UPDATE - RETURN TO WATER STATEMENT 09.04.2021
- Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming , Water Polo, Education
- National, Performance
Dear valued members of our aquatic family, partners and friends.
We wanted to follow up on the latest Welsh Government’s statement, and the coverage over the last 24 hrs regarding earlier opening dates for sports facilities and activity in Wales.
In the round, this is a very positive step forward for a speedy and safe return for all aquatics in Wales. Welsh Government have been clear to us that the sector voice has been heard loud and clear, and they have acknowledged the coordinated approach that sporting bodies, the public and the wider participation have taken over the last few weeks. We should all be very proud of the part we have played in that.
Since, the announcement Swim Wales have entered direct dialogue with pool operators on behalf of our 11 user groups. This activity will ensure that opening plans and the ways that facilities can be used, and by whom, will be drawn up. In a similar way to previous re opening last year, we must be mindful of the challenges that will exist around workforce return, recruitment, facility availability and activity programming.
We will be inviting leisure operators and partners to an engagement session on Tuesday 13th April 2pm to 3pm to discuss their re-opening plans. In addition to this we are bringing forward our regular online engagement session for all 80+ Club Management Committees to Wednesday 14th April 6:30pm to 7:30pm one day later. These invitations have been sent out to the usual contacts this afternoon via EVENTBRITE.
It has been an incredible effort over the last 2 weeks, we thank you for your support, good wishes and collective perseverance.
Chief Executive Officer, Swim Wales
Board Member, British Swimming