ASA Aquatics Awards 2016

The ASA Aquatics Awards will be returning on Saturday 26 November 2016, following a hugely successful inaugural event last year.

Help us make some noise about your unsung heroes by nominating them for an ASA Aquatics Award 2016, taking place in the prestigious Great Hall at the University of Birmingham on 26 November.

There are thousands of people across the country who dedicate their time and effort to make aquatics the fantastic sport that it is, but very often their contributions go uncelebrated.

Click here to open the online nomination form and nominate someone for the ASA Aquatics Awards 2016 now.The Awards provide an opportunity for you to make sure that all of these hardworking people have a chance at getting recognised at our prestigious annual event.

We want to see as many nominations as possible for every category, but please be aware that we will be unable to accept late nominations. Please also make sure that you are nominating for the correct category.

Although some nominations may be considered in alternative categories if the submission is better suited to the criteria, this is at the discretion of the judging panel and cannot be guaranteed.

For this reason, please read through the following nomination criteria carefully, and submit your entry before 12 noon on the 10 August when nominations will close.

We look forward to receiving your nominations, in the meantime you can have a look at last year's winners on our Past Winners page

Performance category winners will be nominated internally and announced later in the year.

Should you have any queries about the Awards, please email aquaticsawards@swimming.org

 

ASA Aquatics Awards 2016 Categories

ASA Learn to Swim Award

This could be someone who shows particular promise in the pool at a young age and is achieving a high standard of swimming along the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway. We are particularly looking for young people who have learn to swim over coming personal challenges.

All nominees must be 11 or under and may have gained a particular ASA award this year or been successful in challenges or competitions. Self nominations will not be accepted for this award.

Criteria:

  1. Must currently be a LTS participant using the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway (Foundation, Learn to Swim or Aquatic Skills Frameworks) 
  2. Must be under the age of 11
  3. All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

ASA School Swimming Charter: Primary School of the Year

This award will recognise a school that has taken the appropriate steps to demonstrate proactive action to improve the delivery of their school swimming. This school will be signed up to the ASA School Swimming Charter and be able to demonstrate good practice in their aquatic delivery.

Criteria:

  1. Must be signed up to the School Swimming Charter
  2. Must be able to demonstrate an improvement in KS2 attainment over the past 12 months
  3. Must be able to demonstrate examples of delivering high quality school swimming
  4. Can demonstrate the up skilling of school swimming deliverers
  5. Have a reward and recognition programme in place
  6. Ideally demonstrating appropriate competitive opportunities
  7. Evidence of innovative ways of delivering school swimming 

ASA Swim School of the Year

This award is for an ASA affiliated Swim School that provides an excellent service to all of its members, assists the development of its swimmers and staff, and continually strives to achieve high standards.

Criteria:

  1. Must be an ASA affiliated Swim School
  2. Must be delivering lessons along the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway (Foundation, Learn to Swim or Aquatic Skills Frameworks)
  3. The Swim School must offer ASA awards
  4. Show Evidence of innovative ways of delivering Learn to Swim
  5. Show evidence of continual professional development of staff
  6. Swimming achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

Please note: The shortlisted Swim Schools will receive a visit from an ASA Assessor as part of the judging process. 

ASA Achievement Award: Youth Participant

This award is for an individual who has accomplished a notable achievement in aquatics early in life. This individual has completed either a personal or structured aquatic challenge in the last 12 months, whether to raise money for charity or for their own enjoyment. Nominees must be 25 or under and can be involved in any form of aquatic activity. Self nominations will not be accepted for this award.

Criteria:

  1. All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months
  2. Must not be part of England Programmes or a British Swimming Performance Programme

Please note: If you are aged 11 and under and part of the Learn to Swim pathway, please nominate in the ASA Learn to Swim Award category – nominations received in this category who meet this criteria will not be judged within ASA Achievement Award – Youth and will be moved across.    

ASA Achievement Award: Senior Participant

This award is for an individual who has accomplished a notable achievement in aquatics in later life. This individual has completed either a personal or structured aquatic challenge in the last 12 months, whether to raise money for charity or for their own enjoyment. Nominees must be 26 or over and can be involved in any form of aquatic activity. Self nominations will not be accepted for this award.

