Archive for 2020

Level X Racing Officially Launched!

Level X Racing Officially Launched!

Posted by Swim England South West on October 28th 2020

An ‘exciting new concept’ where swimmers will pit themselves against others from across the country without leaving their home pool has been officially launched by Swim England. Level X Racing gives club swimmers the opportunity to take part in a series of time-trials using all strokes at varying distances and then submit them to Swim England rankings.

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SW Coach Shortlisted for Prestigious UK Coaching Award

SW Coach Shortlisted for Prestigious UK Coaching Award

Posted by Swim England South West on October 28th 2020

Congratulations to Coach Emma Collings-Barnes from Mount Kelly Swimming who has been shortlisted for the UK Coaching Talent Development Coach of the Year. 

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Return to Competition Road Map

Return to Competition Road Map

Posted by Swim England South West on October 28th 2020

Swim England has created a five-point roadmap outlining a ‘safe and effective’ route to returning to swimming competitions.

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Para Swimming National Coach Development Programmes

Para Swimming National Coach Development Programmes

Posted by Swim England South West on October 7th 2020

The National programmes provide coaches with an opportunity to learn and further develop their coaching skills to enhance their knowledge and experience of working with Para-Swimmers. The National programmes will provide support to coaches working with Para-Swimmers and are centred on the pillars of athlete development and coaching behaviours. Leading experts in Para-Swimming will deliver and support the programmes.

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Some Sad News in the Region

Some Sad News in the Region

Posted by Swim England South West on September 9th 2020

It is with sadness we have to inform you of the passing of Julia Airlie who was a Regional Past President in 2011 and an Official who supported her club, county and Region at events all over the country.

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Forums Coming up Next Week

Forums Coming up Next Week

Posted by Swim England South West on July 17th 2020

As a Region we are providing as many opportunities to communicate and discuss how things are going during this uncertain period. We have a COVID lead session and a coach forum this week.

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Newton Abbot Swimming & Water Polo Club are Seeking a Head Coach

Newton Abbot Swimming & Water Polo Club are Seeking a Head Coach

Posted by Swim England South West on July 17th 2020

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.

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Para-Swimming Workshops

Para-Swimming Workshops

Posted by Swim England South West on July 8th 2020

We are holding a number of Para-swimming workshops which will be targeted at either parents & athletes or Coaches.

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July Volunteer of the Month

July Volunteer of the Month

Posted by Swim England South West on July 1st 2020

Congratulations to Lily Webster who is our July Volunteer of the Month.

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Returning to Pools Guidance and Training

Returning to Pools Guidance and Training

Posted on June 18th 2020

Swim England has published its comprehensive Returning to the Pool guidance.

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Returning to Pools guidance document

Returning to Pools guidance document

Posted by Swim England South West on June 15th 2020

Swim England has published its comprehensive Return to Pools Guidance ahead of the Government easing the current lockdown measures. Five detailed documents have been created and are based on the latest scientific advice and Government guidelines. The guidance includes robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimming, family-fun sessions, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons.

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New voluntary roles will have ‘positive impact’ on future of Masters swimming

New voluntary roles will have ‘positive impact’ on future of Masters swimming

Posted on June 9th 2020

Four key voluntary roles that will have a positive impact on the future of Masters swimming have been advertised by Swim England.

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Swim England update guidance after lockdown restrictions eased

Swim England update guidance after lockdown restrictions eased

Posted on June 9th 2020

Swim England has issued new recommendations on land training and open water club activity after the coronavirus lockdown was eased by the Government.

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Swim England CEO updates members on current position.

Swim England CEO updates members on current position.

Posted by Swim England South West on June 5th 2020

Swim England CEO Jane Nickerson updates on reopening guidance, national media and why a trip to the pool will be very different

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Swim England Assistant Water Polo Coach Blended Learning Course

Swim England Assistant Water Polo Coach Blended Learning Course

Posted by Swim England South West on June 5th 2020

Government guidance means our leisure centres are currently closed; but this does not mean our training and qualifications should stop. We have specifically adapted this course to make sure everyone has the opportunity to start their training.

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Diving National Update

Diving National Update

Posted by Swim England South West on June 3rd 2020

During this time Swim England are providing updates for the Region, the latest one can now be found on the diving page.

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Swimming Leadership Group Update regarding Licenced Meets

Posted by Swim England South West on June 1st 2020

As we are sure you are aware, on Wednesday 27th May Swim England issued a statement cancelling all national events scheduled to take place in latter part of 2020.

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Swim England announces all remaining national events in 2020 are cancelled

Swim England announces all remaining national events in 2020 are cancelled

Posted on May 27th 2020

Swim England has announced all its remaining national events in 2020 have now been cancelled.

