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Issue 20 - October 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
Notice to all - if you forward this newsletter onto other contacts could I please ask you to ask them to sign up to this email direct. This just ensures we have accurate information on who is receiving this newsletter in the Region. 

Option to sign up is on the homepage on our website here just scroll down to the bottom.

Volunteer of the Month

Unfortunately we have not received any nominations for a Volunteer of this Month. 
Through recent surveys which have been undertaken your feedback has provided us with the raised importance of rewarding volunteers through recognising their hard work. 
Without your nominations we are unable to do this through our Regional scheme. 
Therefore if you have a volunteer who goes above and beyond please nominate them for this special reward. 
The winner each month receives a certificate and a Love to Shop voucher to spend. 
Details on how to nominate are available on our website here

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

NxT Generation Home Nations Coaching Conference

Bookings are now being taken for a unique conference which will give swimming coaches across the country the chance to learn innovative techniques.

The two-day NxT Generation Home Nations Coaching Conference takes place at Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November.

A wide range of speakers from the across the country will be attending the event, which will give coaches who work within each of the home nations’ national talent pathways the opportunity to share ideas ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Jo Jones, Swim England’s coach development manager, said: “In the ever-changing world of competitive swimming, this two-day conference will provide a unique opportunity to focus on innovative approaches and techniques.

Find out more and book your place here

News from Around the Region

Matthew Davies a Cerebral Palsy para swimmer with Durrington Otters recently went to the world CP games held just outside Barcelona, Spain. From this competition he came back with a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke just being beaten by an older Canadian swimmer.
Earlier in the summer Matthew with two of his swim mates swam at the National Junior Para meet at Southampton all coming away with Medals. Which for Ethan in particular was very pleasing as it was his first major competition.
Matthew is pictured above in his England outfit, with his Silver Medal on the left and along with his swim team mates on the right.
Names from L-R: Andy Harley Coach, Aidan Stanbrook, Ethan Dent & Matthew Davies. All members of Durrington Otters.
Congratulations to Matthew and his team mates for their excellent achievements, keep an eye out for our next newsletter where there will be more exciting news from Durrington Otters. 

Nutrition Workshop for Coaches

We are running a Nutrition Workshop for coaches here at the Regional Office in Wellington. 
Topics will include female vs. male nutrition, body composition and team camps and competitions. 
When: Sunday 21st October 2018
Time: 12-230pm
Cost: £15 SwimMark Clubs £20 Non-SwimMark Clubs
How to book: email by Friday 5th October with your name and club.

County/Club Organised Training

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 avoiud 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. 

Update to Club Employment and Consultancy Contracts

You may be aware that Swim England last updated the template contracts and guidance note in July 2014.
Since this time there have been developments in case law relating to the employment status of individuals.
The template agreements and guidance note have been reviewed and updated with the assistance of the law firm Browne Jacobson. 
As well as a template contract of employment and contract for services there is now a template casual worker contract. 
To access these documents please email

SW Snapshot: Disability and Para Swimming in the South West

A Disability/ Para Forum has been created within the South West region comprising of Club representatives, County Disability representatives, Regional Management Board representation, Former Paralympian Athlete(s), Swim England Para Swimming/ Disability team representative and the Swim England Club Development Officer.

The forum have an action plan to deliver which includes Regional Championships, Regional Training Sessions, Classification sign offs, Talent ID taster sessions and Coach Development Training.
The first event is scheduled to take place on the 18th November at Oxley Sports Centre, Sherborne Dorset - this will be the first of a number of events we plan to run this coming season.
Schedule for 18th November 2018:
9am-12pm CPD training session ‘Integrating disabled swimmers in mainstream swimming clubs’, there is a cost of £15 per person to attend this, the course has been subsidised by the region and lunch is included. To book a place please email
1-3pm: Talent ID Session for disabled swimmers

1-3pm: Para Swimming Regional Training and Classification sign off

All details on how to book are available on our website by clicking here

Please note - If you are a club currently delivering any sessions for young people or adults with a disability, please let us know so we have a full picture of what is currently being delivered within the region.

The CPD sessions will be developed around training needs of coaches so again please let us know if there is something you would like us to deliver in the future to enable us to source tutors accordingly.

Easy Fundraising Competition

Raise funds for your club when family, friends, coaches and club members shop online, with over 3,300 online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Tesco, JUSTEAT and trainline.  PLUS, if you register your club OR raise a donation before the 22nd October 2018 you could WIN £100 worth of swimming kit. 
Register your Club
There are so many ways you can raise FREE funds for your club this season, here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • If you are competing away from home and need overnight accommodation, book your stay through easyfundraising with and you will receive a 3% cashback donation on your purchase.
  • Perhaps you are competing close to home, however still need to book return transport.  Get travel tickets, through easyfundraising, with trainline and you will receive a 1.5% cashback donation.  It’s simple!
Don’t forget, your club could be WINNERS with the easyfundraising competition, simply register your club to enter the competition. Already registered?  Then raise a donation before the 22nd October and you’ll be entered in to the draw. Good luck!

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.

Key Contacts

Yvonne Stead - 07970 017432
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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