ASA launches specialist school swimming website

10 January 2014

The ASA has launched a brand new school swimming website to help tackle the worrying number of children aged seven – 11 years in the UK unable to swim (51%).

Click here to visit the new ASA school swimming website.The website is designed to help support schools, who are under pressure to deliver a fully rounded education for each pupil, and is aimed at school teachers and swimming teachers to help guide and support them in delivering school swimming.

The ASA hopes it will become an invaluable resource to help schools deliver high quality swimming lessons and to meet the statutory requirements set down in the national curriculum; and more importantly, ensure every child has the opportunity to take part in the only sport that can and does save lives.

Alongside details of curriculum requirements and how to enroll teachers onto the National Curriculum Training Programme (NCTP), the ASA has also created a range of school swimming guides, helpful auditing information and frequently asked questions to aid in the delivery of swimming lessons for primary school children.

Jon Glenn, Head of Youth and Community at the ASA, said, “Many schools are delivering school swimming successfully with great results. But research from Kellogg’s and the ASA has shown that the statutory Key Stage 2 requirement of being able to swim 25 metres unaided isn't being achieved by all pupils.

“Learning to swim can mean more than just improving the physical health of an individual, it can also mean the difference between life and death.

“Following the extremely worrying statistics released earlier this year which identified that over half of school children aged 7 – 11 years in the UK cannot swim 25metres unaided – the typical length of a swimming pool - the ASA is proactively supporting schools in bringing swimming to the forefront of the curriculum.

“A huge part of this is understanding and implementing the correct delivery of lessons; this innovative website will provide the essential guidance and support that teachers need to meet their Key Stage 2 National Curriculum requirements.”

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