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BUDE SHARKS SWIMMING CLUB



POTTED HISTORY


Bude Sharks Swimming Club was originally formed in May 1996 by the then coach Anthony Astley. Anthony was a Teacher at Splash Leisure pool and encouraged many young swimmers to a very high standard of swimming during his lessons which they did not want to stop. They needed that natural progression. Starting a Swimming Club was the only solution.


He approached the Centre manager and presented a very good case for having a swimming club. Anthony himself was a National and County swimmer in his youth and being coached regularly by his mother Marion Astley he knew what was required and just how to get the best from the swimmers.


At the time the Club was formed there were a number of Teachers to assist Anthony in the smooth running of the Club namely Anne Crowther, Adrian Parsons and Maggie Davies.


Marion Astley was elected to be the Club Chairperson and was ideal for the position as she had coached numerous National and County Swimmers in her years of Coaching for a club in the North of England. In 1999 Anthony moved away to attend college in Sussex but the Club by this time was very well established and continued to grow.


Marion moved to France in 2000 at this stage our Centre Manager Neil Webber stepped into the role of Chairman, Maggie Davies completed her Club Coach Qualification and was assisted then by Anoushka Salt, Adrian Parsons and Avril Roberts.


Since then the Club has gone from strength to strength, growing in numbers and swimmers gaining recognition at County and Western County events also some members have been invited to join larger clubs i.e. Caradon, Bodmin and Truro to enable them to enter Top Class Events in the Speedo League also the Celtic and National Squad.


In 2005 the Club was able to enter the Inter County 12 years and under Gala for the first time which was excellent as for the first time in the history of the Club we had enough boys as members to allow the team to be complete.

2006 saw us win the 2nd Division at the above Gala and so we were promoted to the Premier League. We were also presented with the Presidents Cup for outstanding achievement.


Throughout 2005 and 2006 we had two Coaches to assist with the running of the Club and who better than Vikki Clacey and Kirstine Davies, who had been through all the lessons at Splash and reached very high standards with the Club at County level, to share their expertise with the younger members. We also had a new Club Chairman Keith Taylor who is also Swimming Development Coordinatior for the centre.


Towards the end of 2006 Kirstine bid a fond farewell to the Club to pursue a career in Nursing and Vikki left us in the Summer of 2007 to go to university, however, both she and Kirstine still join us on poolside and at galas when their busy schedules permit.


The Clubs numbers are now around 100 members many of the new, younger swimmers reaching qualifying times for the county blocks at both age groups standards and intermediate level. Our Masters section is growing in strength and enthusiasm and we are always keen to welcome new members of all ages and abilities.


May BUDE SHARKS SWIMMING CLUB continue to grow and strengthen encouraging more young swimmers and adult masters to come along and join.



CLUB CONSTITUTION

Our club constitution was revised and voted in at the SGM 20th January 2015

RULES of Swimming Club


Click here to read and understand our constitution



Swimmers will acknowledge receipt of the rules of Club and confirm their understanding and acceptance that such rules (as amended from time to time) shall govern their membership of the Club. And further acknowledge and accept the responsibilities of membership upon them as set out in these rules.

Signing of the ASA Membership Forms is acceptance of the above Constitution.



CODE OF ETHICS AND CHILD PROTECTION POLICY



Bude Sharks Swimming Club has adopted the Code of Ethics as enclosed in the back of this handbook, the policy is in accordance with the ASA Code of Ethics. We have also adopted the ASA Child Protection Policy. Copies of these can be found in the current ASA Handbook (at Splash Reception) or on the ASA website at www.britishswimming.org or on our own website at www.budesharks.co.uk



CLUB MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION


   
The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) requests a membership payment from each individual Swimmer, Coach, Teacher, and Member of the Club Committee or Parent Helper.  The payment is an insurance fee to cover the cost should an individual get hurt or sustain any long term injury as a result of swimming.

In order to ensure the ASA can give the correct insurance cover to each swimmer they have introduce certain categories, it was their intension to make it easier for parents and swimmers alike to understand, however in our experience it causes the most confusion.

Brief Explanation with reference to each category

Category 1:

The individual swimmer will be attending swimming club training sessions as a club member and will be invited to enter in Non ASA Regulated home galas or fun galas hosted by other clubs. They will not be eligible to enter ASA County and Open events.

