A huge thank you to all delegates who attended the ASA Club Conferences on 21/22 June and 5/6 July 2014. The events were held at four regional locations across the country and staged a unique platform for dynamic learning between both ASA staff and club delegates.
Sunderland Beacon programme have organised a CPD. read on for more details
The ASA would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank the thousands of fantastic volunteers who are involved in aquatics across the country. Without your continued support, the landscape of aquatics would be a far cry from what we see today.
It is no secret that volunteers are the lifeblood of our aquatic clubs, whether it is the volunteer who enthusiastically manages the front desk, or the volunteer coach who tirelessly runs training sessions. No volunteer contribution should go unnoticed.
Why not take the opportunity to say thank you to the unsung heroes of our sport. Everyone can nominate and anyone can be nominated! Why not make someone’s day today.
Nominations will close on the 21 July 2014 at 12:00pm. Late nominations may not be accepted.
The ASA North West Region are pleased to announce the appointment of 2 new officers to help and support the clubs, local associations, county associations in delivering aquatics in the region.
The new officers commenced their roles on Monday 9th June 2014.
The new officers will work in partnership with Sarah Darragh, ASA Club Development Officer, to ensure that all aquatic sports are supported with regards to Workforce Development, Swim21, Funding applications.
The visionary goal of British Swimming’s Performance Pathway is to ensure all participating swimmers have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience within the sport, and those who aspire to achieve Olympic success are fully supported in doing so.
Supported by a host of big-name swimmers including fellow London 2012 medallists Ellie Simmonds, Michael Jamieson and Rebecca Adlington alongside comedian David Walliams.
SwimBritain is a series of fun team relays that are taking place this September which hopes to inspire 500,000 people across Britain to swim more regularly – and get fit!
There are two ways to take on the challenge; SwimBritain1000 is a four-person relay where each team member swims 250m four times around a specially-designed course in a dedicated 50m pool. SwimBritain 500 is a shorter distance where team members use the same course, swimming half the distance (125m four times).
Registrations are now open.
Get Safe is a campaign providing young people with the basic knowledge of how to help in an emergency. It’s about keeping them out of danger near water while still being able to enjoy themselves.
The Get Safe campaign is aimed at children (and their parents) and tries to make children aware of the dangers posed by water.
The objectives of the campaign are to:
•Promote and raise awareness of the importance of learning to swim and water confidence
•Increase knowledge and practice of water safety and self rescue skills
•Raise awareness that organised, supervised water based activity can be fun and safe
•Promote swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle and family activity
•Provide a fun and memorable experience
•Raise awareness of water safety for all of the school children taking part and, by association, their parents
•Raise awareness of water safety in all of the participating schools
•Provide a focus on water safety for children at the leisure centres and pools who are hosting the events.
Applications are now open for the 2014 Great Start Programme, that supports coaches by giving them the opportunity to apply for grants.
Great Start grants are available to both aspiring and amateur coaches who wish to further their qualifications. You can apply for grants via the brand’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/GilletteUK
The scheme, that is run in partnership with sports coach UK, was this year launched by Gillette brand ambassador Joe Hart.
Gillette is also continuing to supporting the UK Coaching Awards, hosted by sports coach UK, which celebrate the role of coaching in encouraging participation, performance and excellence. As part of the Great Start Programme Gillette is offering people the chance to nominate a coach who deserves recognition for their work for the UK Community Coach of the Year Award.
Gillette’s ongoing partnership with sports coach UK is part of the brand’s continued commitment to help support coaching development.
In preparation for the 2014 membership year, the insurance provided to the ASA/SASA/WASA/IOS, its affiliated clubs and members, has been reviewed and a new policy and insurer will be in place from April 2014.
The National Deaf Children’s Society and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) have teamed up to create the Deaf-Friendly Swimming i-Learn course to help coaches become more deaf aware. This accredited course is easy to complete and free of charge.
The Deaf-Friendly Swimming i-Learn course is an excellent tool for teachers and coaches to learn how to teach and coach the deaf swimmer and ensure that deaf and hard of hearing young people are fully supported in accessing swimming sessions.
The ASA and the IoS encourage every active teacher and coach to take advantage of this brilliant free course to continue to ensure that swimming is a fully inclusive sport.