New club websites – Swimming Australia websites to cease 30 June
new club websites swimming club

In this social media age, club websites continue to have an important role in recruiting new and supporting existing members. Club websites are the ideal location for hosting information online including training times, upcoming events, membership information, coach details and more.
 
With Swimming Australia closing it’s free club website platform on 30 June 2022, Swimming NSW has been working with Swim.Rocks to refresh the club website service that has been used by some clubs for several years. Swim.Rocks are independent of Swimming NSW and their support to the community includes a free podcast that shares “ideas, information and inspiration between swimming people who stay dry”!

The Swim.Rocks club websites offering

  • Website shell for clubs to fill with their own content, hosted and with technical support.
  • yourname.swimmingclub.org.au domain name. Please note that the continuance of existing Swimming Australia club domains is not possible.
  • Redisplay of club Facebook feed.
  • Instructions for uploading and editing content.
  • Popular WordPress platform which is continually upgraded and can be migrated elsewhere in future if necessary, without lock-in.

This service will be offered at $400pa. In addition to the above an optional content migration service will be available for an additional charge of $1,000 discounted to $600 if paid by 6th May. Pricing includes GST.

Full details of this offer including its visual design will be available by 19th April. New Swim.Rocks club websites will be available at any time after that, but clubs wishing to use the optional content migration service will need to commit and pay by 6th May.

How to prepare

In preparation for these changes we encourage clubs to identify a lead person to oversee any transition, and update content periodically in future. We recommend you locate the login details to your existing Swimming Australia hosted site so that existing content can be easily retrieved before the platform is closed.

To ensure that all clubs have the opportunity to investigate this way forward for their websites, and to migrate across from the Swimming Australia platform by the end of June we ask all clubs using the existing Swimming Australia platforms to consider their options and decide if they would like to proceed with the Swim.Rocks option by 6th May here https://swim.rocks/websites/

 
Key dates

  • 19 April – the full website offer (design, pricing, etc.,) will be available from Swim.Rocks
  • 6 May – lock in your agreement to use the Swim.Rocks platform to take advantage of the discounted migrating service fee
  • 30 June – Swimming Australia club websites cease operation
New Child Safe Standards prevent abuse and empower children
child safe standards in practice at a Swimming NSW swim club

The Office of the Children’s Guardian has rolled out the NSW Child Safe Scheme, which requires, by law, child-related organisations in NSW to implement ten Child Safe Standards. The Child Safe Standards provide a framework for creating child safe organisations. They are designed to drive cultural change to create, maintain and improve child safe practices. Swimming NSW whole heartedly embraces the introduction of this key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and will begin inducting stakeholders into the framework. 

The ten Child Safe Standards provide a framework for creating child safe organisations. They are designed to drive cultural change to create, maintain and improve child safe practices. When organisations implement the Standards, they build a culture where abuse of children is prevented, responded to and reported. 

The Standards are based on the extensive research and consultation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They provide clear guidance for organisations to create cultures, adopt strategies and act to put the interests of children first to keep them safe from harm. 

Swimming NSW Sport Development and Participation Manager, Sarah Koen, is a member of the Sport and Recreation Sector Engagement Committee – Child Safeguarding. This committee brings together representatives from various organisations to collaborate on the implementation of this important piece of legislation. 

“Swimming has become known as a champion of child safety by leading the way with regards to policy and best practice,” said Sarah.  

“Thanks to Swimming Australia’s Safe Sport Framework, Swimming NSW is already an established child safe environment with child focussed procedures embedded within all aspects of our organisation at a state level.”  

“We now want to ensure that our clubs are confident and able to make swimming at the grassroots level a safe space for all children and young people and pave the way for other sports to follow our example.” 

Swimming NSW is committed to implementing the Standards and to continually working to make our organisation safer for children. We know that this requires strong leadership and sustained, collective effort and action, so to begin the induction process for our stakeholders, we have conducted an audit of our own policies and procedures to ensure we are setting the tone for the child safe culture necessary for our sport. The results of this audit can be found here, along with several ideas on how to practically implement Child Safe Standards at the grassroots level. 

To ease the burden on our volunteers, in the coming months, we will release Child Safe Standards learnings in easy to digest segments using our known channels including: 

In addition, club and area committee members will be invited to attend Facebook Live sessions in our Club Committee Member Facebook group. Then with a strong base of information built over the next few months, we will bring the cumulative learning together in an interactive session for club and area delegates as part of our State Forum webinar series later this year. 

We believe all organisations working with children should be child safe, and we want to provide children the environment and care they deserve. We’d like to thank our stakeholders for the positive work they are already doing to protect and empower children and young people in their clubs and communities. 

To learn more and review the ten Standards, visit The Guide to the Child Safe Standards