Swimming Clubs Update – May 2018

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Swim England currently only have an RPL programme for the following and can be found on the Institute of Swimming website if available:

Swimming Assistant (Coaching) – £335

Swimming Coach – Learners need to complete an initial assessment (£20) to see if they are suitable for the programme – if suitable the cost is £495

Swimming Assistant (Coaching) & Swimming Coach combined – Learners need to complete an initial assessment (£20) to see if they are suitable for the programme – if suitable cost is £595

UK Coaching

UK Coaching have recently launched their new website containing a range of new guides, videos and podcasts etc. which can provide a wealth of information for both volunteers and coaches.


The UK Coaching Conference is this year heading to Scotland from 26-27th June with the event theme being ‘Coaching The Next Generation’.  The event will bring together people who are coaching on a regular basis together with the coaching system and development workforce and senior decision makers to network, learn, share and develop.

Sessions that will be covered over the two day period include the following, plus a visit from Olympian and Chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger:

  • Building Successful Coaching Relationships
  • Creating the ‘Right’ Environment
  • Insight to the Next Generation


Coaching Week as previously promoted is taking place from 4-10th June, and will see a week-long celebration of great coaching take place across the nation.  Why not sign up to be involved and gain knowledge and experience from coaches in other areas.


In November 2017 Funding Opportunities for Coaching which outlines funding sources, on a regional basis was produced to support clubs. Click here to download your up to date copy.


UK Coaching’s Research Journal  is a publication that has been designed to identify key topics of interest and bring them to the forefront of the coaching community. All coaching audiences can read about the positive impact their coaching has on individuals and communities, as well as sharing best practice. UK Coaching are inviting people to submit articles with a variety of relevant coaching topics for future volumes of the journal. If any coaches are interested in submitting an article the contact email address is researchteam@ukcoaching.org.


Mental Health Action Plan – The Government has unveiled an action plan to improve support for elite sportspeople.  Moving forward coaches and support staff will be given extra training to spot the signs of poor mental health in athletes as part of a new action plan to reduce stigma and improve support for professional athletes. To help people know what they are looking for, UK Coaching is currently working with agencies to develop their Principles of Great Coaching, aimed to help understand and recognise great coaching.  To download a copy of the action plan click below




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