Category 2:

The individual swimmer will be attending club training sessions as a club member and be eligible to enter County and Open events as and when they arise (published on the notice board).

Category 3:

This category is for ALL persons who assist at the club in any way at all, i.e. time keeping, attending meetings, assisting at club championships or open meeting.  It allows anyone who helps to be covered under the same insurance policy and criteria as the swimmers.


The payment changes yearly as with most things and very rarely goes down the payment is very important for all categories especially Category 3, as we rely on parents to assist with the day to day running of the club and encourage them to be club members as security for themselves.

Bude Sharks Membership Fee:

As a club we have to pay an affiliation fee to each Swimming Association that we may enter events in, the cost of this affiliation increases yearly and it is once again an insurance to ensure an individual can claim should they sustain injuries, it also covers the cost of a club hat (latex) which each member receives once their membership is paid and any incidentals the club needs.

The cost for each category including the Bude Sharks Fee is as follows:

Category 1: £ 21.00
Category 2: £ 35.00
Category 3: £  10.00

Multi Claim Membership: £10.00

If you regularly swim at an additional club as well Bude then you must complete a multi club Category 2 form.




CLUB RULES


All Members:
  1. Conduct themselves in a way that does not upset or offend any other members of the club, public of opposing clubs during training or at competition.
  2. Ensure club membership fees are paid in full and on time (as per Constitution) on the 31st January or any date there after until the 31st January the following year.
  3. Ensure Club monthly subscriptions are paid in full  preferably by Standing order (this would be advantageous to the smooth running of the club accounts) or by cash or cheque made payable to Bude sharks swimming club and placed in the post box beside the notice board on the first training session of each consecutive month.
  4. When joining the club the participant will pay £20.00 for the first month as a trial and attend as many sessions as available within the month. When a decision has been made between participant and coach, membership forms will be completed (found on the website) a standing order form will be submitted to the Treasurer and the participant will then be considered a full member of the club
  5. Members will follow instruction given by Club Coach, Assistant Coach’s or any other official presiding at organized events or designated members of Leisure Centre personnel.
  6. Must warm up and cool down correctly to avoid unnecessary injury being caused, and must follow the schedule being set ensuring important elements of stroke technique are not missed out.
  7. Will turn up in good time and be ready with all relevant equipment required for the Club Session.
  8. Will be responsible for their personal equipment and belongings and not tamper or interfere with the belongings of others.
  9. Will follow the Health & Safety requirements of the particular leisure centre or swimming pool being occupied at the time.
  10. Will ensure to keep updated about events in the sharks calendar referring to competitions and fund raising, it will be the individuals responsibility to make contact with the competitions secretary if they wish to enter County or open events.
  11. Will supply information, completed documentation and required monies on time to cover the requirements of specific Competitions. (Cheques made payable to Bude Sharks Swimming Club).
  12. Will attend as many club sessions as possible especially when leading up to important Competitions.
  13. Will look after all Club Named kit and behave accordingly whenever it is being worn.
  14. Will look at and check the Club Notice Board at every club session to ensure they are not being requested to a gala or event.

                                   

Parents/Guardians of members (under the age of 18 years)
  1. Ensure members arrive at Club Sessions or competitions in good time with all relevant kit and equipment.
  2. Encourage your charges to attend as many Club sessions as possible available to them
  3. Ensure Club Membership fees are paid in good time (as above Rule 2.)
  4. Advised the Club Coach/Assistant Coaches if the individual is unwell or has any specific injury that may hamper the individuals’ performance or may be damaged further by specific training or exercise.
  5. Encourage your charges to enter as many competitions as is available to them.
  6. Will inform one of the Club Officials if they are unable to attend a previously agreed competition or additional Specific Training Session.
  7. Will check the notice board to ensure important or relevant information posted, that requires an action is not being missed.  It will be the parental responsibility of youngsters under 18 to ensure entries to important events are made to the competitions secretary.



Important information:


All competitions entered by individuals will be firstly agreed by the Club Coach/Assistant Coaches/Competition Secretary and times entered will be signed by the previously mentioned Club Officials.


