Author: Karen Adams

Stronger Affiliation

 

 

 

Stronger Affiliation

Please see important information below regarding minimum Swim England affiliation requirements coming into effect.


What is Stronger Affiliation?

Swim England is bringing in new guidelines for its affiliated clubs in a bid to show they have the highest standards of safe and effective practice in place.
The Stronger Affiliation process is being introduced so new and existing members know clubs are well run and their personnel have the necessary safeguarding checks in place to ensure members’ safety. For further information please visit – https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/stronger-affiliation-process/

What will it mean for my club?

If your club is already SwimMark accredited, you just need to maintain your accreditation. Clubs who have not completed SwimMark will have to provide six pieces of evidence to stay affiliated to Swim England on an annual basis. The six pieces of evidence are:

  • Approved Club Constitution
  • Risk Assessments
  • Club Personnel Record (to include qualifications, valid DBS and approved Safeguarding training) – including information on the Coaching & Teaching Register.
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Time to Listen certificates for the Club Welfare Officer.
  • Welfare Officer compliance statement
  • Club Chair compliance statement

If a club provides all of the above information, then they will be compliant for Swim England changes in 2021. Further guidance is included in the attached ‘Stronger Affiliation Matrix’ document.
Failure to meet this new minimum standard of compliance will result in a club being suspended temporarily or permanently at the beginning of 2021. 

What are the next steps for my club?

All clubs that are currently SwimMark accredited will not have to provide the six pieces of evidence as they have already met this standard as part of their SwimMark process. However, this is under the proviso that their SwimMark accreditation is maintained.

Clubs who do not have the SwimMark accreditation will need to complete the Stronger Affiliation process. The South West Region are holding 2 online live webinars to demonstrate how clubs can complete the Stronger Affiliation process:

  • Tuesday 10th March, 7pm-8.30pm
  • Monday 18th May, 7pm-8.30pm

To book onto either of these webinars please email  providing your name, club name and your position within the club. You will then be emailed a link to access the live webinar. You are also welcome to join any other live online webinar hosted by other regions, a full list of the schedule is available on the following webpage – https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/stronger-affiliation-webinars/
The South West Region are also willing to deliver face to face Stronger Affiliation workshops based on demand.  

When is the deadline for completion?

All non SwimMark clubs will be able to submit evidence for Stronger Affiliation to an online from 1st June 2020 and all evidence will need to be uploaded by 16th November 2020 so this can be checked and approved by the region ahead of the national deadline 1st  December 2020.

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Stronger Affiliation Workshop

INVITATION TO ATTEND A WORKSHOP  1ST MARCH 2020

 

CHAIR OF CLUB OR DEPUTY

 

STRONGER AFFILIATION

NEWCOURT COMMUNITY CENTRE

EXETER

 

10.00 START

 

An opportunity to allay your worries and fears to talk through stronger affiliation etc and any worries that you have as a club

 

 

Please indicate that you wish to attend by emailing Roger Downing. Swim England Vice Chairman SW Region

Please show name and club

 

 

 

 

Roger

 

 

 

Swim Bournemouth Masters Open Meet 2020

The Swim Bournemouth Open Masters Meet will take place at the ​BHLive Littledown Centre, ​Chaseside​, Bournemouth, Dorset, ​BH7 7DX​ on Saturday 28th March 2020​. The event will be a short course event in the 8 lane 25m competition pool with full electronic timing. The event will incorporate the Dorset County Masters & Senior Age Groups Championships for those competing for a club affiliated to Dorset County ASA.

Free parking is available at the venue.

Entry Fees
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spectators and there will be ​no​ entry fee for access to the gallery. Results

Results will be available for download from the Swim Bournemouth website shortly after the event and results will be sent to the masters section of the Swim England rankings website.

Contact
For further information or questions please email us at ​​.

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CORNWALL COUNTY ASA MASTERS, SENIOR AGE GROUP (18-24) &16 YRS+CHAMPIONSHIPS gala

Sunday 15th March 2020

DRAGON LEISURE CENTRE BODMIN 2.00 warm up-7.00PM

400M, 200m, 100m, 50m & relay events: OPEN FOR ENTRIES           ENTRY LINK: https://bsbasa.org/meet/CornwallCC20

ALSO available on ccasa website www.swimcornwall.org

EMAIL ANY QUERIES TO:

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Devon Skills Coach Application 2020

Devon County would like to invite Coaches to express their interest in becoming one of our Skills Coaches on County Pathway Programme.

As skills coaches you will work alongside our County Head Coach at our camps in April, June and September at Mount Kelly and also attend the Coach conference this March.

Please find attached an application form and job description, closing date for applications is 9th February 2020

Karen Adams

Devon County Programme Lead

2020 County Pathway Head Coach Application

We are recruiting for our County Pathway Coaching programme and welcome applications for Head Coach.  There will be additional roles to be advertised for the Lead  Team Manager, team managers and four skills coaches.

 

As part of this post you will need to attend the Coaches Conference to be held on 14th March 2020 at the Holiday Inn Taunton

 

Attended is also required at three development camps at Mount Kelly pool dates to be confirmed.

