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The ASA is the English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water and synchronised swimming.
It supports 1,220 affiliated swimming clubs and endeavours to ensure every athlete, whatever their age or level of experience, belongs to a club that provides the best possible support and environment through schemes such as swim21, the ASA’s 'Quality Mark' for clubs.
It organises competition throughout England, from grass-roots to elite level and operates a world renowned Learn to Swim award scheme based on the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS).
The ASA is looking to further modernise the sport and to make it more attractive to today’s young people, as well as those who are older, in order to achieve its objectives.
Key projects and initiatives for the ASA include:
Educating and training teachers and coaches
The ASA operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for teachers, coaches and officials. It has pioneered work on the UK Coaching Certificate and has developed e-learning programmes, all of which are helping to drive up quality and ‘raise the bar’ in this field.
More opportunities to swim
The ASA is also dedicated to giving more people more opportunities to swim for health and fun, and encourage the industry to put the customer at the heart of all its work. This will improve the customer experience so more people have more fun swimming on a more regular basis.
A Legacy from the 2012 Olympics
With the London 2012 Olympic Games on the horizon, the ASA also plans to see English athletes on the podium and use the opportunity to inspire non-athletes to be more active. The ASA feels that the lead up to the Olympics will offer a critical period in which it could deliver its challenging and exciting Strategy to help people to achieve their health goal.