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July Newsletter

Issue 41 – July 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 below dates:

  • Chris will be off from 4th July to 26th July (inclusive)

During this time we ask you to email our regional email – – and this will be picked up by anyone working at the time. All other dates both Stacey and Chris will be working. 

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.

  • Next chair forum – 16th July 2020 at 7 pm 
  • Next coach forum – 15th July 2020 at 7 pm

Email to book a place – bookings will be accepted up to 3 pm the day before and the joining link will be sent out by 6 pm the day before the forum.

Membership Data – Club membership officers are reminded to keep the OMS up to date when someone leaves the club. This helps to ensure our communications go to the correct people. 


Volunteer of the Month

Name: Lily Webster
Club: Chippenham ASC
Role: Land Training Coach Artistic SwimmingLily has been coaching Chippenham’s artistic swimming squad for over 2 years.  She has supported them through all the land training requirements for grade 1 through grade 3 including teaching most of them the splits for their grading.

Click here to read more about Lily’s contributions and volunteering.  

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.

Stronger Affiliation Updates

The portal is now open for clubs to upload evidence.
Please contact Jackie Hilleard SESW Regional Development Coordinator with the following information so that a log in can be assigned to you or the person who will be uploading the evidence on behalf of the club.

  1. Name ( first and surname)
  2. Swim England Membership Number
  3. Name of Club
  4. A contact email address.

A Stronger Affiliation Webinar will be held on 30th July 2020 at 7 pm to book please email Jackie Hilleard


Updates from Swim England

Swim England have released a number of statements with regards to aquatics during this time. Follow the links below to read the latest.

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: 
  • Swim England will be introducing COVID-19 Lead training for officers who will be taking a lead on this area within clubs. Details are yet to be released for this and as soon as we have them we will advertise. Following this training we will then be running a forum for leads as an opportunity to talk and share ideas between clubs. 
  • 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 plenty of online training set up, please see the courses and training section below for more information and availability. 
Please be sure to follow our social media (Facebook & Twitter) to see all of our latest updates.

Swim England Senior Swimming Coach Initial Applications

Applications for the Swim England Senior Coach qualification are now open.
This is the application stage for the Swim England Senior Swimming Coach programme 2020.
As a coach, you inspire and deliver success at all levels. The Senior Coach programme will equip you with the tools to be able to create and develop individualised programmes and optimise the performance levels of aspiring athletes, at both youth and senior level.
Click here to visit the IOS website and find out what pre-requisites you require and how to apply. 

Courses and Training

Due to the current situation all face-to-face training has been suspended.
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: 

  • 4th July at 11am
  • 4th July at 3pm
  • 11th July at 11am 

Coaches and teachers are reminded that it is crucial for you to attend when working with children and young people. Please book onto a course as soon as you can. 
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. 
A free safeguarding basic awareness workshop has also been developed for volunteers to attend. This isn’t a certified workshop and does not replace the need to attend a safeguarding workshop if needed. Click here to read more about this workshop. 

Team Manager Training
A workshop has been arranged for 21st July at 630 pm but this now full, we are running an expression of interest list so please email us on to be added to this list. 
Club Matters Workshop – Club Leadership Teams
We are hosting an online Club Matters Workshop on Monday 13th July from 7 pm until 9 pm for Club Chairs (or a designated representative) from Swim England South West Clubs.
By the end of the workshop club delegates will be able to:

  • Review their leadership club structure
  • Identify the key principles of an excellent leadership team
  • Identify methods on how to achieve an excellent leadership team for your club
  • Develop an action plan to improve their club leadership.

Places are free but do need to be booked in advance and are limited to first come first served. 
If you would like to attend, please email with the following information:

  1. Name ( first and surname )
  2. The name of your club
  3. Your home postcode
  4. The type of device you will be using –( laptop, tablet, other)

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis provided all of the required information is included in your booking email.
By booking a place on this workshop you are giving Swim England South West permission to pass your details to Sport Structures (the organisation which runs the workshops) for administration purposes.


Key Contacts

Jackie Hilleard – 07777 689410
Stacey Millett – 07814 763926 / 01823 666792
Chris Vickery – 01823 666792
Andy Jack – 07583 115556

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