Tuesday, March 17, 2020

In Response to Government statement – 16th March 2020

Following the statement from the Scottish Government earlier this evening Scottish Swimming continue to consider the best options for athletes, volunteers, clubs and the general public when making decisions around education courses, events/competitions and club training.  With the latest advice citing the need to reduce social contact, Scottish Swimming recommends the following course of action:

Education Courses

All face-to-face education activities should stop immediately and we will review the situation again at the beginning of May, or when further clarity is provided by the Scottish Government.   Where we can and where relevant, we will continue to use technology to deliver courses. However, we recognise that this is not practical for all education activities. Where not, the aim will be to re-schedule courses to a later date wherever feasible.

Any enquiries should be directed to education@scottishswimming.com


All Events/Competitions, scheduled to take place before the beginning of May should be postponed. We will review the situation then or when further clarity is provided by the Scottish Government. We will continue to work with clubs around events and support them in their discussions with pool providers to find suitable alternative dates within the competition calendar.

Club Training            

Earlier today Scottish Swimming made contact with the majority of Local Authorities around training, however, recognising that further clarification is needed following the Scottish Government’s latest statement, we strongly suggest that Clubs consider the health and welfare of athletes, coaches, volunteers and parents attending the training sessions, as well as making contact with the pool provider to determine their advice and policies around social distancing.

We are working to clarify what the government advice means for clubs and will update in due course.

For support in this area please contact the Regional Swimming Development Managers:

Andy Maguire – Central & West: a.maguire@scottishswimming.com 07894613103

Alan Reed – East: a.reed@scottishswimming.com 07917164644

Sean Dawson – Grampian & Tayside: s.dawson@scottishswimming.com 07801578967

Colleen Blair: Highlands, Islands & Moray: c.blair@scottishswimming.com 07809658341

Erin Cummins – West: e.cummins@scottishswimming.com 07917875447

Paul Donald – Club Development Manager: p.donald@scottishswimming.com 07702872965

Sharon MacDonald – Director of Development: s.macdonald@scottishswimming.com 07787 151051

Scottish Swimming Staff

Scottish Swimming Staff have now been told to work from home, but can be reached to support members and Clubs during this time. Please refer to the Staff Pages on the Scottish Swimming website.

Staff Contacts


Finally, please follow all the relevant advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, we would encourage you to look after your health. Scottish Swimming recognises that this is uncertain times for our aquatics community and will remain in contact with Clubs at this difficult time.

This is an ongoing and fast moving situation and as such any guidance and advice will be subject to further review and recommendations from Authorities.

In the meantime please continue to follow advice and make use of the following online resources for up to date information about Coronavirus:

NHS Inform Scotland website

UK Government Coronavirus guidance website

UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice website - specific to China

UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office website – for all countries


The NHS24 Twitter and  Facebook accounts for public health information in Scotland.