Swim England Working Together webinar

The Swim England ‘Working Together’ webinar focuses on the importance of developing strong and robust working relationships with pool operators.

Club volunteers will learn about the different types of pool operators and common challenges they face when aiming to deliver an inclusive and varied pool programme. The webinar includes examples of good partnership working and will offer practical advice to any club aiming to develop new or existing relationships with their pool operators.

Club representatives can book their place using the following registration link – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TJY25YN

  • Thursday 2nd Nov – 7.30pm-8.30pm
  • Tuesday 14th Nov – 12.30pm-1.30pm
  • Thursday 30th Nov – 7.30pm-8.30pm

Team Manager, Coach and Chaperone Policy – effective from today!

As part of Swim England’s commitment to providing a safe environment for all members, a policy has been introduced effective from today, 1st September, to support volunteers and paid staff by giving them a clear understanding of the expectations required. When working with groups of children and young people, it’s vital to ensure there’s enough adults to provide the appropriate level of supervision. Staffing and supervision ratios can be difficult to determine and coaches and team managers have a responsibility to ensure that children are safe and that they can compete in a safe and enjoyable environment.

The new Team Manager, Coach and Chaperone policy builds on feedback from clubs by recognising the increased costs of extra staff and the restrictions clubs may have on numbers at events. The policy reinforces the commitment of Swim England’s new Heart of Aquatics plan for 2023, which looks to ensure that there is a ‘positive culture across its sports and that the highest standards of welfare and safeguarding are in place’.

Transgender and Non-binary Competition Policy

The Swim England updated Transgender and Non-binary Competition policy comes into effect from today, 1 September 2023. The revised policy was published back in April and was introduced in a bid to create a ‘fully-inclusive, non-discriminatory competitive environment’.

Please ensure your Meet Promoters have been given this information before submitting licensing applications.


Water Polo, Diving and Artistic Swimming Coach Courses

The following upcoming coach courses hosted by the IOS currently have spaces available:

Water Polo

9728Swim England Assistant Water Polo Coach – Blended Learning04/09/202331/08/2023Taunton Pool
8468Swim England Water Polo Coach – Blended Learning05/09/202331/08/2023Bolton School
8906Swim England Assistant Water Polo Coach – Blended Learning12/09/202330/08/2023Hucknall Leisure Centre
10270Swim England Water Polo Coach – Blended Learning18/10/202304/10/2023Whitgift School
8893Swim England Assistant Water Polo Coach – Blended Learning25/10/202311/10/2023Riverside Leisure Centre – Chelmsford
10561Swim England Water Polo Coach – Blended Learning06/11/202325/10/2023Taunton Pool


10336Swim England Diving Coach – Blended Learning13/09/202310/09/2023Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre
10481Swim England Assistant Diving Coach – Blended Learning15/09/202301/09/2023Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Artistic Swimming

9771Swim England Assistant Artistic Swimming Coach – Blended Learning07/09/202304/09/2023Irlam and Cadishead Leisure Centre
10269Swim England Assistant Artistic Swimming Coach – Blended Learning24/09/202310/09/2023Walsall Gala Swimming and Fitness Centre
10272Swim England Artistic Swimming Coach – Blended Learning09/10/202325/09/2023Guildford Spectrum Leisure Complex

European Diving Championships – Croatia 2023

Dreams of competing for their country have come true for divers who started their journey at East Region clubs!

Competing for his country in Croatia, Jorden Fisher-Eames (previously Luton DC) won an individual gold in the Boys B Platform and a silver in Boys A/B Platform Synchronised event. Also competing for their country at these championships were Skye Fisher-Eames (previously Luton DC), Oscar Kane (also previously Luton DC) and Hugo Thomas who started his career at Beaumont Diving through Cambridge DT and Luton DC.

Jorden is pictured with fellow team-mates.

Commonwealth Youth Games success for East Region athletes!

Skye Carter (Basildon & Phoenix SC) and Erin Little (Chelmsford SC) were both selected to represent Team England in the recent Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad!

Skye returned home having bagged one individual gold (50 Freestyle), two relay golds, one relay silver and 1 individual bronze whilst Erin returned home having been triumphant in two relays with golds, a silver in another relay and one individual silver for 200 Freestyle!

Congratulations to both Skye and Erin as they are pictured here as part of Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay team.

Swim England’s ‘Don’t put a cap on swimming’ campaign

Swim England’s ‘Don’t put a cap on swimming’ video

 Opportunity to feature in Swim England’s upcoming campaign video around lobbying for more financial support for pools!

To potentially feature in the video, please record a video clip of an athlete, a group of athletes or a coach saying (or shouting) – ‘Don’t put a cap on swimming’

Your video can be recorded on a mobile phone, but please record this in landscape and upload to https://forms.swimming.org/dont-put-a-cap-on-swimming/

All videos need to be uploaded by Thursday 31 August to have the chance to feature in the campaign video.


Swim England National Awards 2023

The 2023 Swim England National Awards have opened for nominations where members and organisations of the aquatics community are recognised for their commitment and passion for our sports. 

