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Dave McNulty appointed Head Coach of Bath Intensive Training Centre

Olympic medal-winning coach Dave McNulty has been announced as the Head Coach of the soon to be established British Swimming Intensive Training Centre (ITC) at the University of Bath. McNulty, who coached Jo Jackson to a bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle at the Beijing Olympics, will head up one of a new nationwide network of five ITCs designed to provide a world-class daily training environment for swimmer development and to build on the success of Beijing as the sport looks towards London in 2012.

The former Durham Aquatics coach, who has spent the past six months at Loughborough University, is looking forward to the challenge.

"I'm very excited about this British Swimming opportunity to work as head coach of the Bath ITC," said McNulty."This ITC will provide all of the daily training requirements for high performance athletes in a world class environment. It will help to build on the success of the Beijing Olympics by looking forward to 2012 and beyond. I take up this position in October and I'm looking forward to working with everyone at TeamBath. By working together with TeamBath we will have a system in place that underpins the ITC and offers opportunities for all."

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ASA South West PESSYP Young Volunteers Programme 2008/9

The asa are extremely excited about increasing the number of young volunteers and we hope you may be interested in benefiting from such new volunteers within your club.

This document outlines the ASA South West PESSYP (Physical Education, School Sport and Young People) Young Volunteers projects for 2008 – 2009 that your club can be involved in.

The initiative forms a partnership between the asa, County Sports Partnerships, Step Into Sport and hopefully your club!

The PESSYP young volunteers programme involves young volunteers (14-19 yrs old) from clubs, schools, or local colleges being invited to assist with activities within a swim21 club environment and gain an insight in to the role and structure and management of a voluntary sports club.

The young volunteers will be required to provide a minimum of 25 hours voluntary service within a swim 21 club, which can include a variety of different tasks over four different areas.

West Dorset SC celebrate achieving national benchmark of excellence

West Dorset Swimming Club is celebrating being awarded Swim 21 Accreditation, a national benchmark of excellence!

It is the 2nd time that the Warriors have achieved accreditation, the first being in 2004 and the club is the 2nd in the entire county to have reached the exacting standards required for re-accreditation.

The ASA’s Regional Development Officer, Kelly Gaffney made a special visit to the club to present the award to head coach Janet Hewitt in front of 200 proud parents and swimmers. Also joining in the celebrations were Trevor Jones, West Dorset District Councillor and President of the Warriors, David Barratt, Dorchester’s Deputy Mayor, Leslie Phillips, Chairman of the Dorchester Swimming Baths Fund and his fellow trustee Peter Leatherdale.

On presenting the award, Ms Gaffney explained: "swim21 Accreditation is recognition that a club has displayed the high standards the ASA wants clubs to achieve nationwide. In order to attain accreditation, clubs must provide evidence of professional standards in every field of activity including Athlete Development, Child Welfare and Protection, Coaching, Administration and Finance. There is a great deal of hard work involved and it is a real credit to West Dorset’s committee and staff that they have managed to maintain swim21 for 4 years and now have committed to it for another 4 years. They are leading by example and deserve many congratulations."

Attending the ASA South West Annual Council meeting?

Saturday 13 September 2008 - Somerset College of Arts and Technology, Taunton

Yes? Then come and have a FREE place on a ‘Funding for your Club’ Workshop on the same day!

Running in conjunction with the Region’s Annual Council, the Running Sports ‘Funding for your Club’ Workshop will be offered ‘free’ to those attending
the afternoon council meeting.

Workshop 9.00am – 12 noon / Council 1pm onwards
Bookings will be accepted on a first come first served basis and must be made in advance with Regional Development Officer by Friday 5 September 2008

About the workshop
Your sports clubs can always use more money and this workshop will help you choose the right funding route to support your projects. Fund-raising will always be a constant battle, but you can help to give your clubs an edge.

David Sparkes - Development Day Presentation June 2008

ASA South West Consultation on Regional Strategy 2009 – 2013

We are currently in the process of formulating our plans for the next four years and have drafted some high level targets around our key objectives.

Over the later part of 2008 we will be working to look at how these objectives will be delivered and what this means in all of our disciplines and Counties. This will give us much more specific plans in all of our disciplines. We welcome all contributions and thoughts to help shape the direction for our region. Please take this opportunity to be part of this planning. We want swimming in the region to move forward by us all working together and sharing objectives.

