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Information for Clubs

We welcome listings in our Club Directory.

A representative from each Club can maintain Directory pages to display Club information, contact details and athlete profiles. Contact Mike Coles, County Secretary, (Contact Details) for more information.

Club membership officers are reminded to keep the OMS up to date when someone leaves the club. This helps to ensure communications go to the correct people. 

Remember to sign up for future Secretary and Membership Secretary Workshops organised by Swim England South West.. 

Club Affiliation (formerly known as 'Stronger Affiliation')

Due to the large numbers of clubs due to reaffiliate in January, Swim England South West is running an online Club Affiliation / SwimMark workshop on 23 Nov 2022 at 7pm to go through the necessary requirements.

Please visist https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3RWSP66 to book your place

Swim England has hosted webinars to guide clubs through this process. The portal is open for clubs to upload evidence and complete nthe process to avoid the risk of being temporarily / permanently suspended from Swim England membership.

Please note if a club doesn’t renew their SwimMark accreditation, it still needs to complete and meet the requirements for Club Affiliation. If this is not done, the Region is required to suspend it with immediate effect.

There’s never been a more important time to consider ways to develop your club. The Club Support Hub on the Swim England website offers a wealth of information and resources to start, manage and develop your aquatics club.

Membership Data

Club membership officers are reminded to keep the OMS up to date when someone leaves the club. This helps to ensure communications go to the correct people. Please ensure that your workforce Safeguarding and DBS are kept up to date along with their qualifications. 

By doing this regularly it will be easier to submit element 13 when renewing SwimMark / Club Affiliation for your club. 

Club Constitutions

All constitutions should now be amended to take into account the latest updated model constitution.. If your Club's isn't, the model is available here: https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/becoming-a-members-club/.

If your club is nearing their constitution needing reviewing then please send the current and proposed versions to swconstitutions@gmail.com and the Regional team will look at this for you. Please ensure their review has been completed and is compliant before proposing any revised constitution for adoption by your club members.

Setting up a Club

View Swim England guidance  on governance such as policies and constitution, as well as decisions on membership and affiliation.


Sport England's in-depth research is split it into a number of different demographics to help you understand why some people are less active. Click on any of the groups here to discover the reasons behind their activity levels.


A number of Somerset Clubs work with others in their respective City of Bristol / Taunton / Team Bath AS networks on agreed plans to maximise resources and investment and secure defined athlete pathways within each network. 

Some examples of areas clubs within networks have been working on:

  • Training courses and workforce development
  • Maximising pool space
  • Attending training camps
  • Coach mentoring
  • Local funding opportunities

For more information about Club Networks visit our Development section

Being Inclusive

Being inclusive enables you to meet the needs of your participants, volunteers and communities and create an environment where everyone feels welcome. This Club Matters animation takes you through the six characteristics of inclusive organisations and helps guide you to further support. For more information on Creating an Inclusive Culture, please click here.

Inclusion Training Programme 2023

Somerset ASA and local active partnership SASP strongly believe in the importance and value of sport and physical activity, and how it has the potential to transform lives. SASP's new 'Clubs for All' training can empower your club to support young people whose additional needs act as a barrier to taking part. Read why and book place(s) for your representative(s) here.

New Club Sessions

Clubs up and down the country are considering ways to diversify their offer, bring new participants into their club, and create links with local schools, colleges and universities.

This could include new sections for disability, masters, learn to swim or Swimfit

  • Satellite sessions (also known as Satellite clubs) are a new Sport England initiative, aimed at attracting a new type of participant into community clubs as well as welcoming back ex-competitive swimmers. We believe that Satellite sessions can begin to address drop-out from clubs. There are two potential forms of satellite sessions for Aquatics, both aiming to grow club membership:
  • Youth Satellite Sessions - these target the 11-25 years age group and can bridge the gaps between school, college, university and community sport and provide new opportunities for young people to create lifelong sporting habits
  • Pop-Up Swimfit Satellite Sessions – the new Pop-Up Swimfit model allows clubs to use Swimfit as an additional offer for the student or adult casual swimmer.

Coaches Forum

Groups are brought together throughout the country to share knowledge and best practice, discuss and influence regional competition structure and work toward a clear understanding of the swimmer pathway in the region. For more information on coaching please click here.

Learning Aids

This set of resources have been created by the University of Bath to help local community groups upskill their members in a variety of fields.

Anti-Racism Statement

Swim England is committed to tackling racial inequalities to create a more welcoming environment for everyone. Follow this link for its statement (1 Apr 2022) which includes Swim England's Anti-Racism Principles and Action Plan. Should you have any questions about this statement, or Swim England's principles, please contact equality@swimming.org.


Clean sport depends on everyone having the know-how to speak out when something’s wrong. Speak to UK Anti-Doping in confidence – no matter how small. protectyoursport@reportdoping.com.

Swim England passionately believes that all athletes have the right to compete in all aquatic sports knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. If you are a member of Swim England, then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at. View Swim England Ant-Doping page for more information.

CPSU Webinars

In this video playlist on youtube, the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit provide information on safeguarding for Club Welfare Officers.