Attitudes in Sport: Make Yours Count

Welcome to the ASA homepage for the Attitudes in Sport campaign.

Parents and spectators play an essential role in supporting a child’s participation in sport and many have a positive influence in both club and competitive environments.

However, many grassroots swimming clubs are struggling to address the increasing problem of negative parental and spectator behaviour, of which the impact on a child cannot be underestimated.

The ASA's 90-minute Positive Behaviour Workshop offer support and guidance for clubs to identify and address negative behaviour.

Anyone with an involvement in aquatics can attend a Workshop including spectators, parents, coaches, officials, volunteers and club members with the overall aim of helping English swimming and aquatics clubs to improve the experience for their young members.

Olympic bronze medallist Jo Jackson has put her full support behind the new initiative and said: "The more positive people we have around poolside, the better it is for our sport.

"I wouldn't have achieved my dreams if my parents hadn't supported me along the way. I believe if you surround yourself with positive people, you are able to achieve more."

Who can deliver a Workshop?

We recommend that the Positive Behaviour Workshop is delivered by your club's Welfare Officer, with support from young people.

The Workshop does not need to be registered, but an evaluation form must be returned upon completion.

What are the aims of the Workshop?

  • To identify positive behaviour and its impact.
  • To understand what is negative poolside behaviour.
  • To identify the nature and extent of the problem of negative behaviour.
  • To consider the impact of negative behaviour in aquatics – especially in reference to young people.
  • To consider how incidents of negative behaviour can be avoided, reduced or managed.

What do I need to deliver a Workshop?

The ASA have produced a range of downloadable materials to support you in delivering the Positive Behaviour Workshop. Click the links below to download the following resources:

The ASA has also created some posters to display around your pool or leisure centre as well as a Positive Behaviour Video. We recommend that you display the posters on your notice board or in your pool’s reception area to show that your club supports the ‘Attitudes in Sport: Make Yours Count’ campaign.

Please note, the Positive Behaviour Workshop is not a certificated qualification or CPD. It has been developed to support clubs to respond to negative behaviour and support the implementation of parental and club member code of conducts.

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure children are properly safeguarded, not just one person at club, county or national level. Should you have any queries regarding a child safeguarding matter, please visit ASA Wavepower, or contact Swimline on 0808 100 4001.

For more information, contact one of the ASA's Volunteering team at

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