Harold Fern and A H Turner Awards Nominations

The Regional Management Board welcomes nominations for the Harold Fern and A H Turner Awards. Any nomination should be accompanied by a supporting letter and CV for the nominee. The criteria is as follows:

The Award is given to the individual or organisation making the most outstanding contribution to aquatics at club, county, regional, national or international level.

In selecting the winner of the Award each year, the Sports Operations Committee will give consideration to the following:

  • outstanding achievement in advancing the sport through competition/coaching/officiating
  • outstanding achievement in the administration of the sport
  • outstanding achievement in advising the sport

Please send nominations by noon on Thursday 02 March 2023 to bryony.gibbs@southeastswimming.org

Important: Water depths policy update from 1 January 2023

Swim England issues updated guidance on minimum pool depths for racing

FINA regulations which change the minimum depth of water required for swimmers to dive into a pool are to be implemented by Swim England.

Following a health and safety review, the international governing body’s guidance states the minimum depth for racing entries should be 1.35m.

From 1 September 2023, all Swim England affiliated clubs will be required to ensure that all starts and changes during relay races are into 1.35m of water.

However, having consulted with the club membership, the Swimming Leadership Group and Sports Operations Committee, Swim England has negotiated with insurers and legal department that clubs will have a ‘season’ of transition to the FINA recommendations – providing a full risk assessment has been carried out and put in place.

It is recommended that, between 1 January and 1 September 2023, no dives will be permitted from poolside into water which has a depth of less than one metre.

If the water is between one metre and 1.2 metres, a poolside dive will be permitted providing it is not from more than 0.4 metres above the surface.

Dives into depths between 1.2 metres and 1.35 metres are allowed from the poolside or a starting block, as long it is not more than 0.75 metres above the water.

Considerations clubs and operators should take not only include the water depth but also pool space, organisation and discipline, the dive itself and ensuring that participants are spaced out sufficiently and are stationary on the poolside when executing their dive.

Members are reminded that only those swimmers who have reached the standard of the Swim England Preliminary Competitive Start Award are permitted to start with a shallow racing dive from the side of the pool.

Swimmers who have not reached this standard must start in the water. For more information please click here.

Frequently asked questions about the changes to minimum depth can be viewed by clicking here.

If your query isn’t answered in the FAQs, please email it to divedepths@swimming.org.

Regional Awards 2022

The Swim England South East Region Awards return, recognise someone special in your club and nominate them for a Swim England South East Award in 2022.

The Awards will recognise Swim England members and will celebrate the incredible spirit of our aquatic community. The Awards will showcase individuals and groups across a number of categories. Further information can be found here.

Nominations close 31 July 2022

Swim England Youth Advisory Panel Recruits for new members

Swim England is looking to appoint several young volunteers (aged 16–25) to join their Youth Advisory Panel on a voluntary basis.

Commitment: Attendance at four meeting per year (minimum) in addition to completion of group projects outside of these times

This is an exciting opportunity working within the Youth Advisory Panel (overseen by the Sport Development Team) who are responsible for delivering projects that promote and prioritise youth engagement within aquatics. Members of the panel come from different parts of aquatics and different parts of England to provide a voice representing young volunteers on a national level. Their objective is simple – to use the power of the youth voice to make aquatic sports better for all. With honesty and compassion at their heart, the Youth Advisory Panel aim to be hugely influential in supporting Swim England achieve their vision of ‘a nation swimming’.

The Youth Advisory Panel seeks to grow the number of young people getting involved in sport and to show the value that sport can bring to local communities. The panel not only provides the opportunity to get involved in different volunteering opportunities across the country, but also to see talent from many different aquatic disciplines within Swim England.

For more information please click here. Closing date for applications is Sunday 07 November.

Tickets now on sale for Swim England Pathway Coach Conference 2021

Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Swim England Pathway Coach Conference 2021.

The conference will feature reflections from coaches who have represented Great Britain at key international junior events through summer 2021, a breakdown of each discipline pathway and working with parents in sport.

It takes place virtually on Sunday 19 September between 9.30am and 4.15pm and is open to coaches from all aquatic disciplines.

