Swim England is the brand name for the Amateur Swimming Association, the first sport governing body of swimming to be established in the world and today remains the English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming, and synchronised swimming. It is closely linked with British Swimming, a federation of the national governing bodies of England, Scotland (Scottish Amateur Swimming Association), and Wales (Welsh Amateur Swimming Association). These three are collectively known as the Home Country National Governing Bodies.
|Type||Sports governing body|
|Legal status||Unincorporated Association|
|Purpose||Governing Body of Swimming in England|
|Headquarters||SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3QF|
|Affiliations||British Swimming, Scottish Swimming, Swim Wales|
|£20.8 million (2013)|
The association was established in 1869, with headquarters at Harold Fern House in Loughborough. It was registered as a company on 18 May 1982. It moved in April 2010, along with British Swimming, to SportPark at Loughborough University, close to the A512 and junction 23 of the M1.
The ASA underwent a rebranding exercise in 2008 including a new logo and name of the asa. After negative reaction the logo was retained but the organisation returned to using The ASA in text form.
On 3 March 2017, a new strategy was released for swimming within England. Part of that was to again re-brand The ASA to its current name 'Swim England'. At the same time Jane Nickerson was announced as the organisation's new Chief Executive Officer.
Swim England supports over 1,200 affiliated swimming clubs through a National/Regional/and sub-regional structure. It endeavors to ensure every athlete, regardless of age or experience, belongs to a club that provides the best possible support and environment. Swim England has introduced a Quality Mark for clubs called 'Swim 21 Accreditation'.
In October 2015, Swim England partnered with Water Babies and Splash About International to introduce new national guidelines for baby and toddler safety in swimming pools. The guidelines were published by the British Standards Institution and aimed to set industry-wide standards for swimming lessons and underwater photography practices.
Swim England organises competitions throughout England, from age-group to elite level. The Age Group and Youth Championships are aimed at younger swimmers aged between 11 and 17 years and can attract more than 1,600 participants, while the ASA National Championships are aimed at the elite swimmers.
Swim England also organizes the English talent programme that puts in place performance opportunities for swimmers to develop their skills and potential.
Swim England operates a Learn to Swim award scheme based on the National Plan for Teaching Swimming. Swimmers within the Swim England programme work their way through 7 stages where fundamental swimming skills are learnt, with progression then expected to be made through stages 8, 9, and 10 where swimmers learn how to train; club swimming; Diving (sport); rookie life guarding; Synchronised swimming; or water polo.
Swim England is not a provider of swimming facilities, but aims to act as a catalyst and facilitator to ensure suitable facilities, with appropriate access and programmes, are provided to meet the needs of the community and aquatic clubs.
Swim England operates certification and education programmes for teachers, coaches and officials. It has created the UK Coaching Framework and e-learning programmes, designed to ensure the ASA has an appropriately skilled workforce for the whole swimming industry. Its education is provided by its Institute of Swimming
As well as being a governing body, Swim England also operates several subsidiary companies. It is split into 8 regions:
- North East
- North West
- West Midlands
- East Midlands
- South West
- South East[permanent dead link]
Swim England holds three different indoor national swimming championships: one for Age Group swimmers (11- to 14-year-old boys and 11- to 13-year-old girls); one for Youth swimmers (15- to 18-year-old boys and 14- to 18-year-old girls) and one for Masters (age 25 years old plus) usually in July/August. Often the championships are merged. They also hold open water nationals each year. The following table shows the 'Open' Championships.
|1986||?? May–?? June||Coventry||Commonwealth Games trials|
|1987||29 July–2 August||Crystal Palace||European Championships trials|
|1988||27–31 July||International Pool, Leeds|
|1990||26–29 July||Crystal Palace|
|1991||1–4 August||International Pool, Leeds|
|1993||10–13 June||Ponds Forge, Sheffield||European Championships trials|
|1994||28–31 July||Crystal Palace|
|1996||??–?? July||International Pool, Leeds|
|1997||??–?? July||Crystal Palace|
|1998||??–?? July||Ponds Forge, Sheffield||Commonwealth Games trials|
|1999||??–?? July||Ponds Forge, Sheffield||European Championships trials|
|2000||??–?? July||Ponds Forge, Sheffield||Olympic trials|
|2003||18–20 March||Aquatics Centre, Manchester|
|2004||16–18 July||Aquatics Centre, Manchester|
|2005||4–9 August||Ponds Forge, Sheffield||Commonwealth Games Trials|
|2006||1–6 August||Ponds Forge, Sheffield|
|2007||27 July–1 August||Ponds Forge, Sheffield|
|2008||10–13 July||Picton Pool, Liverpool|
|2009||28 July–1 August||Ponds Forge, Sheffield|
|2010||18–21 August||Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Sunderland||Commonwealth Games selection meet|
|2011||14–17 June||Ponds Forge, Sheffield||Final World Championship qualification meet|
|2012||20–23 June||Ponds Forge, Sheffield||Final Olympic qualification meet|
|2013||30 July–4 August||Ponds Forge, Sheffield|
|2014||5– 10 August||Ponds Forge, Sheffield|
|2015||4-9 August||Ponds Forge, Sheffield|
|2016||1-5 August||Ponds Forge, Sheffield|
|2017||13-17 December||Ponds Forge, Sheffield||Switched places with 'Winter Meet'. Run Long Course due to Commonwealth trials.|
|2018||14-16 December||Ponds Forge, Sheffield|
- "Jane Nickerson appointed Swim England CEO". Swim England. British Swimming. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
- ASA LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATE FOR TEACHING WATER POLO
- "Swim England: Governing body ASA rebrands and launches four-year strategy". BBC Sport - Get Inspired. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) ASA’s 'Quality Mark' for clubs
-  Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine New baby swimming guidelines launched
-  ASA Teaching and Coaching
-  ASA Subsidiary Companies/
-  Archived 4 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine ASA Revenues 2009
- Parsons, Russell (13 March 2009). "British Gas signs 15m swimming sponsorship". Marketing Week. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- "Campaign:Pools 4 Schools" (PDF). ESA website. ESA. Retrieved 24 April 2014.[permanent dead link]