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British Gas ASA National Plan on offer at Bottisham Sports Centre

7 Jun 2010

Bottisham Sports Centre is the latest leisure provider to implement the British Gas ASA’s National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) alongside the Kellogg’s ASA Award Scheme at their pool in Cambridgeshire.

The five year deal formalises the relationship with the national governing body and sees them working in partnership until 2014.

The agreement to use the ASA NPTS, a template for learn to swim schemes, means Bottisham Sports Centre are using the highest quality syllabus and awards system. The plan is a comprehensive and progressive teaching programme based upon sound technical and educational principles.

The ASA NPTS looks set to benefit the 200 children and adults that currently access swimming lessons at the centre. Participants are now also able to take part in training and competitive elements including Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Rookie Lifeguard courses. The centre has established links with Bottisham Swim Club, Cambs City Swim Club/Water Polo and Cambs Dive Team.

Dave Rayner, Centre Manager feels that becoming a business partner of the ASA has had a very positive effect. “It has given our instructors more opportunities to attend seminars to continue their development and update their skills. This in turn has given us the confidence to run more advanced classes for our swimmers, introducing new skills like water polo and synchronised swimming. The great thing about the NPTS is that it introduces all of the disciplines, giving the swimmers the option of trying them out.”

Pamela Brown, Brand Experience Manager at British Gas, said “Unfortunately 1 in 5 children leave school unable to swim 25m. Swimming is a life skill and every child should have the opportunity to learn to swim. We work with British Swimming and the ASA from grassroots right through to the elite level of the sport and our ambition is to enable 100% of children to leave school able to swim . Each year 600,000 children learn to swim through the ASA NPTS and we are fully committed to helping that number continue to grow.”

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. Each autumn we celebrate this success at the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards, which recognises the achievements of people across all levels of swimming. We look forward to receiving nominations from Bottisham Sports Centre”.

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