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British Gas is providing a fantastic opportunity to help support club development up and down the country by offering £1,000 in the form of a grant.

The scheme is open to all swim21 accredited clubs, and those working towards accreditation, and can be used for a range of causes from increasing membership to providing better opportunities for their existing members. Plus, there’s an opportunity to double the funding through Sport England’s Sportsmatch scheme.

To improve their chances of being successful, clubs are asked to ensure that their grant application matches their club development plan and to send applications to the regional office.

Click for details of latest grants and how to apply.

The next deadline for entry is 15 August 2011.

As part of our drive to get more people swimming, we have launched an online and household marketing campaign working with a number of target local authorities in the South West.

Click on the image for swimming offers in local pools across the south west

The region has a target of increasing adult participation in regular swimming (moderate intensity swimming for at least 30 minutes once per week) by 7290 people by April 2012.

The region is currently working with 13 local authorities and operators on the way they deliver swimming across their pools.

Diary of CPD Events

Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 September 2011

Amazing opportunities for all to learn with our fantastic ‘Learning Week’ Campaign!

Whether you are a swimming teacher in a leisure centre or a school, a swimming coach in a club, a volunteer or club officer or a fitness instructor....we have workshops and events for you all to

  • develop the skills required for your roles,
  • learn great new ideas and
  • share best practice.

Click to download Learning Week flyer (1.57Mb pdf) and brochure (2.07Mb pdf).

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 4 Evening

Jemma Lowe and Ellen Gandy stole the show for the British Gas GBR Swimming team on Day Four of the World Championships, both winning their respective 200m Butterfly semi finals.

World Short Course silver medallist Lowe was the quickest of the pair, beating Olympic champion Liu Zige in her home pool to touch in 2:06.30 and progress fastest to Day 5’s evening final. But Gandy also defeated a strong field to win the first semi final in 2:06.73, leading the likes of Olympic silver medallist Jiao Liuyang and World Short Course champion Mireaia Belmonte Garcia for the entire race to qualify fourth fastest.

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 4 Morning

British Gas GBR swimmer Ellen Gandy stormed into the semi-finals of the Women’s 200m Butterfly in Shanghai.

The 19-year old finished fifth in her first World Championship final in the 100m Butterfly earlier in the week and continued her form in the morning's heats, clocking 2:08.14 to progress fourth fastest.

Fellow Brit Jemma Lowe - who also reached the 100m Butterfly final - progressed to the semi finals 11th fastest in 2:08.67.

Learn to teach Aqua Zumba

Get involved in the latest dance and fitness craze and get qualified to teach Aqua Zumba®

Aqua qualified instructors can take this great opportunity to become qualified to teach the latest dance and fitness craze specially developed for the pool - Aqua Zumba®.

Known as the Zumba 'pool party', Aqua Zumba gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that's cardio-conditioning and body-toning.

Interested? Simply email your name, email address and home town to

ASA qualifications receive re-endorsement from sports coach UK Coaching Standards Group

The ASA’s formal UKCC qualifications for teachers and coaches have received a further two year endorsement from sports coach UK’s Coaching Standards Group.

The re-endorsement effectively provides official approval for the continued awarding of qualifications across all disciplines and confirms the ASA’s unique status in aquatics education (and as one of the few national sports governing bodies) as holders of the UKCC kite-mark.

Taunton network enjoys most successful National Age Groups to date

via Alison Usher:

Taunton Deane Swimming were in Sheffield swimming at the Ponds Forge International Pool this week with the cream of the British Swimming age group talent.

Girls aged 11 to 13 and Boys aged 11-14 were all swimming.

Taunton were represented by:
Kayleigh Parker (Bridgwater-Coach Mark Rawle) swimming as a network member. Emily Yap, Charlie Attwood, Beth Newton, Becky Wilde, Georgia Ardren and Jacob Greenow.

Every swimmer recorded best times and nearly every swimmer made finals.

England Talent Develoment Programme - Age and Youth Selection Policies 2011-12 season

Click to download and unzip the file for selection policies for the 2011-12 season

  • Southern Region Open Water Distance Freestyle
  • Level 2 Southern Youth
  • Level 1 South West Region Age

British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships (50m) 2011 - Day 5

21 to 25 July 2011 - Ponds Forge

The last day of the British Gas National Age Group Championships 2011 saw the final events in the pool contested against the loud background sound of Vuvuzelas and horns with seven champions named BAGCAT winners.

In the 400m IM there were yet more gold medals for Daniella Whiting (Aquae Sulis, 13) and Rio Kurihara (Millfield, 14). Millfield's Daniel Liu (14) won bronze.

The winner in the Girls 13-years age 400m IM event was a surprise to the winner herself. Aquae Sulis swimmer Daniella Whiting was 6s off her personal best time in her heats swim but managed to charge to a winning position in 5:03.30 in the final, knocking just over 8s off her time and swimming a personal best in the final.

Whiting said: “After this morning I was worried, my dad told me to be careful with my pacing this afternoon. I just wanted it, but wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t even expecting a medal so never in my dreams did I think it would happen”.

City of Sunderland's Lucy Walton won the BAGCAT award for that age group and scooped silver behind Whiting.

The boys 14-years 400m IM final was a closely contested race, but Rio Kurihara (Millfield) managed to pull it back for a win, beating Earl Radtschenko (Co Coventry) into second place with 4:40.86. Kurihara finished the week claiming national titles in the 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m IM in addition to his 400m IM title.

But it was Radtschenko who finished on top of the BAGCAT rankings to claim the overall award.

City of Leicester celebrated victory in the Girls 4x100m Medley, winning in 4:32.33 ahead of Aquae Sulis (Rosalind Cranham, Daniella Whiting, Chloe Flower, Charlotte Stubbs) and City of Manchester.

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 3 Evening

Commonwealth champion Liam Tancock narrowly missed out on the 100m Backstroke medals in Shanghai. The British Gas ITC Loughborough swimmer, who will begin the defence of his world 50m Backstroke title on Saturday, clocked a season’s best 53.25 from lane one to finish just 0.26 off the podium positions in China.

Tancock won European bronze from an outside lane at last year’s European Championships and looked like he might repeat the feat after turning third fastest at the 50m mark.

While Japan’s Asian Games champion Ryosukie Irie (52.98) eventually clinched bronze behind France’s joint-winners Camille Lacourt and Jeremy Stravius (52.79), Tancock maintained his speed to finish sixth overall.

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 3 Morning

Michael Rock qualified for the semi-finals of the Men’s 200m Butterfly at the World Championships in Shanghai from the morning’s heats in 16th.

The Commonwealth silver medallist (British Gas ITC Stockport) posted a time of 1:57.03 while team mate Joe Roebuck (Loughborough University), in preparation for his individual medley swim later in the week, finished the heats in 24th place in a time of 1:58.20.

In the Women's 200m Freestyle, Jo Jackson (British Gas ITC Loughborough) and Becky Adlington (Nova Centurion) were unable to make it through to tonight's semi-finals after they finished 23rd and 24th respectively in 1:59.36 and 1:59.40.

European Youth Olympic Festival 2011 - Swimming Day 1

25-29 July 2011 - Trabazon

Matthew Johnson and Nathan Theodoris both won gold as Team GB won four medals on the opening day.

Theodoris (Swim Bournemouth) was a comprehensive winner in the 200m Backstroke, dominating the heats before grabbing gold in the final. The 16-year old paced his final to perfection, slipping more than a second off the pace at the half-way point before storming back to win in a personal best 2:02.54.

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