Team Manager training is designed to ensure any volunteers who are taking groups of athletes to competition or camps, locally or abroad, are fully equipped to do their role. There are no pre-requisites for the Team Manager 1 workshop. This course is for 18 years old and over on the day of the course.
If you have any questions regarding Team Managing please contact Ben McDonald
We are currently offering the following workshops for members of South East Region affiliated clubs only;
- Team manager 1 – Tuesday 14th September – 18:30 – 21:00 – online
- Team manager 2 – Workshops are currently unavailable however you can express your interest using the form below. We will then send you details of future courses, when they are available.
Module 1 is designed as an introduction to Team Managing at a club/local level. It is intended to be a basic and informative workshop to give participants the confidence and knowledge to effectively manage a team at a local level. The course is designed to achieve the following four outcomes:
1. To raise awareness of the key areas to consider in being a safe and effective Team Manager at local competitions
2. To identify likely problems and challenges
3. To understand the need for risk assessments
4. To be aware of where further help, guidance and support is available.
Attendees must be 18 years old on the day of the course
For details of the courses running in the South East please click on the booking form below.
This training is designed for Team Managers who have attended the Swim England Team Manager Module 1 training and have gained experience in Team Managing at a local level. This workshop builds upon these experiences and aims to equip a Team Manager to manage a team staying overnight or travelling abroad effectively.
The workshop is designed to achieve the following five objectives:
1. To build on learning from Module 1 and share experiences
2. To raise awareness of key areas in being a safe and effective Team Manager when staying away from home and travelling abroad
3. To identify likely problems and challenges associated with overnight stays and travelling abroad
4. To understand the value of risk assessments
5. To be aware of where further help, guidance and support is available.
Learning to manage a team can take a lifetime. The course is designed to ensure you have the right toolkit from the start. As a team manager you will receive updates from Swim England when necessary to allow you to fulfil the role to the best of your ability.
For details of the courses running in the South East please click on the booking form.
Useful Team Manager Resources and Information
Who’s who in the team structure?
- Team Manager – The Team Manager ensures team cohesion at aquatic events and competitions. This may include the organisation of the logistics where the competition is at a different venue.
- Chaperone – A chaperone’s role is primarily at ‘away’ competitions. They take on the role of a responsible parent for designated swimmers under 18yrs of age.
- Team Volunteer – A Team Volunteer is a point of contact for athletes / parents / guardian during competitions and camps. They do not necessarily need to be poolside but be “on call’ to support Team Managers and coaches during designated times.
Social Media and Electronic Communication
With the ever evolving methods of communication and social networking please make sure that you are following Swim England Guidance. The use of phone communication can be very useful when away on camps when used appropriately.
- Specific information is provided on page 92 of Wavepower 2020-23: Child safeguarding policy and procedures for clubs. – Wavepower
- Swim England Social Media Guide for Clubs – This resource has been designed to provide an introduction to using social media, as well as recommendations of best practice to all Swim England club members and parents on the use of social media networking sites. Swim England Social Media Guide for Clubs
A risk assessment should be produced for each activity where hazards are present that could cause harm to members of the club. Please see a number of use full documents below
Coaches, team managers and chaperones requiring access to poolside must purchase a Poolside Accreditation pass in advance of the event. All coaches, team managers and chaperones must provide evidence of
- Current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
- Minimum Qualification/requirements (specific to the role)
- Safeguarding Certificate
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
GDPR sets out legal guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information and it replaces the Data Protection Act 1998. It came into effect on 25 May 2018. All organisations will need to be compliant.
Swim England have published a full list of frequently asked questions on their website and it’s recommended you read this before handling any personal data. Swim England Website
Any Members or affiliated clubs wishing to compete, officiate, coach or train in countries outside Great Britain must apply for permission to do so by completing an International Permit and Clearance Form. Please remember to apply for an International Permit at least 28 days before leaving the country
- Permits can be found on the British Swimming Website
- Swim England have also have further information including frequently asked questions from clubs .
Team Manager Ratio
The below is the best practice recommendations we understand that they might not be possible 100% of the time due to illness/injury etc.
Single Day Events
A team of children all of whom are 10 years old or younger
A team of children all of whom are 11 – under 18 years old
1 : 8
1 : 10
1 : 16
1 : 20
1 : 16
1 : 20
Overnight Stays and Travel Abroad
A team of children all of whom are 12 years old or younger
A team of children all of whom are 13 to 17 years old
- Under 11 year olds – 1:8
- For up to every 8 male participants best practice is 1 male adult who is either a Coach or Team Manager
- For up to every 8 female participants best practice is 1 female adult who is either a Coach or a Team Manager
- 11 – under 18 years old – 1:10
- For up to every 10 male participants best practice is 1 male adult who is either a Coach or a Team Manager
- For up to every 10 female participants best practice is 1 female adult who is either a Coach or a Team Manager
- A minimum of one adult of each gender
UKAD is the National Anti-Doping Organisation of the UK and is responsible for anti-doping in the UK. Its website includes education resources and provides information on anti-doping rules and procedures. UKAD has ‘Report Doping in Sport’ channels which allow the sport community to confidentially pass on information about potential doping.
- Click to find out more about UKAD.
- Click to find out more about reporting doping in sport.
- British Swimming have a whole section on their website about Anti-Doping Rules
Regional Team Manager Forum 2020
The annual Team Manager Forum took place on Tuesday 24th November and was run as an online forum. The agenda included.
- Team Manager 1 update
- Future opportunities in the South East
- Open Q&A Section
We were also joined by experienced Team Managers Terry Norris and Zoe French.
Regional Team Manager Forum 2019
The annual Team Manager Forum took place on Thursday 17th October, for the first time this was run as an online forum.
This is an opportunity for trained Team Managers to come together to share ideas, the agenda included.
- Using Team Unify to support Team Managers to handle personal data inline with GDPR
- Raising a protests
- Swim England Updates, Q and A
For the presentations and a recording of the meeting please see below;
The region alongside Swim England Talent ran a Team Manager and coach conference on the 10th June at Leatherhead Leisure Centre. Please see below for the presentations.