

Yvonne Stead the current Club Development Officer finished working in the South West Region on Friday 30th November to begin her new role as the London CDO. 
Our new SW CDO will be Stephanie Gadd and she will start on Monday 7th January 2019. 
In the interim period please contact the Regional Office with any queries. 

News from Around the Region

Cheltenham Water Polo U15 Girls Success

A dedicated team of 10 girls travelled to Manchester Aquatics Centre last month to take part in
Swim Englands U15’s National Age Group Water Polo competition. For some of the girls this was
their first taste of a national competition, taking on the best water polo players from around the
country in such prestigious surroundings.
Very much the unknown underdogs of the tournament Cheltenham showed they were serious
contenders early on beating Watford 5-3 and Otter Futura 9-0. Their only defeat was to City of
Sheffield, the eventual winners, which meant they came second in their group table.
The highlight of the whole tournament was the semi final victory over London Otter. The team
really pulled together and showed true grit and determination against this power house of a team.
A shock 5-3 win to Cheltenham meant they faced Sheffield again in the final. The very tired girls
put up a good fight but in the end lost again 14-3. However this secured their silver medals, the
only medals a Girls NAGS team has ever won at Cheltenham Water Polo Club, the only medal a
Cheltenham junior team has won in many years at national level. Coach Rich Middleton said “The
girls played amazingly, the defining moment was the win over Otter which no one predicted could
happen. Bring on next year when hopefully the success will continue.”

SW Snapshot: County Development Days

The Regional Club Development Committee have been trialing Volunteer Development Days. So far Cornwall and Dorset have organised and run successful days, Somerset are looking to run something soon and we are looking to roll these out across the Region. 
At the recent Dorset Development day a variety of topics we covered, these included:
  • Funding
  • Young Volunteer Workshop
  • Safeguarding
  • Running a club 
  • Governance
  • Time to Listen 
  • Team Manager
Around 20 people attended each individual workshop which were very well received. 
Should any other Counties be interested in delivering these Volunteer Development Days please contact Jackie Hilleard for more information. 

Courses and Training

IOS Website - visit the website for courses coming up in your area. 
IOS Courses - click here to be directed to our website and full list of courses. 
If you have a requirement for a particular course in your area please contact Yvonne Stead and she will be able to advise you further. 
Volunteer Training - click here to be directed to our up to date list of training opportunities.
  • If you are organising any volunteer courses such as Safeguarding or Team Manager training please inform the Regional Office of this so that we are aware of where events are already taking place to avoid duplication. 
  • Please email with the relevant course information. 
  • Also please note if you are struggling to fill courses please let us know and we can advertise those for you to our contacts in the Region. 

Key Contacts

Jackie Hilleard - 07777 689410
Stacey Millett - 07814 763926
Chris Vickery - 01823 666792

Contact Us
Address: Swim England South West Regional Office, Castle Business Centre, Castle Road, Chelston Business Park, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9JQ
Telephone: 01823 666792

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