Swim 21

What is swim21?
Swim21 is an initiative brought in by the Swim England. It is the Swim England's swimmer Development Programme for the 21st century. Swim21 is the ASA's club development model - a planning tool, enabling clubs to help swimmers, coaches and administrators achieve their full potential. It is centred on the needs of the swimmers - striving to provide them with the best possible enviroment. It is regarded as the back bone of the ASA's development programme and the more a club puts into the process, the more it wil get out of it.

The ASA has three key aims which are reflected in the Swim21 Programme.

  • To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn to swim.
  • To provide pathways to ensure everyone can achieve their potential.
  • To win GOLD medals on the world stage.

The aim of Swim21 is:

"To provide appropriate opportunities for swimmers at each stage of their development, in order that they will achieve their full potential."

To achieve this there are 5 clear goals, these are:

  • To provide a national recognised Club Development programme.
  • To establish a network for clubs.
  • To provide clear pathways for individuals through the club structure.
  • To guide clubs through the Action Planning process.
  • To incorporate a partnership approach to the delivery of swimming locally.

What Swim21 can do for the swimmers: 

  • Provide a guide on how much water time they should ideally have at any stage of their development.
  • Introduce land training as an integral part of the swimmer's training programme.
  • Provide access to coaches who are qualified, knowledgeable and informed.
  • Promote appropriate opportunities for competition whatever the level of swimmer.
  • Highlight the position of their club in relation to the Swim21 national network of clubs.

What Swim21 can do for our club: 

  • Provide a framework for the development of a club structure, both administrative and competitive.
  • Encourage the club committee to think long term and put Development on the agenda.
  • Open a dialogue between club and their local Authority and other organisations, which hopefully will lead to joint planning.
  • Establish a partnership with other swim clubs in the area to support talented swimmers.
  • Provide examples of good practice to guide Development work.
  • Give your club a swimmer centred focus.

There are five levels for accreditation: 

1. Foundation
2. Teaching
3. Skill Development
4. Competitve Development
5. Performance

This enables Clubs to be assessed according to the main focus of their activities. Although the levels are of course different, the standards required in terms of planning and operational excellence are equal. 

Swim England has a commitment to achieve its equity targets throughout the sport. Swim21 is no different and Swim England is keen to support clubs in the shared objective of widening the participation base and hence the performance of the sport as a whole.

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