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FAQ - Clubs

Don’t understand what constitutes an ASA club? See if our FAQs below answer your question. If not please email renewals@swimming.org

Q. What is an ASA club and how does a club affiliate to the ASA?

A. The ASA Handbook states that: 'A club must comprise a group of people who join together for the common purpose of taking part in swimming related activities and must be organised and managed on a democratic basis.' The name of the club should include some reference to the club’s normal area of activity and location but must not have a similar name to, or which could be confused with, another club in existence. The club shall adopt a constitution modelled on the ASA recommended club constitution and be approved by the region. In order to affiliate to the ASA a club is required to contact their regional office.

Q. What are the benefits to becoming a member of the ASA?

A. The primary individual benefit of all memberships is the insurance cover which includes Civil Liability, Personal Accident and Legal Advice, also the knowledge that you are part of a well regulated and governed body that is always developing initiatives to forward the sport.

Within clubs members benefit from advice and guidance relating to good practice, legal & child protection. They utilise the training, licensing and CPD gained by teachers and coaches along with other club related initiatives such as swim21and AASE.

The ASA employ staff that can help the club and its members achieve its full potential, through our Regional Offices and Regional Aquatic Officers. Competitive members benefit from a structured competitive pathway from open competitions through county, regional and national championships in all disciplines, and in some cases leading to international representation at junior and senior level.

The licensing of competitions allows us to regulate these events and include competitors on the National Rankings database allowing their competitive progress to be monitored year on year. Other initiatives and areas the ASA is involved in include, The Big Splash, National Plan for Teaching Swimming, Swimfit, England Talent Development Programme, Beacon programme, Volunteer Policy, Good Club Guides, Young Aquatic Organiser Award, and Officials qualifications.

Q. What are our membership fees spent on?

A. The membership fee is only part of the funding the ASA receives which includes income from our award scheme and government funding for agreed projects and outcomes. The money is spent on achieving the ASA’s vision:

  • Ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn to swim
  • Offer everyone the opportunity to enjoy swimming or water-based fitness activities for health and fun throughout their lifetime.
  • Ensure everyone achieves their different personal goals throughout their lifetime.
  • Ensure the nation achieves gold medal success on the world stage.

To achieve these aims the ASA has launched many initiatives and strategies from the grass roots up to elite programmes in all disciplines.

The ASA is always striving for better and more accessible facilities and each year sees an increase in competitive and training facilities available to all.

The ASA is constantly working with government in improving the opportunity for all children to learn to swim whilst at school.

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme assists the development of athletes to achieve podium success and swim21 accreditation allows us to maintain a high standard of teaching and coaching.

The ASA, alongside UKCC, also provides a nationally recognised and comprehensive structure for teacher and coaching development through our qualifications and Continued Professional Development courses.

The ASA also employ Talent Development Officers and Regional Directors to help and advise clubs on relevant strategies If you wish to look in detail at what funding comes into the ASA and how this is spent you can look at our Annual Report and Financial statements.

With regard to Regional and county development whilst this is funded primarily from the regional and county fees, financial support is provided to the regions by the asa national budget and details of initiatives that they are working towards can be found on their websites.

Q. Where can I find information on club constitutions?

A. Click here for the ASA’s recommended club constitution.

Q. What is the correct procedure to follow when two or more clubs wish to merge together?

A. The ASA provides notes to help clubs who may be thinking of merging to form one club.

Q. Do all members of a club get the right to vote at an AGM?

A. Only paid up members who have reached their 16th birthday shall be entitled to be heard and to vote on all matters. (Members who have not reached their 16th birthday shall be entitled to be heard and vote only on those matters determined by the Chairman as matters concerning juniors, such as the election of club captains.)

Q. Is it possible for parents to vote on behalf of their children?

A. It is not possible for parents to vote on behalf of children – parents wishing to vote must be fully paid up ASA members of the club.

Q. What fees are required if an individual is a member of an English club as well as a Scottish or Welsh club?

A. A fee must be paid to both the ASA and Swim Wales or Scottish Swimming.

Q. I’m a swimmer, can I belong to more than one club?

A. Yes, swimmers can be members of more than one club. 

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