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From Policy to Pool: An ASA policy document on swimming pools in England

This policy document builds on our first facility strategy, ‘From Armbands to Gold Medals’ and establishes our vision for swimming pools over the years between 2009 and 2013.

It envisages the future swimming experience and challenges pool designers and project managers to develop concepts and deliver outcomes that will entice people to swim.

From Policy to Pool: An ASA policy document on swimming pools in England does not set out to establish guidelines for pool design. Sport England’s ‘Swimming Pool’s- Design Guidance Note, 2008’, or important framing documents such as the Federation Internationale De Natation’s Handbook 2009 - 2013, the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’ (HSG179) or the EC through ‘the European Committee for Standardisation’s -prEN 13451 parts 1-11 BSEN 15288 Part 1’ cover safety standards in design.

Click here to download the British and European Standards and industry guidance in Sport & Recreation.

Information on planning, designing and operating swimming pools is available from the ASA Facilities Department.

This document has a wider policy dimension and sets an agenda for the future which takes into account the current thinking by many agencies including government departments, politicians and those responsible for delivery. It seeks to integrate the required features of design with those of the needs of people who will be using pools. We want to encourage the sound planning for the location of pools and the impact of this on the importance of learning to swim, participation and talent pathways.


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