Bude Sharks will yearly hold a Club Championships Competitions ALL members will be expected to take part in as many events as they feel confident to complete.






The Club originally gained sponsorship from HBH Woolacotts when they first formed in 1996, in 2004 we were sponsored by Tripos Discovery Research which allowed us to purchase club kit at reduced prices. If you know of any company who would be prepared to offer sponsorship for our club to purchase more kit i.e. fleeces or even a cup or trophy please let one of the officials know. Clubs like ours only can continue to grow by encouraging swimmers and generous offers of sponsorship.

BUDE SHARKS SWIMMING CLUB

Code of Ethics and Conduct


All Persons representing the club (OFFICIALLY OR NOT) must:
  • Put the well-being, health and safety of members above all considerations including developing performance.

  • Comply with the codes, rules and laws within the guidelines set out by the ASA

  • Work without discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, language, religion, birth or social status as set out in the equal opportunities policy.

  • Respect the basic human rights, worth and dignity of each member.

  • Not encourage swimmers, volunteers, officials or parents to violate the rules of the club or the sport.

  • Observe the authority and the decisions of all officials.

  • Encourage all swimmers to obey the spirit of the rules and laws both in and out of the pool.

  • Ensure that all teaching and training and competition programmes are appropriate for the age, ability and experience of the individual swimmer.

  • Treat other competitors and teams with respect, in victory and defeat.

  • Be able to present evidence of qualifications on request.

  • Treat all personal information about individual members as confidential except in exceptional circumstances regarding health and safety, medical requirements, disciplinary action or in accordance with ASA Child Protection procedures and guidelines.

  • Display the highest standards of personal hygiene.

  • Not drink alcohol or smoke either before or during teaching or coaching sessions or competitions.

  • Seek ways of and be willing to increase the development of their current qualifications.  

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SQUAD SELECTION CRITERIA




Squad Selection
  • Will be determined by Club Coach following consultation with the Competition Secretary.  
  • Main factors will be age, training performance and the swimmers ability to reach and maintain fastest times and also their stroke, start, turn and take over control under competition situation.


Attendance
  • It is of paramount importance that attendance is both frequent and regular.  Coaches should be informed, in advance of absence, or told as soon as convenient.
  • A register of attendance will be kept (ticked as entering the club on every session)


Club Progression
  • Progression from Development Squad to Intermediate Squad and to Senior Squad will be undertaken by the Club Coach after consultation with the assistant Coaches, Individual Swimmer and parent of swimmer if under 16
  • There will be the same criteria if a swimmer is to be moved back to the lane below.



Gala Requests
  • A team sheet will be posted on the Club Notice Board it is the responsibility of the individual swimmers and parents or guardians to visit the notice board on every available opportunity to ensure important information is viewed.
  • The team list will request the presence of the listed swimmers to tick for availability or delete if unavailable, once the swimmers has ticked availability, if selected they must then be prepared to commit to the swim unless there is reasons why they cannot and they are verbally submitted to one of the Club Officials giving as much notice prior to the event as possible.
  • If an individual does not tick or delete their name it will be understood that they are unavailable for the event.

Team Challenge
  • If, after team selection for any gala, a swimmer may challenge any swimmer already selected.  The swimmer must inform the Club Coach within 48 hours of the Team selection being posted.  
  • A ‘swim off’ will them be organized the winning swimmer will undertake the competitive swim.




