Swimming

Somerset ASA County Pathway Camp 2017

You will find links to information on our swimming competitions in the tabbed section below.

The County Swimming Competition Secretary is Kelly Podbury (view contact details).

The SW Regional Licensed Meet Co-ordinator is Lesley Leffers, 6 Crosstrees, Royal Wootton Basset, Wiltshire SN4 8FB (Tel: 01793 852287 Mob: 07707 470100 glleffers@btinternet.com)

Can you help us?

We rely on volunteers giving their time freely to enable us to run competitions which help your Club and swimmers to enjoy the experience and reach their goals. And you don't need to have helped out at a County competition before!

Kelly Podbury, will be delighted to receive any offers of support well in advance of our County competitions.

Just Swim

For lots of information on swimming and why it is so good for you, head to Just Swim on the Swim England website to discover the secrets of healthy eating, check out videos of light exercises you can do in the pool and how to warm up and stretch effectively. There are also tips to help you relax and destress, and swim and gym exercises for the more adventurous.

New starters, adult learners, parents and children should check out Swim England's Learn to Swim Companion. The world-renowned Swim England Learn to Swim award scheme is based on the Learn to Swim Pathway, a programme developed to take children through from their first splash to full competence in the water.

Swim England has also produced information for parents

Teaching And Coaching

Swim England operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for teachers and coaches. Somerset ASA bursaries support Clubs wishing to develop their workforce.

Swim England has pioneered work on the UK Coaching Framework and is developing e-learning programmes, all of which are helping to drive up quality and ‘raise the bar’ to ensure Swim England has an appropriately skilled workforce for the whole swimming industry.

There are three levels of ASA swimming coaching qualifications. Follow the three Coaching links below to find out more on the Institute of Swimming (IoS) website.

View full specifications of all Swim England Qualifications.

Swim England launched a Coaching and Teaching Register in 2019 bringing benefits to clubs, coaches, teachers and participants. View details and action required.

Follow the menu link for coaching tips and advice from Swim England Talent coaching officers. Read articles and watch videos about the latest swimming coaching best advice.

Find out more about teaching swimming and coaching swimming on the Swim England website.

Officials And Volunteers

Swim England realises that volunteers and officials are the lifeblood of swimming. We are grateful to all officials who volunteer to help at our annual County Swimming Championships and Development Meet. We will always need offers of help from officials and volunteers for most sessions to meet the requirements of the meet licence. Unfortunately, if we do not have enough officials for a session, then any times achieved by the swimmers in that session cannot be submitted for the rankings.

Discover more about volunteering in Somerset or becoming an official.

Clubs

Swim England supports 1,052 Swim England affiliated Clubs and 190,000 Swim England members through a national, regional and sub-regional structure.

It endeavours to ensure every athlete – whatever their age or level of experience – belongs to a club that provides the best possible support and environment through schemes such as SwimMark, Swim England’s 'Quality Mark' for clubs.

We publicised Membership Growth Projects, a Swim England funded programme designed to increase the number of club members. Any SwimMark accredited club section was eligible to apply for funding before applications closed on 18 Oct 2019. 

Find out more about clubs and membership on the Swim England website and in our Club Directory.

Competitions

Somerset ASA Championships 2020 Swim HatSomerset organise a two day Development Meet (3/4 Oct 2020) and Somerset ASA Age Groups & Championships 2020 (19/25/26 Jan & 1/2/8/9 Feb 2020) at Millfield, Street.

Dates for future events are in our Calendar and entries are made via affiliated Clubs.

Swim England organises competition throughout England, from grassroots to elite level, including the highly successful National Age Group and Youth Championships that attract more than 1,600 young swimmers aged 11-17 ever year.

Find out how to get started in competitive swimming in England.

Talent Pathway

The English Talent programme is a world-leading, seamless pathway that puts in place performance opportunities for swimmers to develop their skills and potential and progress on to competing for British Swimming at major international competitions.

Following the success of the pilot scheme of the County Pathway Programme in 2017, Somerset ASA delivered the Programme again in 2018 and 2019 under the guidance and with the support of the Swim England Talent Team. The 2019 camps provided development opportunities for the top 36 swimmers aged 11 years as at 31 Dec, skills coaches and an assistant team manager.  

We announced the team and swimmers selected for our 2019 camps - 27 April, 20 July and 26 October  James Clarke (Millfield) was Lead Coach and Fiona Bowen, Programme Lead. James was supported by 6 x Skills Coaches and 2 Team Managers.

The camps are designed to be great learning environments for our coaches and to ensure that the current best practices are passed onto as many of our clubs as possible. We always strongly encourage your coaches and team managers to attend future camps if they possibly can. Keep an eye out for and share the Coach invitations within your Club and network.

The parents' workshop was held on 10 February 2019. View news of the first 2019 camp.

Read more on the Swim England English Talent pathway in the Teaching and Coaching section of the Swim England website.

View 2019 Regional presentations


View 2018 Regional presentations

The objective of British Swimming’s Performance Pathway is to develop athletes that have the skills, characteristics and behaviours to thrive in the highest competitive arenas, specifically at the World Championships and Olympic Games. Login to your Off the Blocks account or if you're new to Off the Blocks, sign up to discover more!

Licensed Meets

The latest available information from Region is that each county will be restricted to:
- Counties only run in the allocated County block of weeks and to criteria
- Regional Competitions are run in the allocated Regional block of weeks and to criteria
- Each month all counties run no more than 2 x L1 or L2   &   2 x L3 or LL4 (excl. L4) meets
- While the Region cannot impose restrictions of the number of meets a club could run in a year, the aim is a fair and equal share of meets allocated to any club wishing to run meets. 
- There will be no restrictions on the number of L4 meets providing they aren’t in the blacked out dates already published by the Region.

Swim England South West hope that not allowing any Licensed meets on the same weekends that Regional Competitions are being run will alleviate the pressure on the SW Officials Co-ordinator to be able to staff all Regional Competitions effectively. In 2019 Sprints did not apply to the black out. The black out dates cover ALL levels of meets from L4 -L1. If you are thinking of using weekends which clash please re-plan your date.

Confirm that your date does not clash with other events in the County. Please send completed form to Regional Licencing Officer: Lesley Leffers (All Payments paid by BACS . Please do not send cheques. Your Levy fees and post meet fee’s can be paid by BACS to the following account:- Lloyds TSB ASA South West Region Sort Code: 30-90-54 Acc. Number: 04630209 Please name payment as – L1,2,3 or 4 Club Name). Please take a screen shot of the payment and email to LesleyLicence application form, Referee Report form, Promoter Report form.

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