Club Accreditation was introduced in 2020 by Swim England so new and existing members know clubs are well run and their personnel have the necessary safeguarding checks in place to ensure members’ safety.
If your club is already SwimMark accredited then you do not need to complete Club Affiliation.
For any club without SwimMark (or should their SwimMark lapse), the following five pieces of evidence need to be provided and approved annually
- Club Constitution – ensure club constitution has been checked by the region and is from 2018 Swim England Model Constitution onwards. Swim England’s model club constitution for unincorporated clubs has been updated and will now become recommended for use by clubs from January 2022 onwards.
- Welfare Officer Statement of compliance.
- Club Chair Statement of compliance.
- Risk Assessments
- Club Personnel Record – Use Club Personnel Report (i.e. information must be downloaded from OMS, the Online Membership System) for all club personnel including coaches/teachers.
Failure to meet this new minimum standard of compliance will result in a club being temporarily or permanently suspended.
If you require any assistance with your Club Affiliation submission please contact the Regional Office.
A useful document for clubs is the Guide to the SwimMark portal. This will give you access to the portal where you will find templates and further guidance for the evidence that is required.
If you require access to the SwimMark Portal for your Club Affiliation submission please email firstname.lastname@example.org