VERY Important and relevant information


Swim Wear & Equipment

There are various designs, styles and manufacturers of competition swim wear, it is important to understand how to purchase swim wear and what to look for the following information gives tips on how to purchase swim wear what is required for training sessions and what the swimmer will require when attending competitions, please ensure you ask and official if there are any elements in this section that you do not understand or requires further clarification.
  1. Choose a specific competition swimwear manufacturer i.e. Speedo, TYR, Maru, Kiefer, Paw, Nike, Adidas or Diana.
  2. Choose the size that is specific to the particular brand, (if the swimmer takes a size 30 in a Maru it is not always factual that they will take a size 30 in a Speedo)
  3. The swimmer must try the swimwear on to ensure it is a snug fit, if there is any room or slack the swim wear will wear out and be attacked by the chemicals in the water far quicker than a tight fitting garment. (the swim suit/trunks must snap back against the skin in every area – i.e. for boys even at base of legs on jammers)
  4. Also a tight fitting garment will reduce the drag that the swimmer notices when swimming.
  5. Swimmers should be encouraged to purchase a competition suit/trunks and a training suit/trunks ideally a club suit with logo for competitions and an endurance suit for training, this will give you better wearability from the suits and will also ensure the club suit is in good condition for competition.
  6. It is also advisable that at competition level swimmer have two pairs of goggles and regularly alternate the wearing of the goggles to maintain the seals on the goggles
  7. It is important that swimmers always take two pairs of goggles to a competition just in case one pair should leak or break.
  8. The club provides the use of floats and pull buoys so it is no absolutely necessary to purchase their own, however when going to open meets of county training a personal float will be required, at this standard a float and pull buoy should be purchased.
  9. A basic selection of flippers are stored at the leisure centre however there is not an unlimited supply if you/your swimmer has a common size or a very uncommon size it is advisable to purchase flippers for training purposes and ensure they are brought on pool side for each club session.
  10. A bag large enough to carry all items is advisable to ensure nothing is lost when going to open meets or competitions as personal equipment is taken on poolside and can become parted from the owner very easily.  It is advisable to ensure after every swim you replace your equipment into your bag to ensure you know where to find it for the next swim.
  11. Fluids are important when swimming on an average training session the swimmers will lose 750mls of fluid in perspiration, it is very important that the fluid intake is maintained through out the training session a drinks bottle containing water preferably or very weak juice is brought to every session and plenty of fluid is taken to a competition, on these occasions it is advisable to also take an enhanced energy fluid i.e. Lucozade or Poweraid.
  12. Energy food prior to and during a competition or hard training session, food must be taken approximately 120 minutes prior to a swimming event and should consist of non stogy but high carbohydrate foods, i.e. pasta.  Pasta is easily digested and has a slow release mechanism that can assist with the energy system in the body.  (Mars bars are a myth but very nice anyway!)
  13. The swimmer will require a T shirt or an item of warm clothing that dries easily for wearing in between swims when at competitions and will need at least two towels one for drying themselves off after each event and one for the final dry and dress at the end of the event.  It is advisable to keep the final dry towel in a bag during plastic bag during the event otherwise it can end up as wet as the one used through out the competition.

