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Time running out to nominate for the ASA Awards 2015

Time is running out to make your nomination for the new ASA Aquatics Awards 2015, taking place on 14 November 2015.

Click here to go to our online form and submit your nominations now!Nominations close on Wednesday 5 August, so please make sure you get your entries in as soon as you can.

The celebration will for the first time 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 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.

Read through the categories and criteria, then click the link above left to nominate.

Nomination categories and criteria

1. ASA Learn to Swim Award

This could be someone that 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. All nominees must be 16 or under and may have gained a particular award this year or been successful in challenges or competitions.

Criteria:

  • Must currently be a Learn To Swim participant using the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway Stages
  • Must be aged 16 and under
  • All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

2. 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:

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

3. ASA Swim School of the Year

This award is for a 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:

  • Must be an ASA affiliated swim school
  • Must be delivering lessons along the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway (Stages 1 – 10)
  • Must offer ASA awards and badges
  • All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

4. 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. This could be for their own enjoyment and sense of achievement or perhaps to raise money for charity. Nominees must be 24 and under and can be involved in any form of aquatic activity.

Criteria:

  • Must not currently be part of the child ASA Learn to Swim Pathway
  • Must not be a competitor at regional or national ASA events
  • All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

5. 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. This could be for their own enjoyment and sense of achievement or perhaps to raise money for charity or learn to swim later in life. Nominees must be 25 or over and can be involved in any form of aquatic activity.

Criteria:

  • Must not currently be a competitor at national level events or above.
  • All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

6. 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, accomplishing great things in the pool throughout the year. This individual has completed either a personal or structured aquatic challenge in the last 12 months. This could be for their own enjoyment and sense of achievement or perhaps to raise money for charity.

Criteria:

  • Must not currently be a competitor at regional or national ASA events
  • All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

7. 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. Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be selected from each grouping.

8. 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:

  • Must be swim21 accredited
  • Must be part of a club network (or part of a network currently being formed)
  • Have demonstrated innovation to grow membership and/or improved their members experience
  • Excelled in either volunteer recruitment or volunteer development
  • Retention and/or Development 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)
  • All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

9. 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.

Criteria:

  • Must be an ASA member
  • Must be 25 years-old or under
  • Must not be paid for their services
  • All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

10. 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.

Criteria:

  • Must be an ASA member
  • Must be 26 years-old or over
  • Must not be paid for their services
  • All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

11. ASA Swim 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.

Criteria:

  • Must be an ASA qualified Teacher
  • All achievements must have been accomplished in the last 12 months

12. 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 have promoted the sport to all. This individual could be in a paid or voluntary position.

Criteria:

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