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FINA 2009 World Championships Swimming - Day 3 Morning Session

David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session. Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach the final next day.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer. Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

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Details of regional strategy

The ASA Restructure Update

Download an update on the ASA restructure, confirming a number of the new ASA County Swimming Co-ordinators (CSCs) and Senior County Swimming Co-ordinators (SCSCs).

The CSCs will be your first point of contact for any of the ASA services or products, including education, club development and assistance to pool providers and will be working with all of the ASA's partners in their county. Senior CSCs and will be responsible for managing and mentoring a team of CSCs, as well as acting as a CSC within their designated area. They will therefore be involved with promoting the Government’s Free Swimming initiative, with initial emphasis on the over 60 age range; ensure the delivery of agreed KPIs. The role will also involve creating successful partnerships, e.g. with local authorities, to secure the desired culture change required in and around swimming, to encourage people to swim and swim more frequently.

Coaching System Officers have been appointed to co-ordinate (at a regional and sub regional level) the planning, delivery and quality assurance of Swimming’s UK coaching system and will also have a national lead in one area of the system.

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The ASA launches strategy for next four years

The ASA has launched its ‘challenging and exciting strategy’ for 2009-13, which includes how the national governing body will capitalise on the government’s Free Swimming initiative and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics being held in London.

The strategy, in conjunction with the ASA’s funding agreement with Sport England, will guide the way the ASA will work and sets down its priorities and targets for everyone to see.

Impact of 2012 Games on physical activity and health

The 2012 Games should be promoted as part of a series of festival events in order to involve as many people as possible and to leave a lasting legacy, a team of experts from Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent have concluded.

The team, headed by Professor Mike Weed, analysed the potential impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on physical activity, sports participation and health as part of a programme of research commissioned by the Department of Health.

Research into Young Women and Swimming

This research report digests and analyses the views of women between the ages of 25 and 35 years who did and did not swim, and swim either on a regular or non-regular basis. In so doing, it hopes to provide all stakeholders with strategic information that can frame future approaches to encouraging all women in this age group to swim on a regular basis.

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A guide to swimming participation statistics in England

This summary report at regional and CSP level is designed to help the ASA's regional staff to devise their strategies for the five year period 2009 - 2013 inclusive, using an intelligence led approach.

It should be read in conjunction with the national summary which precedes the regional report as this contains a higher level of interpretation and a wider breadth of subject matter, notably participation statistics relating to primary and secondary school children as well as adult occasional swimmers. Despite the considerable volume of data contained in this document, those in charge of developing swimming at sub CSP level may feel that their information requirements are not fully met. With a limited amount of training on Active People and Active Places, it is quite possible to replicate most of the analysis in this report at local authority level.

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English Talent Programme - A Comparison with Other Countries

The purpose behind this Sep 08 paper is:

  • To provide comparisons between the English Talent Development programme and that of a number of other countries of a similar competitive standing
  • To examine where our programme stands in relation to other programmes internationally

The paper provides indications as to:

  • Whether our programme is world leading
  • What a Talent Development programme should look like
  • Whether what we are doing shows evidence that the programme is ‘world leading’

Whilst in most cases, there are no immediate comparisons with the programmes adopted by other countries, the paper draws on the English framework as a base and then seeks to compare this with other programmes, highlighting where facets exist or do not exist.

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A Passion for Excellence - One Year On

The strategy ‘A Passion for Excellence’, launched in March 2008, is about supporting local government and its partners to deliver better outcomes. It sets out a framework for the culture and sport sectors to:

  • improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of culture and sport in the delivery of economic, social and environmental outcomes in local communities
  • improve the performance of the culture and sport sector and to address under-performance
  • build capacity and leadership
  • simplify and coordinate the regional improvement infrastructure.

Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has today launched ‘A Passion for Excellence: One Year On’ which sets out what progress has been made and outlines further work to be undertaken.

the asa restructure and development

On Friday 6 February 2009, the asa board approved plans, which will come into effect on 1 March 2009, to change the way the asa delivers its services to its clubs and partners throughout England. More information is available in the letter from David Sparkes for download.

It is important for the asa to continue to assess and review its operations and listen to its members, partners and customers in order to ensure best practice at all times. The Regional Management Board are assessing our current commitments and working through the logistics and operational demands of this change to our structure. We propose to have further information available to you by the second week in March on how we intend moving forwards . Alison Usher appreciates that there are lots of questions and queries, which she will endeavour to answer, but please bear with us during this difficult transition period.

For now you should continue to work with our regions as you have been doing and we will circulate details at a later stage on how Clubs and Counties will work with the 49 county swimming co-ordinators.

ASA SW Regional Strategy 2009 to 2013 - Nov 08 Draft

Several amends have been made to the draft Regional Strategy following the consultation period. We have changed the layout of the document, aiming to make the strategy more engaging. Each section focuses on;

  • why
  • what needs to be done
  • How we will do it
  • How will we measure it

The actual Key Performance Indicators against which we will measure performance are consolidated in a chart at the end of the document, and we will include at a later stage the year by year operational plan. Please circulate to colleagues and feedback all comments to Alison Usher, ASA South West Regional Director, c/o Gloucester City Council, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, GLOUCESTER GL1 2EQ (01452 396615 or 07799 582215 or email alison.usher@swimming.org

Alison Usher will be discussing the strategy with

  • club and coach representatives at a workshop being held at the Wessex Hotel, Street on Sat 29 November 2008 from Noon to 1pm during the lunch break of the regional championships. All are more than welcome.
  • external partners at a session on 16 December 2008.

We will be looking to produce the final document during February. Download Nov 08 draft

Strategy Overview and Feedback - 29 Nov 08

Following a consultation period, ASA South West are now finalising their strategy for developing our sport for the next four years. An overview of this and the chance to have your say, will be held on Saturday 29 November 2008 during the lunchtime break of the regional championships at Millfield School, Somerset.

Places are limited, so please download and return the attached form to reserve your place. This is your chance to understand how we plan to take forward our sport and have your input into the final direction. Please take this opportunity. We look forward to seeing you on 29 November.

RSVP to Leanne Douglas, asa South West Regional Finance Administrator, c/o Culture Learning & Leisure, Gloucester City Council, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester City Council, GL1 2EQ leanne.douglas@swimming.org