Swim England Youth Panel Members

Swim England are looking for Youth Panel Volunteers to join their current Youth Panel.

The Youth Advisory Panel is a group of young people aged between 16–25 years old. Collectively, they act as representatives for all young people involved in the sport of swimming, providing them with a voice.

The Youth Advisory Panel meets up to 4 times per year, usually for a 4 hour meeting at a weekend, and typically in Loughborough at the Head Offices of Swim England. Meetings are led by the Youth Advisory Panel chair, who is supported by a vice chair, with both being elected from the Youth Advisory Panel membership, by their peers. In addition to attendance at meetings, there may be a small amount of work required between meetings, and some online surveys sent by Swim England to seek more immediate feedback on a particular topic. Youth Advisory Panel members’ expenses for travelling to and from meetings are covered by Swim England to ensure that these are accessible to all.

Who are we looking for?

  • Young people who are actively involved in the sport as a participant, teacher, coach, official or volunteer
  • Young people who are between 16-25 years old
  • Young people who are active in one of the following disciplines:
  • Diving
  • Water Polo
  • Synchronised Swimming
  • Open Water
  • Para Swimming
  • A non-swimming volunteer
  • Young people who are ideally a Swim England member (Cat 1 – non-competitive, Cat 2 – competitive Cat 3 – other)

What are we looking for?

We are looking for dedicated new members who will be committed to attending meetings, contributing to discussions and working collaboratively with their Youth Advisory Panel peers. We are looking for passionate young people who want to positively influence the experiences of other young people involved in the sport and to act as representatives for them. If you think this could be you then please apply!

Applicants can be active in swimming but one of the disciplines listed above must be their primary focus.

Applications will be considered from individuals who are not members as long as the application demonstrates significant experience of sports participation and/or volunteering.

How to apply

The application process has two steps – an online application form and a video submission

Please complete the online form by clicking on this link:- click here . Please complete the online personal details form and submit a video no longer than 2 minutes to the email address below.

Your video should focus on:-

Discussing an issue in sport which is important to you

Video Tips

  • Tell us what the issue is, why it is important to you, how does it affect you or people you know, how would you solve it?
  • Please make sure you introduce yourself so we know who you are and can match your video to your on-line application.
  • Think about where you are when you record your video – is it bright enough for us to see you? What is around you? Could someone identify where you are or see something you don’t want them to?
  • Two minutes goes by quicker than you think when you’re recording so plan what you want to say.
  • Think about how quickly you speak.
  • Make the video as interesting as you can but remember it’s about you.

Who will review the applications?

Applications which meet the criteria will be reviewed by the current Youth Panel who will decide on who should join as new members.

Contact email


Closing date for applications is 30th September 2018

Nutrition and S &C Workshops for Swimming Coaches

Annual Council Meeting and Development Morning 2018

Our Annual Council Meeting (ACM) and Development Morning will take place on Saturday 15 September at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XD.

This is your opportunity to help shape the work we do and where we invest.

Development workshops will start at 10:00 with the Annual Council Meeting, including presentation of our Volunteering Awards, starting at 12:15.

The following workshops will be running on the day:

  • The Volunteer Journey – Claire Coleman, Swim England Head of Volunteering and Pathway
  • Keeping Your Club Safe – Shelley Robinson, Regional Welfare Officer
  • Club Incorporation – Chris Lee, Swim England South East Board Member

For full details on these sessions and to book your space please visit the Annual Council Meeting page. Bookings for workshops must be made by Friday 7 September. Papers for the meeting will also be available on the Annual Council Meeting page, as they are released.

Swimming Coach 2024 2018/2019 – Applications Open Now

Swim England Talent have opened applications for our second cohort of Coach 2024 – 2018/2019.  Applications will close on Monday 6th August.

This is an application based programme running over 14months, commencing in October 2018 and is aimed at coaches who:-

  1. Coached swimmers onto England Talent phase 2 and 3 over the past 2/3 years
  2. Coaching at the upper end of the England Talent Pathway
  3. Level 3 Qualified and or working towards Senior Coach Certificate
  4. Coaching predominately youth age swimmers to British Champs level

For more information and an application form please see the link;


Swim England Senior Coach Programme – Application Stage Now Open

The Swim England Senior Coach Certificate will give you the knowledge and skills to effectively plan, deliver and evaluate a macro cycle of work. As a senior coach you will be able to lead a coaching team and manage resources to support all areas of a swimming club or squad programme.

The programme will allow you to:

  • Develop your confidence, communication and inter personal skills
  • Identify the principles of coaching in a development or performance environment
  • Develop an awareness of your professional role and responsibilities
  • Adopt an integrated approach to the theory and practice of performance swimming
  • Reflect on your experience and skills, and identify areas for personal development.

Key dates:

The programme will commence with an Induction day followed by the 1st of 3 learning days at Swim England office, Loughborough, Leicestershire on the 29th and 30th September 2018. If you cannot attend this weekend please do not apply.

