SENW Weekly Information & Course/Events update 28.3.24

Good morning,


Please forward this email on to all your club members.


Please see latest regional information including events and courses that are coming up over the next few months,


Office Closure

Please note the Regional office will be closed: Thursday 28th March 5pm and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd April 2024

Happy Easter from the SENW Regional Chairman, Directors & Staff


Swim England North West Ltd

Annual General Meeting  – 13th April 2024
The AGM is one of the main ways to help ensure accountability of the directors of the company (the board) to the members.

Clubs that wish to have a representative at the meeting but are not currently a member of the Company please contact swimnorthwest@swimming.org for further details.


Swim England North West Club Workforce Survey (2025)

Swim England North West would like to thank those clubs who have already completed the 2025 Workforce Survey - for those that haven’t, we would ask that you please arrange for it to be completed as soon as possible.  The information received will be collated and will assist both the Region and the Institute of Swimming to compile a calendar of courses for 2025, ensuring courses are being ran in the areas required.  To complete the survey, please click here


SENW Summer Regional Swimming Championships 2024

Entries are now open and will close Wednesday 3rd April 2024 (11:59pm) click here for all the details.

Coaches and Team Managers passes now available click here

Merchandise now available to order click here

Volunteers needed - for any event to run, the Region relies heavily on the dedication and commitment of our volunteers if you would like to get involved and support this event please email swimnorthwest@swimming.org


SENW National Skills and Age Group Qualifier – Diving Competition

Swim England North West Diving Management Group are delighted to confirm that their SENW National Skills Qualifier Competition will be taking place at Manchester Aquatics Centre on Saturday 18th May 2024, click here for all the details.


SENW Boys U16 Water Polo Academy

U16 Boys Inter regional training session open to 2009/2010 born boys in preparation for Inter Regional event on 29th June 2024, click here for further details and to register.


Exciting News! Dive into the Future of Water Polo in North West!

Join Swim England North West in shaping the next era of Water Polo

Our Water Polo Management Group is on the lookout for passionate individuals to fulfil the following roles:

  1. Coaching Lead
  2. Competition Lead

Be part of the action, contribute to the growth, and foster excellence in our water polo community, for more information click here.


Regional Distance Programme

Swim England North West will be hosting the pool session for the Regional Distance Programme on Saturday 6th April at Wigan Life Centre from 10:00-3:30pm. This is a great opportunity for any coaches to learn about open water coaching and progression, if any coaches are interesting in volunteering at the event please contact clubdevelopment@swimming.org 


SENW Young Volunteer Award (Online) 29.4.2024

The Swim England North West Young Volunteer Award is designed to provide young people, between the ages of 14 and 17 the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to prepare them as Volunteers within Aquatic Sport.  The Award has been designed to suit young people from any Aquatic Discipline, (Swimming, Water Polo, Artistic Swimming and Diving).

For further details and to book click here.

If you are unable to attend this date please complete the Expression of Interest form.


Open Water Officials Training

Swim England Open Water Officials representative, Paul Kendall is looking at running Open Water Technical Officials theory training again this year.  Potential dates for the training are as follows (which will be delivered via Zoom and is expected to last approximately 3 hours):

  • Saturday 27th April
  • Saturday 18th May &/or Sunday 19th May

Expressions of interest should be sent to: openwater@eastswimming.org as soon as possible.


Swim England to carry out ‘thorough’ review of SwimMark accreditation programme

Swim England is proceeding with a ‘thorough’ review of its SwimMark accreditation programme and will be seeking the views of affiliated clubs, regions and key stakeholders, click here for further details.


Swim England Diving Judge 1 Course - Registration of Interest

2024 dates now out please click here to register your interest  


Swim England Diving Judge 2 Course - Registration of Interest

The prerequisites for the course are:

  • Completion of J1 course
  • Active as a J1 for 2 years OR judged at 8 club/regional events and assessed as competent before undertaking J2

Click here to register your interest


Foundations of Inclusivity CPD

A free learner-led CPD to provide an introduction to equality, diversity and inclusion. Please note, CPD attendance is now a mandatory requirement as part of Club Affiliation for executive officers.

