The ASA has launched an exciting new project to create a more diverse workforce in swimming and increase the number of people taking to the pool.
The aim of the Adult Social Swimming Project is to encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to take up swimming teaching as a career. By doing so, it is hoped that more people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds will also start swimming.
Funded by the Swimming Trust and delivered in partnership with the ASA, the project will allow people the chance to qualify as a Level 1 and then a Level 2 swimming teacher at a reduced price.
This comes as the most recent Sport England Active People Survey shows that 11,000 more adults are swimming each week and over 100,000 more people are swimming monthly, compared to last year.
ASA Health and Wellbeing Manager, Jamie Hooper, said: “It's great that more people are swimming but we need to ensure these numbers represent the entire population.
“The Adult Social Swimming Project supports people from all backgrounds to become qualified swimming teachers. By creating a more diverse workforce within swimming we hope to break down some of the barriers that are stopping some adults from getting involved in this fun activity.
“We are working with Sporting Equals and Street Games to encourage people from communities where swimming teaching wouldn't normally seem a viable career path to get involved. Not only will they be able to take part in new training, they will also have the opportunity to help and inspire others in their community.”
The project is already running in Tameside, Bury and Birmingham, and from early 2017 will be expanding to Haringey and Bedfordshire. Each one will provide an opportunity for up to 20 people to embark on this new career path.
Making Equals Slough
Slough Making Equals will take place on the 30th August at Slough and Eton School. The event which is supported by our Trustee Christine Ohuruogu will bring 100 young people together to help build bridges between local communities, develop skills and build a new generation of young leaders.
FA 'Bringing Opportunities to Communities' Consultation Forums 2018
Come along and have your say through the FA consultation forums which are taking place in October/November 2018
This month sees the start of Ramadan - fasting month for Muslims
The holy month of Ramadan started on the 17th May, a period of fasting and religious focus for millions of Muslims across the globe.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Volunteer Opportunities
Register your interest for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Volunteer Opportunities now Open!
Breaking Boundaries Apprentice Opportunity
Sporting Equals are working with Youth Sport Trust to deliver the 'Breaking Boundaries' project which uses the catalyst of cricket to bring different ethnic and faith communities together. This apprentice role will work with YST and Sporting Equals to help support this project across 5 cities.
Latest Active Lives Release
Headlines from the latest Actives Lives Data across ethnic and religious groups