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Beacon Programme Overview 2013-17

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.

Diving

There are four Beacon diving programmes that are essential to the success of diving in the future. The objective of the Beacon programmes is to develop pathways with the athletes' needs firmly centred at the heart of the club. The Beacon’s deliver grass roots diving to international athletes. The clubs are working to run fully sustainable programmes with professional, development and community coaches creating an environment to encourage young girls and boys to be part of a sport and develop a sporting habit for life. The programmes embrace local community projects with a wide range of activities and competitive experiences across a broad spectrum of ages and abilities, creating a diverse network of participants across the region and surrounding areas where they are situated.

Swimming

The strategic goals of the Beacon swimming programme are:

  • The development of a system that will support and enhance the development of high quality senior athletes for the future.
  • To seek to identify individuals with the potential to achieve senior podium success. 

The ASA England Programmes team deliver a range of swimmer and coach development activities aligned with the overall programme aims. Click here for further information.

Synchronised Swimming

There are four Beacon synchronised swimming programmes and these programmes are essential to the success in this new era of synchronised swimming. The objectives of the Beacon programmes are to develop pathways with the athletes needs firmly centred at the heart of the club. They deliver grass roots to International athletes. These clubs are working to run a fully sustainably programmes with professional, development and community coaches creating an environment to encourage young girls and boys to be part of team sport and develop a sporting habit for life. The programmes embrace local community projects with a wide range of activities and competitive experiences across a broad spectrum of ages and abilities, creating a diverse network of participants across the region in which they are situated.
 
The Beacon Clubs underpin the England Programmes. They host regional Beacon training days for the selected athletes - this being the first rung of the ladder for the England Programme.  The next level is the England Development Squad, progressing to the England Age Group Squad. These athletes work towards an international competition and are aged 13-15yrs. The final step of the England Programme is the England Training Squad for 15yrs+. These athletes train with their clubs on a day to day basis increasing training to achieve International standard as well as working with the England programme during camps and having a centralised training day each Saturday with a Beacon club.  The Beacon coaches help to run the England programmes and provide the sport with their expertise throughout the year. This keeps a joined up approach and clear develop and progress of club and national programmes.

Water Polo

The Talent Pathway begins for all water polo players at participation level.  Any swimmer emerging from NPTS will already have experienced some essential core skills for this discipline. Movement, eggbeater/sculling skills are all integral in the pathway and will continue into club and school environment. With over 20 Regional Training Centres (RTCs) to choose from, players can easily find a RTC to improve and learn new skills with others within the catchment area. RTCs offer a minimum of 30 weekly training sessions encompassing dry and water based activities following national guidelines. These sessions are designed to hone players towards Talent training at National Camps. There are currently seven monthly camps attracting players nationwide to embellish the requirements of international representation.

The Beacon programme supplements this pathway offering regionalised expertise to those aspiring youngsters and topping up their weekly training hours to propel their aspirations for junior and even senior honours. Each Beacon offers differing levels of age group training reflecting local and regional needs but still working within the National Framework.

Beacon programmes for the 2013-2017 period are:

To enquire about a Beacon Programme in your region, please contact your Regional Club Development Officer.

To read the full ASA Club Strategy including further details on the Beacon Programme 2013-2017 click here.

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