Three-step game plan to raising money with easyfundraising

Swim England is encouraging its affiliated clubs to take advantage of a unique way to boost funds.

By shopping online, clubs can gain a much-needed cash boost through the easyfundraising website.

Easyfundraising has created a three-step plan to show how simple it is to raise funds throughout the coronavirus pandemic when traditional money-making ventures can’t take place.

How easyfundraising works

With easyfundraising, your entire community – supporters, staff, coaches and members – can generate free donations for your club simply by shopping online with their favourite retailers like Amazon, Sky, Just Eat, Trainline, eBay, Screwfix M&S and

They just use the easyfundraising website or app to access these retailers and 4,000 others and when they buy anything, the retailer sends your club a free donation at no additional cost.

It’s completely free to register and use and very simple to manage.

For more information please click here.

Tips to stay safe on Zoom

Swim England have produced a handy guide to staying safe while using Zoom and other third party chat tools.

As clubs are having to use technology to communicate with members during the coronavirus lockdown, the risk of cyber attacks has increased.

There are several platforms available to use and it’s important you find the right one for your audience.

For example, if you’re holding a meeting for club officials, Zoom might be your best bet. However, if you’re putting on a training session for your members, it might be best to record it and upload to YouTube for them to watch.

Swim England has been using Zoom to conduct internal and external meetings.

To ensure these are secure and less vulnerable to cyber attacks, it’s important to follow the below steps. By doing so, you should be safe to still use Zoom.

These handy tips also apply to other third party chat tools such as WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts and Skype.


  1. Never publish your meeting password on a public forum/website.
  2. Don’t click on any links that appear from a chat video. Get the participant to send this via email.
  3. You should not accept any files via messenger or meeting forum tools.
  4. Don’t assume that all Zoom meeting invites/links are safe. Verify this with the person that has sent you the invite.
  5. Never go to a meeting that doesn’t have a password.
  6. Never give control of your screen to a third party.
  7. Don’t accept any files from chat forums.


  1. Always update the app when prompted – don’t wait for later. The latest version is April 2, 2020 Version 4.6.9 (19253.0401).
  2. Always set up the meeting with a nine character password.
  3. Treat Zoom/Zoom Chat like a work tool and maintain professionalism at all times.
  4. Always lock the meeting room once all known participants have arrived.
  5. Remove unwanted participants and prevent them from re-joining the meeting
  6. Mute participants on entry of meetings.
  7. Disable video on entry of meetings
  8. Enable waiting rooms to verify participants where possible.
  9. Encourage the use of “Allow only signed-in users to join”.

Swim England has developed some support videos for the utilisation of Zoom. The videos cover essential functions, how to navigate Zoom and how to use specific Zoom features. Click here to access the videos.

Swim England South East Region Seeks New Board Member

Everyone Active Sporting Champions

Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions provides funding and support for talented athletes from across the UK.

Launched in 2016 and supported by one of the country’s most recognised sporting talents, Colin Jackson CBE, the scheme has already helped many athletes on their journey to become a national and international sporting success.

With access to over 180 of Everyone Active’s leisure centres across the country, athletes on the scheme are able to use the highest standard of facilities for their ongoing training.

Becoming a sporting hero comes with a financial burden and, for many of our athletes, they will also be provided with funding support to help pay for training, equipment, travel and competition costs.

Become a Qualified Licensed Open Water Official

Would you like to stand on the side of a beautiful lake on a lovely sunny day instead of a hot pool? Fancy doing something a little different? Why not train to become a qualified licensed open water official!

Whilst the sunny weather can’t be guaranteed, Swim England would like to acknowledge the skills and understanding pool swimming officials have which would be used in open water swimming.

Swim England would like swimming officials to consider applying for a place on their bespoke course which will take place in Loughborough on 17 May 2020.

This Open Water Officials’ Bridging Course will comprise of:

  • One day, face-to-face delivery, which will be a mix of seminars and skills practice through the use of videos
  • One day attending your Regional Open Water Championships, where officials roles will be signed off by a mentor.


Once you have qualified as Level 1 official and applied for an open water licence, you can volunteer to officiate at the National Open Water Championships.

If you would like to apply, please click on the below link and fill in the short application form:

Open Water Officials’ Bridging Course application form

If you have any questions, please contact

GLL Sport Foundation helps athletes go for gold in 2020

Ahead of a huge year of UK and World sport in 2020, the next generation of title-chasing aquatic athletes can apply for support in going for gold in the big events next year, thanks to the GLL Sport Foundation, the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme.

The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), launched in 2008, by charitable social enterprise, GLL, helps aspiring sporting talent fulfil their potential. Supported athletes can benefit from financial support, physiotherapy, gym memberships at GLL’s Better sport and leisure facilities and more.

GSF supports athletes across its regional network in 73 areas of the UK. In 2019, GSF supported over

3,000 athletes across 117 sporting disciplines, taking its total investment to £11 million in 11 years. In 2019, GSF supported 577 aquatic athletes across various disciplines, to the value of £297,000.

Previously, this support has contributed to the success of athletes including Paralympic and World

Champion swimmer Susie Rodgers MBE and Olympic diver Grace Reid.

At the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, GSF-supported athletes won a total of 22 medals.

Sally Gunnell OBE, Patron of GLL Sport Foundation said: “It’s fantastic to see the continued support of athletes across the UK through the GLL Sport Foundation.

“GSF recognises the difficulty that many talented athletes face in getting the necessary support to take the next step into elite competition, with 96% of GSF athletes receiving no additional funding. With a massive year of sport coming up, this support will be even more important as many athletes begin to target major honours.”

Peter Bundey, Chair of GLL Sport Foundation added: “As a social enterprise, GLL continues to invest

in these talented athletes within our communities through the GLL Sport Foundation. We are proud to once again partner with the Mary Peters Trust, SportsAid and SportsAid Wales to support the next generation of medal contenders and we are excited to receive this year’s applications.”

Applications can be submitted via the  GLL Sport Foundation website until 20th February 2020.

Swimathon Foundation Community Grants 2020 – Applications now open!

The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community. Grants range from £300 – £2500, and are awarded to organisations supported by pools taking part in the main Swimathon event. Applications close on Friday 13th March. For more information or to apply please click here.


Harold Fern and A H Turner Awards

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 February 19th to

Swim England South East Vice-President 2019-21

The Regional Management Board is seeking suggestions or nominations for a person to serve as Vice-President of the Region.  The person appointed will succeed Terry Norris as President at the Annual Council meeting in April 2021, and will serve in that office for one year.

The President is the ceremonial head of the sport in the Region.  He or she presents medals and awards at regional events, represents the Region at national events and can expect to be invited to make presentations at County and other events. This is a voluntary position, but travelling and other expenses will be reimbursed.

Suggestions, attaching a short CV for the person concerned, should be sent by Bryony Gibbs, Regional Manager.


Is your aquatics club ready for a BIG fundraising boost?

To be in with the chance of winning a £100 bonus donation, register your club for FREE with easyfundraising between 28th October – 15th December at:

Plus, with Black Friday just around the corner, there’s a high chance that most of your club members will be shopping online anyway.  Why not get your members shopping and raising BIG donations for your club at the same time with easyfundraising?

Already registered with easyfundraising?  For an entry, simply raise a donation in the competition period, easy!

easyfundraising is a free fundraising website that all club members can use to help raise cashback donation for your club, simply by shopping online.