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Wesport Launches The West of England Celebration of Sport Evening

February 2012 sees the launch of the West of England Sport Trust’s (Wesport) new Celebration of Sport Evening. This event will give recognition to the achievements and successes of outstanding athletes, inspirational volunteers, great coaches and high quality clubs and organisations in the West of England.

The Celebration of Sport Evening will be held on 23 May 2012 at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, and Wesport are very pleased to announce that the event will be hosted by former World, European and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Kriss Akabusi.

Kriss Akabusi said:

“Sport happens in England thanks to thousands of people giving up their time to make it happen without them, we would not be able to do the sport we love and I would not have been able to achieve all that I have achieved in sport. With London 2012 getting closer every day, I am very pleased to be a part of the West of England Celebration of Sport Evening which will recognise a few of these very special sporting heros.”

Wesport wants to celebrate those people who are truly inspiring and who work every day to make sure that sport happens in the West of England. As 2012 is the year of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, it’s the perfect opportunity!

The Celebration of Sport Evening also coincides with the London 2012 Torch Relay celebrations that will be taking place from the 22nd – 23rd May 2012 in the West of England area.

New ASA Online Membership System goes live

The ASA has today launched its new online membership system,

Click to access the new OMS.

The ASA has launched its new Online Membership System (OMS), a new web-based portal that will revolutionise the way Registration Officers administer member details.

It went live at midday on 30 jan 2012 and offers a quicker and easier way to manage membership, putting control into the hands of Registration Officers. It will allow clubs to do the following tasks, and more, online:

  • Make your annual return
  • Add new members
  • Amend members details
  • Lapse members
  • Renew members
  • Have an accurate calculation of fees due
  • Print membership reports for the club
  • Assign club officer roles

An email will be sent to all Registration Officers over the 24 hours from launch, inviting them to activate their account. So, make sure you check your inbox.

David Sparkes presented with an OBE

British Swmiming Chief Executive David Sparkes was presented with an OBE having overseen a transformation in the fortunes of aquatic sports.

The country's swimmers came back empty handed from the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but eight years later won six medals at the Beijing Games, including Rebecca Adlington's two golds.

Chris Esmond's Funeral

For those who wish to attend, we have been advised that the arrangements for the funeral of ASA SW Region President Chris Esmond are as follows.

Date: Friday 9 December 2011
Time: 1.45pm
Venue: Weymouth Crematorium, Quibo Lane, Weymouth. DT4 0RR

Family flowers only, but donations can be made if desired by cheque payable to 'Weldmar Hospice care Trust' and sent c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 130 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth DT4 0JS

Chris Esmond

Our Regional President, Chris Esmond, sadly passed away at 1pm, Sunday 27 November 2011. Jean, Kyrsty and Jon were with him.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with Jean and his family at this most difficult time. We will advise funeral service details when the arrangements have been made.

Di Gibbs, Secretary Dorset County ASA, will be contacting friends and colleagues in Dorset but please advise anyone else who would appreciate being informed.

Regional Consultation Event Cancelled

We have had to cancel the event at Exeter Court Hotel on Wednesday 30 November 2011. Due to industrial action by the public sector on this date, we have had insufficient interest to run the session as planned.

We do want you to help shape the future of swimming and aquatic activities and look forward to receiving your input via the appropriate individual / club / pool operator online survey form.

Swimming in Britain – your opportunity to influence the future

Regional Consultation Sessions Cancelled

The advertised sessions on Tuesday 22 November 2011 (6.30pm to 8pm) at Yate Leisure Centre, South Glos and Wednesday 30 November at Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford have been cancelled due to low numbers and industrial action by the public sector. Read on for details of how you can feedback your views and ideas online.

Would you like to help shape the future of swimming and aquatic activities?

The ASA and British swimming are seeking your views and opinions to ensure that the next four year strategy (2013-17) for swimming and aquatic activities reflects the needs of swimmers and non-swimmers, clubs and pools. The consultation process includes an online survey to capture your experiences and to understand what people’s and organisations’ aspirations are for the future.

If you would like to help shape the future of swimming and other aquatic disciplines, please click on the appropriate link below:

ASA affiliated club survey

The Leisure Database Company (TLDC) are currently linking the Active Places sports facilities database (owned by Sport England) to affiliated clubs that play and train at them and need your help.

Shortly all ASA affiliated clubs will be contacted by a researcher at The Leisure Database Company (TLDC) to run through a short questionnaire.

The collection of this information will make it easier for the public to find out about swimming opportunities near them and provide valuable business intelligence to both Sport England and ourselves to begin to plug the knowledge gaps around club facility usage, market understanding and strategic planning.

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