Swim England to launch a new Coaching and Teaching Register

Swim England is launching a Coaching and Teaching Register in 2019 that will bring benefits to clubs, coaches, teachers and participants. 

From January to March 2019, all clubs will be required to provide basic information on all active coaches and teachers, regardless of qualification or discipline, for inclusion on a new Swim England Coaching and Teaching Register. This includes paid and voluntary coaches and teachers. 

As a membership organisation, Swim England are eager to strengthen relationships with those delivering within clubs. The Register will be a platform to provide better communication and support to coaches and teachers, and help it, as the Governing Body, to demonstrate best practice in terms of recording and providing quality assurances on the delivery of our sport. It will also give clubs a central database to record their delivery workforce and ensure that their qualifications and training are in order and up-to-date.

There will be two stages in the roll out of the Register. During the first stage, which runs until the end of March 2019, clubs will need to let Swim England know who their coaches and teachers are. A new ‘Coaching and Teaching’ tab has been developed within the Online Membership System (OMS) which will provide a simple way for clubs to identify and create a list of their teachers and coaches. 

During the second stage, Swim England will ask coaches and teachers to verify information it holds on their qualifications, DBS and safeguarding training. At this point it may require them to supply further documentation if required.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England Chief Executive Officer, said: “We know our dedicated and hard-working coaches and teachers do an amazing job across the country and, as the governing body, we want to support them with improved services and enhanced learning support. The Register will also allow us to take ownership of providing quality assurance for our own workforce.

“Swim England’s intention is that the register is a positive process that does not impinge on the delivery of our aquatic sports whilst ensuring that we all adopt best practice. This is why we are taking a phased approach to implementation.”

There will be no additional cost for coaches and teachers to be part of the Register other than existing fees paid by members. As set out in Swim England’s Regulations, it is the responsibility of every club to ensure that volunteer coaches and teachers are members of Swim England. Also that paid teachers and coaches are a member of either Swim England, the Institute of Swimming or the BSCA.

Coaching and Teaching Register key dates:

Stage One (January – March 2019)
Stage Two (April – July 2019)
Swim England understand that there will be questions and queries and have therefore created an FAQs document.

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