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Chesterton Sports Centre in partnership until 2015

Chesterton 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 2015.

The agreement to use the ASA NPTS, a template for learn to swim schemes, means Chesterton 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 550 children and adults that currently access swimming lessons at the centre. Participants are now also able to take part in Competitive Swimming and Rookie Lifeguard courses, as well as benefiting from the centre’s established links with Cambridge Swim Club and Bottisham Swimming Club.

Hannah Greenwood, Swimming Lesson Co-ordinator is pleased to be able to promote the centre’s partnership with the ASA. “We find the ASA Awards scheme and National Plan for Teaching Swimming provide a very effective and fun way for delivering a successful learn to swim scheme. The children enjoy participating in the lessons and our teachers enjoy delivering them. We chose to work alongside the ASA as there is a huge amount of information and support available for both teachers and parents and the scheme caters for all ages and all abilities.”

She added, “All of our teaching staff now have Institute of Swimming membership and they are proud to be able to say they work for a centre which is in partnership with the ASA.”

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 Chesterton Sports Centre”.

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