British Gas ASA National Plan on offer at Medway Council

Medway Council are the latest organisation to implement the British Gas ASA’s National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) alongside the Kellogg’s ASA Award Scheme at four pools in Kent.


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

The ASA NPTS looks set to benefit thousands of children and adults that currently access swimming lessons at Strood Leisure Centre, Splashes Leisure Pool, Hoo Swimming Pool and Medway Park.  Many local schools are benefiting from using the centres for their learn to swim programmes and the expertise of the ASA trained teachers.  The centre has established links with Blacklion Swimming Club and passes swimmers on to them through school sessions and core lessons.

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.

Medway Council’s Paul Boyd, Leisure Manager, is pleased to be able to continue a long history of working with the ASA.  “We have always used the ASA awards scheme, dating back some twenty five years now.  All sites follow the generic award syllabus and our swimmers can be confident that they are being taught a professional programme by professional ASA teachers.” He added, “Medway Council is proud to be in partnership with the ASA for five years and will endeavour to work together with them for long term athlete development.”

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 Medway Council”.

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