Category: Swimming

Newton Abbot Swiiming Club – Head Coach Vacancy

Newton Abbot Swimming and Water Polo Club is a successful club with swimmers ranging from Stage 1 of the Swim England Learn to Swim framework progressing through to County, Regional and occasional National competitors. Our thriving water polo section has teams of all ages competing in Local, County, Regional and National competitions.

We are seeking a dedicated Head Coach, who seeks to uphold the ambitions of the club and its swimmers, to lead our coaching programme.  This is an opportunity for a new Head Coach to build on our current achievements and guide the future direction of the Club.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a high level of passion for the sport. With the support of our team of volunteer Level 1 and 2 coaches and teachers, the new Head Coach will deliver a programme that enables our 200 Learner and 100 plus competitive swimmers to achieve their full potential.

The successful candidate will have a high level of technical understanding, with progressive ideas, and excellent interpersonal skills – enabling them to work successfully with swimmers, coaches, teachers, committee and other club members.

Candidates must hold a minimum of a Swim England Level 2 Coaching qualification; however Level 3 is highly desirable. A land training qualification is also desirable.

Newton Abbot is a SwimMark club and is committed to safeguarding all our members. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check and must have an up to date safeguarding qualification or a willingness to train prior to commencement.

The Club trains in the 6 lane, 25M pool at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre and can access long course training at Plymouth Life Centre.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Plan, develop and implement a successful development strategy,
  • Report the progress of the development programme to the Club Committee,
  • Create an individual and club winning culture, ethos and environment – by creating good team morale,
  • Communicate and implement appropriate swimmer selection standards, to ensure fair and transparent selection of swimmers across the swimming squads,
  • Active involvement across all swimming squads and supervise coaching activity where necessary,
  • Liaise with teachers of Learn to swim programme, review teaching sessions to ensure appropriate standards are met,
  • Forward planning of the annual competition programme,
  • Protect the wellbeing and fair treatment of all swimmers within the club,
  • Lead a culture of success by empowering, developing and managing the volunteer coaching team,
  • Undertake all necessary administration to ensure all training is planned, monitored and evaluated,
  • Follow Health and Safety procedures and the Swim England WavePower guide.

The position is part time, on a self-employed basis, remuneration dependant on qualifications and experience

Regular squad coaching hours 10.5 per week dependant on future changes due to Covid 19

Initial applications to:

Devon Open Water Championships 2020- CANCELLED

FW: Stronger Affiliation Update


Dear Club

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 –

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:

1.     Approved Club Constitution

2.     Risk Assessments

3.     Club Personnel Record (to include qualifications, valid DBS and approved Safeguarding training) – including information on the Coaching & Teaching Register

4.     Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Time to Listen certificates for the Club Welfare Officer.

5.     Welfare Officer compliance statement

6.     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 next online live webinar to demonstrate how clubs can complete the Stronger Affiliation process will be held on:

·        Monday 18th May, 7pm-8.30pm

To book your space, 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.

This is currently the last Stronger Affiliation webinar the South West region have scheduled however we will consider scheduling further webinars 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.




Stacey Millett

South West Development Officer

T 01823 666792



Swim England


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Devon Open Water Championships 2020

Devon County ASA – Covid 19 update






You do not need us to remind you that the current situation is having a devastating effect on every aspect of our lives.


The County Management Committee have agreed “that only decisions necessary for the compliance of the County” will be made at this time.


This will continue until clear indication from Government and S England is received that we can safely return to resuming affairs through our Committee structure.


We can advise you of the postponement/cancellation of the following events.


  1. County AGM
  2. County Development Galas and Sprint Gala
  3. County Masters Gala
  4. County Open Water event
  5. All County Water Polo


The County AGM will be arranged as soon as it practically possible, when restrictions have been lifted, and whilst we will look at re-arranging other events, we are sure that you will appreciate there are many factors involved with this, and it may not be possible.


S England are making available some FREE CPD opportunities, which may be appropriate for “up skilling” some of your members, please check them out, so as when we can return to some form of normality we will be stronger. Safeguarding Courses online are also being made available, please keep checking both the S England and Regional websites. 


The latest edition of “Wavepower” has been recently published, you may wish to look at the latest Safeguarding requirements.


It is hoped that you will try and stay in touch with your members through the various social media outlets that are available, one suggestion has been for Land Training, but please read the S England website for the criteria for this.


Please, please follow all the advice we are being given from Government and S England.


We wish everyone well, please stay safe, and we will see you at a pool near you as soon as we can.




Roger Bossom, President


for the Devon County ASA Management Committee


Important information on the Officials online Judge 1 training

To all who are interested in doing their online Judge 1 training – please read the attached documents carefully. By following the instructions detailed in the ‘enrolling document’ you will obtain the training for free.


If you have any questions, please contact Esther Rookes

(via the Devon swimming website, swimming committee page).

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