This year’s ceremony will not just honour those who have excelled and made a significant contribution to our sports but will also recognise the very best of the aquatics workforce across the country.  That’s because the event will include awards for our teachers, educators and swim schools so we can highlight their innovations and successes which we can all be inspired by. 

There’s also a brand new award for 2023 – the Swim England Inclusion Impact Award.  This award recognises any individual, club, swim school, operator or Approved Training Centre that has championed inclusion and diversity within aquatics.  

Nominations for the awards are now open for the following categories… 

  • Swim England Sport Club of the Year (one award per aquatic discipline) 
  • Swim England Volunteer of the Year 
  • Swim England Technical Officer of the Year 
  • Swim England Coach of the Year (one award per aquatic discipline) 
  • Swim England Inclusion Impact Award 
  • Swim England Youth Champion of the Year 
  • Swim England Educator of the Year 
  • Swim England Swimming Teacher of the Year 
  • Swim England Swim School of the Year 
  • Swim England Health Impact Award 
  • Swim England School Swimming and Water Impact Award 

Nominations open 1 June and close on 2 July. Follow the link to submit your nominations today. 

Diving community mourns the passing of Derek Beaumont

Tributes have been paid to diving stalwart Derek Beaumont who has passed away last week following a short illness.

Derek has been an influential figure in the sport of diving for more than half a century, progressing from an athlete to a judge, coach and committee member.

At the 2020 British Diving Championships, he was awarded a special recognition of thanks by Swim England’s Diving Leadership Group for his lifetime of service to the sport. Derek has judged at European, World and Olympic level, also coaching Lindsey Fraser at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. He helped produce numerous Olympians out of the Hatfield Swim Centre, where he founded the Beaumont Diving Academy.

Derek’s achievements also earnt him BBC’s Unsung Hero Award for the East region of England in 2014.

In that same year, he was also named as Swim England’s Volunteer Teacher/Coach of the Year.

“A true diving legend”

Following Derek’s passing Swim England’s Diving Leadership Group have paid tribute to a ‘true diving legend’.

“Derek will be hugely missed by his diving family and friends across the UK and the World.  Having founded the Beaumont Diving Academy in 1968, Derek helped produce nine Olympians, judged at European, World and Olympic level and contributed to the development of many of the coaches and judges that you find on poolside up and down the country today.

Throughout the years, Derek also served on many diving committees both nationally and regionally.  He has played an important part of so many people’s diving journey and inspired countless members of the diving community to volunteer and work within the sport. It is with the upmost respect we take this opportunity to thank Derek for his selfless dedication to the sport and pay our respects to a true diving legend.”

The thoughts and condolences of everyone at Swim England East Region are with Derek’s wife, Jackie, and his family during this time.

Bursary for Talented Athletes

Swim England East Region has a bursary scheme to assist our East Region athletes  selected to be part of British Swimming or England Talent teams from an East Region club (all disciplines). The region appreciates we are all going through challenging times still, and with increasing costs it is important we  assist our members to be able to take advantage of such selections and opportunities.

For more information please visit our bursaries and funding webpage.

Swim England Transgender and Non-Binary Competition Policy

Swim England’s updated transgender and non-binary competition policy has inclusion and fairness at its very heart. In order for all aquatic disciplines to be enjoyed as sport, there must be inclusive opportunities for transgender participants to compete.

This policy refers only to Swim England competitions (including those organised by our member Regions, Counties and Clubs) and will be implemented on 1 September 2023.


  1. If the meet is held after 1 September 2023 it will need to use Female and Open/ Male categories (unless they applied for a licence prior to 3 April where their existing conditions will be honoured)
  2. The Promoters will need to bear in mind that the meet management software will likely be showing as Female and Open/ Male from 1 September which could impact the scoreboard display. Swim England appreciates that there will be incidences of the old terms being used and a period of transition will be accepted.
  3. If the meet is being held prior to 1 September (regardless of when the licence was applied for) the meet can use Female and Male categories. The new Policy does not come into effect until 1 September.
  4. If a licensed series of events takes place on both sides of 1 September, we would encourage the return of results to be sent in as soon as possible after each occurrence.

Leagues and series of events (such as club champs):

A league or a series of events may wish to licence a final (or some of the events within a series) that occurs after 1 September. If some of the events are due to take place prior to 1 September then special dispensation can be given to the licensed elements after this date and can fall under the same Policy used for the first part of the league. Any licensed series of events (or part of) starting after 1 September will require adherence to the new policy.

Clarifying the female category birth sex:

The new Policy requires athletes who want to compete in the Female category to confirm their birth sex.

We would like to encourage Promoters to add to their conditions a statement to confirm that by entering the meet the athlete is confirming that if they are entering the Female category, and as such confirm they were born with a birth sex of female. Below is an example of such a statement;

The Female category is for birth sex females in accordance with Swim England’s Transgender and Non-Binary Competition Policy. By entering the ‘Female’ category, a swimmer confirms that their birth sex is female.

To view the policy please click here: Swim England Transgender Non-Binary Competition Policy

Should you have any questions or want more information about the policy please email: equality@swimming.org