Please review draft strategy and use this form to feedback your thoughts (documents open in new window). The form can be posted back to the regional office or via email by Monday 8 September 2008.

ASA South West, C/o Gloucester City Council, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EQ
leanne.douglas@swimming.org

Swim Active Bursaries for Club Volunteers

We have just received news about a new funding opportunity from Kellogg’s for volunteers at Swim 21 accredited or working towards clubs. Funding for all courses (except Level 1 Aquatics) is available for up to 50% of the course fee from 18 August 2008 based on a first come first serve basis. Details are as follows:

Criteria for funding

  • Candidate must work as a volunteer in a club in a county / region where there isn’t any other subsidised funding available (currently this means priority will be given to volunteers in the following regions East, West Midlands, South West)
  • The candidate volunteers in a clubs that is Swim 21* accredited or work towards assessment as verified by the Regional Development Officer (RDO) (* or equivalent in Wales or Scotland). Priority will go to candidates from under represented social groups.

Funding Available

  • Priority is for Level 2 and 3 qualifications, however Level 1 for disciplines other than swimming will be considered.
  • Funding is available up to 50% of the courses price up to a maximum of £900 (Note: the recommended cost of a Level 3 course is £1,800).
  • Funding is only available for courses delivered by the IoS.

UK School Games 2008 - Ticket Draw for Swim 21 Accredited Clubs

The UK School Games are being hosted in our region on 29 & 30August 2008. This will see some of the best youth swimmers in the Country competing at Millfield School, Street, Somerset.

ASA South west will be offering tickets to Swim 21 accredited clubs in the South West on a draw /ballot system to reward and recognise these club’s efforts and dedication to Swim 21. Additionally, this will also enable our local swimmers to witness a prestigious national youth event.

Applications should be made by clubs for up to 12 tickets per session (one session only). Sessions are 2pm Friday 29 August and 10am Saturday 30 August. To apply please download the information and application pack and complete and return your application to:

ASA South West Regional Office, C/o Gloucester City Council, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EQ
Closing date Friday 1 August 2008.

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SkillsActive Analyser tool

the asa (the national governing body involved in every component of swimming) and SkillsActive have been working in partnership to roll out a brand new online workforce development solution for sport.

By using the innovative ‘SkillsActive Analyser’ tool, the asa will be able to equip their staff – both paid and volunteers – with the skills and training they need to ensure that they are professionally qualified and able to coach and develop others at a consistently high standard, as well as meet the future challenges and training needs of the sector.

Designed by SkillsActive, the SkillsActive Analyser is an online tool, initially for sports governing bodies, county sport partnerships and sports clubs, which identifies training needs within the workplace and signposts training solutions. Through a specific analysis function, sports employers can identify the job roles where they have skills and training requirements.

Dorset Swim 21 Support Workshop for accredited clubs

Wednesday 3 September 2008 (7pm - 9pm) - Dorchester Youth Association, Dorchester

ASA South West are holding a Swim 21 ‘Support’ Workshop for Clubs in the County of Dorset who are currently Swim 21 accredited at any level and in any discipline.

This is an ideal chance to share practice and issues with your local swim 21 network and also to utilise the resources and support of local and regional swimming development officers.

Please RSVP by Wed 23rd August 2008 to Kelly Gaffney, ASA South West, c/o Gloucester City Council, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EQ. Kelly.Gaffney@swimming.org Tel: 07917 007657

Download agenda and reply slip

More Swim21 Clubs accredited

At the recent Swim21 National Panel, a total of 41 accreditations were awarded. Of these, 20 clubs were accrediting for the first time as well as 21 clubs having worked their way through the process for a second time to achieve reaccreditation for a further four years. Several clubs achieving reaccreditation, have also opted to accredit at additional Swim21 levels this time, to acknowledge and promote the development opportunities available at the various levels of their club’s operation.

National Panel Chairman, David Flack commented, “ It is especially pleasing to see the very first swim21 Foundation club achieve its accreditation award, 7Xtreme from the South West Region”.

The swimming members of this small club are aged up to 12 years and are also members of other local clubs. They come together on Saturday mornings as 7Xtreme, to further improve their stroke techniques in this additional training session delivered by qualified personnel.