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Club News

Synchro Success in Rome

GB have been competing in the Synchronised Swimming Championships in Rome

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Greatersport Announce 2 Coaching Programmes

Greatersport have announced 2 programmes to support coaching.

Club Coach Developer Programme.
Do you want the opportunity for the coaches within your club to access mentoring support, advice and guidance on how to develop their coaching?

The Club Coach Developer Programme is aimed at supporting and developing coaches, within their own coaching environment, without having to attend workshops at other venues and times.

Talent Foundation Series (TFS)
This is aimed at high-performing coaches (level 3 and above, or aspiring L3 coaches) from ALL sports, who are coaching Greater Manchester’s most talented performers.

Successful candidates will have a keen interest in developing themselves as a coach, and be willing to share good practice with other sports attending the programme. To take away the best bits, improving their coaching and talent systems.

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New Funding Opportunities for Coaching Announced

Today there has been an announcement about Funding Opportunities for Coaching in the UK

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England Programmes 2015 - 2016

England Programmes have now published information about their 2015/2016 Development Programme for Athletes and Coaches including booklets and application forms.

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ASA CLub Conference Dates Announced

The Club Conferences are the go-to destinations for everyone involved in the smooth running of aquatics clubs.

Learn about exciting news and developments in the aquatics world, take part in essential training courses, network and grab vital 1:1 time with a member of the ASA Clubs team to discuss issues important to you and your club.


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2015 Aquatic Awards Categories Now Open

The categories and criteria for the new ASA Aquatics Awards 2015 have now been finalised, with nominations opening on Wednesday 1 July.

For the first time in the ASA’s history, the celebration will recognise participants across the entire ASA pathway from youngsters learning to swim through to our elite athletes on the international stage, and all those whose continued dedication ensures the smooth running of the sport.

The ceremony, which will be held on 14 November 2015 in Leamington Spa, will see individuals, facilities and schools recognised across a number of categories. This will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all those from across the aquatics community.


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ASA wins RNLI award for children’s Swim Safe programme

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) will receive the Partnerships Award at the RNLI’s Annual Presentation of Awards (APA) for their part in the joint delivery of an innovative free programme to equip children with the skills to swim safely in open water.

The Swim Safe programme is designed to deliver hands-on open water swimming and safety advice to children through lessons with ASA-qualified swimming teachers, as well as water safety sessions with RNLI lifeguards.

While swimming in a pool is a great way of building confidence and technique, open water swimming comes with its own challenges and dangers. These free sessions for children aged 7-14 will equip them with the techniques and confidence to stay safe in the sea, in lakes and in rivers.

Over 6,000 children have learnt about safe swimming in open water in the last two years of the campaign, and the 2015 programme is expected to reach over 12,500 young people.

Pip Hare, Community Safety Product Manager, said: ‘The ASA and the RNLI share the same vision that every child should have access to a scheme like Swim Safe. ASA and RNLI teachers, lifeguards and volunteers have effectively worked alongside each other over the last two summers to deliver a fantastic programme to keep children safe in and around open water.

‘It would not have been possible to deliver Swim Safe without our partnership with the ASA, they have been an exemplary partner at every stage of the Swim Safe planning and delivery.’

The ASA also sits on the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) and is working closely with the RNLI to help align water safety programmes and safety messaging across the UK which will help the RNLI to achieve their target of reducing coastal drownings by 50%.

Adam Paker, ASA Chief Executive, said: ‘We are immensely proud of our ongoing work with the RNLI, and to have received this Partnership Award today.

‘Swim Safe is an incredibly important campaign that each year teaches thousands of young people how to be safe in and around open water. Our work with the NWSF underlines our shared desire to prevent unnecessary deaths by stressing the importance of essential water safety awareness in young people and their parents. 

‘This Award is testament to the hard work and commitment of both organisations and we look forward to continuing our work together.’

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New Project to Support Dementia Friendly Swimming launched in Manchester

A new project that will see the rollout of dementia friendly swimming sessions across the City has been launched on (21st May) at East Manchester Leisure Centre.

Spearheaded by the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) in partnership with Manchester City Council and supported by GLL, the Dementia Friendly Swimming Project aims to create a network of pools that will enhance the swimming experience of those living with dementia and their carers.

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Mars Milk Play Fund Launched

Through the Fund there will be 49 cash awards over a five month period to sports individuals, projects and clubs.

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ASA recruiting for Youth and Volunteer Forums

The ASA are now recruiting for both our National Youth Forum and our National Volunteer Forum. If you’re confident, passionate and have a desire to make a difference to the aquatic volunteering world, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you!

The National Youth Forum and the National Volunteer Forum are groups of proactive volunteers from across the country who come together to feed into the ASA Volunteer Engagement Team. The Forums allow for relevant and rewarding programmes, resources and opportunities to be devised for volunteers, creating a greater feeling of ownership and therefore helping to retain our volunteers in aquatics.

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