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Update on local lockdowns and opportunities for swimmers to continue training safely

Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming , Water Polo, Education
National, Performance

Dear Club Chairs & Member clubs, As of 6pm this evening, following the Welsh Government announcements local lockdowns now for Torfaen, Neath Port Talbot & the Vale of Glamorgan. There are now 32 (39%) of our affiliated clubs in the 11 Local Authorities & 1 Town on lockdown and more clubs indirectly affected due to people living and traveling across borders.

Swim Wales have had several queries from clubs, coaches and parents regarding swimmers and players outside of these Local Authorities accessing appropriate training. Several clubs have offered temporary training opportunities for swimmers and players, closer to home and who are unable to cross boundaries into lockdown areas where their affiliated club is based.

We have worked with our insurers (Howdens Perkins Slade) over the last few days to ensure that we have flexibility in our national cover for any temporary club transfer activity.

We applaud this generosity across our club network, and we have outlined the necessary steps below to ensure this is done in the correct way:

Swimmers are insured to move from one Club to another if the following requirements have been met:

  1. Both Clubs are affiliated to Swim Wales
  2. The Swimmer is a registered member of Swim Wales
  3. The Club in which the swimmer is temporarily training at must record the swimmers full details as a temporary member – This is available through you Regional Development Manager & by contacting

As per section 2.1 of the Swim Wales Membership rules:

2. Governance and Membership

2.1 - Individual Members of Member Clubs are not members of Swim Wales. They are, however, bound by and subject to these Rules by virtue of their membership of a Member Club. Member Clubs are responsible for ensuring their Individual Members at all times comply with and uphold these Rules. Breaches of these Rules by any Individual Member may result in disciplinary action which may be conducted solely by Swim Wales. Alternatively, Swim Wales may instruct the Member Club to instigate disciplinary procedures. Please ensure the temporary membership form has been completed by all appropriate people involved and kept safe by a club official.

After close to 6 months out of a pool based training environment, we are determined to support all clubs, swimmers and players in their safe return to water. The Aquatics community once again has demonstrated unity and creativity, and we look forward to supporting this new way of working for as long as necessary. We wish everyone the best of luck over the coming weeks. Simon Clarke Head of Aquatic Development, Swim Wales