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BBC interview Sophie York of TeamBath AS

Sophie York, Team Bath AS’s S6 swimmer was interviewed by BBC Sports Presenter, Jack Killah, today about all things para-swimming related. This is in preparation for TeamBath’s para-swimming taster event at the University of Bath pool tomorrow with Martin Lees, Swim England Para-Swim Development Manager co-hosting.

A short clip of Sophie’s interview will be aired tonight at about 6.30 pm on BBC Somerset, with a bigger promotional item to feature on their News tomorrow. Then next Wednesday, the full interview will be aired in parallel to Martin being interviewed live on air.

Shape Future Values & Vision – come and join in the roadshow

Swim England’s family are to help shape the organisation’s future direction and culture – and create a clear vision for aquatic sports – during a series of nationwide Values and Vision Roadshows in May, June and July.

Following the publication of the Listening Report, the events will be used to clarify a vision for aquatic sports in England, a purpose for the national governing body as an organisation and the values by which it wishes to operate in the future.

Insight gathered from the roadshows will help refresh Swim England’s existing strategy, with learnings from the Heart of Aquatics Listening Report at its core.

BOOK YOUR PLACE AT THE VALUES AND VISION ROADSHOWS

Please note, a booking form is required for each person attending and the form will close at 2pm, seven calendar days prior to each event. If the event is fully booked, the form may close earlier. If your roadshow has closed, please email us at operations@swimming.org.

Andy Salmon, Swim England chief executive, who will be leading the roadshows, outlined plans for a positive and comprehensive collaboration with members, clubs, learn to swim providers, operators, approved training centres, tutors, teachers, coaches and partners to help create a ‘clear vision’ and meaningful organisational values to drive future culture.

He said: “We’re already working towards a number of the recommendations which were contained in the Listening Report – but these roadshows are an essential part of our response and an opportunity for the entire aquatics community to shape the future direction we take as an organisation and, most importantly, our culture.

“We firmly believe that an action plan alone will not bring about the change we all want to see.

“Therefore, as we take the further steps on our cultural change journey, we want to hear from our members and stakeholders again.

“Visiting a number of locations across the country will allow even more people the chance to come along and have their say and inform this critical piece of work.

“The events will help create a clear vision for our sports and lead to a robust set of values that will be deeply relevant, meaningful and specific to the aquatics community.

“We will then refresh our 10-year Access Aquatics strategy which will be guided by the new vision and values and have our safeguarding, culture and welfare plan, the Heart of Aquatics, and the learning from the Listening Report, running through as a golden thread.

Open and transparent

“I hope to meet as many people as possible throughout the roadshows and look forward to hearing their views and ideas as we continue to be open and transparent and put our members at the heart of everything we do.”

The sessions will be held at two times – 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm – in order to provide opportunities for all to attend. The dates of the roadshows are:

  • Wednesday 22 May, Mercure Norwich Hotel, Norwich
  • Tuesday 28 May, Crowne Plaza, Nottingham
  • Wednesday 29 May, Mercure Birmingham West Hotel, West Bromwich
  • Thursday 30 May, SportPark, Loughborough
  • Tuesday 4 June, Holiday Inn Reading West, Reading
  • Wednesday 5 June, The Bridge Hotel, Greenford, North London
  • Thursday 6 June, Coulsdon Manor Hotel, Croydon
  • Tuesday 11 June, Elfordleigh Hotel, Plymouth
  • Wednesday 12 June, Arnos Manor Hotel, Bristol
  • Tuesday 18 June, The Mercure Norton Grange, Rochdale
  • Wednesday 19 June, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
  • Wednesday 3 July, Village Hotel Leeds North, Leeds
  • Thursday 4 July, The Fed, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

In addition to Andy, who will be leading all the roadshows, members of Swim England’s Board, senior leadership team and team members will also be attendance.

Those attending will have the opportunity to take part in engaging activities, helping to define Swim England’s purpose and input into its future values.

To book a place, which is open to anyone aged over 16, please click here. Please note, a booking form is required for each person attending and the form will close at 2pm seven days prior to each event. If the event is fully booked, the form may close earlier. If your roadshow has closed, please email us at operations@swimming.org

All roadshows are free to attend, with free parking available at each location.

For any further queries relating to the roadshows please contact operations@swimming.org

Summer Sprint Open Meet

Millfield, Taunton Deane and Street & District Swimming Club present their Level 3 Summer Sprint Open Meet, giving qualification to County and Regional Competitions. Licence number 3SW240940. Taking place on June 1st and 2nd, 2024, at Millfield Pool, Keen’s Elm Lane, Street BA16 0ST.

Short Course configured eight-lane poole, anti-turbulence lane ropes with electronic timing. computer-run pre-seeded programme and fast results service. Good spectator and team seating. Large scoreboard. Snackbar facilties.

Programme planned to enable swimmers to swim many different events. Saturday and Sunday, two sessions per day, 8:00 hours to approximately 17:00 hours. Times to be confirmed.

Preview attachment Summer Sprint Meet Pack.pdf

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National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Course in North Somerset

My name is Brett and I am the area supervisor for Sedgemoor RNLI Lifeguards. 

I am contacting you today as I am in the process of collecting interest from candidates for a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Course being run in the North Somerset area over the May Half Term period (27th May – 1st June). 

The local beach lifeguard service in Sedgemoor is looking to recruit new staff and this would be a great opportunity for candidates to gain qualification prior to the start of the 2024 season. 

It would be much appreciated if the expression of interest form linked could be shared amongst your members. 

The minimum age for entry is 16 years old and all the course details are included in the second link below (RNLI press release). 

My email address can also be circulated for those who are keen to get involved or who have questions about the course or RNLI Lifeguard service in general.

RNLI Press Release: https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2024/april/15/the-rnli-are-looking-for-new-lifeguards-in-somerset-ahead-of-the-2024-season

Expression of interest form: https://forms.office.com/e/A8iE31hzQi

Brett Schofield – Seasonal Lifeguard Supervisor (Sedgemoor)

Mullacott Support Centre (Area 24) – 01271 879230 / Mobile – 07974 852230