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Swim England announces when guidance for reopening pools will be published

Swim England announces when guidance for reopening pools will be published

Posted on May 22nd 2020

Robust guidance to help the aquatics sector prepare for the reopening of pools will be released by Swim England on Monday 15 June.

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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Offers and Webinars

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Offers and Webinars

Posted on May 22nd 2020

To support Mental Health Awareness Week, we've released a free Mental Wellness e-learning and a new set of webinars on Mental Toughness.

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Swim England update on work to ensure a safe return to the water dated 14.05.2020

Swim England update on work to ensure a safe return to the water dated 14.05.2020

Posted by Swim England South West on May 15th 2020

Chief executive Jane Nickerson gives an update on the work Swim England is doing to ensure a safe return to the water for our clubs and members.

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Swim England Statement regarding Open Water dated 11.05.2020

Swim England Statement regarding Open Water dated 11.05.2020

Posted by Swim England South West on May 13th 2020

Swim England have released a statement following the Prime Minister's announcement regarding Open Water swimming.

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Swimathon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund

Swimathon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund

Posted by Swim England South West on May 7th 2020

The Swimathon Foundation have introduced a COVID-19 Relief Fund offering grants and funding to small organisations working in the swimming and aquatic community in the UK.

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Swim England Call on Government for Financial Support

Swim England Call on Government for Financial Support

Posted by Swim England South West on May 7th 2020

Swim England is calling on the Government to help prevent hundreds of swimming pools being mothballed due to the coronavirus lockdown. The recognised national governing body fears potentially up to 10 per cent of England’s 5,000 swimming pools will stay shut even after restrictions are eased by Government.

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Regional Safeguarding Courses

Regional Safeguarding Courses

Posted by Swim England South West on May 6th 2020

As a commitment to our volunteers the Region are running a number of online Safeguarding Courses throughout April and May.

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May Volunteer of the Month

May Volunteer of the Month

Posted by Swim England South West on May 1st 2020

Congratulations to Christine Merrifield who is our MayVolunteer of the Month.

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Uploading Safeguarding Certificates

Uploading Safeguarding Certificates

Posted by Swim England South West on April 29th 2020

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.

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2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

Posted by Swim England South West on April 28th 2020

The Region are pleased to announce their 2019 Annual Report

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Some Sad News in the Region

Some Sad News in the Region

Posted by Swim England South West on April 24th 2020

It is with sadness we have to inform you of the passing of Ian Stuart who was a Regional Past President in 2016 and the Chairman of the Synchro committee.

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Swim England is Temporarily Stopping the Issuing of Licences

Swim England is Temporarily Stopping the Issuing of Licences

Posted by Swim England South West on April 24th 2020

Swim England is to temporarily stop issuing licences for swimming competitions across the country.

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South West Swimmer of the Year

South West Swimmer of the Year

Posted by Swim England South West on April 17th 2020

The region would like to announce that Reece Dunn from Plymouth Leander is our South West Swimmer of the Year.

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IOS Training and Development Support

IOS Training and Development Support

Posted by Swim England South West on April 14th 2020

Over the coming weeks the Institute of Swimming (IOS) are providing online opportunities to keep in touch, expand your knowledge and start some qualifications.

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Swim England Club Toolkit Released

Swim England Club Toolkit Released

Posted by Swim England South West on April 14th 2020

Swim England have released a Club Toolkit which will help clubs during this uncertain COVID-19 period.

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NEW Swim England Safeguarding

NEW Swim England Safeguarding

Posted by Swim England South West on April 7th 2020

An aquatics-specific safeguarding course has been created by Swim England which will help members and its workforce meet the new Stronger Affiliation guidelines.

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April Volunteer of the Month

April Volunteer of the Month

Posted by Swim England South West on April 1st 2020

Congratulations to Phil Brake who is our April Volunteer of the Month.

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Sport England Announce Financial Package for Sport and Physical Activity

Sport England Announce Financial Package for Sport and Physical Activity

Posted by Swim England South West on March 31st 2020

As the country deals with coronavirus (Covid-19), we know sport and physical activity organisations are facing a hugely difficult period of time. Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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Online Safeguarding Courses

Online Safeguarding Courses

Posted by Swim England South West on March 31st 2020

We have confirmed some online safeguarding courses which will be available this month.

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Open Water Championships 2020

Open Water Championships 2020

Posted by Swim England South West on March 26th 2020

It is with great regret that the South West Open Water Committee has taken the decision to cancel this year’s Open Water Championships.

