What is Swim 21?
The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) is the governing body for the sport of swimming in England .
Swimming clubs affiliating to the ASA must comply with its rules and the laws of swimming.
To ensure that affiliated clubs offer quality swimming programmes the ASA has developed a swimmer and club development model called Swim 21 which provides a benchmark against which clubs can measure themselves.
Clubs that achieve all of the standards are then accredited with ‘Swim 21′ status.
What do Clubs have to do?
Meeting the Swim 21 standards is a long process. Rossington Amateur Swimming Club has begun work on Swim 21, looking at the swimming programme and the club structure
At the end of this process an action plan will be submitted to the ASA for approval to address areas needing attention.
Once an action plan has been agreed then any actions must be implemented.
How Are Clubs Assessed?
Following implementation of the action plan clubs go through a process of self-assessment against a range of ‘elements’ and are required to score themselves against these criteria.
The assessment and evidence are submitted to an ASA assessment panel for their consideration.
What are the standards?
In May 2013, swim21 changed to 3 levels of accreditation.
• swim21 club Essential – which will support clubs to grow membership, develop volunteers and ensure the sustainability of activity in line with the objective of the club.
• swim21 club Network – The aim is to quality assure clubs who work collaboratively to deliver the athlete pathway in their area, and ensure that athletes meet their potential and are retained in the sport. It will assist in identifying gaps in provision and opportunities available for clubs to increase and sustain membership. Each club in the network will be valued for their role. It is agreed between accredited clubs to work towards the following objectives:
- To retain and increase ASA club members
- To retain and increase volunteers, teachers, coaches and officials
- To raise the standards of performance across appropriate aquatic disciplines
To access swim21 club Network, your club will need to:
- Identify other clubs to form a network with
- Ensure all clubs in the network are ASA affiliated
- Have access to the swim21 online portal
- Be swim21 club Essential accredited
• swim21 Performance Environment provides a benchmark for clubs coaching high level athletes across all four disciplines (Swimming, Diving, Waterpolo and Synchro). It is awarded to those clubs who can demonstrate that the pathways, physical environment, coaching practices and support services are all in place for athletes to reach the pinnacle of their aquatic sport, and that the club has historical evidence, to illustrate athletes regularly achieve success through this performance programme.
swim21 Performance will be assessed in three sections:
1. Pre-requisite / Self Assessment Criteria
2. Physical Environment Criteria
3. Coaching Programme Criteria
What Happens Now?
Work is being carried out in the Club gathering information on the various areas detailed above. In 2006 we will be looking to looking to resolve any major issues stopping the Club getting accreditation.
The Club will then submit its Swim 21 action plan to the ASA.
Our Swim21 officer is Ian Gordon, if you have any questions on Swim 21 or are willing to help is the club gaining accreditation then please contact Ian Gordon by clicking the button below.