Criteria:

  1. All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

ASA Achievement Award: Disabled Participant

This award is for an individual who has overcome, or continues to overcome, a disability and is progressing in their chosen aquatic discipline, achieving high standards in the pool throughout the year. They may have gained a particular award this year or been successful in competitions or a personal challenge. Self nominations will not be accepted for this award.

Criteria:

  1. All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

ASA Facility Operator of the Year

This prestigious award will recognise Facility Operators who have demonstrated continued commitment to improving their aquatic programmes over the past 12 months. These providers will demonstrate creative use of innovation, whilst ensuring community engagement, inclusivity and driving participation is high on the agenda. These operators, in the panel’s judgement, will be endeavouring to achieve the best possible development of its aquatic offer for the benefit of the sport. 

This award category will have two strands. Nominations will be separated into those operators with 0-22 wet sites and operators with 23 plus wet sites.

To download a PDF of the criteria for the ASA Facility Operator of the Year Award click here.

ASA Club of the Year

This award recognises a non-ASA funded club that shows a commitment and passion for aquatics by providing a quality and enjoyable experience to their members, through developing innovative ways to grow and improve the club. This club must deliver ASA programmes and initiatives. Ideally this club will either be part of, or working towards being a part of, a Club Network.

Criteria:

  1. Must be swim21 accredited
  2. Must be part of a club network (or part of a network currently being formed) 

In addition to excelling in one or more of the following areas;

  1. Have demonstrated innovation to grow membership 
  2. Excelled in either volunteer recruitment or volunteer development 
  3. Retention of young persons (members) by offering workforce opportunities (I.e. Keeping young people in the sport even if changing from cat 2 to 3 membership) 

ASA Young Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises an ASA volunteer who, at a young age, is already making an impact within the world of aquatics. This could be within a club, event or community environment. Self nominations will not be accepted for this award.

Criteria:

  1. Must be an ASA member
  2. Must be 25 years-old or under
  3. Must not be paid
  4. Achievements must have been made in the last 12 months

ASA Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises an ASA volunteer whose contribution is seen as invaluable and their efforts are instrumental in the work behind the scenes. This could be within a club, event or community environment. Self nominations will not be accepted for this award.

Criteria:

  1. Must be an ASA member
  2. Must be aged 26 years-old or over
  3. Must not be paid
  4. Achievements must have been made in the last 12 months

ASA Teacher of the Year

This award recognises a teacher who provides quality lessons week in week out. They are motivated to improve their pupil’s standards and go the extra mile to ensure they deliver the best quality learning experience for their pupils. Self nominations will not be accepted for this award.

Criteria:

  1. Must be an ASA qualified swim teacher
  2. All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

ASA Coach of the Year

This award recognises an ASA coach who has made an outstanding commitment to coaching within the sport and has supported athletes to achieve their personal best. This coach should help to mentor and support other coaches, aim to increase participation within the sport, whilst being able to demonstrate improved performance of individuals or teams. Self nominations will not be accepted for this award.

Criteria:

  1. Must be an ASA qualified coach
  2. Must be an ASA member
  3. All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

Please note: We would recommend that if you are nominating an unpaid coach, that you also consider nominating them within Young Volunteer of the Year/Volunteer of the Year.   

ASA Services to Aquatics

Awarded to an individual who regularly goes above and beyond within aquatics and without whom the sport could not continue to run. They must have contributed towards the development and participation of aquatics at a local, regional or national level and has promoted the sport to all. This individual could be in a paid or voluntary position. Self nominations will not be accepted for this award.

Criteria:

  1. Achievements can span over a number of years and are not capped at 12 months.

The David Sparkes OBE Innovation Award

This award recognises and celebrates innovation throughout the aquatics industry, from pool design to methods of training, energy saving, Learn to Swim, new technology or increases in aquatic participation. This award is open to anyone, including groups, clubs, counties, regions or companies and nominees do not have to be a member of the ASA. The innovation simply has to be new and proven to have made a real difference. The winner will receive a cheque for £1,000.

Please note:

  • The panel will consist of three individuals to assess the winner, however the panel reserves the right to co-opt additional specialist help if required.
  • The innovation must be proven to deliver its aims and not just be an idea.
  • Independent verification will add weight to the submissions.
  • The innovation must have been implemented within the three years prior to the date of submission.
  • If the submissions received are judged by the panel not to have reached the standard for an award, then no award will be given that year. 
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