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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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View video (5m 11s, flashplayer required) on "Swim a Song", an alternative, fun, innovative and effective programme for introducing adults with babies or very young children to the exciting world of Aquatics.

Dubai Sports City Swimming Academy signed partnership agreement with the ASA

Dubai Sports City Swimming Academy has signed a partnership agreement with the ASA to deliver the ASA’s National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) and the Kellogg’s ASA Awards Scheme.

This partnership adds to the family of Dubai Sports City Academies which already deliver accredited development pathways and coaching education opportunities, and will ensure that Dubai is at the forefront of all the aquatic disciplines.

Admiral Swimming Centre signs agreement with the ASA

Admiral Swimming Centre in Brixham, Devon has signed a year long contract with the ASA to deliver the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) as well as the Kellogg’s ASA Awards Scheme.

The partnership is just the latest development in a lengthy relationship with the ASA which began in the late 1920s when Brixham Swimming Club taught swimming and lifesaving in the local open air sea water Shoalstone Pool.

The ASA offers 500 free individual licences for teachers and coaches

The free licence offer has been extended for a further 3 months. Teacher and coach licensing offers many benefits for local authorities, clubs and schools. Licences are free to IOS and ASA members and therefore these additional free licences are targeting those who are not existing members.

The majority of people involved with swimming and the associated disciplines recognise the need to have a well regulated 'professional' workforce. Licensing can contribute towards the achievement of the aim. The opportunity to become licensed is open to all qualified aquatic instructors, whether paid or unpaid for their service, who meet the stated criteria and are commited to ongoing personal development. However, the requirement to become licensed does not apply to all.

Click for more information on the process and criteria of the licence which will hopefully answer any specific queries which you may have. The long term aim is to encourage employers to use the licensing scheme as part of the appointment process and to move to a situation where we have a predominantly licensed profession.

Download flyer for Notice Boards. All applications under this offer must be received by 30 September 2009.

New rules on age limit for ScUK Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshops

There have been concerns regarding the attendance of 16-18 year olds at ScUK Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshops, regarding the learning experience being provided to this age group.

Young people attending the workshops are of course aiming to support their understanding of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and protecting children and young people, however they are themselves defined as children under the Children Act 1989 and are potentially subject to the issues that the workshop aims to address.

ScUK have taken guidance from the NSPCC and have recommended the following:

New Venue for UK Coaching Awards 2009

Tuesday, 8 December 2009 - Old Billingsgate, London

Each year the Awards, hosted by sports coach UK, honours coaches who have achieved outstanding success over the past 12 months, as well as recognising the hard work and achievements of those involved in developing coaches. The event is seen as one of the most prestigious within the industry and is attended by some of the most important and influential people in sport and coaching.

If you are interested in attending this years UK Coaching Awards 2009, please put an expression of interest in writing to events@sportscoachuk.org. Further event information will be published as it becomes available.

Let the ASA help recruit, train, support and retain your aquatic teachers and coaches!

Let the ASA help recruit, train, support and retain your aquatic teachers and coaches! Local Authority? Private Swimming Pool Provider? Swim School? Swimming Club?

Whoever you are…….

  • Do you want to recruit new aquatic teachers and coaches?
  • Do you need support to train new and existing teachers and coaches?
  • Want to provide excellent delivery and service for your customers / swimmers?
  • Need some support to retain your teachers and coaches and provide incentives for their development?

As part of Swimming’s Coach / Teacher Development Programme, the ASA Coaching Systems Team are completing an audit of the UK’s aquatic workforce and collecting data from you to gain an accurate picture of the country’s teacher / coach workforce.

The ASA offers new support programme for developing coaches

Coaches in England can now benefit from the latest phase in an ambitious new coaching programme launched in conjunction with the ASA Talent Development team. The 'Advanced Coaching Offer' will provide targeted support to up to 160 proactive, talented, developing coaches across England over a four year period.

The programme offers a structured process of mentoring, support and development through access to the ASA Beacon centres and the ASA Talent Development team. At absolutely no cost to the coach or club, the programme will provide coaches with the opportunity to shape their future in aquatic coaching with a programme of observation/analyses of coaching sessions, one to one discussions, coaching at regional Beacon programmes and attendance at talent camps.

Institute of Swimming awarded Centre of Excellence status by National Skills Academy

Around 6,000 people are to benefit from ASA courses this year after the Institute of Swimming (IoS) was awarded the Centre of Excellence for Aquatics Instruction. The new status, awarded by the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure, will mean swimming teachers and coaches across the country can gain increased access to high quality, industry-recognised training whilst the IoS identifies and meets the needs of the sector.

The ASA courses – some of which are locally funded - and CPD seminars delivered by the Institute of Swimming, in partnership with the Skills Academy, include: Certificates for Teaching Aquatics, Coaching Swimming, Coaching Diving, Coaching Synchronised Swimming and Aquatic Fitness Endorsed Training Awards such as Aqua Jogging and Aqua Fit – to name a few.

Leisure East Devon sign five-year agreement with the ASA

Leisure East Devon Ltd (LED) has signed a five-year agreement with the ASA to deliver the National Plan for Teaching Swimming and the Kellogg’s ASA Awards Scheme.

LED is a Charitable Trust, set up in January 2006 to operate sports facilities in East Devon. There are three swimming pools operated by the trust; Honiton Swimming and Leisure, Exmouth Swimming and Leisure and Sidmouth Swimming Pool. The buildings are all owned by East Devon Council.

Higher Education Sport Partnership Plan targeted consultation

Sport England has been working closely with BUCS and the sector to develop a draft partnership plan focused on their 2008-11 Strategy.

The draft partnership plan sets out the proposed short to medium term steps needed in order for Sport England, BUCS and Higher Education to create a sustainable relationship which develops and promotes HE sport, as well as working towards the Sport England target of 300,000 additional students (FE and HE) doing sport.

Karen Rothery, Chief Executive of British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), said: “This consultation is an exciting step towards exploring the opportunities for further growth in sports participation within Higher Education. Universities have a valuable role to play in addressing the barriers to participation and the sector is already working to improve the offering to students involved in sport.”