ADMIRAL SWIMMING CENTRE SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH THE ASA
14 Jul 2009
Admiral Swimming Centre in Brixham, Devon has signed a year long contract with the ASA to deliver the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) as well as the Kellogg’s ASA Awards Scheme.
The partnership is just the latest development in a lengthy relationship with the ASA which began in the late 1920s when Brixham Swimming Club taught swimming and lifesaving in the local open air sea water Shoalstone Pool.
In 1975 a new indoor pool was opened which was subsequently named ASA Club of the Year. Structural faults prompted an extensive refurbishment project costing over £1m, over half of which was funded by an ASA/Sport England Community Club Development Programme grant which transformed the site into the exciting new venue it is today.
The new Admiral swim school offers a programme of classes for non-swimmers and beginners as well as personal one-to-one lessons. The swim school has strong links with swim21 accredited Brixham Swimming Club who have recruited a Director of Swimming Teaching and a Director of Coaching to organise teaching and training activities and incorporate the National Plan for Teaching Swimming.
John Pope, the Centre’s Secretary and Director said “We have used ASA Awards for almost 50 years and we introduced the National Plan for Teaching Swimming just before we were unfortunately forced to close last year. We now have wonderful facilities and our continued close co-operation with the ASA will help us to achieve our ambition to provide a top class scheme of progression for swimmers from beginners through to those who join our competitive squads.
This will work alongside the training partnership that will enable us to nurture qualified teachers who can support the swimming teaching and coaching programmes.”
Bruce Learner, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Kellogg’s, said “Since our partnership with the ASA began in 1997, more than 13 million swimming awards have been presented to youngsters across the country, making it the most successful awards scheme in British sport. We will be celebrating this success at the Kellogg’s Swimtastic Awards in October, which recognises those pool based projects that benefit the community the most.”
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About the ASA
The ASA is the English National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water and Synchronised Swimming. It organises competition throughout England, establishes the Laws of the Sport and operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for Teachers, Coaches and Officials as well as its renowned Learn to Swim Awards scheme. The ASA supports 1,220 affiliated swimming clubs through a National/Regional/County structure. The ASA aims to ensure everybody has an opportunity to learn to swim.
In order to comply with national education and training standards it has developed two separate and independent arms – the ASA Awarding Body and the Institute of Swimming (IoS) - which represent the awarding and delivery channels for all ASA qualifications.
ASA Awarding Body
The ASA Awarding Body develops, assesses, awards and quality assures all ASA qualifications. It is the equivalent of other awarding bodies such as City & Guilds and OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations). The ASA Awarding Body is licensed by British Swimming to award qualifications in England and Wales. It also has the remit for quality assurance of all areas of UKCC standards.
Institute of Swimming (IoS)
The IoS is a licensed training provider, like a school or college. It is one of many ASA Awarding Body Approved Centres. The IoS is also a membership body for qualified swimming teachers and coaches, providing insurance, advice and learning opportunities to its members.
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