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July 2018 - Issue 17

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

Congratulations to Coral Waldock - July's Volunteer of the Month! 

Name: Coral Waldock
Club: Newton Abbot
Role: Treasuruer

Coral has been awarded South West Volunteer of the Month for their continued volunteering with Newton Abbot Swimming Club and Devon County, she plays a significant part in the club and counties daily life and sustainability.

Click here to visit the website and read more about Coral's commitment to volunteering. 

Regional Updates  

  • Regional Winter Championships - all entry information is now available on the website here. 
  • 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

Successful START Diving Applications 

Congratulations to the below clubs for their successful applications for the Swim England START Diving scheme: 
Plymouth Diving
West Wilts Diving

The aim of the START Diving scheme is to aid clubs to provide free diving taster sessions to anyone who has never tried the sport before, with the aim of them then going on to join a lessons programme and ultimately a diving club.
Well done again to the clubs for all of their work on this.  

Regional Volunteer Development Day 

Saturday 15th September, 945 am - 3 pm
Holiday Inn Taunton, Jct 25. 
Whats happening? 
The Region are hosting a volunteer development day. There will be key workshops (see below table) delivered over two sessions AM and PM. 
Time Session
945am – 1015am Registration
1030am - 12pm Digital Marketing
Club Management Roles
12pm - 115pm Lunch
130pm – 3pm Opportunities for Team Managers
For more information about the content for each of the workshops along with a booking form please visit the website by clicking here. 

Swim England National Open Water Festival

Whether you’re a serious competitor with something to prove, or just want to try a new activity, the action-packed Swim England National Open Water Festival has something for you.

Taking place 29-30 July at the picturesque Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield, the event will see the country’s finest swimmers race for national honours in the Masters and Age Group Championships as well as newcomers in the popular Team2K.

The best thing about the Swim England National Open Water Festival is that it’s completely free for spectators, so family and friends can come along to support swimmers and enjoy the festival atmosphere on the shore.

Regional Volunteer Awards 2018

The Volunteer Awards 2018 is an opportunity for your clubs and volunteers to be recognised by the Region through one of the following categories

  • Young Volunteer of the Year

  • Volunteer of the Year

  • Club of the Year

  • Coach of the Year

  • Services to Aquatics

The South West Region will use the same criteria which is used for the Swim England National Awards to determine the Regional winners. 

How to apply

Go to read the selection criteria and complete the online application form (please note the nomination form for 'Coach of the Year' doesn't become live until 6th July).


  1. All nominations must be submitted to Swim England by 4th August. 

  2. Swim England will forward on the South West nominations to the Regional Panel to rank the first 8 nominations and determine the Regional Winners for each category. 

  3. Swim England will decide the National Winners

  4. Winners of the South West Regional Awards will be announced at the Annual Council Meeting on 16th September and presentations will be take place at a suitable to mutually agreed event before the end of 2018

  5. Swim England National Awards will take place at the University of Birmingham on 10th November.

Swim England Qualifications

Swim England have produced a new area which is a one stop shop for finding any qualifications in your local area.
This has been developed to give people who are starting or continuing their swimming teacher journey an easy way to find out about new courses and how to sign up. It also provides lots of useful information about each qualification and the relevant CPDs.
As with any new website, it will be updated and added to over the course of the next few weeks and months.

Congratulations to Mount Kelly Swimming for achieving Swim Mark Performance 

The Performance module provides a benchmark for clubs coaching and developing high-level athletes across the four sports (swimming, diving, water polo and synchro).
Clubs need to demonstrate that athlete pathways, the physical environment, quality coaching practices and support services are all in place for athletes to reach the pinnacle of their aquatic sport.  Performance standards are measured by England Programmes.
Congratulations again to Mount Kelly Swimming. 

Blended Level 2 Swimming Teacher Pilot @ Hengrove

The Institute of Swimming are piloting a Blended L2 Swimming Teacher course at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre this July. This is an exciting new product they are launching which allows learners to become trained as a L2 Teacher by completing eLearning 6 weeks prior to a set of 5 days face to face. This is a great way to gain the qualification that fits around the learners busy schedules and doesn’t take the full 8 days of a Face to Face L2 course.
The dates for the Blended L2 at Hengrove are:
eLearning Starts – 9th July, 2018
Face to Face Days – Tuesday 7th – Saturday 11th Aug
Cost - £580, this includes 1 year Free Membership to the Institute of Swimming
If you click here it will take you to the booking page for the course. 
Closing date is set as the 2nd July at midnight.

