With the relief of the reopening of indoor pools and clubs restarting, it is really positive news that so many of our members are able to return to the water.
This restart, together with the enjoyment of being back in the water, continued welfare, safety and wellbeing of our young members is of paramount importance and ensuring that all of our members have a positive experience in all of our aquatics sports.
To achieve this, athlete health, safety and wellbeing is at the heart of what we do and therefore all of the Swim England welfare and safeguarding guidance guidance remains under constant review.
One of those considerations, is the issue and impact of weight of individuals as part of the training processes. To that end, Swim England have taken an interim position that across all of our disciplines, athletes under the age of 18 should not be weighed as part of their training programme, unless this takes place under either of the world class programme or national talent programme.
Swim England have brought together a group of experts in a number of relevant fields including medicine, nutrition, sport psychology, safeguarding and coaching who together with the other Home Nations and British Swimming are carefully considering this matter across aquatics.
Once the review process has been completed, the group will make available and provide recommendations, guidance and policies.