For more information please click here.

Swim England Senior Swimming Coach Applications Open

Applications are now open for the 2021 Swim England Senior Swimming Coach programme.

The Senior Coach Programme will equip you with the tools to create and develop individualised programmes and optimise the performance levels of aspiring athletes, at both youth and senior level.

This year-long programme is delivered through a blend of learning days (both online and face to face), online learning, and practical poolside sessions. Coaches will be assigned a mentor who will provide bespoke in situ support throughout the duration of the course.

Deadline for applications is 25 July 2021.

Please click here to find out more.


Swim England National Awards 2021

The Swim England National Awards return in 2021 with the winners to be announced in a virtual live ceremony on Saturday 9 October.

The Awards will recognise and celebrate the incredible spirit of our aquatic community especially evident during these challenging times. The Awards will showcase individuals and groups across a number of categories based around two streams: Inspirational Awards and Innovation Awards reflecting our ability to adapt and meet the challenges our community has faced.

Nominations open on 1 June 2021 and will close on 15 August 2021.

2021 National Awards categories

Swim England Innovation Awards

Innovation Awards recognise creativity and innovation by individuals or groups, where complex, innovative or engaging activity ensured aquatic community was motivated and engaged during the challenging times. This could be activity in the water or on dryland during the lockdown periods.

The Sport Innovation Award focuses on recognising the innovative approach taken to continue delivering technical and practical aspects of our sports within the restrictions imposed as a results of COVID-19.

The Engagement Innovation Award recognises the creative non-sporting activities which were developed to ensure the continued wide member engagement despite the challenges of limited access to the water and face-to-face time.

  1.  Swim England Sport Innovation Award
    This Award recognises the innovative approach taken to ensure the technical aspect of the sport is delivered. This could be a new virtual event, in water training or other sport activity.
  2. Swim England Engagement Innovation Award
    This Award recognises the creative approach taken to engage our members across the aquatic community. This could range from virtual quizzes, parties, campaigns, fundraising activity and more, which ensures continued member support.

Swim England Inspirational Awards

  1. Swim England Inspirational Volunteer Award
    This Award recognises volunteers from the age of 18 and upwards. This could be anyone from within clubs.
  2. Swim England Inspirational Young Volunteer Award (14 – 17 years of age)
    This Award recognises volunteers from the age of 14 to 17. This could be anyone from within clubs.
  3. Swim England Inspirational Club Coach/Teacher Award
    This Award recognises a Coach or Teacher, who can be paid or unpaid.
  4. Swim England Inspirational Athlete Award
    This Award recognises participants across all disciplines from the age of 12 and upwards. This could be anyone taking part in our sports within clubs.
  5. Swim England Inspirational Youth Champion Award
    This Award recognises individuals who continue to champion the voice of the young people (under 25 years of age) within aquatics, have a clear passion for the sport and made a volunteering commitment or advocacy through campaigning, fundraising or committee work).

For more information or to nominate, please click here.

Our Regional awards will be launched in July.


Top tips for Swim England clubs at free online Financial Sustainability workshop

Swim England is to give its affiliated clubs top tips on how to become strong and sustainable organisations at a free workshop.

The recognised national governing body has partnered with Sport England’s Club Matters to host the interactive Financial Sustainability webinars on two dates – Monday 15 February and Tuesday 2 March.

Delegates attending the workshop will discover how to understand the importance of financial sustainability and the principles of good financial management.

It will also focus on different income generating models for clubs and SMART financial objectives linked to what clubs want to achieve.

For more information or to register please click here.

Clubs and swim schools urged to apply for second round of Swimathon funding

Swim England’s affiliated clubs and swim schools are being encouraged to apply for a new round of funding available from the Swimathon Foundation.

The registered charity, which stages the popular Swimathon events, distributed a total of £50,000 to small swimming and aquatics organisations last June in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now it has launched The Swimathon Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund 2.0 – with clubs and swim schools getting the chance to apply for a grant worth between £250 and a maximum of £1,000.

The money could be used to fund a range of fixed costs, expenses or loss of revenue incurred during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Applications for the Swimathon Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund 2.0 need to be submitted by Friday 26 February and the form can be found by clicking here.

