10 English-based clubs have been chosen to pilot Swim England‘s first ever virtual competition, ‘Level X’. Due to officially launch next month, the virtual meet will see swimmers racing in their home pools and the results being uploaded to Swim England rankings.
No official date has been set yet for the launch, however, the press release said that more details will be released in October with Level X activity “commencing later that month.” It also mentions the launch of all-new Level X Leaderboards, which Swim England will be publishing results on throughout the competition.
The clubs which will be testing out the system are Guildford City, City of Coventry, Long Eaton, Basildon and Phoenix SC, City of Norwich, Flitwick Dolphins, Stocksbridge Pentaqua, Camden Swiss Cottage, Harrogate, Trafford Met and Taunton Deane.
Each club will be responsible for timing each event, recording the results and uploading the data in the Swim England rankings system. SE Club Growth and Programme Manager, Becky Walker, said the clubs are piloting the system to ensure that “the whole process runs smoothly ahead of the official launch.”
The clubs were chosen based on a return to water survey they filled out and includes a mix of small and larger clubs, some which are volunteer-run and/or have paid coaches, have all returned to training and have access to Sports Systems and Hytek Timing.
The desire for competition to resume has been highlighted by Guildford City head coach, Lee Spindlow. His swimmers will be a part of the pilot, which he said “is exactly what we need to keep the wave of enthusiasm going.”
The announcement comes amid further coronavirus restrictions for parts of England being introduced this week. As we reported last week, new COVID-19 restrictions have drastically affected water polo and artistic swimming, which are no longer exempt from the ‘rule of six’. However, pool swimming is one of the exemptions from this rule – which for sport means only 6 people can take part in an indoor sporting activity.