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Criteria for land work at home during the Coronavirus outbreak

Criteria for land work at home during the Coronavirus outbreak

Posted by Swim England South West on March 25th 2020

The current situation is unprecedented and challenges us to find ways to keep our members active and training whilst respecting government guidance around social distancing etc. One clear opportunity is to undertake online delivery of activity from the coach to the athlete(s) either via live connection, recorded content or social media interaction.

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 Cancellations of the National Summer Meet

Cancellations of the National Summer Meet

Posted by Swim England South West on March 25th 2020

Swim England ‘reluctantly’ cancels the National Summer Meet due to coronavirus outbreak.

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Swim England - Support Package

Swim England - Support Package

Posted by Swim England South West on March 24th 2020

Swim England are planning on providing a support package going forwards during this period of time.

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Swim England/Institute of Swimming Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Swim England/Institute of Swimming Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Posted by Swim England South West on March 20th 2020

Swim England/Institute of Swimming Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

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Wavepower 2020 - 2023

Wavepower 2020 - 2023

Posted by Swim England South West on March 20th 2020

Swim England have released a new Wavepower document for 2020 - 2023

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Time To Listen delivery during the current Covid-19 pandemic

Time To Listen delivery during the current Covid-19 pandemic

Posted by Swim England South West on March 19th 2020

Following several queries about the future of the Time To Listen course in the light of government guidance around Covid-19. NSPCC have cancelled or postponed all our training for the foreseeable future

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Swim England clarifies reasoning over Coronavirus advice

Swim England clarifies reasoning over Coronavirus advice

Posted by Swim England South West on March 19th 2020

The chief executive of Swim England has clarified why clubs and swim schools have only been advised to cancel activities during the coronavirus outbreak rather than being told to stop.

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Qualifying window for the domestic summer meets update.

Qualifying window for the domestic summer meets update.

Posted by Swim England South West on March 18th 2020

Further to the British Swimming Communication yesterday (link) stating that British Swimming and the Home Nations have decided to suspend the published Qualifying Window dates and process with immediate effect, British Swimming are now in a position to provide further advice on the updated invited process for the summer meets.

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Update from Swim England regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Update from Swim England regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Posted by Swim England South West on March 18th 2020

On Tuesday 17th March Swim England updated their advice regarding guidance for members during this Coronavirus outbreak.

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Latest update from the South West Region

Latest update from the South West Region

Posted by Swim England South West on March 17th 2020

Swim England South West Regional update regarding Regional Events.

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Latest advice & guidelines for COVID - 19

Posted by Swim England South West on March 17th 2020

Swim England latest advice and guidlines for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) regarding events.

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City of Bristol Artistic Swimming recent success

City of Bristol Artistic Swimming recent success

Posted by Swim England South West on March 13th 2020

City of Bristol were victorious at the England Synchronised Swimming National Age Group Championships in Manchester winning 13/ 15 free team gold medal. As well as this, Great Britain’s artistic swimmers have proved they are ‘on the up’ after winning another silver medal at the FINA World Series in Paris.

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URGENT UPDATE - Coaches Conference

URGENT UPDATE - Coaches Conference

Posted by Swim England South West on March 13th 2020

Coaches Conference (14th March) has unfortunately been postponed. This is due to the current situation with the Covid - 19 and illness, a large proportion of the delivery team are unable to attend, hence we have had no alternative to postpone the conference until late May to mid June.

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Regional Swimming Champs 2020 Merchandise

Regional Swimming Champs 2020 Merchandise

Posted by Swim England South West on March 12th 2020

The Regional Swimming merchandise including t shits, hats and hoodies are now available to order online from our merchandise provider Swimpath.

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2018/2019 Regional President Swimathon Challenge

2018/2019 Regional President Swimathon Challenge

Posted by Swim England South West on March 12th 2020

The 2018/2019 Regional President Bob Holman is swimming 5km in Dorchester Leisure Centre on Sunday 29th March to raise money for Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK.

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Team Bath AS to Host Safeguarding & Protecting Children Course

Team Bath AS to Host Safeguarding & Protecting Children Course

Posted by Swim England South West on March 2nd 2020

Team Bath AS has organised a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course with UK Coaching (SportsCoach UK) presented by tutor Kevin West. It is at a reduced price.

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Swim England’s Value of Swimming Research

Swim England’s Value of Swimming Research

Posted by Swim England South West on March 2nd 2020

Do you love your club? Swim England are looking to build on their Value of Swimming research and gain more understanding around the social value of being part of a club. Find out more and complete the relevant survey to be in with a chance of winning some rewards, which will help secure more support and resources for your club - bit.ly/ValueOfClubSwimming

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Posted by Swim England South West on February 28th 2020

Latest information regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Lisbon Success

Lisbon Success

Posted by Swim England South West on February 26th 2020

The Lisbon International meet proved to be an ideal competition for the Region’s 2020 overseas camp. The team won 18 medals altogether and brought home the Top Team Trophy.

