The Swim England Handbook
The Swim England Handbook is the official guide to contacts, procedures and information about Swim England.
You can download the fully interactive Handbook by clicking here. It is in PDF format. Alternatively, you can read it online below.
Constituting as a members club or unincorporated association
To help become a members club, or unincorporated association, Swim England has created a Model Constitution. It is a template allowing clubs develop their own document without having to write it from scratch.
This model is the simplest structure to start a club. It’s not subject to specific laws or regulatory requirements. It is also the most popular legal structure of clubs.
Access the Model Constitution and other key documents.
If you require help with a problem or dispute at a club in England, there are a number of options available to resolve issues within a Swim England club.
Some ways to resolve issues with your club:
Click or tap on the links below to find out more about each process.
- Contact a Swim England Friend
Swim England Friends are in place for all general queries relation to the Judicial process (set out below) and assistance with internal disputes such as alleged breaches of the Club Constitution / Rules, Code of Ethics, and Codes of Conduct.
- Raise a concern about a child or young person
Our Child Safeguarding Team can help if you are worried or concerned about a child or young person. Please remember you do not have to decide whether your concern is or is not a child protection or child safeguarding issue. In addition there is a separate ASA Child Welfare Complaints Procedure. Further information is available on our Wavepower Safeguarding page.
- Resolve a concern about coaching
If you cannot resolve a concern about coaching practices and techniques at your club, you can raise the issue with us.
- Make a formal complaint
A formal complaint can be submitted in accordance with Judicial Regulations and processed by the Office of Judicial Administration.
- Consult the Medical Protocol
Swim England offers assistance to clubs and members in relation to medical conditions as set out below.
- Employment disputes
If you have an employment related dispute with your club then please seek advice from ACAS or through the IoS or BSCA if you are a member of either of those organisations
There is also a helpful flowchart showing the various stages of managing different complaints.