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Patten backs Swimnorthwest 2012 training programme

3 Feb 2010

Swimnorthwest have launched their Aquatic Training and Youth Club Programme, a new access programme that will give swim21 accredited clubs in the Northwest the opportunity to access a 50m pool.

The project, endorsed by Olympic bronze medallist Cassie Patten, will provide swimming clubs in the North West, who have achieved the ASA’s swim21 accreditation, the opportunity to access a 50m pool for training their swimmers on a monthly basis.

The Aquatic Training and Youth Club Programme will provide clubs, swimmers and coaches with the experience of training in world class environments and hopefully demonstrating an improvement in performance at a national level.

The project has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark which officially recognises outstanding non-commercial projects and events inspired by the Games.

Director General of the Government Olympic Executive, Jeremy Beeton, visited the Manchester Aquatics Centre (MAC) to help launch the programme which will provide many clubs, swimmers and coaches with the opportunity to train in a world class environment and train like their Olympic heroes.

Jeremy Beeton said “Manchester has a proud sporting history and is an excellent example of what can be achieved through hosting international sporting events. Today I have seen how the Centre, a 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp, provides world class facilities for elite athletes and community level sport; this is exactly what the Olympic Aquatic Centre will do.

“Through projects like the swimnorthest Aquatic training Programme, local people in Greater Manchester are already becoming involved in 2012 by getting more active and being inspired by the Olympic values.”

Olympic bronze medallist Cassie Patten said: “I think it’s such a great idea that people are working together to give young athletes more access to 50m pools. When I was younger I didn’t really get to swim in 50m pools that often and it is experience that would have been invaluable to me."

“It is important for swimmers to become comfortable in 50m pools because there is a big difference when you go from swimming in 25m pools to the Olympic size pools. When these athletes go to regionals and nationals the experience will be very helpful to them and should help set them up for the future and potentially the Olympics.”

Matt McFahn, Regional Director for Swimnorthwest, said: “As well as providing a great opportunity for young swimmers to experience swimming in top-level facilities, this project will provide Swimnorthwest with the opportunity to mentor coaches and identify talented swimmers. Hopefully we may see some of this young talent competing at the 2012 Games and beyond.”

It is hoped that the programme can be extended to provide similar opportunities for synchronised swimming, water polo and diving clubs who need deep water to train.

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