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The Club Development Committee (CDC) was formed in November 2013 and held its first meeting in January 2014. It took over the swim21 accreditation review role from the previous swim21 panel but has a more extensive development role to support regional clubs.

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This new group will support and assist clubs in their development needs. In addition to the National Club Development Officer, the Regional Management Board supports an additional Club Development Officer to ensure that contact and visits can be made with clubs.

Birmingham, Coventry, Solilhull and Warwickshire. Staffordshire and the Black Country:
Helen Weeks
Mobile: 07583 686816
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Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire:
Amanda Swan
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To ensure and support the effective development of Swim England West Midlands affiliated clubs in line with the principles of SwimMark and Long Term Athlete Development.

To receive applications for SwimMark accreditation from clubs within the West Midland Region and to approve those that meet the required standards, submitting them to the national SwimMark panel for final approval.

To advise and support development programmes from the four counties within the West Midland Region and advise on funding applications where appropriate.

To oversee volunteer initiatives, programmes and training where appropriate. An example of this would be team manager training and the West Midland Young Volunteers Project, but this is not an exhaustive list.

The Regional Group will ensure its work meets the Swim England club objectives of:

  • increasing Swim England membership through clubs
  • building defined athlete pathways leading to an increased talent pool
  • building a network of quality and sustainable clubs at the core of our talent pathway.

Aims and objectives:

  1. To ensure the development of effective pathways across all disciplines through clubs working together
  2. To identify and support development requirements for clubs
  3. To oversee development and funding programmes within the region
  4. To consider applications for SwimMark accreditation in line with the criteria published by Swim England and make recommendations accordingly
  5. To recognise elements of good practice by clubs and promote these as such
  6. To meet any other objectives set by the Board as and when necessary.

Reporting and responsibilities:

The Chair will be responsible for coordinating the group to achieve its objectives.

The group will report into the National Club Development Management Group by way of a nominated member.


The West Midland Regional Annual General Meeting will elect a Chair for the group who will stand for a two-year period.

The group shall consist of a Chair and up to 8 other members - one from each of the affiliated counties in the region, one from each of the disciplines where possible, all of these shall have voting rights. The Chair may co-opt technical experts if deemed necessary; these co-opted members will have no voting rights.

Meetings and minutes:

The group shall meet at least on a quarterly basis, in March, June, September and December. The meeting shall be held at least two weeks prior to the National Club Development Management Group meeting.

Minutes of meetings are produced and will be placed on the website following approval:

1st December 2017

15th September 2017

21st June 2017

17th March 2017

Last Updated (Thursday, 15 March 2018 13:50)