Swim England offers the following to clubs with SwimMark accreditation:
- £100 worth of IoS vouchers towards course/CPD costs per annum (12 month duration to use voucher) click HERE to visit the IoS courses website.
- 5% discount on Swim England Awards and discounts at Swim England Club Conferences and events.
In addition the ASA East Region offers the following to clubs with SwimMark accreditation:
- ASA East Region offers £315 towards the cost of a Level 2 Coaching course. Each club may apply for two course places per year. The form can be found HERE.
- FREE Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop places on regionally organised courses. For a list of accepted courses, click HERE.
- FREE places on regionally organised Time to Listen courses.
- Access to a grant of up to £500 (match funded) for clubs to add a new section to the club or for a unique project to help increase membership. For a form, click HERE.
- Coaches can attend development opportunities around the country (from a list of acceptable opportunities) and the ASA East Region will cover the travel costs involved. More information coming soon on how to apply and a list on what opportunities will be accepted.
Additional benefits can include:
- Some pool providers offer a discount to swim21 clubs – National Club Survey findings indicate that the average pool hire rates of £18.60 per lane versus average of £15.48 (17% less) for swim21 accredited clubs. This provides a saving of some £3000 per annum.
- County Association Grants/Bursaries – please note that each County is semi-autonomous to Swim England/ Region and therefore have their own incentives for swim21 achievement.
- Accreditation can help with eligibility towards sports specific funding pots (e.g. County Sports Partnerships/Sport England- Small Grants Fund).
- Grant application support and prioritisation.
- Access to a development tool for club improvement, including the production of a Club Development Plan. SwimMark is the beginning of a journey to facilitate overall club development and raise standards.
- Identification of workforce training needs to improve club operation.
- Develop an effective club management structure with clearly identified roles/responsibilities.
- Self examination of the club is crucial, plus enhanced support and expertise from Swim England Club Development Officers/Regional Club Coordinators.
- Access to a range of Swim England templates and policies, following best practice and improving all areas of the club.
- Develop clear goals and ambitions that can be communicated to all club members/wider community.
General Club Benefits
- Greater number of appropriately qualified volunteers, who are safe to work with children and young people, with defined role descriptions.
- Enhanced quality of coaching/teaching delivery and general improvements to workforce quality.
- Prioritised support from Swim England staff. Regional staff support is also very much available.
- Pool time is sometimes prioritised towards SwimMark clubs (local operator decision).
- Opportunities to share best practice with other SwimMark clubs and network with the SwimMark community.
- SwimMark accreditation can be promoted within the local community by offering a safe environment to children and therefore security for parents. It is a tangible statement to all stakeholders (Local Authorities, Schools, Parents, Swimmers etc) that you take quality and safety seriously.