Summer Festival of Swimming
British Swimming, while confirming that there will be no British Championships or Swim England Summer Meet in 2021, have invited all English Regions and equivalents in Scotland and Wales to organise regional competitions, which will be aggregated to create a National Leader Board.
Swim England South East, after consideration, has decided to participate, even if there are still Social Distancing rules in place.
Two weekends of swimming will be run, in collaboration with the host clubs at Wycombe and Crawley.
Regional Championships – survey
Swim England South East has more swimmers than any other Region and does not have access to a 10-lane pool in the region. In addition, there have been increasing constraints imposed on Regional Championships (additional finals, reverse 800m, 1500m). As a result, our traditional 3 day 15/Over programme, even extended to 31⁄2 days by having events on Friday evening, does not allow us to accept all of the swimmers who have a chance of achieving a qualifying time for the British Championships or Swim England Summer Meet. To help us find a solution to these problems we asked everyone to complete a survey.
By the time survey closed in May over 570 coaches, swimmers, clubs and parents had taken the time to contribute to the discussion to help us identify the best way to provide the competition format you want. Thank you for taking the time.
The next steps in this decision process are:
Check the feasibility of the acceptable options (availability of pools)
Examine the impact of the budget for the championships
Seek permission from Swim England for any proposal which falls outside of the current criteria for Region Championships.
The Swimming Group, with input from the Coaching Panel, will produce a recommendation sometime in the autumn.
Unfortunately the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic may mean that the changes that we need to make cannot be introduced until 2022.