Click here for further details.


Governance Guidance – Club Structures and Templates

As part of affiliation to Swim England all clubs have to have a constitution i.e. the document that outlines the functions and the rules under which the club operates.

The constitution, together with the club’s policies and procedures, helps to protect club members and officers, and makes the club run more smoothly.

If your Club/League/Local Association constitution is due to expire in 2024 please contact swimnorthwest@swimming.org to ensure you have the correct constitution model template to complete.


Coaching Courses

  • Assistant Swimming Coach – Workington (Blended Learning), Closing date 7.4.24 Click here.
  • Assistant Swimming Coach – Stockport (Blended Learning), Closing date 21.4.24 Click here.
  • Swimming Coach – Darwen (Blended Learning), Closing date 21.4.24 Click here.
  • Assistant Swimming Coach – Knowsley (Blended Learning), Closing date 14.5.24 Click here.
  • Assistant Swimming Coach – Barrow (Blended Learning), Closing date 27.5.24 Click here
  • Assistant Artistic Swimming Coach – Irlam (Blended Learning), Closing date 11.6.24 Click here.
  • Assistant Swimming Coach – Sale (Blended Learning), Closing date 6.8.24 Click here.
  • Assistant Swimming Coach – Birkenhead (Blended Learning), Closing date 8.8.24 Click here.

Click here to see available funding for coaching courses.


Changes to DBS and Safeguarding requirements

As part of our commitment to safeguarding and welfare, from 1 January 2024, all club staff whose DBS and Safeguarding expire, will not be allowed poolside unsupervised. The changes have been published in Wavepower 2024. A second Safeguarding refresher module is now available to those who have completed the full Swim England face-to-face / online CPD, click here

Funding is also available for clubs that complete the refresher and face to face CPD via Swim England/IOS click here for full details.


Please note the Swim England safeguarding course is the only Approved training From 2024, anyone who holds a role which Wavepower states requires safeguarding training will need to complete the Swim England Safeguarding course. This is a bespoke course which covers the important and unique aspects of safeguarding in an aquatic environment.


Volunteer Training Courses

  • SE Safeguarding, 13.4.24, 9.30am – click here
  • SE Safeguarding, 19.4.2024, 6pm – click here
  • SE Welfare Officer Training (Time to Listen), 17.5.2024, 6pm – click here
  • Team Manager 1, 14.4.2024, 1pm – click here
  • Team Manager 1, 24.5.2024, 1pm – click here
  • Team Manager 2, 26.4.24, 6pm – click here


Swim England Good Club Governance Workshops

Swim England offer a number of workshops to support clubs and individuals undertaking these roles. To register your interest, please click one of the links below:

  • Club Secretary and Membership Officer workshops, 1.5, 20.5, 25.6.24 click here.
  • Club Chairperson information session Mandatory attendance, 8.4, 12.4, 16.4, 19.4.24 click here.
  • Club Welfare Officer workshop Mandatory attendance, 15.4, 17.4, 26.4, 13.5.24 click here.
  • National Chairs Forum, If you have previously attended or recorded your interest, you don’t need to do it again, you will be sent the joining link, register here.
  • National Welfare Forum 26.4.24, Any Welfare Officers who are interested in attending or for further information please click here.
  • SwimMark and Club Affiliation workshop, 24.4, 7.5.24 click here.


Club Matters (open) workshops

Club Matters training opportunities are free and available to those involved in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.

Please click here for the upcoming Club Matters workshop opportunity’s that are available.

Hardship Funds

There’s some useful guidance on Sport England’s Club Matters on how to go about setting up a hardship fund.


Careers in Aquatics – see the latest vacancies below

City of Manchester Aquatics - closing date TBC


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