 

Applications for this role need to be returned to Karen Adams by the 28th January 2020

 

Regards

 

Karen Adams

 

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Victory Trophy

 

Dear All                                                                               

 

Please find attached details regarding the Victory Trophy award, if you wish your club to be entered for this award please complete the attached form and return by the 29th February 2020

 

Regards

 

Karen Adams

Devon County ASA

Bush Fire Crisis Fundraiser

 

 

 

As the British Media start to follow the developing Bush Fire crisis in Australia, the horrors and devastation facing the people and wildlife of Australia becomes more and more severe. 

 

At the start of January, the normal beginning of the bush fire season, an area the size of Belgium is ablaze, with up to two months of fire still to contend with. Homes have been lost, lives have been destroyed and millions of animals have been burnt alive, or suffocated in the smoke. Some species whose habitats have been destroyed may never recover. Over 1000 homes have been destroyed in New South Wales alone, with more devastation to come.

 

18 months of drought are contributing to deadly conditions, and fires have grown out of control to the extent where they are creating their own weather systems, the smoke is blocking out the sun, and Canberra the nations capital is now, due to the smoke, the most polluted place on earth. Skies in New Zealand, a 3 hour flight away have turned orange at times due to the size of the fires. 

 

Nathaniel Rookes, James Lake and Iain Chalmers, the head coaches of three local swimming clubs, with the support of the Plymouth Life Centre have decided to hold a fundraiser over the 1st & 2nd of February 2020. 

 

We are offering  one to one coaching sessions to swimmers of all levels in exchange for a donation to the Australian Red Cross, who are helping to combat the fires, and assist with relief work for the victims and helping the country to rebuild.

 

From 13.00 to 20.00 on both days, we will be available to work on technique, skills, race practice work or anything else that fits your requirements. Sessions will be 30 or 60 minutes depending on your wishes. 

 

At present we are hoping to enlist the aid of competitive swimmers to help demonstrate, explain and support our coaching skills, to help anyone who takes up this offer and it is possible other teachers and coaches will join us. We will announce more as we progress in the next few weeks.

 

From the other side of the planet there isn’t much we can do to help Australia, but this is one way we can. 

 

The Coaches

 

James, Nathaniel and Iain all have long histories in the sport, each being a competitive swimmer to a national level within their swimming careers. They were coached by some of the most reputable names in British Swimming, and involved with some of its biggest clubs. James himself coached both Iain and Nathaniel before they joined his career path as coaches themselves. 

 

All three are highly qualified, and bring years of experience as coaches, teachers and swimmers to every session. All three have coached swimmers to medals at a national level, and have had great success at Regional and County levels, as well as creating formidable teams. All three have led their clubs to the brightest times in their respective histories. James Lake was the 2019 Devon Swimming Coach of the Year, Nathaniel the 2018 Devon Young Coach of the Year while Iain heads up for 2018 Swimming Club of the Year. 

 

We are all keen to help as many swimmers as we can, and in doing so – help Australia. 

 

The Plymouth Life Centre

 

PLC have kindly donated pool time free of charge to allow us to run this fundraiser. We are immensely grateful to them. The Life Centre is likely well known to you already, but please do check them out, follow their social media content and keep an eye on the various charitable fund raisers and events they run throughout the year. 

 

How to book a session? 

 

Bookings will open at the end of the week – and we will post how to go about doing so by then. For now, please express and interest, please share the event and please tell as many people as you can.

 

The Australian Red Cross

 

The Australian Red Cross is equivalent to the British Red Cross you will be familiar with. At present, the damage to Australia is in the millions and when it’s all done, more than likely the billions of Australian Dollars. The ARC are working on supporting victims to rebuild their lives, supporting fire crews in tackling the fires. and Australia as a country to recover and rebuild.

 

We will also be making a donation to Macmillan Cancer Research. Everyone Active have been kind enough to Donate a significant amount of pool time to us, and as their supported charity we will be donating to Macmillan as a means of showing our gratitude. This donation will be made by the coaches, yours will go to the Australian Red Cross.

 

How to Donate?

 

As it’s a foreign country and charity we are looking at whether we can use JustGiving, or a similar fundraising service. Once we have this established we will share information about this at time of booking. 

 

How much should I donate?

 

This is up to you – we don’t want to set a minimum amount. As a rough guide, a 1-1 swimming lesson with a swimming teacher is likely to cost £12-20 depending on service provider. A level 2 coach is likely to charge between £20-30 for an hour, sometimes more. While a level 3 coach anywhere from £30-50+.

While we have zero expectation of anyone donating anywhere near that amount, please give generously to help support this charity.

 

How can I help?

 

Donations aside, sharing this event, liking its content and spreading the word to your friends, team mates and swimming clubs would be brilliant. 

 

If you are a swimming coach or teacher and would like to be involved, please get in contact and we will see what we can work out.

 

We hope you will help us to help the Bush Fire relief effort – and we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

James, Nathaniel & Iain

 

Completion of Judge 1 training

Important information for all current judge 1 trainee swimming officials who started their training before 31st May 2019.

 Swim England has stated that all judge 1 trainees must complete their training by 30th June 2020 as they are moving to a new online system.

 If this applies to you, please can you urgently contact Mel Jeynes and Esther Rookes (their emails are on the Devon swimming committee page) to confirm that either:

 A. You want to complete your judge 1 training – please include a scanned copy of your competency sign off page.

B. You don’t want to complete your judge training at this time.

 Please include your name, club and Swim England number.

 We want to help you achieve your judge 1 qualification.

 Thanks.