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Swim England Talent Pathway selection policy 2021-22 released

August 4, 2021   By


Swim England’s Talent Pathway Selection Policy for the 2021-22 season has now been released. Each stage of the national pathway is detailed within the guidelines and outlines how athletes are selected onto the four-stage national framework, which comprises the National Development Programme, National Event Camps, Swim England Junior Squad and Swim England Performance Squad.

The all-encompassing approach facilitates the Optimal Athlete Development Framework (OADF) and provide guidance on technical and tactical aspects of their stroke as well as nutrition, mental wellbeing, race execution and post-training recovery. Tools such as video analysis will be used to enhance the delivery of the programme’s content, which ultimately aims to holistically develop the participants as people, athletes, and performers. The coronavirus pandemic has meant athletes on the talent pathway this season have taken part in a mix of online training and poolside activity, which will continue in 2021-22.

Grant Robins, Swim England head of talent – swimming, said of the release: “This selection policy has been designed with fairness, transparency and inclusion in mind after what has been a challenging year for our athletes. The pathway will be a fun, positive experience for the athletes selected – and is it hoped that it fosters curiosity within the sport and encourages an environment of lifelong learning leading to some fantastic performance outcomes.” You can view the selection policy in full by clicking here.

Latest Covid Advice

July 24, 2021   By


From 19 July most of the remaining Covid restrictions have been removed. The latest government guidance can be found here and the Swim England Covid FAQs page will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Swim England has produced some considerations built on previous Covid guidance to support organisations including pool operators, clubs and swim schools Step 4 – Best Practice Considerations. Additional documents to help event organisers in planning events have also been published for swimming Swimming Competition – Guidance for running safe events and artistic swimming Artistic Swimming competitive training and competition guidance; information for water polo to follow.

Ultimately decisions on what takes place in a pool must be agreed by the user and the operator but for further help and assistance on Covid related issues contact guidance@swimming.org.

2021 Festival of Swimming confirmed

June 6, 2021   By


A Swim England Festival of Swimming is due to take place across the country this summer to offer as many youngsters as possible the opportunity to return to racing. The majority of meets will take place across the two weekends of 24-25 July and 31 July-1 August. All Swim England regions have events scheduled on one or both of those weekends, with the East region also planning a meet at the London Aquatics Centre on 7-8 August.

Grant Robins, Swim England Head of Talent – Swimming, said: “It’s great to have the confirmed dates and venues for this exciting schedule of events. The support and desire by the regions to get this over the line has been incredible. I really hope swimmers, coaches and parents immerse themselves positively in this end of season festival.”

Swim England regions are finalising programmes and will publish the entry procedures and qualification process in due course. In the South West Region, events will be held on 24-25 July at Millfield School for swimmers the Counties of  Dorset, Gloucester, Somerset and Wiltshire, and also at the Plymouth Life Centre for the Counties of Devon and Cornwall. Age groups at these events will be 12/u, 13,14,15,16,17, 18 years and over. Entry details will be published on the Swim England South West Region website and social pages soon; for QTs for Dorset swimmers click here TB Festival Flyer

Licensing for competitions scheduled by Swim England

April 13, 2021   By


Swim England is to begin issuing licenses for Level 4 single club competitions in time for Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown, provided the Government’s targets for the easing of restrictions have been met. Swim England has now also released Return to Competition guidance for event promoters ahead of the country moving into Step 3, which is due to take place no earlier than Monday 17 May.

Tom Baster, the chair of the Swim England Swimming Leadership Group, said: “The release of the Swim England Return to Competition guidance takes us an exciting step closer to what we’re all looking forward to – a return of competitive swimming events. We’re delighted to be at the point where we can begin issuing licenses to give clubs the opportunity to stage level four single club competitions once again. In line with the Government’s own gradual easing of restrictions, the return to competition will need to be similarly phased in its return and, with social distancing remaining in place until at least late June, it is unlikely that any galas this season will resemble galas of old….We do hope, however, that our plans will lead to the full and normal return of racing as soon as possible.”

The release of the Return to Competition guidance will be followed up with a webinar on 21 April to provide event promoters with further support and guidance and to answer any specific questions they may have when considering how to plan and stage a meet/gala. Places can be booked on the webinar by clicking here.

Licensing applications for a single club level four competition will reopen from Monday 26 April. It is hoped that licensing applications for all levels will reopen on Tuesday 1 June with meets commencing from 21 June, which is the Government’s target date for all restrictions to be lifted. In the meantime, Swim England has launched the second series of Level X Racing, which will run until 22 August, and has worked closely with British Swimming and other home nations on the proposed Summer Festival of Swimming.

PHOTO: Simon Wilkinson/SWPIX.COM – Swimming – British Swimming Championships 2012 (Olympic Selection Trials) – Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London, England – 06/03/12.
Issued: 13 April 2021

Dorset County ASA 90th Anniversary

March 29, 2021   By


Dorset County ASA celebrates it 90th Anniversary. The Inaugural Meeting was held at the Junction Hotel in Dorchester on 28 March 1931 and attended by President of the Western Counties ASA, Captain George de Vere Welchman, together with the Regional Treasurer Mr E W Jordan and Secretary Mr R A Colwill. An English diving champion from Sherborne, H E K (Keith) Sawtell, represented the Amateur Diving Association and having helped to bring the various swimming interests in the county together, was elected as the first President of the Dorset County ASA. Also present at the Inaugural Meeting were representatives of swimming clubs from Bridport, Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Wareham, Wimborne and Weymouth, while Poole SC affiliated in June 1931.

The handwritten minutes of that meeting still exist today and record that a grant of £5 was made by Western Counties ASA to assist in the establishment of the newly formed County Association. The minutes also reveal details of club affiliation fees – up to 15 members the sum of 12s 6d, up to 50 members £1 10s, and up to 100 members the princely sum of 2 guineas. According to the National Archives, the value of those sums today would be circa £30, £73 and £102 respectively, and compared to the average weekly wage at the time for a 50 hour week of £1 8s 10d (£70 today) probably represented a significant outlay to the newly affiliated clubs.

The very first County trophies were also awarded in 1931 – but for only for Diving, and for the Men’s and Boys’ 100 Yard Freestyle events.

Since 1931, our clubs have continued to play an essential and valued role in the County Association, contributing greatly to the local community and the wider sport.