Swim England East Region Long Course Championships – Draft Race Schedule

The draft race schedule for the Swim England East Region Long Course Championships and Development Competition can now be found on the Swimming Competition webpage.

Please note a slight amendment to the closing date for the 1500m championship events – this will now be Wednesday 23rd March (midnight), which will also be the closing date for the Development Competition.

Full conditions and entry details for both the Long Course Championships and the Development Competition will be published in early February, pending a government review of COVID-19 arrangements, due at the end of January. In view of this, all arrangements are to be regarded as provisional and subject to change.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events in April and May.

Could you help by joining our Audit, Risk and Probity Committee?

Following a recent resignation, Swim England East Region is seeking nominations for its Audit, Risk and Probity Committee, or ARP as it is usually known. The ARP Committee, is responsible for monitoring the performance of the Board of Directors, ensuring that the region maintains high standards of governance and that risks are identified and appropriately managed. The Terms of Reference for the Committee can be read here.

If you are a member of a Swim England East Region club and have relevant experience, particularly in governance, audit, legal or risk, and are not already a member of one of the regional committees or leadership groups, we would love to hear from you.  The ARP meets 2/3 times a year, all meetings are on-line and arranged at times to suit the members.

If you would like to apply, or want to find out more, please contact the Regional Chairman, Joan Wheeler at chairman@eastswimming.org before 28th February 2022.

Regional Para- Swimming Training Returns

Para- Swimming Regional Training in the East Region made a welcome return last weekend, with the region hosting its first session since January 2020. Para-Swimming Regional Training is the first step of the talent pathway for Para-Swimming in England creating a supportive, engaging, accessible opportunity within the region, for swimmers with an eligible impairment, or a hearing impairment, which is in addition to their home programme. There is a report available providing more detail.

A warm welcome!

Welcome to our new Regional Administrator, Emma Winter. Emma has joined our small team of staff to assist in the operation of the region, including the development of the aquatic disciplines and supporting our family of volunteers. Welcome Emma!

Short Course Championships – Updated Information about Spectators

Swim England East Region has recently been advised by Active Luton that spectators will not be permitted to attend next month’s Short Course Championships. In making this decision, the pool providers, Active Luton, were mindful of rising COVID rates both nationally and in the local area and the need for the balcony area to be available to help accommodate athletes and coaches to avoid overcrowding.

Swim England East Region is very aware of the part parents play in supporting the sport, and therefore regrets that parents, and other family members, will not be able to attend.  However, our primary duty is to comply with the conditions imposed by the pool provider so that the competition can go ahead.

We accept that it isn’t the same but, as for the competitions held across the summer, the event will be live streamed and we are also exploring the option of hiring a local facility for those parents who live too far to make multiple journeys to ‘wait and watch’, although this is yet to be confirmed.

Parents may also like to consider taking the opportunity to help at the event.  Although the applications for technical officials have now closed, the region is still seeking volunteers to help fill a number of ‘field of play’ roles, particularly event marshals.  If you are a Swim England member, and would like to assist in this way, please complete the Poolside Volunteer Application Form at https://www.eastswimming.org/swimming/swimming-officials-application-to-officiate/

British Para Swimming Winter National Meet

Swim Wales will be hosting this year’s Winter National Meet in Swansea over 11th- 12th December 2021. This event has always formed a crucial part of the competition pathway and for many swimmers it is their first taste of a National level Para-Swimming meet. Classification will also be on offer during 9th- 10th December for those on the waiting list. For more information please visit the Swim Wales website or email carl.cooper@swimming.org.

Regional Administrator- recruiting now!

We are seeking a motivated individual for the role of Regional Administrator to join our team on a permanent basis. Although full time is preferred we would consider requests for flexible working between 28 and 35 hours per week, as well as condensed hours. This role will from time to time involve evening and weekend work.

For more information and the Job Description, please visit this recruitment webpage.

Para Swimming Regional Lead Coach and Development Coach- Recruiting Now!

The Region is recruiting a Para Swimming Lead Coach, and a Development Coach, to deliver the Para Swimming Regional Training Programme during the season 2021-22. 3 practical sessions during the year will be delivered which will include both pool and land based work. Online attendance at debriefs and training will be required. Please visit our Para Swimming Regional Coach Recruitment page for more information including role descriptions and application forms. Applications close midday 25th August.