PRESTON CITY COUNCIL JOINS FORCES WITH THE ASA
27 Jul 2009
Preston City Council is the latest organisation to sign up to implement the ASA’s National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) and the Kellogg’s ASA Awards Scheme at Fulwood Leisure Centre and West View Leisure Centre.
The five year contract further cements the relationship between the council and the national governing body and the agreement to use the NPTS, a template for learn to swim schemes, means the centres will use the highest quality syllabus and awards system. The plan is a comprehensive and progressive teaching programme based upon sound technical and educational principles.
Preston City Council are also working in partnership with the ASA Awarding Body licensed training provider the Institute of Swimming to deliver a comprehensive training programme at Fulwood Leisure Centre to further develop swimming teachers and coaches in the locality.
The National Plan has been in operation at the centre since May 2008 in partnership with Preston Swimming Club, who have over 1000 members. Schemes of work were aligned so that every stage being taught would be the same, wherever the lesson was taking place, with swimmers wearing coloured hats to represent the relevant stage. This successful interlinking of programmes will facilitate a merge to one learn to swim programme in the near future.
Pathways to other aquatic disciplines are provided through the council’s implementation of the Multi Aquatic Club, which offers all children the opportunity to attend sessions delivered by Preston Swimming Club, City of Preston Aquatics, Preston Water Polo and Preston Divers.
Preston City Council’s Senior Sports Development Officer Gillian Osborne is very proud of the varied programmes on offer and values the direction and expertise provided by the ASA in order to provide every child in Preston with the opportunity of having fun in the water and increasing participation.
“We have now established a high quality learn to swim programme which has been recognised across Lancashire as a model of excellence,” she said.
“Through working with the ASA we provide clear pathways between our learn to swim programmes and local clubs. Also with the launch of free swimming for under 16’s and over 60’s we are now able to provide additional opportunities to increase aquatic participation in Preston.”
Sarah Darragh is Head Teacher at Preston Swimming Club, which works closely with the Council to implement the learn to swim programme. “The National Plan for Teaching Swimming has provided a fantastic framework for our learn to swim programmes. It has helped develop a strong partnership between our club and the council and gives us the opportunity to deliver one streamlined teaching programme.
“The plan allows swimmers to gain the necessary skills they need to swim efficiently at an early stage whilst allowing them the freedom to play games and develop strokes in a stimulating environment. It also enables the swimmer to be involved in their lessons and helps the instructor deliver an inclusive lesson. Children are progressing faster and entering into clubs at an earlier age, which will hopefully help to take Britain to a whole new level.”
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. We will be celebrating this success at the Kellogg’s Swimtastic Awards in October, which recognises those pool based projects that benefit the community the most.”
For more information contact the ASA PR Officer Claire Freeman on 01509 632265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the ASA
The ASA is the English National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water and Synchronised Swimming. It organises competition throughout England, establishes the Laws of the Sport and operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for Teachers, Coaches and Officials as well as its renowned Learn to Swim Awards scheme. The ASA supports 1,220 affiliated swimming clubs through a National/Regional/County structure. The ASA aims to ensure everybody has an opportunity to learn to swim.
Institute of Swimming (IoS)
The IoS is a licensed training provider, like a school or college. It is one of many ASA Awarding Body Approved Centres. The IoS is also a membership body for qualified swimming teachers and coaches, providing insurance, advice and learning opportunities to its members.
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