ASA INFORMATION


the Journey through Swimming
ong Term Athlete Development related to the Journey through Swimming
Produced by the ASA Technical Swimming Committee, this document provides an explanation to help parents and club helpers
understand the principles behind training and competition for young swimmers - although swimming, as a dynamic sport, will
continue to change and develop, this will not alter the basic principles behind the long term development of young swimmers.
Sections
The Journey through Swimming
Long Term Athlete Development – Growth & Development
_ FUNdamentals – Childhood (Basic movement literacy)
_ SwimSkills – Late Childhood (Building technique)
_ Training To Train - Adolescence (Building the engine)
_ Training To Compete - Early Adulthood (Optimising the engine)
_ Training To Win - Adulthood (Maximising the engine)
Appropriate Competition
_ Which Competitions?
How Often Should A Swimmer Compete?
_ Improving Standards and Increasing Challenges
_ Long Course / Short Course Pools?
_ Varying Opponents (Age Qualifying Date)
_ National Ranking Lists
The Competition Programme
County Championships
_ District/Regional*, Senior, Youth and Age Group Championships
_ National Age Group, Youth Championships and Multi-Regional Competitions
_ National Championships
_ The World Class programme
Open Meet Licensing
_ Levels of Open Meets
_ Championships & Inter Team Events
_ Qualifying Times and Upper Limit Times
_ Licensing
_ Acceptance Criteria for Entries
_ Monitoring
Planning
Points Systems
_ What is the points system?
_ Comparative Performance Points Systems
_ British Comparative Performance Tables (GB points)
_ British Age Group Correction factors
_ Information Technology Assisting Competition
Training Camps
British Age Group Categories (Bagcats)
_ Table of National District/Regional and County events
For more information about swimming visit www.britishswimming.org
*Note: In October 2005 the five current ASA Districts will be re-organised into eight ASA Regions based on Sport England
Regions. Competition as currently run by the Districts, may then be organised across or combining new Regions – hence
the reference in this document to District/Regional competition.
Long Term Athlete Development
Journey through Swimming
Success is Long Term
Success is a journey not a destination.
The doing is often more important
than the outcome.
Arthur Ashe - US Champion 1968, Australian Champion 1970,
Wimbledon Champion 1975
The Journey Through Swimming
This is a guide from Club through County,
District/Regional and National competition to possible
selection for international representation. It endeavours
to explain, not just what can be expected at each level, but
why. Some swimmers will journey all the way, some only
part of the way, but all will have the best chance of reaching
their full potential if they are treated as individuals.
It is important within the competitive programme that
individuals can compete in events, appropriate to their
stage of development and talents.
These are reflected in the different formats for competition
at County, District/Regional and National levels, and also in
the Levels of Licensed meets. This helps to ensure that the
coach can select levels of competition appropriate for their
swimmers.
Long Term Athlete Development – Growth &
Development
Long term athlete development (LTAD) is about achieving
the correct training, competition and recovery throughout
a young athlete’s career, particularly in relation to the
important growth and development years of young people.
It provides a framework within which all sports should plan
their training and competition programmes. Swimming has
recognised this framework since undertaking a review of
age group swimming at the end of the 1990’s.
Age Group swimming is about providing the appropriate
opportunities for young people with particular reference
to their growth and development. All human beings go
through the same developmental stages from childhood
to adulthood, though these stages can be at different times
and each stage can vary in length. There is also a gender
difference in that girls tend to develop earlier than boys.
One of the central messages from the LTAD swimming
framework is that competition should be regarded as an
integral part of a swimmer’s training programme. Age
Group and Youth swimming provide opportunities for young
people to develop their potential in preparation for senior
swimming. Towards this goal, consideration should be given
to the physiological, psychological and emotional development
of the young swimmer.
There are five stages, which can be used to describe growth
and development.
These equate to the five stages of the LTAD framework for
swimming:
_ FUNdamentals - Childhood;
_ SwimSkills – Late Childhood;
_ Training to Train - Adolescence;
_ Training to Compete – Early Adulthood;
_ Training to Win - Adulthood.
FUNdamentals – Childhood (Basic movement literacy)
The FUNdamentals stage should be structured and fun
because a child’s attention span is short and there is a strong
need for positive re-enforcement. Growth is rapid due to
the development of large muscle groups, and therefore the
emphasis should be on developing basic movement literacy
and fundamental movement skills.
The skills to be developed are:
_ ABCs (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Speed),
_ RJT (Running, Jumping, Throwing),
_ KGBs (Kinesthetics, Gliding, Buoyancy, Striking
with the body) and
_ CPKs (Catching, Passing, Kicking, Striking with an
implement).
In order to develop basic movement literacy successfully,
there should be participation in a wide range of activities.
As the size of the heart increases in relation to the rest of
the body, endurance should be developed using FUN and
games. In addition, children should be introduced to the
simple rules and ethics of sports to complement the beginning
of their understanding into the need for rules and structure.
These activities should be part of well-structured programmes
with proper progressions that are monitored regularly.
Above all else, children should have FUN and be active
during this stage.
SwimSkills – Late Childhood (Building technique)
During the SwimSkills period, the nervous system is almost
fully developed and there are rapid improvements in the
co-ordination of movement skills. As a result, young people
should learn how to train and develop sport specific skills.
This is a good time to work on developing excellent technique
in all four strokes as well as starts, turns and finishing skills.
A multi stroke approach to training and competition will not
only reduce the likelihood of injury but also ensure interest
