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Disability ‘Hub Clubs’ unveiled

13th June 2012

Adults and children with a disability who wish to learn to swim or improve their swimming ability can now receive individual advice and assessment facilities from a network of 30 specialist swimming clubs across England.

The 'Hub Clubs' are local swimming clubs that work in partnership with the ASA to provide an assessment opportunity for any swimmer with a disability.

The swimmer will be invited to attend a training session where they will complete basic swim skills and assessment tasks to determine their ability.

These Hub Clubs are an ideal first point of contact to get started enjoying the many benefits of getting in the water.

After the initial assessment, swimmers will be directed to the appropriate provision to ensure they have the best opportunity of reaching their full potential.

This could include local authority or private learn to swim schemes, local swimming clubs or regional squads and teams.

In addition, there are a number of ‘Swimlink’ sessions available in limited locations which are dedicated sessions to further enhance the skills of young disabled people.

Bridging the gap between learning to swim and progressing on to a swimming club, these sessions will enable the young person to progress into a mainstream coaching environment.

Track down your nearest Hub Club for your child with our interactive map in the Disability Swimming section of the British Swimming zone here.A great first point of contact are a network of specialist hub clubs. These are local swimming clubs that work in partnership with the ASA to provide an assessment opportunity for swimmers with a disability.

Carole Barough, ASA National Development Manager for Disability Swimming, said: “We are working closely with clubs to ensure that all children and adults have the opportunity to learn to swim and improve their swimming, regardless of their ability.

"One of the great things about swimming is that it’s a fully inclusive activity for everyone to take part in and these Hub Clubs are an ideal first point of contact to get started enjoying the many benefits of getting in the water.

"We hope that they will help to encourage disabled swimmers to continue to swim on a regular basis and maximise their own potential.”