swim21: Online helps Clevedon ASC gain accreditation

Clevedon ASC has become one of the first clubs to gain ASA swim21 Club Accreditation by using the ASA’s new swim21: Online system.

swim21 accreditation is the ASA’s ‘quality mark’. It is about creating the best possible swimming experience for all and raising the quality of swimming provision across all areas. Clevedon ASC has been recognised by the ASA for its good practice in teaching and skill development.

The ASA recently launched the swim21: Online system to simplify the accreditation process for clubs. The new paperless system is easier to manage and allows online storage of all necessary documentation in one place. Best of all it is completely free for clubs to use.

swim21: Online can be accessed at www.swim21.info and any clubs wishing to register for the new system should contact their County Swimming Coordinator for log in details.

Clevedon ASC, which is based at the Strode Leisure Centre in North Somerset, first achieved swim21 accreditation four years ago after realising the importance of having a nationally recognised accreditation to assure parents that the club offered the best quality, effective and safe environment for their children.

The club’s programme focuses on the development of swimmers, with the emphasis on competitive swimming, providing them with a clear development pathway, following the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, from early competition through to county, regional and national level. 

Jane Smith, swim21 coordinator at Clevedon ASC, said the club had found the new swim21: Online system beneficial and easy to use: “Access to the new system was easy and we were able to monitor our submission easily online rather than wading through folders of documents.

“By using this method to correspond with the person checking our accreditation we could resolve any queries or problems we had quickly and efficiently. We were very surprised how easy the system was to use and would have no hesitation in submitting accreditation applications in this way again.”

Smith went on to say that the club has seen many unexpected benefits of having swim21 accreditation: “It has meant that the Club has been able to gain funding which otherwise may not have been available.  With demand very often exceeding the funding available it is a definite advantage if a club is swim 21 accredited.”

She added that the club has also developed a number of partnerships as a result of their swim21 accreditation: “Our relationship with the Regional ASA and with Wesport, the local County Sports Partnership, has grown and these organisations now signpost opportunities to us as an accreditted club. These partnerships mean that our teachers, coaches and swimmers now have more development opportunities open to them. Through the swim21 network we are now also able to offer our swimmers the opportunity to train with other clubs at a level more appropriate to their ability.”

She was also quick to recognise that the success the club has had, is very much a team effort: “The committee support the coaching team whilst everyone aims to provide a conducive environment for the swimmers to reach their full potential.

“In addition the club has an army of parents and supporters who form the management committee and team of helpers who all work together to make the club a real swimming community with a strong team spirit. We work hard within the local community to promote our sport. In particular we have a very strong connection with the local schools.” 

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