How pupils can take part in competitions

23rd April 2014

High-quality physical education in the curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed. Here are some swimming related challenges for your pupils.

We all want our kids to excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It helps them develop strength of body and mind.

So we need to provide opportunities for pupils to compete in sport and other activities that help develop character embed values such as fairness and respect.

Here are some swimming related challenges to help you develop your pupils


Primary school aged pupils should be able to enjoy and experience the highs and lows of aquatic competition. So organise your very own Aquasplash festival for your school.

The ASA provides all the necessary resources and materials for you to hold an exciting, fun event which will build upon skills learnt in school swimming and learn to swim lessons.

  • Click here to go to the Aquasplash website and get started today.

School Swimathon

School Swimathon is a swimming programme for school children, encouraging them to improve technique and confidence, culminating in a sponsored challenge to swim further than ever before.  

In 2014, 6,300 school children across England stepped up to the challenge of using their national curriculum weekly swim sessions to improve their swimming ability and 86% of pupils swam further than their previous best from the beginning of the campaign.

Your school will receive a swimming hat for each pupil and an A2 wall chart for every participating class to track your pupil’s progress and help them achieve bronze, silver and gold stars. Plus your school will also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes, such as equipment vouchers or even a visit from an Olympian.

School Swimathon takes place during the school spring term from January to April.

If your pupils want to challenge themselves further they can sign up to the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon 2015 which takes place in over 600 pools across the UK.

School Games

The 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games is a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age.

It is an annual competitive event that seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that not only provides elite young sports people with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels, but encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport.

Responsibility for the development and organisation of the Sainsbury's 2014 School Games lies with the Youth Sport Trust. 

  • For more information visit their website here.

English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA)

ESSA works together with the ASA to provide activities throughout the year and a programme of school swimming events, both nationally and internationally.  With events covering secondary championships, primary championships, water polo events, synchronised swimming and diving, there is opportunity for talented children to participate in competitive events throughout the year.

Click here to visit the ESSA website

ASA Competitive Events

Pupils who are aged 11-14 could be eligible to enter into the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships, held every year in July and August. 

Swimmers usually progress to this stage by training and taking part in competitive swimming through membership of an ASA swimming club.

  • Your children can use our pool and club finder here to track down their nearest competitive club