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As a British Gas customer, you can take the family for a dip, without dipping into your wallet.

Visit www.britishgas.co.uk/swim

You see, as the principal partner of British Swimming, British Gas are committed to getting more people in the pool. It's good for you - and good fun, too.

ASA Strategy Consultation Booking Form


These consultative workshops are targeted at personnel from local authorities, leisure trusts, pool operators, commercial operators and strategic partners.


The ASA is developing its next four year strategy (2013-17) and we want you to influence and shape the sport’s future by booking on one of six seminars taking place in February and March.

Regional events will be held for clubs and volunteers across the country in the coming months and invites will be circulated in due course.

To book simply follow the link below, enter your details and choose a date to attend.

Inside Hengrove Park Leisure Centre

Work on the £22.6 million sports and leisure facility is well underway at Hengrove Park, providing a massive boost to the quality of sports and swimming facilities in the south of the city. The facility will be a sub-regional centre for sport as well as an important community facility and its connection with the neighbouring new community hospital will make it one of the leading projects of its kind in the UK.

January 2012 - A first look inside Hengrove Park Leisure Centre

January 2012 - A first look inside Hengrove Park Leisure Centre

The new sports and swimming complex will open to the public on 29th February 2012 and will feature:

  • Ten-lane 50-metre swimming pool, with moveable floors, suitable for family, fitness and competition swimming
  • Learner pool, with moveable floor, providing fun swimming for the whole family.
  • Spa and steam room
  • Health and Fitness suite with 150 stations offering running, rowing, cycling and other fitness machines, and a free weights area
  • Aerobics studios
  • Four court sports hall for badminton, basketball, athletics training, five-a-side football, and netball
  • Healthy Living Zone with a café and crèche
  • Modern and attractive changing facilities, and meeting rooms

British Swimming and ASA mourn Noel Winter

British Swimming and the ASA are mourning former GB water polo player and ASA facilities officer Noel Winter, who passed away on 29 January 2012.

Noel was heavily involved with water polo and facilities in the West Midlands and the North West and was in his facilities officer role at the ASA between 1999 and 2010.

He received the ASA’s prestigious Harold Fern Award in 2010 for his outstanding contribution to aquatics.

Contractors confirm completion date for Plymouth Life Centre

From Liz Slater Leisure Projects Officer BA (Hons) DMS, Plymouth City Council*

The main contractor for the Plymouth Life Centre has confirmed a final completion date for the new facility.

Balfour Beatty has announced it will be officially handing the building over to Everyone Active (who will be operating the centre in partnership with Plymouth City Council) on Monday 27 February 2012.

The Council received written confirmation on Monday 14 November that there would be a revised contract completion date, following a comprehensive programme review. Balfour Beatty said this ‘is due to a number of factors including delays in obtaining materials from mainland Europe and sequencing issues associated with the complex services installation’.

Water Polo funding boost for Plymouth Life Centre

The Plymouth Life Centre has been chosen as one of only three projects in the country to receive funding from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) to support water polo players from across the South West.

The English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming and synchronised swimming is putting £40,000 towards the ‘Club and Coach’ project in Devon over the next two years.

The aims of the project are to develop the profile of water polo through improved access to pools for both training and competitions and establish one water polo club in Plymouth, available to both senior and junior teams.

The project will support water polo clubs across Devon including Exeter, Devonport Royal, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Barnstaple, as well as Plymouth and Exeter Universities.

Book your place on an Inspired Facililties workshop

On 18 July 2011, Sport England will be launching Inspired Facilities - a key part of the Places People Play programme which will deliver a mass participation sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Inspired Facilities programme will focus on upgrading and modernising sports clubs.

Through Inspired Facilities Sport England will invest National Lottery funding in up to 1,000 community sports clubs. In advance of the launch, they’d like to give you the chance to sign up for a workshop where you will be able to learn more about the programme.

Inspired Facilities will provide relatively small capital grants to refurbish and improve the places where people play sport, improving their sporting experience and encouraging more people to get involved.

Official Opening Of SportPark At Loughborough University

Sport England Chairman Richard Lewis joined LOCOG Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe and current Olympian and World diving Champion Tom Daley at the official opening of SportPark, a landmark building for sport, at Loughborough University on Thursday.

SportPark is a state-of-the-art home to many of the country’s top national governing bodies including swimming, volleyball, and wheelchair basketball, as well Sport England’s Shared Service Centre and regional hub for the Midlands.

SportPark cost £15million to develop and was funded by the university, with support from Sport England, emda, Leicestershire County Council and Charnwood Borough Council.

SoarTV attended the official opening of SportPark in Loughborough to film the activities taking place, including a spot of table tennis between special guests, Lord Sebastian Coe and diving star Tom Daley, and speak to representatives from some of the organisations based at the facility.

View SoarTV video below of the official opening (3m 51s flashplayer required)

Pool Operators - Want to become a Big Splash pool?

The Big Splash is the world's biggest celebration of swimming and British Swimming has joined forces with the BBC to help spread the word. If your local pool fancies helping make a splash, then read on.

The aims of the Big Splash are simple – to encourage new people into the pool and help those who already swim to swim more often.

You can help make the Big Splash a great success by helping to convert all those people who are inspired to get swimming to have a great experience in your pool! Want to become a Big Splash pool? Simply contact your local ASA Aquatic Officer or email bigsplash@swimming.org to learn more about the Big Splash and how you can get involved.

Community Swimming Limited

Community Swimming Limited aims to be the market leader in providing quality outsourced swimming and leisure services to Local Authorities.

Launching May 2011, Community Swimming Limitied is not just a leisure management provider in the traditional sense. It aims to ensure that the community, its customers, are at the heart of everything it does.

Its ambition is to open up swimming and leisure provision to the community using facilities whose owners may not have the ability or the desire to do it themselves.

Making asset transfer simpler for community sports clubs

Sport England has recently launched The Community Sport Asset Transfer Toolkit to help hundreds of community sports clubs across England tackle the complex world of asset transfer.

Asset transfer involves the shifting of the ownership of land or buildings from government organisations to community groups such as local sports clubs and trusts, giving them financial stability and independence. However, the transfer of an asset is complex and the process can be a daunting task for a sports club to undertake, especially those run mainly by volunteers.

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