Big Splash

News of the UK’s largest ever swimming campaign. Visit www.bigsplash.co.uk to find out how you, your club, school and local pool operator can get involved.

Challenge your swimmers and win a Duncan Goodhew club training session!

The ASA is encouraging coaches to swim the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief, part of the Swimathon Weekend, taking place in 650 pools from 27 to 29 April.

By taking part, coaches can inspire club members to form teams of up to five swimmers and challenge - their coach - to the fastest time!

ASA South West team get swimming!

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The Regional ASA team are completing the Big Splash / Swimathon 5km team challenge on Friday 27 April 2012 at the new Plymouth Life Centre. We thought it was about time we got in the water ourselves, and do more swimming.

We are raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, inspired by our colleagues and friends. Any support you may be able to give us would be greatly appreciated. You can donate via www.justgiving.com/asasw Or if anyone or any club wants to join in the challenge, please register for the Big Splash / Swimathon weekend at www.swimathon.org.

Alison Usher

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10 weeks and counting to the world’s biggest fundraising swim!

Have you started training for the Swimathon Weekend yet? Taking place from 27 to 29 April, not only will you soon be counting lengths, but also the number of lives you can help by taking part.

Did you know that just £5 raised for Sport Relief could buy new clothes for a child living on the streets of Nepal and £1000 could transform the lives of a whole community living in the slums of Kenya by giving them permanent access to clean water?

Now is the time to get started on your 10 week Swimfit training plan to help you make a difference to people living in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.

Sign up today!

Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief launches across Great Britain

The Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief challenge was launched as part of the Swimathon Weekend over 27 – 29 April 2012.

The launch took place in 10 pools across Great Britain with swimming ambassadors Duncan Goodhew and Jodie Kidd swimming the first two lengths at London’s Oasis Sports Centre.

Swimathon Weekend Launch

Join David Hill, Kate Grey and Stacey Tadd in the pool to mark the launch of the world’s biggest fundraising swim!

Start the New Year with a resolution to get fit and raise money for charity by joining swimmers in the pool at Bath Sports Centre to mark the launch of the Swimathon Weekend.

Now in its 25th year, Swimathon has joined forces with British Swimming’s and the BBC’s Big Splash, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sport Relief to hold the world’s biggest fundraising swim. Swimmers can take part individually or as a team in the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief or the 2.5k, 5k and 5k Team distance challenges for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Swim for Life

To prepare you for the Swimathon Weekend challenges a special training session is taking place on Thursday 5 January 2012 from 12pm to 2pm led by Martin Mosey, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Performance Swimming Programme Director.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet and swim with your local swimming stars, club swimmers and members of the public who will be taking part in the Swimathon Weekend from 27 to 29 April 2012.

Plus Bath Sports Centre is offering all swimmers an opportunity to swim for free between 12pm and 2pm on the day!

Swimathon makes a Big Splash in 2012!

Swimathon, the world’s biggest fundraising swim is about to get even bigger, joining forces with British Swimming’s and BBC’s Big Splash; Marie Curie Cancer Care; and Sport Relief to promote what is hoped will be the biggest Swimathon Weekend ever.

The Swimathon Weekend 27-29 April 2012, will give thousands of swimmers the opportunity to raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care through the traditional 2.5k, 5k or Team 5k challenges, and for Sport Relief through the new ‘Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief’.

The event will be hosted in 600 pools across the UK and will provide swimmers with a personal challenge, a goal to train for and great causes to support. The Swimathon Weekend 2012 also marks Swimathon’s 25th anniversary.

For more information or to register your interest for the Swimathon Weekend visit: http://rfi.swimathon.org.

Create your own Big Splash Thames challenge

Download Big Splash poster below to display at your pool

Challenge yourself to swim the distance of the Thames.

Log your swims and track your progress for free at www.bigpslash.co.uk.

Avalon Leisure's 30,000 Splashers

Avalon Leisure 30000 Splashers

Avalon Leisure have fully embraced the British Swimming and BBC's Big Splash Campaign by aiming to get 30,000 people swimming across Mendip this summer.

The 30,000 Splashers campaign supports the work of the ASA to drive up participation in swimming across the country.

What's more, they are offering every swimmer this summer an opportunity to win one year's free unlimited swimming!

Click to find out more about the campaign.

World Champions Adlington and Payne celebrate victorious homecoming at British Gas Big Dip

Straight from the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, newly crowned World Champions Rebecca Adlington and Keri-anne Payne celebrated their success with an appearance at the British Gas Big Dip.

The pair were at the British Gas Big Dip swimming festival in Clapham Common to talk about the team’s success and encourage some of the youngsters on the day to follow in their footsteps.

View video interview (6m 55s flashplayer required) with Payne who won gold in the 10km open water swimming race

View video interview below (4m 43s flashplayer required) with Adlington who clinched the gold medal in the 800m freestyle and silver in the women's 400m freestyle.

Adlington teams up with her 'mini-me' at the British Gas Big Dip

Double Olympic Gold medallist and newly crowned world champion Rebecca Adlington has taken time out after her medal success at the World Championships to take a dip with her real life ‘mini-me’ 4-year-old swimming sensation Tae Smith.

The youngster, who stunned the swimming world last month when she swam an incredible 101 lengths nonstop, was invited by Rebecca to join her on Clapham Common in London at the British Gas Big Dip urban swimming festival which has been extended to 7 August 2011 (see video below).

Tae, from Poole, Dorset, only started swimming lessons in February and now practices for just an hour a week.

Swimming Offers in the South West

As part of ASA South West’s 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.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of swimming opportunities within local pools and encourage more participants back into swimming regularly. Based upon local population make up, specific individuals will be targeted with household flyers, with vouchers tailored to appeal. In addition the region will be placing online advertising to drive traffic searches to the swimming offers website.

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.

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