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Another Successful Coaching Course from Team Bath AS

Another Successful Coaching Course from Team Bath AS

Posted by Swim England South West on February 11th 2020

While Somerset County Championships were in full swing, Team Bath AS was also helping Swim England South West and the Institute of Swimming run a Swim England Coaching Swimming Assistant course from it’s training base at the University of Bath.

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Swimming Committee Swimmer of the Year

Swimming Committee Swimmer of the Year

Posted by Swim England South West on February 11th 2020

The Swimming Committee have recently selected their Swimmer of the Year for the South West Region.

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Para Training Day - 23rd February

Para Training Day - 23rd February

Posted by Swim England South West on February 7th 2020

The Region will be holding a Para Training Day on 23rd February 2020 at Mount Kelly.

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Everyone Active - Sporting Champions

Everyone Active - Sporting Champions

Posted by Swim England South West on February 5th 2020

Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions provides funding and support for talented athletes from across the UK. Launched in 2016 and supported by one of the country’s most recognised sporting talents, Colin Jackson CBE, the scheme has already helped many athletes on their journey to become a national and international sporting success.

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Synchronised Swimming Judge Training Level 1

Synchronised Swimming Judge Training Level 1

Posted by Swim England South West on February 4th 2020

Swim England are holding Synchronised Swimming Judge Level 1 Training in Bristol on 29th February.

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Call for Officials for 2020 Regional Events

Call for Officials for 2020 Regional Events

Posted by Swim England South West on February 4th 2020

The South West Region are calling for Officials who can help with the 2020 Regional events.

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GLL Sport Foundation helps athletes go for gold in 2020

GLL Sport Foundation helps athletes go for gold in 2020

Posted by Swim England South West on February 3rd 2020

Ahead of a huge year of UK and World sport in 2020, the next generation of title-chasing aquatic athletes can apply for support in going for gold in the big events next year, thanks to the GLL Sport Foundation, the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme.

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February Volunteer of the Month

February Volunteer of the Month

Posted by Swim England South West on February 1st 2020

Congratulations to Neil Harper & Paul Sartain who is our February Volunteer of the Month.

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Regional Safeguarding Workshop

Regional Safeguarding Workshop

Posted by Swim England South West on January 29th 2020

The Region will be running a Safeguarding Workshop on 29th February at the Regional Offices, Wellington.

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3 South West Swimming Coaches selected for the UK Coaching Programme

3 South West Swimming Coaches selected for the UK Coaching Programme

Posted by Swim England South West on January 28th 2020

A record number of seven swimming coaches have been selected for UK Coaching’s Performance Foundation Coach Support Programme. Three of these are from the South West Region; Greg King – Lamb (Mount Kelly), Rachel Aldington (Millfield) and Roberto Pavoni (Plymouth Leander).

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Water Polo Coach selected for the UK Coaching Programme

Water Polo Coach selected for the UK Coaching Programme

Posted by Swim England South West on January 28th 2020

Simon Tomlinson says he hopes to fulfil his ‘passion’ for water polo after being selected for UK Coaching’s Performance Foundation Coach Support Programme. After enjoying a successful playing career at national and international level, Simon turned to coaching when his two daughters joined Taunton Deane.

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Launch of the J1 Officials Online Training

Launch of the J1 Officials Online Training

Posted by Swim England South West on January 27th 2020

Exciting news, the Officials J1 online training is launched today - 27th January. There are two SW documents one aimed at our referees and officials coordinators and the other for prospective candidates on how to access a SW funded voucher. To find these documents, please go to Clubs/Training/Judge 1 New Process or click below.

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Applications are now open for Regional Skills Coaches

Applications are now open for Regional Skills Coaches

Posted by Swim England South West on January 23rd 2020

The South West Region would like to invite coaches to express their interest in becoming one of our 2020 Skills Coaches.

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Swim England Fund Team Bath AS Talent ID Day

Swim England Fund Team Bath AS Talent ID Day

Posted by Swim England South West on January 22nd 2020

Team Bath AS has been awarded funding from the Swim England to run a Talent ID program for swimmers in the Bath Area.

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Bookings now Open for the 2020 Regional Coaches Conference

Bookings now Open for the 2020 Regional Coaches Conference

Posted by Swim England South West on January 22nd 2020

The Region will be running their annual Coaches Conference 14th March 2020 at the Holiday Inn in Taunton. The day will include various workshops about the Optimal Athlete Development Framework, Club Awards, Developing the Characteristics of a Future Performance Person, Athlete Transition through the Daily Training Environment Pathway, Getting Better, Better and will include a Coaches Corner.

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