Snapshot: Clubs Training Needs Analysis

As a Region one of our aims to help clubs to develop a varied workforce which aids with the effective running of clubs.
In order to be able to understand what is needed by the clubs a Training Needs Analysis can take place. 
What is an analysis?
Through this analysis we look at all of the qualifications that are available and what is needed by the clubs, this can be dine on a face to face basis when meeting with clubs or can be done on a larger scale. 
What have we done?
As a region we have developed a survey which outlines qualifications and workshops that are available to clubs. This ranges from coaching qualifications through to workshops about protecting and projecting voices. 
We ask if all clubs could please complete the survey through the below link.
What do we do with the results? 
Once we have received these surveys we can start to shape the courses and opportunities which are available in each County based on what the clubs are asking for. 
Thank you to those clubs who have already completed this, we will be in touch regarding the needs identified. Without clubs completing these we do not know where the demand for courses is.
For those clubs who need to complete this please click here to find the survey. 

Sport Operations Committee - Skills Based Member Recruitment

Are you passionate about our sport and want to contribute to its future direction?

Do you have knowledge and experience of the pathway from learn to swim to elite?

Do you have broad experience of the club environment?

Yes? Then we are currently in search of someone just like you to join the newly formed Sport Operations Committee.

In the new Swim England governance structure the Sport Operations Committee reports directly into the Swim England board. It has wide brief including overseeing the effective delivery of the pathway (all disciplines) from learn to swim through to the elite programmes, ensuring a seamless transition for all participation's.

Click here to visit our website and find our further details on the role. 

Weston Super Mare Open Water Series@ Clevedon Marine Lake

Please find details of the event below. 
To book you place please click on this link:

Team Bath AS Early Season L3 Sprint Meet 

Entries are open for the Team Bath AS Early Season L3 Sprint Meet - 50m & 100m swims in all strokes plus 100IM at Horfield Leisure Centre on Saturday 8th September. 
This is the link to the meet pack. The HYTEK file is on our website in the ‘Open Meet’ tab here. I have also attached a flyer for the event. Closing date is midnight 20th July 2018.
Although clubs that may be taking part in Junior League there may be swimmers that are not involved that would be interested.  
Development Opportunity for Trainee Officials.
This is the perfect opportunity if you are a club that has Trainees certified as having completed the Timekeeper element of their J1 training. They can complete page 8 of the meet pack and email to see if they can get some valuable time being mentored early in the new season.
Development Opportunity for Team Managers and Young Volunteers
As a club you may wish to give some of your less well experienced Team Managers the chance of coming to a friendly meet with your team.
The next generation of volunteers are extremely important to aquatics so your young volunteers could get involved helping your team pool side or helping Team Bath AS run the meet.
Get next season off to a flying start.

Officials Training and the Processes to follow

If you want to know more about Swim Officials training take a look at the Section all about Officials training on the British Swimming website by clicking here. All training in the South West is arranged through a coordinator in each county - please see below for details on your County Contact.  All clubs need new Officials to train every year.  Your help will be appreciated. 

If you have any questions about the training opportunities or you want to request training as an individual or club you should get in touch with your county coordinator.
Mrs M Davies, 3 Polstain Rd, Threemilestone, Truro Cornwall TR3 6DH 
Mr M Jeynes, 17 Silverwell Park, Modbury, Devon, PL21 0RJ
Email pamandmel@googlemail .com
Mrs J Beard, 10 Library Road, Winton, Bournemouth, BH9 2QH. 
Phone 01202533212
Mr N Harper, 22 Clarence Grove Rd, Weston super Mare, BS23 4AQ 
Carolyn Cox
43 Esmond GroveClevedonN SomersetBS21 7HP
Tel: 01275 875413
Mr P Robbins, 26 Elizabeth Drive, Devizes, Wilts, SN10 3SD
They all hold waiting lists and will arrange courses at regular intervals throughout the year to meet the requests received.  This might either be for groups of people from different clubs or (when numbers are large enough) for a single club.   To ensure viable numbers, especially in the smaller Counties, the Coordinators might invite all the clubs in their county to recruit others to attend a course on pre arranged dates several times a year.   The Coordinators arrange for approved course tutors to lead every course.   To complete every qualification requires theory and most importantly  mentored poolside practice before final poolside assessments.  
Any general questions can be asked of your Regional Officials Training and Development Coordinator 
Jill Beard by email at
It’s important to remember that before anyone can commence training as an official they must be a member of a club or, if that is not appropriate, the Institute of Swimming.  
We look forward to welcoming you to the family of Officials in the South West

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 Stacey Millett 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.
Upcoming Courses to note: 
  • Assistant Synchronised Swimming Coach - 23rd August, Cobham Hall School, Cobham Hall School, Cobham, Kent, DA12 3BL: click here for more information. 
  • Swimming Coach - 3rd August, University of Bath: click here for more information. 
  • Swimming Coach - 3rd August, Plymouth Life Centre, Devon: click here for more information. 

Key Contacts

Yvonne Stead - 07970 017432
Jackie Hilleard - 07777 689410
Stacey Millett - 01823 666792
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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