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Development Plan Summary 1 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022

Post Publication Note: Andy Jack will deliver on 7 Jun 2021 an online support session for the Clubs and Operators – ‘Working Together’ toolkit referred to below. Sign up here.
 

The County AGM on Saturday 22 May 2021 was yet another sign of the changed landscape as our clubs start to recover from the upheavals of the Covid pandemic.

It was widely and not unexpectedly acknowledged that membership numbers nationwide have been severely impacted by the pandemic, three lockdowns  and pools closing or delaying their re-opening, changing timetables  or restricting times for access.

More conspicuous perhaps now than ever, Clubs are likely to be at many different stages on the road to recovery.

As agreed at the General Meeting of Clubs and the most recent meeting of the Management Committee, this year’s Development Plan was presented as a “‘Living Document’ responsive to and reflecting the needs of clubs; evolving as a mechanism to gather and circulate ideas for taking the County forward out of lockdown”.

For those unable to attend here is a summary of the details presented at the AGM.
 
  • County Championships, County Development Meet and the County Pathway Programme:
    • All await guidance in line with the Government roadmap and NGB discussions. The County Pathway Programme has so far consisted of virtual ‘camps’ for those eligible.
  • Volunteers:
    • Support for officials and the Young Volunteer (YV) programme will remain unchanged from previous years.
  • The Bursary Scheme
    • To support training for teachers and coaches usually operates with a maximum of 3 applications from any one club. This year we need to be more flexible on that number subject of course to discussion with the County Treasurer.  Bursaries are match funded by the Region. It means we can offer £100 for Level One Teachers or Assistant Coaches, £200 for Level Two or Coach. With a Young Volunteer Bonus this means that those on the YV programme can access eg. £150 for a Level One or Assistant Coach.
    • We will also support those taking the Tutor Qualification for other disciplines eg Water Polo ,Artistic Swimming.
  • Network and Development Funding
    • The proposal is to put a ‘hold’ on these as separate funding areas. However, clubs are still encouraged to apply for support if, individually or jointly they have a project or initiative which meets the County objectives and priorities.

To support clarity and to make the application process easier, new guidelines will be available soon and published on the Development Page.
 
  • New Member Recruitment Activity Fund
    • The County is committed to making two ‘pots’ of money available, whereby clubs can claim £3 back for NEW Category One, Two and Three members. View presentation which included eligibility criteria for claims and other details, together with FAQ’s
    • It was agreed at the AGM that this new initiative would remain under review and be a component part of a wider commitment to support projects and plans, as clubs begin to not only recruit new members but also reclaim and regain swimmers, programmes and momentum lost over the last 14 months or so of inactivity in the pool.

In conclusion

There was a reminder for those who haven’t yet done so to check out the Swim England Guide to Clubs and Operators – ‘Working Together’ toolkit AND to regularly check out the County Website which in many key respects is also one of our most valuable development tools. In this and other respects, credit and thanks were duly given to John Bolton.

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Published
23.05.2021