The Big Splash is aiming to reignite the country's interest in swimming. And the UK's swimming clubs are vital to supporting our campaign. Find out how your club can get involved below.
The Big Recruit?
The heart and soul of the Big Splash is to encourage new people into the pool and help those who already swim to have more fun more often.
We know more than 5 million people in the UK want to swim more, so let's give them the opportunity.
- Challenge your members to recruit at least one other person to the Big Splash. This could be a family member, a friend, a workmate or even someone they meet at a social club or community group.
- Think about Big Splash events you could run during your club sessions or in partnership with your local pools to give new swimmers the opportunity to find out more about your club.
- Talk with your Pool Operators to work out how you can make the most of the upsurge in interest in swimming, for example using your Masters section to offer sessions to those wanting to take part in competitions or looking for extra coaching.
- Promote the Big Splash in your club environments – we have a range of tools to help you available to download including posters, flyers and web content. Click here.
- Tell us how you’re celebrating the Big Splash. If you are running an event at your pool or have a story that you think we should share on the website, in the Big Splash newsletter, or with the BBC please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
How does it affect our current members?
The Big Splash isn't just for returners and learners.
Encourage your members to sign up and they will have access to
- A range of training programmes and tips, including British Gas Swimfit, which will help whether you’re a beginner or a little more advanced.
- The chance to track your progress, including virtual challenges such as swimming the Thames or the British Gas Great North Swim.
- A chance to become part of the Big Splash online community.
What's in it for us?
The Big Splash is the world's biggest celebration of swimming and we've joined forces with the BBC to help spread the word.
With coverage on BBC television, radio and online, it's a great chance to feature in regional and national programming.
Some of British Swimming's biggest names have also thrown their support behind the Big Splash, not least double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington.
"Swimming is my life but just getting in the pool a couple of times a week is a really great way of getting active and staying healthy," said Adlington.
"I'm right behind anything that encourages people to take the plunge and swim more often."
There'll also be plenty to keep you engaged including our Big Splash Club Challenge where you can win money-can't-buy prizes - watch this space!