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British Gas ASA National Plan on offer at Gedling Borough Council

Gedling Borough Council is the latest organisation to implement the British Gas ASA’s National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) alongside the Kellogg’s ASA Award Scheme across three leisure centres in the area.

The two-year deal formalises the relationship with the national governing body and sees them working in partnership to implement the scheme at Arnold, Calverton and Carlton Forum Leisure Centres which are operated by Gedling Leisure.

The agreement to use the ASA NPTS, a template for learn to swim schemes, means the centres 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 1500 children that currently access swimming lessons at the three centres. The introduction of the scheme earlier this year meant that lessons now start at age four instead of five, which was very favourably received by customers.

Gedling Leisure prides itself on its close working relationships with its swimming clubs. Two out of the three centres hold special club link sessions as a stepping stone into club swimming. Making use of shared pool time and teachers the sessions build on the skills developed through the swim scheme for competitive swimming and makes the transition into the club environment much easier.

A young participant at Carlton Forum Leisure Centre, Jack Owen, began lessons there last summer. Starting as a complete non-swimmer, six-year-old Jack has moved through the stages very quickly and now possesses great stroke techniques for all three of the basic strokes.

Wendy Golland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure at Gedling Borough Council is clear about the benefits of the partnership with the ASA.  “We joined the ASA scheme because we wanted a comprehensive, integrated and progressive teaching programme for our swimming lessons and we felt that the nationally recognised award scheme was the best way to achieve this.”

She continued, “We are passionate in providing a programme that allows children to have fun whilst learning to swim, and to provide development opportunities for those children to take part in clubs, lifesaving, and alternative swimming sessions such as snorkelling or recreational swimming.”

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