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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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ASA audit shows steady growth in equality

The 2009 audit of the equality and diversity representation of the ASA shows that the current membership broadly reflects the ethnic population profile of England and there has been a slow but steady growth in increasing membership throughout all ethnic groupings.

This fourth annual audit, which was initiated in 2006 as part of the Governing Body’s submission to the National Equality Standard for Sport, addresses the profile of the ASA in terms of its membership, staff, officials and committees.

CCPR reveals thousands of sports clubs could close

Around 6,000 community sports clubs could be forced to close in the next 12 months across the UK as a result of the recession according to a new survey.

The research released by CCPR, an umbrella organisation for 290 national governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK, revealed that 60 per cent of clubs are suffering from reductions in the revenue they manage to raise commercially. Around 40 per cent are seeing membership subscription income and renewals fall.

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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ASA membership return

Clubs are reminded that the ASA annual membership return is due by 31 March 2009.

If payment and data on all members has not been received by the ASA by 31 March, the club will be automatically suspended and members will not be insured. The club will also be charged an additional fee amounting to 10% of the club's previous year's membership fees, or £50, whichever is the greater. Please note that the club will not be reinstated until such time as the fees, additional fee and data has been received and competitive members belonging to suspended clubs may not participate in competitions.

If you have any queries on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the ASA membership services department on 01509 618727 or email renewals@swimming.org

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.

New guidelines for Licensed Meets

The guidelines for licensed meets have been revised and contain new requirements for competitions from September 2009. Download the guidelines

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Temporary Membership

In October 2008 the asa Annual Council agreed to change asa law to enable an individual to obtain temporary membership to the asa as a category two or category three member.

Temporary category three membership will cover anyone wishing to become a volunteer in the sport, this may be as a result of a sports course and/or a leadership award. The charge for temporary category three membership is £4.00. The membership will be valid until 31 December of that year and limited to one temporary period per individual.

Changes to Collection of Affiliation Fees for 2009

Important Notice for Club Secretaries

The Regional Management Board, following discussions with County Treasurers, has agreed that from January 2009 the ASA SW Region will use the asa single fee collection service. This service has been used by other regions for the past four years and is now proven to be a reliable and simpler system for clubs. This means that all affiliation fees – National, Region and County will be paid direct to the asa.

A Membership Fee Submission Form detailing the relevant levels of payment will be sent to you direct from asa Head Office, by 14 December 2008. Neither the Region nor the County will require separate payment from you. This form should be completed and returned to the asa’s membership department with one cheque for the full amount made payable to the asa as soon as possible in the new year. On receipt of your Club’s payment the asa will pay the Region and your County their portion of fees.

Please note that all fees MUST BE PAID by 31 March 2009. Failure to do this could result in suspension of membership, invalidation of insurance and a fine as per ASA law 7.6. You are reminded that the membership year runs 1st January – 31st December.

The Regional Management Board hopes that Clubs will find this system easier to administer. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your County Treasurer for guidance or the asa membership department. Please ensure your Club Secretary / Membership Secretary / Committee are aware of this (also detailed in the document for download below)

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