The Region supports the development of club networks. The ethos behind this is ensuring that clubs work together to provide the best opportunity for the swimmer, coach and volunteer. By working together clubs and members can achieve more. Where networks are established all clubs have agreements on how they work together and have an agreed plan on what they want to achieve in the next 12 months. Main priority areas for development fall within 3 categories:
1. Athlete Development
2. Teacher,Coach and volunteer development
3. Club Administration
Each network will vary according to what the member clubs want to achieve by working together. Examples of what clubs can gain from working together are:
"One of our young officials was given the opportunity to travel with a group of network swimmers as the network’s nominated official to officiate at a high level meet at Ponds Forge and gain valuable experience"
"The coaches all share ideas and the benefit spreads from training at the pool to competition where the coaches continue to benefit from mentoring and general discussion. The network coaches all help each other out, for example if not many swimmers at a meet, the network coaches will make sure they are looked after and receive the necessary feedback etc."
"it gives us access to a thriving and active swimming ethos and environment which is not strong in our own area. It also reduces drastically the sense of isolation and often helplessness to which a small rural club like ours is vulnerable."
Club networks have been established in the following areas, and the regions objective is to ensure full geographical coverage by 2017.
City of Bristol