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Swimming - 22. May 2007.

HELP SOUGHT TO SHAPE FUTURE OF SCHOOL SWIMMING



The public consultation on the national governing body's proposed School Swimming Strategy will help to guide the ASA's role in supporting school swimming in England and all responses must be received by Saturday 9th June.
It aims to gather the opinions and views of a cross-section of people and will help determine the ASA's involvement.
The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM), Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), Youth Sport Trust and Association for Physical Education have already been consulted on the school swimming strategy but the ASA now hopes to gain valuable feedback from the wider school swimming community to ensure all views are considered.
The 2007 ASA School Swimming Strategy will be aligned to the ASA's main strategies and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) Charter for School Swimming.
It aims to support Game Plan - the strategy for delivering Government's sport and physical activity objectives as well as the existing national agenda for swimming.
The draft strategy will look to maximise opportunities throughout all levels of swimming for all school pupils.
It will aim to break down the barriers of participation for children. Through the wider agenda, it also hopes to promote good health practice in young people, contribute to crime reduction, encourage people from a wider spectrum of social groups to become involved in swimming, aid community regeneration and promote safe swimming within pools.
Independent organisation, HNI International Consultants, is undertaking the consultation on behalf of the ASA and details of individuals taking part will remain confidential.
Respondents are asked to provide feedback on up to 10 questions, which cover areas such as the National Curriculum, training requirements, swimmer pathways and school swimming provision.
ASA PESSCL Manager Jon Glenn believes the more people that provide feedback on the draft strategy the better the final strategy will be.
"So many people are involved in school swimming provision that we want to cast the net as far as possible to make sure we get maximum input into the strategy," he said. "This consultation is a chance for all people involved in school swimming to have their say on our proposed strategy and school swimming as a whole.
"The ASA is committed to ensuring all school children have the opportunity to learn to swim and through programmes like Top Ups we are getting closer to achieving that goal. By ensuring as many people as possible are consulted in our strategy we can ensure a plan is developed in the best interests of everyone involved in school swimming in England."
Comments and suggestions will be fed into the strategy and a delivery plan will be produced later in the year.
For queries relating directly to the 2007 ASA School Swimming Strategy consultation, please email enquiries@hnicons.co.uk <mailto:enquiries@hnicons.co.uk>. All responses should be emailed to info@hnicons.co.uk <mailto:info@hnicons.co.uk>
CLICK HERE <http://www.sportcentric.com/vmgmt/vfilemgmt/page/filedownload/1,8202,5026-49221-119129-0-file,00.pdf> to link to the consultation document.
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For more information contact ASA Media Assistant Stephanie West on 01509 632236, or e-mail stephanie.west@swimming.org <mailto:stephanie.west@swimming.org>
The Amateur Swimming Association is the English National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water, and Synchronised Swimming. It organises competition throughout England, establishes the Laws of the Sport and operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for Teachers, Coaches and Officials as well as its renowned Learn To Swim Awards scheme. The ASA supports 1,600 affiliated swimming clubs through a National/Regional/County structure. The ASA aims to ensure everybody has an opportunity to learn to swim.
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