New projects to benefit from diverted sports funding.

Sport England have announced that the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) will have £667,895 – 10 per cent of its remaining funding for getting more people swimming – diverted to invest in pilot programmes focused on improving the experience that casual and social swimmers get.

Following a Swim Summit held in January 2015, where over 100 swimming industry experts agreed that something needs to be done to make pools more customer-friendly environments, the pilots will look at improving the swimming experience for every day, non-club, swimmers and radically changing the way that opportunities to swim are provided. They will be led by swimming pool operators, alongside the ASA.

The pilots will be launched by the end of the summer and are expected to be delivered nationwide.

You can find the full Sport England report here

Nice in Nice for Lara as GB qualify

lara partridgeCrawley Swimming Club’s Lara Partridge, was a member of the successful GB Under 17 girls water polo team that travelled to Nice, South of France in March to qualify for a place at this summer’s inaugural European Games, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In the qualifying competition, where only 2 teams would go through, GB played against Portugal, France, Czech Republic and Switzerland. Continue reading

FINA – approved suits list for 2015

FINA, the world governing body of aquatics, has issued a definitive list of swimwear approved for the 2015 season.

The list includes suits, goggles and caps that can be used for Swimming and Open Water competition from January 1 to December 31 2015.

Follow this link to the list.

President’s Charity Challenge

logo copyClub swimmers from all over Sussex are expected to take part in the Presidents Charity Challenge.

The Challenge, which this year supports the Sussex based Children’s Respite Trust, is open of all swimmers in clubs affiliated to Sussex County ASA. The challenge is designed to let everyone, irrespective of age, ability or disability, to take part – this includes swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchro swimmers and masters.

Sussex President Anthony Gimson launched the challenge on 1 September and said, “Most of us in the swimming community are very lucky to be healthy and fit and able to do what we do. I hope together we can do a little to help some of those less fortunate. This small Sussex based charity does very good work supporting children with disabilities and their families to get a break”. Continue reading