Foster dives in with the ASA and Esporta
Five-time Olympian and Strictly Come Dancing star Mark Foster teamed up with the ASA and Esporta this week to help people get the most from their swimming.
Mark met with staff at the Esporta Royal Berkshire Health Club to launch the ASA’s partnership with Esporta Health Clubs, the UK’s leading premium health and leisure club operator.
Esporta's mambers can now benefit from British Gas Swimfit, an ASA initiative that provides structured sessions and programme cards to lead swimmers of all ages and abilities through a fitness plan suitable for their ambition, whether that is toning up, improving fitness or honing their competitive edge.
Mark joined Esporta members in the pool to take part in a Swimfit session as well as taking time to join in with local children in a swimming lesson and give them hints and tips to help their swimming.
Mark, who has won gold medals in numerous World, Commonwealth and European Championships, said: “It’s about inspiring people to swim and generally be more fit and healthy.
“Swimfit is fantastic because it shows people who use the gym how they can work the pool into their keep-fit routine.”
As well as delivering Swimfit, the ASA and Esporta will also be working together to deliver a world class learn to swim programme by using the National Plan for Teaching Swimming, powered by British Gas. This will reward those that swim with Esporta by providing them with recognition through the Kellogg's ASA awards scheme.
Mark added: “The number one advantage for parents is that swimming can save their child’s life. There are 32,000 miles of rivers in this country and the majority of holidays are somehow water-related, so to me it’s a no-brainer to teach them how to swim.
“Swimming is also a lot of fun. It’s great when you see people get in the water and their faces light up.”
Mags Pullen, senior swimming manager at Esporta Royal Berkshire Health Club said: “We are delighted to be working with the ASA because they offer the best swimming programme around and we want to give our members the best possible learning experience.”