Update for SwimMark Clubs – September 2022

SwimMark Updates

SwimMark Essential – some minor changes have recently been made to SwimMark Essential as follows:

  • Element 5 – AGM Minutes and Club Constitution Approval

    • Element 5 now has an additional upload required for clubs, that the minutes from the latest club AGM.  The minutes being uploaded are evidence of the club following good governance in terms of:
      • An AGM is being held as per the club’s constitution requirement.
      • The minutes show that a club has presented and approved their accounts, again another constitutional requirement
      • If the club has updated their constitution following approval from the region, this will also show as an item having been adopted which can be checked for consistency.

 

  • The Qualification Equivalency Matrix has been updated with a minor amendment to that of the Advanced Teacher certificate.  Following a review of the education syllabus, it has been revised to equivalent Assistant Coach Level.  It continues to be a Level 2 Teacher equivalent in terms of supervising.

 

General Updates

  • Safeguarding Certificates – if any safeguarding certificates are missing from the OMS Club Personnel Record, please ensure these are uploaded to the member area via the following link. Please also note this must be done by the individual through their own Swim England membership number. Guidance can be found here.
  • Club Hub – The Club Support Hub contains information (including coronavirus updates) to support clubs through these challenging times.
  • List of Approved Land Training Qualifications – Swim England have updated the guidance on Land Training to now include a list of suitable and approved land training qualifications that a coach/lead instructor would be expected to hold before carrying out a land training session.



General Club Benefits


  • Access to a development tool for club improvement including the production of a Club Development Plan
  • Identification of workforce training needs to improve club operation in relation to enhanced quality of coaching/teaching delivery and the running of the clubs (e.g. committee roles).
  • Develop effective club management structures and processes with clearly identified roles and responsibilities.
  • Access to a range of Swim England templates and policies, which increases best practice and improve all areas of the club.
  • Greater number of appropriately qualified volunteers, who are safe to work with children, young people and all volunteers, with defined role descriptions.

 

Financial Benefits


  • £500 from the region to be spent on workforce development
  • £100 IoS vouchers towards courses and CPD costs per annum (12 month duration to use the vouchers). Click here to visit the IoS courses website.
  • 5% discount on Swim England Awards and discounts at Swim England Club Conferences and events.
  • County Association Grants/Bursaries – Swim England North West Club Investment Fund
  • Some pool providers offer a discount to SwimMark clubs. The Swim England National Club Survey finding (2015) indicate that the average pool hire rates of £18.60 per lane versus average of £15.48 (17% less) for SwimMark accredited clubs. This provides a saving of sum £3000 per annum.
  • Accreditation can help with eligibility towards sport specific funding pots (e.g. County Sports Partnerships/Sport England Small Grants Fund).

 

SwimMark FAQs

Here at the North West Regional Office we get asked a variety of questions to do with the SwimMark accreditation. We have compiled answers to the most frequently asked.

Should you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

 

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