We are a Swim England affiliated competitive swimming club, so all our training is geared towards competing. There are many different levels of competition, which when you are new to a club can seem quite confusing. So, this guide is designed to explain as much as possible.
First you have to be registered with Swim England. You do this when you join the club, and this gets renewed every year in March. Your category of registration will depend on the level of competition you are able to compete in:
Category 1 Swimmers may enter club internal events such as our Club Champs, friendly galas and leagues that do not lead to a national final. All club members under 9 years of age will be this category.
Category 2 Swimmers are able to compete in all levels and types of events.
Child Welfare at BRSC
All sporting organisations which make provision for children and young people must ensure that:
- The welfare of the children is paramount.
- All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- All staff (paid/unpaid) working in sport have a responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate officer.
Bognor Regis Swimming Club therefore has a duty of care to safeguard and protect all children involved in the Club from harm and will do so through adherence to the Swim England and Bognor Regis Swimming Club Child Protection Procedures and Guidelines.
A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989).
The aim of our Child Protection Policy is to promote good practice:
- Providing children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of Bognor Regis Swimming Club.
- Allowing all staff/volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues.
In accordance with Swim England rules, video cameras or other photographic equipment (including mobile phones with this facility) may only be used with permission to the Club or Gala Organiser. Bognor Regis Swimming Club requires you to sign the photography book.
All children who need to be treated for an injury will be accompanied by an adult of the same-sex in the absence of their parent/carer.
Persons who have committed offences against children as defined under Schedule 4 in the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 are prohibited from working with children. As such, all coaching staff/ poolside helpers/chaperones will be asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service form (DBS).
If you have any cause for concern about the welfare of a child in the club, please talk to the Club Welfare Officer, Head Coach or other Committee Member in their absence.
Alternatively, if you are a worried or a concerned swimmer, or are worried about another swimmer, you can call the ASA/NSPCC Swimline in confidence on : 0808 100 4001
BRSC Codes of Conduct
Below are links to PDFs of our ‘Code of Conduct’ policy documents as are applied to swimmers, parents and club officials. Please take the time to read these documents thoroughly.
Welfare and Disabilities Officer