Swimathon Foundation Community Grants 2018 – Applications open

The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community. The Foundation is passionate about encouraging people to get involved with swimming, which it hopes to encourage even further with its Community Grants.

Grants vary from £500 to £2,500 and will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon. The grants are administered by Swim England and the Swimming Trust and are awarded on an annual basis.

Applications for 2018 will open on February 1, 2018 and close at 5pm on March 19, 2018.

For more details and information on how to apply please click here.

Save the Date – Swim England South East Masters Development Day

Stroke analysis, stroke advice and practice drills

This will be held at ACS Cobham International School, Surrey on 7th April 2018, which has a six lane 25m pool.  All four competitive strokes will be covered and there will be two pool sessions.  The stroke work will be led by an experienced swim teacher and coach.  Numbers will be limited.

More details will be published when available.

easyfundraising

easyfundraising – Swim England have teamed up with easyfundraising (UK’s biggest retail fundraising site) to give aquatic clubs access to an unlimited source of free funding: the club receives a donation when members and their families shop online.  Over 600 swimming clubs have already signed up to easyfundraising and have raised over £200k between them!  Sign up your club at http://swimming.easyfundraising.org.uk and then log into easyfundraising every time you shop online via a computer, tablet or mobile device.

Please click here to see a case study from Bracknell & Wokingham SC

Annual Council Meeting and Development Morning – 16 September

This years Swim England South East Annual Council Meeting will be held on Saturday 16th September at Holiday Inn Guildford.

To complement the Annual Council Meeting this year we will be running a development morning for club personnel. This will include a choice of workshops:

  • Club Structures – Incorporation and Charity Status
  • The use of Social Media within Clubs
  • Swimming Officials Forum – FINA rules update, Training, Mentoring and Information flow

For full details and a copy of the booking form please click here.

Annual Report 2016 / 2017

Full details about the Annual Council Meeting can be found here.

Harold Fern & AH 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 Sport Governing Board 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 any nominations across to bryony.gibbs@southeastswimming.org no later than 12pm on Thursday 6th July.

Swim England launches new membership

Swim England has launched a new membership aimed at helping the nation become better swimmers.

The Just Swim membership is free to join and provides expert tips and advice to help people get more from their swimming.

Aimed at the 11 million adults who swim regularly, members will be able to access information to help develop their swimming and discover new ways to enjoy the water.

Members also receive discounts on entry to a range of challenge and open water events, and valuable discounts from Swim England partners.

Jane Nickerson, CEO of Swim England, said: “Just Swim is a great new membership offer for anyone who enjoys swimming.

“By joining the Just Swim community, members will be able to access a whole range of exclusive information and offers.

“From tips about improving technique, to discounted offers on swimwear and events, there’s something for the seasoned swimmer as well as those new to swimming. Best of all, it is absolutely free.”

The Just Swim membership is free to join and is available to all adults. People can find out more by visiting swimming.org/members.

Help shape the future of Masters swimming

The ASA Masters Satisfaction Survey 2016 has now been launched to help the ASA find out about the experience of being a Masters swimmer, and what they can do to further support the Masters community.

They want to hear from everyone aged 18+ who trains or competes in swimming. So if this is you, or you know someone who should be filling it in, please direct them here.

The closing date for the survey is Wednesday 8 February 2017.

ASA Inter County Masters won by Hampshire

The SER round took place at a new venue, The Leys Pool, Oxford and thanks go to the Oxford & North Bucks team for hosting the event.

A superbly-organised Hampshire team wrestled back the Tony Warn trophy from Middlesex in a closely-fought competition. Kent unfortunately had some admin issues with their relay selection and sportingly owned-up to the problem. It did cost them a number of DQ’s that knocked them down the final points table. Points table and event results are here.

Best swims of the day (based on ranking points):

Neil REDMAN  Hampshire 28.31 859 points
GINA HEYN     Middlesex 32.64 821 points

Jane Asher, in her record-breaking year, turned out for Surrey in all the senior ladies events and earned valuable points.

After the consolidation of national results SER are delighted to see Hampshire on top of the pile. The standard goes on improving and we congratulate all the SER swimmers who were national event winners:

Hampshire: Jessica Davies, Neil Redman, Martin Bennel, Martyn Price and Imogen Smith

Kent: Emma Oliver, Mike Gregory and Brian Hunt

Surrey: Michelle Ware, David Bryant and Mike Hodgson

Berks & South Bucks: Anne Cork