A panel will then review those applications with successful organisations being notified by Friday 12 March.

For more information please click here.

Nominations open for the Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2021

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is delighted to announce that entries for the Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2021 are now open, with cash prizes and national recognition up for grabs.

For over 25 years, they have been running our awards programme which focuses on celebrating the very best projects and initiatives at the grassroots level in the sport and recreation sector.

This year has been unlike any other and they would love to recognise all those who have helped the nation to stay active, healthy and happy at this incredibly challenging time.

The awards are free and simple to enter and they are keen to hear about your projects and initiatives that work with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

There are five categories in which you can enter, with each winning project picking up a £1,000 prize at a virtual awards ceremony in February. The five categories are:

  • Youth Development Award
  • Resilience in Adversity Award
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Award
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Sustainable Programme Award

Previous winners have used their prize money to purchase new kit and equipment, provide coaching qualifications to develop their volunteers and keep their facilities open for longer, to name just a few examples.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Monday 21 December. For more details on the process, the criteria and how to enter, visit our Community Sport and Recreation Awards page or email awards@sportandrecreation.org.uk.

Swim England advice for clubs and members travelling abroad

Swim England is advising its affiliated clubs and members to carry out a full risk assessment before applying for an international permit and booking any training trips abroad.

The warning comes following the Government imposing quarantines on travellers returning from certain countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While Swim England has not banned international travel, the recognised national governing body is encouraging clubs and individuals to take into account all factors before considering travelling.

Rachel Bayley, Swim England Head of Operations, said: “The public health crisis associated with the coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges, including clubs and individuals travelling abroad to take advantage of training opportunities.

“With the frequently changing international travel rules and regulations emerging, we ask that clubs thoroughly risk assess any trip using Swim England guidance, along with the guidance of the visiting nation, and ensure that its members are fully aware of the risks involved, including quarantine restrictions.

Consider mandatory conditions

“All clubs and individuals travelling will need to ensure that they have the appropriate travel insurance in place and should take into account the current pandemic situation when reaching any decisions.

“Any club or individual seeking an international permit from Swim England must consider the mandatory conditions that will be required.

“These are that the permit is awarded on condition that all home and destination country law, guidance and regulations in relation to Covid-19 are complied with.

“Individuals and teams seeking these permits are responsible for their own insurance arrangements for the trip and Swim England bears no liability for the trip or activities outlined in the permit.

“The club Covid-19 lead should oversee the arrangements for the trip to ensure they are safe and appropriate and all persons travelling – or their parents for those aged under 18 – should be aware that they do so at their own risk.”

Nominations are now open for prestigious UK Coaching Awards

Nominations are now open for a prestigious awards ceremony which aims to ‘honour and reward’ great coaching across the country.

Nine gongs are up for grabs at the UK Coaching Awards 2020 and entries need to be submitted by noon on Thursday 10 September.

Mel Marshall, who is part of Team GB’s coaching staff for the Tokyo Olympic Games and also Adam Peaty’s coach, collected the High Performance Coach of the Year prize at the 2019 awards.

A spokesperson for UK Coaching encouraged people to submit nominations to recognise ‘all the great coaching work that had taken place in spite of the coronavirus pandemic’.

They added: “The UK Coaching Awards is a unique opportunity for the sport and physical activity industry to honour and reward the work of #GreatCoaching across all levels in the UK.

“We’d encourage anyone and everyone to make a nomination for a coach, project or organisation that you feel has changed lives and made the world a healthier and happier place.”


Awards for coaches:

  • Children and Young People’s Coach of the Year
  • Community Coach of the Year
  • Changing Lives Award
  • Talent Development Coach of the Year
  • High Performance Coach of the Year
  • Young Coach of the Year

Awards in support of coaches:

  • Coach Developer of the Year
  • Transforming Coaching Award
  • Coaching for an Active Life Award

Nominations can be submitted for the work coaches have carried out between September 2019 and September 2020, with exception of the talent and high performance-related nominations which run up until March 2020.

To view the nomination guidance, judging information and enter the awards, visit UK Coaching’s website.