Cancellation of Regional Competitions and Events due to Coronavirus

UPDATED JULY 2020

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.

JW/17/03/20

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