Stronger Affiliation

The Stronger Affiliation process is being introduced in 2020  by Swim England so new and existing members know clubs are well run and their personnel have the necessary safeguarding checks in place to ensure members’ safety.

If your club is already SwimMark accredited, you just need to maintain your accreditation and do not need to complete Stronger Affiliation.

For any club without SwimMark (or should their SwimMark lapse), the following six pieces of evidence need to be provided and approved by 1st December 2020:

  1. Club Constitution – ensure club constitution has been checked by the region and is from 2018 Swim England Model Constitution onwards.
  2. Welfare Officer statement of compliance – signed statement of compliance by the Welfare officer stating the club is being run in accordance with WavePower guidelines.
  3. Club Chair statement of compliance – signed statement of compliance that the club is following Swim England Code of Ethics and has role descriptions within the club.
  4. Risk Assessments – provide Risk Assessments relevant to the activities of your club.
  5. Club Personnel Record – Use Club Personnel Report (i.e. information must be downloaded from OMS, the Online Membership System) for all club personnel including coaches/teachers.
  6. Safeguarding certificate and Time to Listen certificate from Swim England approved course list for Club Welfare Officer.

Failure to meet this new minimum standard of compliance will result in a club being suspended temporarily or permanently at the beginning of 2021.

If you require any assistance with your Stronger Affiliation submission please email


Stronger Affiliation Workshops

The following workshops have been set up for clubs to find out more about Stronger Affiliation and seek advice on their submission.

14th October  – 6.30pm

Funding opportunities for accredited clubs

By making sure your club runs in accordance with Good Governance, you are more likely to be successful when applying for funding opportunities. Take a look at the funding page for more information.

Club documents

 A useful document for clubs is the Guide to the SwimMark portal. This will give you access to the portal where you will find templates and further guidance for the evidence that is required.

If you require access to the SwimMark Portal for your Stronger Affiliation submission please email