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What are the Benefits

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The benefits of becoming a Swim 21 Accredited Club are mainly seen through the process itself.

Club Benefits

• swim21 is ASA’s club kitemark and therefore swim21 accreditation =  Sport England ClubMark accreditation
• Prioritised support from ASA staff
• A club improvement plan can become a structure for clubs development
• Pool time is often prioritised towards swim21 clubs (local operator decision)
• As part of the wider ClubMark family partner promotions can be accessed 
• Provides access to recommended club development templates, standardised paperwork and policies
• It helps to develop an effective club framework
• Opportunities to share best practice with other swim21 clubs and network with the swim21 community

Club Governance

• Ensures volunteers are appropriately qualified and safe to work with children
• Ensures that the club adheres to all ASA policies and follows best practice
• swim21 accreditation can be promoted within the local community by offering a safe environment to children and therefore security for parents
• Accreditation offers peace of mind for pool operators that the club is following governing body standards
• The club develops clear goals and ambitions that can be communicated to all
• Supports a  good quality club audit and self assessment and ensures the club is run efficiently

Financial Benefits

• £100 worth of IoS vouchers towards course costs per annum
• 5% discount on ASA Awards
• Discount at ASA Club Conferences and events
• Accreditation can help with eligibility towards sports specific funding pots (e.g County Sports Partnership Network/Sport England- Small Grants Fund)

Regional/County Benefits
• County Association Grants
• Some pool providers give a pool hire discount to swim21 clubs
• Grant application support and prioritisation
• £500 Grant
• Access to Regional 50m training scheme

National Club Survery Findings
• Average Pool hire rates of £18.60 per lane versus average of £15.48 (17% less) for swim21 accredited clubs. This provides a saving of some £3,000 per annum for the club
• On average double the number of volunteers from Cat 1 & 2 members within swim21 accredited clubs compared to non accredited (14 versus 7)