SwimMark Accreditations for clubs
Formerly called Swim21, SwimMark accreditation is Swim England’s quality standard for clubs. It recognises high standards of governance, sustainability and effectiveness.
Any affiliated Swim England club can apply for the accreditation, regardless of the club’s size or the disciplines delivered.
What is SwimMark about?
- Creating the best possible swimming experience for all
- Raising the quality of aquatics provision across all areas
- National Sport England Clubmark recognition for great quality clubs
There are three modules clubs can aspire to: SwimMark Essential Club, SwimMark Network, and SwimMark Performance.
SwimMark Essential Club
This is the primary module for clubs, helping achieve good governance, grow membership, develop volunteers and ensure activities are sustainable and in line with club objectives. It is accredited every two years.
Burton Amateur Swimming Club achieved this accreditation on 13th December 2017 [Certificate of accreditation can be found here.], re-accreditation will be due on 13th December 2019. A list of clubs with the accreditation can be found here.
This module encourages clubs to work collaboratively across a localised area. This approach helps athletes to maximise their potential and be retained in the sport. It also increases volunteer opportunities and helps to raise the standards of teaching and coaching.
The Network accreditation lasts for two years and consists of three elements: a development plan, a training needs analysis and a signed terms of reference.
The club must have had achieved the SwimMark Essential Club accreditation before it can become a SwimMark Network member. A full list of accredited Networks can be found here
The Performance module provides a benchmark for clubs coaching and developing high-level athletes across the four sports (swimming, diving, water polo and synchro).
Clubs need to demonstrate that athlete pathways, the physical environment, quality coaching practices and support services are all in place for athletes to reach the pinnacle of their aquatic sport. Performance standards are measured by England Programmes.
Depending on the discipline, there are a range of elements to complete to attain the Performance level. Once achieved, the accreditation will last for two years.
Your club must have achieved SwimMark Essential Club and be actively engaged with SwimMark Network accreditations to achieve your Performance accreditation.
A current list if accredited clubs can be found here.
The benefits of SwimMark accreditation
Securing SwimMark accreditation helps ensure the best environment for our swimmers and also offers Sport England recognition that we are providing a quality service for all members, through its Clubmark status. For further information on SwimMark – the benefits of accreditation to clubs and FAQ’s please visit the SwimEngland SwimMark page here.
16 January 2018