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Welcome to the South West Region Newsletter

Issue 39 – May 2020

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

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


Regional Updates  

  • Regional Staff Arrangements – Due to the current situation some of the Regional Team will be furloughed on the following dates: Chris Vickery Monday 20th April to Friday 8th May. Stacey Millett Monday 11th May to Friday 29th May and Andy Jack Friday 8th May to Sunday 31st May. During this time we ask you to email our regional email – – and this will be picked up by anyone working at the time. 
  • Social Media and Website Updates – during the period of 11th – 29th May the Regional Social Media channels will not be updated, please visit our news page on our website for all information.
  • Swim Mark & Stronger Affiliation – As a team we strongly believe it’s good time to ensure all governance matters are resolved whilst the clubs are out of the water. Resulting in returning to the pool with confidence that the club has the right level of governance in place. 
  • Coach and Chair Forums – the region have now run a number of coach and chair forums through Zoom and will continue to do so as long as there is demand.

The next coach forum is on Wednesday 6th May at 3pm, please email to book into this.

The next Chair forum is Wednesday 3rd June at 7pm, please email to book into this. 


Volunteer of the Month

Name: Christine Merrifield
Club: St Austell Synchro Squad
Role: Volunteer Coach
Christine has been awarded the South West Volunteer of the Month Award for her long term commitment to the club and artistic swimming.
Christine is a Level 2 Synchronised Swimming Coach and has worked as a volunteer for over 25 years. She has coached Artistic Swimming at least three times a week as well as volunteering extra coaching and support for swimmers leading up to Grade assessment days.
To read more about Christine’s achievements and how to nominate please click here
Volunteer of the Month Update to Criteria
During our current situation we feel we need to add to the Volunteer of the Month criteria to include nominations for club volunteers, young volunteers, coaches, etc who have been innovative in ways to keep members of their clubs engaged and in touch. If there is someone in your club who has been instrumental in the communications of your club to members then fill in an application.
We are also asking clubs and members to provide us with case studies of ways you have made a difference to your club during these difficult circumstances – do you have new virtual training sessions or weekly video calls to your members? Email these across to any of the team and together we can share ideas and make this time much easier for all involved.

Updates from Swim England

Message from CEO Jane Nickerson – Last month Jane delivered a short message and video supportung and reassuring members during this current climate. Watch it back here 
COVID-19 Club Toolkit – Swim England has created a new Support Toolkit to help its affiliated clubs get through the coronavirus pandemic.The guidance includes a series of case studies on how other clubs have coped, advice on funding opportunities plus information for any employees or self-employed workers.Read more and access the toolkit here
Design your own Artistic Swimming costume – Use your imagination and artistic skills to design your own Artistic swimming costume. All details and a blank costume PDF is available for download from the Swim England site here:
License Issuing – Swim England is to temporarily stop issuing licences for swimming competitions across the country. The decision covers competitions at levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 and includes events which have already been scheduled for later this year. Click here to find out more information. 

COVID-19 Updates

Throughout this uncertain time both Swim England and the Region will endeavour to keep you up to date with latest information and guidance relating to aquatics and running your clubs during this time. 
The Regional team are working on a number of areas to ensure that clubs are given the best advice and are able to continue throughout this period. 
Here are some things to keep you up to date: 
  • Keep visiting our website and Swim England’s website for the latest news and updates. 
  • Have a browse through the Swim England FAQs which have been complied by the National Clubs Team. 
  • There is work on developing a support package for coaches and athletes the first videos discussing this are available by clicking here. 
  • We are looking and waiting for developments on online training in the interim. Further details on this to follow. 
Please be sure to follow our social media (Facebook & Twitter) to see all of our latest updates.

SW Snapshot:
Stronger Affiliation

Swim England is to host a series of webinars to ensure clubs will be compliant with its new Stronger Affiliation process. 
The following live online webinars are arranged in the region and clubs who are required to go through the Stronger Affiliation process are strongly advised to attend to learn more about achieving Stronger Affiliation:

  • Monday 18 May, South West, 7pm-8.30pm

To register, please email, providing your name, swimming club and role within the club.


Uploading of Safeguarding Certificates

For both SwimMark and Strong Affiliation processes some members need to submit evidence of completing a Safeguarding workshop, this process has now been made easier and those that need to can upload their certificate through the OMS system. 
Click here to visit our website and view the document. 

Courses and Training

Due to the current situation all face-to-face training has been suspended, we will update you as soon as we know what courses will be running and when.
During the interim we are looking into running courses remotely and again will be giving details of these in due course. 
Safeguarding and Protecting Children online workshops
We have been able to finalise some safeguarding workshops which will be run online, these will be delivered throughout this month on the following dates: 

  • 16th May at 11am
  • 23rd May at 11am
  • 23rd May at 3pm

Click here to visit our website for details on who to contact and how to book a place/places for your club and your workforce. 

Team Manager Training
We are looking to run some Team Manager training online, if you could send any names, club and email address to we will keep a list and organise some courses as soon as we can. 
This training is for 16+ yr olds. 

New Swim England Water Polo Strategy

Swim England is aiming to double the number of registered water polo players in the next five years as part of its new strategy to develop the sport.

The national governing body’s Water Polo Leadership Group has today published the comprehensive Swim England Water Polo Strategy 2020-2025, which details a number of targets to help the sport grow.


Key Contacts

Jackie Hilleard – 07777 689410
Stacey Millett – 07814 763926 / 01823 666792
Chris Vickery – 01823 666792
Andy Jack – 07583 115556
Contact Us
Address: Swim England South West Regional Office, Castle Business Centre, Castle Road, Chelston Business Park, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9JQ
Telephone: 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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