levels will remain high with the result that swimming should
continue to be fun.
Studies have also shown that swimmers who do not develop
early may have a slower initial increase in performance,
however, they ultimately reach a higher level of achievement
and are more likely to have a longer life in the sport. This is
in contrast to early specialisation, which may produce an
initial rapid increase in performance, but a lower level
of achievement and early retirement.
It is often a good idea to participate in complementary
sports i.e. those sports, which use similar energy systems
and movement patterns. Training should include the use
of ‘own body weight’ exercises; medicine ball and Swiss ball
exercises as well as developing suppleness. Swimmers should
also learn the basic technical and tactical skills, (known as
the ancillary capacities) which include:
_ Warm up and cool down;
_ Stretching;
_ Hydration and nutrition;
_ Recovery;
_ Relaxation and focusing.
Although the focus is on training, competition should be
used to test and refine skills. The recommended training to
competition ratio is 75% to 25%. This should be planned
over one annual cycle.
If a young swimmer misses this stage of development then
he/she is unlikely to reach their full potential. One of the
main reasons athletes plateau during the later stages of
their careers is because of an over emphasis on competition
instead of taking full advantage of training during this very
important stage.
Training To Train - Adolescence (Building the engine)
For many years the way that the body produces energy has
been known. For adults, in short events e.g. less than
45 seconds in duration, energy is derived predominantly
anaerobically. For longer events e.g. greater than 1 minute
30 seconds energy requirements are derived predominantly
aerobically. For events between 45 seconds and 1 minute
30 seconds energy is provided through both aerobic and
anaerobic metabolism. However, prior to puberty, the
greatest proportion of a young person’s energy is derived
aerobically. Anaerobic metabolism, as a proportion of
overall energy output, is small. After puberty, aerobic
capacity increases significantly, and an increased proportion
of the overall energy requirements are met from anaerobic
metabolism. Therefore, energy derived aerobically is very
important in swimming.
During the Training to Train stage, there should be an
emphasis on aerobic, or endurance, conditioning. The
cardio-vascular system, determines the efficiency of the
heart and lungs. These organs are developed through
building up work on longer distances. Swimming is an
endurance sport – most events last 45 seconds or more
and none are similar to the 100m track event, which lasts a
few seconds. Training and competition for young swimmers
should therefore have an endurance base. Even at senior
level it is common practice for swimmers in the sprint events
(50 and 100m) to train and compete in the distance above
(200m). It is recognised that a swimmer may compete
successfully at a distance “down” (shorter) but that it is
very difficult to compete successfully in an event, which
is a distance up (longer).
This should be the stage of greater individualisation of
fitness and technical training. The focus should still be on
training rather than competition and the training should be
predominantly of high volume, low intensity workloads. It
is important to emphasise high volume, low intensity training
cannot be achieved in a limited time period, and thereforeg Term Athlete Development
the time commitment to training is likely to increase
significantly. As the volume of training increases there is
likely to be a reduction in the number of competitions
undertaken. However, there should now be specific targets
for each competition, with a view to learning basic tactics
and mental preparation. There should be either one or
two training cycles during the year.
During this stage, training should continue to develop
suppleness and to include the use of ‘own body weight’
exercises; medicine ball and Swiss ball exercises. However
towards the end of this stage, preparations should be made
for the development of strength, which for girls occurs at
the end of this stage and for boys at the beginning of the
next stage. This should include learning correct weight lifting
techniques without any resistance; the knowledge base
of how to warm up and warm down; how and when to
stretch; how to optimise nutrition and hydration; mental
preparation; regeneration; how and when to taper and peak;
pre-competition, competition and post competition routines.
Similar to the previous stage, if insufficient time is devoted to
this stage or it is missed, the young swimmer is unlikely to
reach their full potential.
Training To Compete - Early Adulthood
(Optimising the engine)
During the training to compete stage there should be a
continued emphasis on physical conditioning with the focus
on maintaining high volume workloads but with increasing
intensity. The number of competitions should be similar to the
end of the previous stage but the emphasis should be on
developing individual strengths and working on weaknesses.
This should be achieved through practising technical and
tactical skills based around specific strokes at all distances,
or specific distances across a range of strokes. As a result,
the year should be divided into either two or three cycles of
training and competition, and the ancillary capacities should
be refined more specific to the individual’s needs.
Although the muscular system develops throughout
childhood and adolescence, significant strength gains tend not
to respond to training until after puberty. Therefore, training
should also focus on developing strength gains through the
use of weights, but only when the correct lifting techniques
have been learned. This should be coupled with continued
work on core body strength and maintaining suppleness.
Training To Win - Adulthood (Maximising the engine)
This is the final stage of athletic preparation. The emphasis
should be on specialisation and performance enhancement.
All of the swimmers’ physical, technical, tactical, mental, and
ancillary capacities should now be fully established with the
focus shifting to producing the best possible performance.
Swimmers should be trained to peak for specific competitions
and major events. Therefore, all aspects of training should
be individualised for specific events. There should be two,
three or more training cycles, depending on the events being
trained for. During this stage, training should continue to
develop strength, develop core body strength and maintain
suppleness.

