Successful ASA Aquatics Conference 2013

21 October 2013

The ASA Conference 2013 took place on Sat 19 Oct at the Daventry Court Hotel. This year’s workshops and speakers brought a fresh and ‘forward thinking’ approach to inspire and engage club members.

Hundreds of ASA clubs and volunteers attended to interact with ASA staff on swim21, talent development and ‘learn to swim’ all with the ultimate aim of making aquatics clubs fit for the future.

Delegates were addressed by Chief Executive of the ASA, David Sparkes and international swimming coach Graham Bassi. In an economically challenging time for pool operators and sports clubs alike,David Sparkes’ address focused on clubs and pool operators working together to develop a successful and financially viable Learn To Swim Pathway for all.

Delegates also attended workshops throughout the day to discuss fresh ideas on engaging new audiences and the active involvement of clubs in the formation of the long term strategy of the ASA.

As well as the ASA Clubs Conference, this year’s event incorporated three more conferences, ASA Educators’, Facilities and Get People Swimming.

Attendees at the ASA Educators’ Conference were addressed by Professor Stephen Heppell, a world leader in the fields of learning and technology. Delegates also attended workshops on the concepts of reflective practice, social and collaborative learning and more innovative and dynamic ways to deliver and assess learning. 

The theme of the Facilities Conference was ‘Development Planning and Sustainable Facilities.’ Architects and contractors met with key leisure industry contacts to discuss affordable pools, energy efficiency and exciting new innovations for sustainable and value for money facilities.

Delegates also attended presentations on unique case studies, such as the Abbey Stadium Sports Facility in Redditch where the swimming pool makes use of waste heat from a neighbouring crematorium.

Pool operators and facility managers attended the Get People Swimming Conference to discuss best practice in delivering a high quality experience to both recreational swimmers and competitive swimming clubs. Delegates spoke to experts on British Gas Swimfit, Swimtag and apprenticeships.

A highlight of the day was the presentation from Derek Redmond, a British record holder, Commonwealth champion and World gold medallist. Many remember Derek’s inspirational performance at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, when a torn hamstring led to Derek limping the final 250m with the help of his father. The moving footage has been seen around the world and has become synonymous with the ideals of good sportsmanship and determination.

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