Parliament briefed on School Swimming Census and Charter

On 29 October, the ASA travelled to London to host a cross-party parliamentary briefing to share an advanced glimpse of our School Swimming Census and Charter.

The ASA briefed parliament on the School Swimming Census results for 2014 and sought to gain political support for our new School Swimming Charter.

The event was a great success with politicians from all parties attending to pledge their support and hear presentations by Kate Hoey MP, Edward Lord OBE and our Head of ASA Learn to Swim, Jon Glenn.

Duncan Goodhew MBE also spoke at the event, reiterating the importance of the School Swimming Charter and introducing our engaging new ASA film which encapsulates the essence of our school swimming message.

Goodhew said: “Swimming is so important because it builds confidence and it changes people’s lives. It’s about a journey and an experience for a child that is really educational and opens doors.

The ASA School Swimming Census and School Swimming Charter highlight and support the need for a greater focus on swimming in the National Curriculum, particularly between ages seven and 11 where some schools are finding it quite challenging to offer the required level of support and need some help in providing quality swimming for young people.

The event was also well supported by key stakeholders such as British Gas, SMAM and Swimathon Foundation, and Pool Operators including Serco, Nuffield Health, GLL, Everyone Active and Virgin Active.

When asked about the primary aim of the campaign, Jon Glenn said: “We’re calling for every school to sign up to the School Swimming Charter. We’re looking for local school swimming champions, but we also want parents to take responsibility for school swimming as well.

“We want parents to ask the question ‘What is my school doing about school swimming?’ Let’s check the level of provision for children at school, let’s challenge the providers on what our daughters and sons get out of school swimming, and let’s also put the necessary pressure on them to make sure they are providing a high quality standard of school swimming. That’s what the Charter is all about.”

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