The ASA has announced a change to the swim21 club Essential module accreditation after feedback from the annual ASA Club Survey.
The survey illustrated that more tha 60 per cent of clubs wanted to see swim21 Essential extended from a rolling annual programme to a two-year accreditation with simplified health check.
This will be implemented by a recently-established swim21 Working Group over the next few months.
- View the new ‘Accreditation & Health Check’ sheet for further information.
By making the changes, existing standards will be maintained to ensure clubs continue to operate safely and equitably while the streamlined process will reduce valuable volunteer time.
The swim21 online portal will be undergoing some essential maintenance work in early October in preparation for the changes. However, there will be minimal disruption for accredited and new clubs.
“The Clubs Team, alongside the Club Development Management Group, were keen to address actions identified in the latest Club Survey,” said ASA Programme Manager Lisa Berry.
“Reviewing swim21 and implementing key changes was therefore a key piece of work for us. The changes being made to swim21 will ensure that all standards are still maintained whilst offering a streamlined process for all involved.
“The Working Group will review the swim21 Network and Performance modules in the future. Further details will be communicated with clubs when they are available.”
Clubs accrediting / re-accrediting in December 2016 will need to do the following:
- 16 elements in December 2016
- 5 elements in December 2017
- 16 elements in December 2018
Clubs accrediting / re-accrediting in March 2017 will do the following:
- 16 elements in March 2017
- 5 elements in March 2018
- 16 elements in March 2019
June and September accreditations will follow the same process as March in relation to the number of elements, with different timescales.
If any clubs are interested in becoming swim21 accredited, please to contact your ASA Club Development Officer/Regional Officer in the first instance.
From everyone in Nottinghamshire Swimming, we wish both Ollie and Charlotte the very best at the 2016 RIO Paralympic games.
Do you know a local sports volunteer who deserves some much-needed recognition? It’s time to let the BBC know.
Now in its 14th year, the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award celebrates people from around the UK who volunteer their time and efforts to help people participate in sport.
You can nominate until 23 October 2016 and the winner will be announced at BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Announcing this year’s awards, Sharon Fuller, project lead for Get Inspired, said: “Every week there are thousands of people from across the UK who work with little or no support but continue to play a vital role in encouraging their local community to take up sport.
“This is your chance to give that person the recognition they deserve by nominating them for the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award.”
Former women’s England and Saracens rugby union player Maggie Alphonsi and Adrian Trott – father of Olympic record-breaking cyclist Laura and a former sports volunteer himself – are this year’s Unsung Hero ambassadors.
“The achievements of my daughter Laura at this summer’s Olympic Games would quite simply not have been possible without the support of volunteers across the cycling community who helped her get on her bike and gave her the opportunity to unleash her potential,” says Trott.
“Ask any athlete or sports personality today and they will all have their unsung heroes,” adds Alphonsi. “These people really do matter more than they’ll probably ever realise and I am delighted to be an ambassador for this year’s Get Inspired Unsung Hero award to help give these people the recognition they truly deserve.”
How do I nominate an Unsung Hero?
The nomination period for the 2016 awards is now open. You can download this nomination form and send it to the address provided.
Please make sure you provide as much relevant information as possible in order to give the judges a good indication of why your nominee deserves to be considered as Unsung Hero for your region.
How will the winner be chosen?
Panels will meet in each of the BBC’s 12 English regions and in BBC Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, picking one winner from each area.
The overall winner will be selected from those 15 and will be announced during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year programme on Sunday, 18 December in Birmingham.
See the 2016 Get Inspired Unsung Hero Awards terms and conditions to find out everything you need to know.
The closing date for applications is 23:59 BST on Sunday, 23 October.
Please note that the last day the BBC will dispatch posted nomination forms will be Friday, 14 October.
Can I nominate someone again this year?
Even if you have nominated someone previously, you can nominate them again this year.
The Festive Frenzy Gala has now been finalised and licensed and we have now opened entries.
Please find all information and entry pack here.
Sport England has announced the findings and recommendations of its review of the School Games, which was completed with support from the Youth Sport Trust and other partners. This review considers the future of the School Games, which was created in 2010 to boost competitive sport in schools and is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.
At levels one to three (competition in and between schools), the review found that the School Games is operating well, with 86% (21,190) of Schools in England taking part. Recommendations are made for the following areas to move the programme forward:
- the vision and ethos of the Games;
- how even more children can be engaged;
- better exit routes to community sport;
- improved guidance and support; and
- accountability of School Games Organisers.
At level four, the national finals for the most talented young athletes, more significant change is suggested to reduce costs and ensure a clearer link to athlete development and competition frameworks.
Sport England, the Youth Sport Trust and other partners will be working together with School Games Organisers and their hosts to implement these recommendations and further consultation will follow.
Read the full executive summary
Provisional Schedule and Qualifying Times have now been released. Please note that these are PROVISIONAL, subject to licensing.
Full information can be found on the meets pages here.
NOVA’s Ollie Hynd sets a new world record in the Mens S8 400m Freestyle, claiming the Gold medal in a time of 4:28.67 in the heats, and lowering the time again in the final down to 4:23.76. Congratulations Ollie!
The ASA National Masters & Age Group Open Water Championships 2016 took place on 23/24 July at Rother Valley Country Park near Rotherham
In the ASA National Masters Open Water Championships 1.5k Matthew Woodhall (Nova/ Sutton) gaining bronze medal
In the 3k Rhys Taylor Nova/Mansfield finished 7th