29th September 2018 – Induction day

30th September 2018 – 1st Learning day

6th January 2019 – 2nd Learning day

31st March 2019 – 3rd Learning day

These workshops will cover key topics relating to Swim England Senior Coach Certificate content

The application stage will remain open until 24th July 2018. Applications are free to submit and a screening and selection process will take place after applications close. The course cost, if selected, will be £2100.

For full details or to apply please click here.

Swim England Sport Operations Committee – Skills Based Member Recruitment

  • Are you passionate about our sport and want to contribute to its future direction?
  • Do you have knowledge and experience of the pathway from learn to swim to elite?
  • Do you have broad experience of the club environment? Yes? Then we are currently in search of someone just like you to join the newly formed Sport Operations Committee.

In the new Swim England governance structure the Sport Operations Committee reports directly into the Swim England board. It has wide brief including overseeing the effective delivery of the pathway (all disciplines) from learn to swim through to the elite programmes, ensuring a seamless transition for all participations. It will also provide direction on the development of the sport from clubs through to Regions, as well as guidance and input into the annual implementation plans in place to deliver the Swim England strategy.

With Neil Booth as Chair, he is joined by two other Swim England Board members, four members of the Senior Leadership Team and a nominated Regional Chair. To complete our team we are looking for four committed individuals to join us as we embark on this exciting time for our organisation.

To apply please provide a written statement outlining how you meet the personal specification to Emma Griffin, Operations Director – emma.griffin@swimming.org. Closing date: Midnight 10th July. 

Sports Operations Committee Skills Based Recruitment Advert

Sport Operations Committee Person Specification

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 Sport s 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 any nominations across to bryony.gibbs@southeastswimming.org no later than 12pm on Monday 2nd July.

Regional Swimming Coach and multi discipline Team Manager Conference

On the 10th June the region will be hosting the England Talent Regional Coaches conference at Leatherhead Leisure Centre. This conference is aimed at level 2 coaches, other coaches are welcome. We will also be running a Team Manager conference, all disciplines are welcome to attend this day. Please see the links for the full agenda and booking form;

Regional conference booking form

Regional Conference Programme 2018




Swim England Coaching & Teaching Guidance

It is vital for the future of our sport that participants are confident in the quality of activities offered by Swim England affiliated organisations. It is also very important that clubs, administrators, coaches and teachers have the peace of mind that they are covered by appropriate insurance.

Swim England have put together Coaching and Teaching statement and guidance which covers Swim England’s expectations of clubs in relation to the level of coaching and teaching in all disciplines in the club environment. This is also the standard that is required by Swim England’s insurers in relation to a club’s liability insurance.

Tutor training programme open for applications

Swim England Workforce Support Services will be running a Teaching Swimming Tutor Training Programme this summer. The application process will be open from Tuesday 3 April until Friday 20 April.

The Teaching Swimming Tutor Training Programme prepares people to run swimming teaching courses.

Workforce Support Services have also been taking expressions of interest for the Teaching Pre-School Swimming Tutor Training Programme which will prepare tutors for running courses for the new Teaching Pre-School Swimming Qualification. The training programme is looking to run later this year once the new qualification is up and running across the country.

For more information on Tutor Training, please go to Workforce Support’s, Become an Educator, webpage.

Swim England South East to stop providing Bursaries for Teaching courses

Having provided clubs with bursaries over many years to support teachers and coaches, the Region has been decided to close applications for bursaries for teachers (ASA level 1 – Swimming Assistant Teaching and ASA level 2 – Swimming Teacher). The Region will continue providing bursaries for coach education courses in all disciplines.

This change will come into effect on 1st May 2018. Applications for bursaries for Level 1 and Level 2 Teaching qualifications will not be processed if received after this date.

Why is this happening?
The Region has supported clubs with teaching bursaries for many years and are proud that a lot of teachers working in clubs have been able to benefit from this support. However we recognise that a lot of the teachers we have invested in have left the club scene and are now working for pool operators and other organisation in private learn-to-swim schemes.

The Region have also recognised that a growing number of clubs are setting up learn-to-swim schemes as separate businesses and that the swimmers they are teaching are not members of Swim England and therefore the Region is no longer receiving membership fees for these swimmers.

Because of this the Region has decided to focus its investment into coaching and believe that the reorganisation of courses by the Institute of Swimming is the right time to direct its investment where it will have the most benefit for clubs and athletes.

More information on the bursary scheme can be found here.

Regional Swimming Camps 2018 – Skills Coaches Required

In conjunction with Swim England Talent, the region deliver the 12 year old pathway camps. We are looking for enthusiastic coaches to support the camps and to develop themselves through attendance at  the Regional Coaches Conference. For a further information and an application form please see below;

Job Description for Regional Skills Coach 2018

Skills Coach Expression of Interest Form 2018

We will again be running a regional open water camp for 12-16 year olds on the 17th June. We are looking for coaches to support this camp. Coaches are also welcome to attend the camp in an observational capacity also. Please see below for further information and an application form.

Job Description for Open Water Regional Skills Coach 2018

Open Water Skills Coach Expression of Interest Form 2018