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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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Top Ups

News and information on schemes designed to help Schools meet their minimum Learn to Swim obligations under the National Curriculum.

The Regional Top Up Co-ordinator can be contacted by emailing frank.stoney@swimming.org

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Top Up Swimming Success

Barry Alldrick, Charlotte Roberts, Carolyn Skew and Taylor Priest of Christchurch and New Milton Seagull had their work cut out over the last two weeks. Working in partnership with the Christchurch School Sports Partnership and the asa's Top Up Swimming Scheme the Seagulls coaching team had a challenge to ensure all children who attend a Christchurch Primary School in Year 6 who could not swim 25m should be able to by the end of 10 sessions (an hour a day over two weeks).

The children descended on Twynham School pool daily and out of 28 swimmers, 25 were able to swim at least the distance of 25m on their front and back, with 3 others managing 15m! Head Coach Barry Alldrick commented:

"This has been one of the most fun schemes we have ever taught and the school children were exceptionally well behaved, enthusiastic and grateful for the lessons.

Top Up Swimming delivers impressive results

A pioneering Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) initiative aiming to reduce the number of children unable to swim is celebrating a successful first year in existence.

Top Up Swimming provides intensive coaching over a two-week period to ensure that more children are able to swim the minimum standard of 25m by the end of Key Stage 2, or Years 3-6.

With funding from the DCSF (formerly the Department for Education and Skills) the ASA alongside the School Sports Partnerships has been able to ensure that 44,246 children have now received Top Up Swimming sessions in its first year with 100,000 participants expected by July 2008.

PM personal approval of Top Up Scheme

An initiative designed to increase the number of children learning to swim while at school has received an 8.25m boost as part of a Government campaign to give every child the opportunity of five hours of sport every week.

In unveiling the 100m Department for Children, Schools and Families campaign, Prime Minister Gordon Brown awarded further funding to the Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA) School Top Up Swimming scheme - an initiative that is personal to Mr Brown.

Plymouth top up

Plymouth Pavilions is again taking part in the national scheme to encourage children to be able to swim 25 metres before they start at secondary school.The Pavilions was one of the country's first leisure venues to sign up to the scheme when it was launched in April 2006, and with the assistance of the Sir John Hunt schools sports co-ordinators and Plymouth Leander Swimming Club, it proved so successful that it's back for a second year.

West Wiltshire Schools Partnership TOP-Up Success

West Wiltshire School Sports Partnership achieved some fantastic results from their TOP Up swimming project with the support of DC Leisure and Beeline buses.

To find out how to implement similar TOP-Up programmes for your partnership, contact Frank Stoney, ASA Top Up Co-ordinator on 07810 014498 or email frank.stoney@swimming.org.

Top Up Swimming

The Amateur Swimming Association has joined forces with the Government to increase the number of youngsters able to swim at least 25m by the age of 11. In a move designed to help the one in five who are unable to swim the minimum 25m by the end of Key Stage 2, The Department for Education and Skills has launched a 5.5million national top up swimming scheme.

ASA Top Up Swimming Pilot Schemes

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