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Welcome to swim21 club!

swim21 Club is the ASA’s aquatic quality mark for the development of effective, ethical and sustainable ASA affiliated clubs.

In May 2013, swim21 changed to a three-module system for recognising quality in aquatic clubs.

swim21 club Essential is a key module which will support clubs to grow membership, develop volunteers and ensure the sustainability of activity in line with the objective of the club. 

swim21 club Network is the second of three modules to be launched. The aim of swim21 club Network is to quality assure clubs who work collaboratively to deliver the athlete pathway in their area. It will assist in identifying gaps in provision and opportunities available for clubs to increase and sustain membership.

A Club Network is defined as... a group of clubs working together on an agreed plan.swim21 club Network will support movement through the pathway to ensure that athletes meet their potential and are retained in the sport. Each club in the network will be valued for their role.

It is agreed between accredited clubs to work towards the following objectives:

  • To retain and increase ASA club members
  • To retain and increase volunteers, teachers, coaches and officials
  • To raise the standards of performance across appropriate aquatic disciplines

To access swim21 club Network, your club will need to:

  1. Identify other clubs to form a network with
  2. Ensure all clubs in the network are ASA affiliated
  3. Have access to the swim21 online portal
  4. Be swim21 Club Essential accredited


  • Stronger links in the athlete pathway will aid retention in clubs and increase membership where required
  • ASA Club Officers will support the development and growth of the swim21 Network whilst assisting all clubs to achieve accreditation
  • Local funding opportunities will be directed to networks with swim21 accreditation
  • Good practice examples will be shared across networks to support

swim21 Performance Environment

This is the third module of the swim21 accreditation.

swim21 Performance Environment provides a benchmark for clubs coaching high level athletes, across all 4 disciplines:

  • swim21 Performance Environment - Diving
  • swim21 Performance Environment - Swimming
  • swim21 Performance Environment - Synchro
  • swim21 Performance Environment - Waterpolo

It is awarded to those clubs who can demonstrate that the pathways, physical environment, coaching practices and support services are all in place for athletes to reach the pinnacle of their aquatic sport, and that the club has historical evidence, to illustrate athletes regularly achieve success through this performance programme.

swim21 Performance Environment will be assessed in three sections:

  1. Pre-requisite/Self Assessment Criteria
  2. Physical Environment Criteria
  3. Coaching Programme Criteria

Please note: There is an expectation for any club looking to achieve swim21 Performance Environment to be part of a swim21 accredited Network.

To view swim21 resources please click here.

Why the changes?

The fundamental changes to swim21 club Essential ensure that is it pan discipline and relevant for all ASA affiliated clubs. The ASA has a commitment to achieving its equity targets throughout the sport. swim21 is no different and the ASA is keen to support clubs in the shared objective of widening the participation base and in turn the performance of the sport as a whole.

British Swimming and ASA chief executive David Sparkes said: “The swim21 club Essential module begins any club’s journey towards establishing a strong footing with a suitable offer to its club members; it places the club in a position to grow in depth across its members and workforce.

Swim21 club Essential is designed to be accessible to all clubs across all disciplines and sizes, to be seen as a valued club development tool and one that is recognised as a quality mark across the industry.  I challenge every club to work through swim21 and see the benefits it creates your club and the wider community.”

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