New Swimming Teacher Training Programme to launch in Nottingham

A collaboration between Aspire, Nottingham City Council and the Institute of Swimming has resulted in the launch of a new Swimming Teacher Training Programme for disabled people.

The course, which sits under the InstructAbility umbrella, is being piloted in Nottingham this November, with online applications now open on the InstrutcAbility website.

InstructAbility was set up by the national spinal injury charity and inclusive leisure operator Aspire in 2010.

The multi award-winning project, which is funded by Sport England, aims to support disabled people into a fitness career, encouraging other disabled people to access leisure facilities and enjoy and active lifestyle.

The ASA Level 1 Assistant Swimming Teacher course will be adjusted to ensure it is accessible to a wide range of disabled people.

Once qualified, swimming teachers will undertake work placements to develop their skills, whilst encouraging other disabled people to participate in leisure activities, hence, providing benefits for employers and customers too.

Courses to provide more disabled people with training in the leisure sector

Hilary Farmiloe, InstructAbility Manager at Aspire, said: “During our consultations, Nottingham City Leisure Services highlighted the demand for swimming teachers, so we have teamed up with the Institute of Swimming to deliver this new pilot programme.

“In the short term, we hope these courses will provide more disabled people with training and employment in the leisure sector.

“Longer term we are working with governing bodies, training providers and employers to create sustainable solutions to increasing the diversity of the sector workforce.”

The fully-funded programmes are open to disabled people who have experience in swimming or in using the gym. The training and work placements will take place within Nottingham City leisure centres.

Lauren Licietis, from Institute of Swimming said, “We are extremely proud to be part of this project and hope to use insight gathered from the pilot to make careers in swimming more accessible.”

Disabled people who wish to apply for a course can get further details on the website www.instructability.org.uk and are encouraged to apply early due to the limited places available.

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