Beacon Programme Overview 2014
Thousands of children go through the ASA’s club structure every year but only a handful ever progress to national squads. The ASA has a development pathway to ensure that once a child’s talent is identified it is nurtured to help them reach their full potential.
The ASA’s Beacon Programmes are in place to support the regional swim21 networks of clubs and each programme will provide regular access for a regionally selected group of swimmers to long course training, sports science support services and educational programmes as an enhancement to their club programmes.
Sport England’s re-investment into the ASA Beacon programmes aims to nurture the next generation of elite athletes. This commitment from both Sport England and the ASA builds on the success and experiences of the previous four-year cycle and is now being extended across all of the Olympic aquatic disciplines.
The key objectives for each Beacon programme are:
- To increase the performance of athletes within the Beacon programme, demonstrating an increase in representation and results at National and International level.
- To increase the number of athletes in the region receiving a high-quality coaching experience.
- To act as an agency to increase the number of highly skilled coaches delivering within the region.
New programmes now funded via Beacon funding for the 2013 – 2017 period are:
- Basildon Swimming
- Sheffield Water Polo
- Sheffield Diving
- Leeds Diving
- Leeds Synchro
- Bristol Water Polo
- Bristol Synchro
- Reading Synchro
- Rushmoor Synchro
- Southend Diving
- Luton Diving
- Manchester Water Polo
Existing Beacons that have received continued funding for 2013 – 2017 are:
- Coventry Swimming
- Ealing Swimming
- Portsmouth Swimming
- Leeds Swimming
- Sheffield Swimming
- Manchester Swimming
To enquire about a Beacon Programme in your region please contact your regional Club Development OfficerTo read the full ASA Club Strategy including further details on the Beacon Programme 2013-2017 click here.