Appropriate Competition
Mission Statement
Every swimmer must have the
opportunity to swim in appropriate,
quality competition to enable them
to achieve their true potential.
Which Competitions?
It is important for meet organisers, club officials, coaches
and parents to appreciate that not all swimmers who
compete at County level will reach District/Regional or
National levels.
What is appropriate competition for a few talented
individuals at national level is not necessarily appropriate
for the hundreds of swimmers who compete at County level.
Equally it may not be beneficial for a swimmer competing
with distinction at national level, to include County or
even District/Regional Championships in their planned
programme.
In order for swimmers to compete in “appropriate
competition” it is important there is provision for all
swimmers in a planned and accessible programme of
open competition.
Open competitions are provided by a number of different
organisations or combinations of organisations:
_ British Swimming and ASA;
_ The ASA Districts / Regions;
_ Groups of Counties;
_ Counties;
_ Clubs;
_ Groups of Clubs;
_ Local Associations.
The strategy for the approval of open meets is not left to
market forces, but is part of a calendar planning exercise
for all levels. The aim is to provide the following:
_ Competition at all levels
It is important there are qualification opportunities for
swimmers at National, District/Regional and County and Club
levels and events offered in these competitions reflect the
principles of the Long Term Athlete Development Model.
In addition there must be competitive opportunities for
those swimmers who compete at County Championships,
but do not go further to District/Regional and National
events. It is estimated that there are some 20-25,000
swimmers in this category.
_ Competition that complements training cycles
It is acknowledged that, as swimming training is based
around cyclic intervals, it is important for competitions
to be planned throughout the year to complement training
cycles. Most clubs will be training swimmers who are County,
District/Regional and National qualifiers and need to be
able to target competitions at all these levels at the same
time in their training cycle. So, for example, it helps a coach
to make their training sessions appropriate for all their
swimmers, to have competitions for County level swimmers
at the same time as District/Regional Championships.
Katy Sexton and James Gibson
World Champions, Barcelona 2003
David Davies and Steve Parry
Olympic Bronze Medallists,
Athens 2004
achieved in a short course (25m) pool will have their entries
accepted and these entries will be seeded in the slowest
heats.
This system still allows swimmers to qualify for National
events from 25m pools, but gives an advantage of being
seeded to those swimmers with long course qualifying times.
As all swimmers at National level should have had the
opportunity to swim in their District/Regional Championships,
which are in 50m pools, they will have the opportunity to
achieve a Long Course Qualifying Time.
Below National level, times from different pool lengths
can be converted using equivalent performance tables
which can be accessed online from the British Swimming
website (www.britishswimming.org) or purchased in book
form from the ASA Awards Centre – details also available
from the same website.
Varying Opponents (Age Qualifying Date)
There was a view that competing in Britain was too
predictable and swimmers needed more challenges. The
system of organising competitions in the country with
age as of 31st December in the year of competition meant
swimmers generally competed against the same group of
swimmers all year, each year. By altering competition to
link the age for events with the date of the meet or series
of meets, this gives a different mix of swimmers at events
as they change age during the year and as meets are held
on different dates from year to year.
For competitions which involve a series of meets, such as
County Championships, the age qualifying date is the age
on the last day of the series of meets, e.g. if the series lasts
from February to April with the date of the last meet being
3rd April, all ages are calculated as of 3rd April for that
competition.
Organising competitions with Age on the Day also gives
the opportunity at some time during the year for a swimmer
to be the oldest swimmer in an age group, with all the
advantages that this brings.
National Ranking Lists
All times from County District/Regional and National
competitions together with those from Licensed Open
Meets are included in a national database from which
ranking lists are produced. These can be viewed on the
British Swimming website.
The Competition Programme
The conclusions which can be drawn from the evidence
of the growth and development of young people, clearly
indicate that swimmers in the 9 –13 /14 age groups should
be encouraged:
_ To compete in a range of events;
_ To compete in a range of distances
_ Not to compete in 100m events too soon.
Long Term Athlete Development
How Often Should A
Swimmer Compete?
British Age Group swimmers compete
too often and train too little.
Bill Sweetenham, GB National Performance
