A Return to Pools Announced
On 9 July 2020, the Government outlined the measures that will allow outdoor pools in England to reopen from 11 July and indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities in England to begin to reopen from 25 July, – subject to evidence, ensuring millions of people can get back into more sport and fitness activities.
Swim England published guidance on 1 Jun as lockdown restrictions are eased. Five of the Returning to Pool guidance documents were then released on 15 Jun which include robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimming, family-fun sessions, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons. There have been a number of updates, most recently 20 July regarding Group numbers. These are 'living' documents and the latest published versions are shown below:
- Club Guidance
- Community Swimming and Instructor Led Guidance
- Operator Guidance
- Swimming Lessons Guidance
- User Guidance
- Specific guidance for water polo clubs (includes guidelines on social distancing during breaks and post-game, use of equipment, advice for match officials and coaches, injury treatment plus information for spectators.)
Any personal or fitness trainer is being reminded to register with a council first if they want to use open spaces for training sessions and include a Covid-19 risk assessment explaining how social distancing will be maintained.
View Hygiene Guidance Resources which will help you clearly communicate key hygiene messages to people taking part in sport and physical activity.
View Swim England / Institute of Swimming Coronavirus (COVID-19) Return to Club Open Water Training guidance and guidance for clubs undertaking land training under new social distancing measures.
View Swim England COVID-19 Club Support Toolkit.
The FAQs are being updated regularly.
Swim England Water Polo Strategy 2020-2025
Swim England is aiming to double the number of registered water polo players in the next five years.
View announcement and please ensure the new strategy is circulated as widely as possible.
Stronger Affiliation for Clubs
View update and make sure your club completes Swim England's Stronger Affiliation process.
Take your passion for Water Polo to the next level!
Inter-County Water Polo Competitions 2019
One of the perks of being Regional President and Regional Water Polo Secretary is getting in on the team photo when Dorset fielded a Ladies team in the November tournament at Millfield School. Strike a pose, Mike Coles.
Remember to build a competition network amongst clubs it is important that all clubs and ladies are represented at meetings so that County teams are inclusive.
Banner Photos: Steve Gallagher (01202 421743)