A message from the National and Regional Talent Teams

Message from the National Talent Team:


Dear Coaches and Committee Members,


In light of the current situation that our country finds itself in, specifically with the recent closure of leisure facilities and club programmes, the Club Development team are working extremely hard to produce an FAQ document to support our clubs in this unprecedented and challenging time.


The Swim England Talent team have also started to look at how we can provide support and guidance around coaching athletes remotely for the foreseeable future. We want to ensure that every swimmer has the chance to continue to stay fit and healthy and we encourage you to use this time to perhaps address some of the areas of the Optimal Athlete Development framework that can be developed away from the water.


Our online support package will be rolled out daily from Monday 23rd March and we will be using all of our social media platforms, the Swim England website and don’t forget British Swimming already have a fantastic online learning platform, OfftheBlocks that everyone can sign up to by visiting www.offtheblocks.info.


It has been fantastic to see so many clubs and coaches already starting to look at ways to support their athletes and parents remotely and we would particularly like to thank those who have shared these resources for the rest of the swimming community to use!


However, in order for this support to continue we need to be doing everything we can to ensure that our coaches stay in their roles and are tasked to implement different support mechanisms.

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Cancellation of Regional Competitions and Events due to Coronavirus


Competitions and events are now cancelled through to  31st December 2020

In the light of Government guidance, and the latest statement from Swim England https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/coronavirus-statement/

Swim England East Region has cancelled all competitions and development events until 31st May 2020.  We know that this decision will be a huge disappointment to our coaches, athletes and parents, but it is clear that to hold the planned events would be contrary to the guidance on gatherings, and could pose a risk to our members and their families. Where appropriate, we will look at what opportunities there are for holding the competitions later in the year and publish information in due course.

We will be processing refunds for entry fees as soon as possible, but please bear with us as we have entries from swimming, diving and artistic swimming competitions to deal with.  Refunds will be made directly to the payee and, when we have completed the refunds for each event, we will post a statement on the website so that anyone who has not received a refund can contact us.  As previously advised, the Region is unable to consider claims for in relation to cancellation of hotel bookings or other expenses.

The region has also been asked for information on open meets hosted by clubs and training sessions.  The latest information from Swim England makes it clear that, although the decision ultimately rests with clubs, there would be serious concerns about these gatherings, and we therefore ask all clubs to put the public health considerations above the natural desire to facilitate the sport we all love.

More information on the impact on British Swimming events can be found at https://www.britishswimming.org/news/general-swimming-news/british-swimming-coronavirus-update/

At the end of April, we will review the situation for events planned for beyond May and make a further statement then.  We are also looking at our plans for workshops in consultation with the IoS and UK Sport and will publish more information on these as soon as possible.

In the meantime we hope that all our members stay healthy and will be back in the pool as soon as possible.