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ASA release details of National Masters conference

19 August 2014

All ASA Masters swimmers are invited to join our newly appointed Masters Officer Sharon Lock at a conference in Loughborough on Saturday 1 November 2014.

All places at the conference have now been filled. Please contact Sharon Lock with enquiries.The conference is free of charge and features guest speakers, workshops and an open forum to provide an opportunity to discuss issues effecting Masters swimming with the ASA Technical Committee.

This will allow us to look at ways in which to harness your knowledge, skills and passion for the sport and use these to build a dynamic and vibrant Masters infrastructure.

The conference will run from 9:30 – 4:30 and will consist of both morning and afternoon sessions, with a break in between in which lunch and refreshments will be provided. A detailed programme will be released in September, but the day will be structured as:

Morning Session

  • Welcome & Introduction to day
  • Guest Speaker: Steve Bratt (Otters Head Coach)
  • Guest Speaker: Jane Asher (via video)
  • Open Forum with an opportunity to Discuss issues relating to Masters with the Committee and ASA Professional Staff

Afternoon Session

  • Breakout Sessions and Workshops
  • Where do we go from here and building momentum

The afternoon will be concentrated around focus groups and will give you the opportunity to have your say about the future of Masters, and help to help make that future a reality!

Workshops/focus groups will include

  • Meet management – Looking at the way competitions are run and what systems are needed to maximise efficiency.
  • Masters coaching – Discussing how much Masters coaching is available and what is needed to improve the Masters coaching opportunities, training and provision.
  • National Masters Identity – Looking at the current Masters image and how we can galvanise GB masters ready for London Europeans in 2016.
  • Masters Newsletter and Website – Looking at what is currently created and how/if you would like to see this changed or improved.
  • Volunteering and Officials – Discussing how we can get more people to volunteer as officials at Masters Events.
  • Marketing – How we can raise awareness of Masters Swimming using marketing tools and promotional materials.
  • Non-competitive Masters swimming – Discussing ways in which we can encourage more Masters Swimmers to compete. If they don’t compete, try to discover the things they want to get from Masters swimming.
  • Supporting Masters – What do we know about Masters Swimmers? What resources and support can we supply Masters Swimmers?

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