2022 Regional Championship Update

Due to the ongoing circumstances, it is challenging, at present, to set the qualifying times for entry into the 2022 Regional Championships in April/May. This is due to both limited current data within rankings, as well as the circumstances and guidance in the run up to and during the Championships being unknown.

The Region appreciates that clubs are keen that times are available to assist coaches in swimmers event entries in the run up to the Championships, therefore we are going to operate a two tier entry system as detailed here. This will give a flexible entry approach should guidance change and any restrictions remain or are increased.

As with the Regional events run during 2021, all current plans may have to be altered depending on any changes in guidance given by the Government and Swim England. The decision on spectators will be made in the run up to each Championship date (Gala 1, 2 and 3).

At present the relay events usually run at these Championships are in the planned schedule and will only be removed if this guidance is given.

Full schedules and conditions will be available on the Championship website in the New Year.

For the full statement and current Qualification Times please click here.

Short Course Championship Information

The entry page for the Winter Short Course Championships at Harvey Hadden have been updated to show the Provisional Time Line, Warm Up Schedule, Swimmer Flow to and from poolside (see Swimmer Information Sheet) and information on the Telegram Service for start lists are results.

Please note that starts lists will only be printed for the stewards and those people with accreditations that have completed the online accreditation planner to say they need a starts lists. We will use Telegram to notify people when the Start Lists are online if you wish to print your own copy before attending.

There will be no meet programmes for sale at the Championships. There is a draft programme online if you wish to view one.

Short Course Volunteers and Officials

For anyone who can help officiate at this weekends Short Course Championships, please email Di Nicholas directly with your qualification and availability on di.nicholas@ntlworld.com

Anyone who can help volunteer at the event please can you complete the survey monkey form here

Short Course Championship Merchandise

Our meet sponsors, Sporty Swim, have just launched the merchandise available to pre-order for the 2021 East Midland Regioanl Short Course Championships. Click Here to view the merchandise available to order.

Short Course Championships 2021

The Regional Short Course information is now available under the Event Entry tab.

We are hoping to run a fairly normal event but have to be mindful that the Covid-19 virus has not gone away and we may need to adapt the meet format should the guidance change and/or restrictions be re-introduced. The Sports hall at the venue will be used to ease congestion on the pool deck.

We are planning to have spectators at the Championships, however this decision will be monitored closely against any guidance in place at the weekend of the meet. Spectators entrance will be done on pre-order ticket system and the link will be available once the accepted entry list is published.

Festival of Swimming - Time Line Changes

After reviewing the provisional meet time line, we have made a small adjustment to Saturday PM session. To enable us to get the morning swimmers out of the building safely and the afternoon swimmers into the building and remain within our COVID guidelines we have now pushed the Saturday afternoon session back by 30 minutes. We have updated the timeline and warm up document to reflect this.

To confirm the PM warm up sessions will now be 13:30-13:50 amd 14:00-14:20 and the main events will take place from 14:30

Festival of Swimming Information

COVID-19 Declarations
This needs to be completed by all volunteers, poolside accreditation holders and swimmers.
This is available on the following link: Health Declarations.
Withdrawal link
The withdrawal link is available here.
Withdrawals will be taken up to 6pm the evening before the scheduled session of the swim
Warm Up
There is a strict warm up plan which can be found here, please note clubs have been allocated lanes so please ensure your swimmers are aware of what time their warm up is and which lane they have been allocated.
Telegram - Communication pre and during the event
We are going paperless for this event so we will be using the App Telegram during the event to communicate with poolside accreditation holders and volunteers, details on how to download Telegram and to sign up to the Festival channel can be found here.
Accreditations
Poolside accreditations can be obtained via Swim England Member Options until Friday 29th July.
Chaperones - 1:1 support for athletes that do not have the exemption code A or T should also apply via the above link.
Accreditations for Chaperones/ Personal care attendants for athletes with exemption codes A (assistance required) or T (tapper) should contact eastmidland@swimming.org with the name of the athlete along with the name, Swim England number and email of the person requiring the accreditation.
Spectators
We are pleased to announce we will be able to host spectators, the spectator spaces will be booked online and the links will be posted on the Regional Facebook and Twitter.
Spaces in each session will be limited to 175 so we request members consider others when deciding how many people will be attending to support the same swimmer.

Festival of Swimming Accepted Entries

Swim England East Midlands are pleased to release the accepted entries and these can be viewed on the Event Entry page. Unfortunately we have had to make a number of rejections and this information has been sent by email to the club co-ordinator who submitted the entries. Despite the current lifting of the legal restrictions the meet has been planned to be as COVID safe as possible and we appreciate everyone's co-operation in this matter. We are all aware the virus has not suddenly gone away and it is important the we do our best to help limit the spread. Full information with regard to on the day procedures will be sent out nearer the meet.

Festival of Swimming 2021

Swim England East Midlands are pleased to release the Conditions, Programme and Consideration Times for the Festival of Swimming 2021 on 31st July/1st August 2021 at Harvey Hadden (all subject to licensing at Level 1). This event running is subject to the progression through the Government time line as planned, due to this no payment will be taken until entries have been confirmed.

The event incorporates all ages and events given by British Swimming and Swim England with the addition of the 12 year old age group. The programme looks a little different to the programme members will be used to. This programme has been produced to reduce travel to and from the venue, and allows for close monitoring of the number of swimmers in the facility. The monitoring of swimmer numbers during a set period will allow us to cater for a greater number of swimmers and swims than we would be able to with a mixed programme under current Government Guidelines. The sports hall facility at Harvey Hadden will also be used if required for the event.

The Region appreciates that due to a number of factors not all swimmers will have had the opportunity to take part in level X or recent level 4 meets, to be inclusive as possible times will be considered from 1st January 2019 - 27th June 2021 all levels of event including level x and level 4.

Any Covid-19 protocols will be released along with the accepted entry list. At present the ability to house spectators is unknown, if this is possible spaces will be limited and details on how to access the spectator area will be confirmed as soon as it has been confirmed whether possible or not.

We would also like to gauge the interest from volunteers and officials to help us run this meet. If you are a volunteer or qualified official and wish to help out at this competition, please can you complete our form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EMfestival_VolInterest

Should you have any questions at this stage which isn't covered within the conditions please email: eastmidland@swimming.org

2020 Championship Cancelled

All Regional Long Course Championships in 2020 are now cancelled and will NOT be rescheduled. Further information about the 2020/2021 season will follow when available but please bear with us as this will depend on easing of the COVID-19 Government lock-down precautions, facilities reopening and directives from Swim England.