Director (January 2001)
As a general rule, swimmers should not compete more than
12 times in a year in events which require them to alter or
modify their training programme, and all events that include
a taper or rest from training should have clear performance
targets set by the coach for the individual swimmer.
Many swimmers will “train through” some competitions
or use them as part of their training programme. A swimmer
may complete a full training programme and represent
their club in an event on a Saturday evening, or may use
a day’s competing in as many events as possible at County
or District/Regional level to swim as part of their training
programme.
The important issue is that this should be part of the
competitive programme planned and evaluated by the
coach and swimmer.
Improving Standards and Increasing Challenges
In order to ensure swimmers can meet the challenges facing
them when they compete at their highest level, some of the
policies which have been introduced at GB level for senior
and junior international swimming have been adapted and
adopted into the foundations laid in Age Group swimming.
Two major issues were seen to be:
_ How to encourage better performances in Long Course
(50m) pools;
_ How to perform well away from the home environment
against unknown opposition.
Long Course / Short Course Pools?
Whilst the vast majority of pools in the UK are Short Course
(25m), and most of the major championships are swum in
Long Course (50m) pools, it is important for swimmers to
learn to compete in 50m pools.
For the British Long Course Championships, qualifying times
must have been achieved in a long course pool.
However, with the restriction created by the lack of 50m
facilities in this country, this cannot apply to all competitions.
Therefore, in all ASA National events there are two sets
of qualifying times - 50m times and 25m times. Swimmers
entering an event with a long course (50m) qualifying time
will be seeded in the event according to their entry time in
the usual way. Swimmers entering with a qualifying time
The County, District/Regional and National programmes are
therefore designed to reward swimmers in this age group
who are successful over a range of events - a combination,
determined by the age of the swimmer, of 50m, 100m,
200m distance freestyle and the individual medley. This is
done with a points system (see section on Points Systems)
and awards are made to those swimmers with the most
points over an agreed range of events rather than to the
individual winner of single events. The event categories
and in some cases the events included within a category
recognise the different rates of maturation between girls
and boys. (see British Age Group categories - BAGCATS)
In the next group, Youth, it is important swimmers learn
to develop other skills central to competing successfully. At
this age they should begin to specialise and learn the skills
required for competing in heats, semi-finals and finals.
The starting ages for County, District/Regional and National
events are progressive and the change from Age to Youth
Championships is different for boys and girls to recognise
the difference in maturation rates. The Youth Championships
for Girls begin at 14 years and for Boys at 15 years.
County Championships
These events take place in the Spring. The Age and Youth
Championships generally combine with Senior events in the
programme. The Youth events will include heats and, where
time allows, finals. If finals are included in the programme,
the suggested order of preference of inclusion is as follows:
200m Individual Medley, 200m form strokes (Backstroke,
Breaststroke and Butterfly), 200/400m Freestyle and 400m
Individual Medley, 100m all strokes.
Entry to most County Championships and to District/Regional
and National Championships is by achieving qualifying times,
which are published each year. (See Long Course and Short
Course pools).
For the younger swimmers these will take the format of
British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) events to encourage
swimmers to compete over a wide range of events, determined
by heat declared winners (no finals). These events are
(mostly) swum in 25m pools and include 50m events to give
swimmers the opportunity to use all the same skills of starting,
turning and finishing as in a 2 length swim in a 50m pool,
together with distance events requiring more endurance.
The youngest age groups will not swim 100m events as part
of the County BAGCAT programme, as most swimmers at this
level do not have the physiological development required to
swim this event correctly. The distance is included in the
District/Regional and National programme but only for those
swimmers with District/Regional or National qualifying times
on the corresponding 200m event.
District/Regional Senior, Youth and Age Group
Championships
These are all swum in 50m pools and therefore offer the main
opportunity for swimmers to achieve a Long Course National
Qualifying Time. The programme, similar to the National
programme, is divided into two Championships, Youth and
Age. The Youth Championships take place at the beginning
of May and the Age Championships in June.
The Youth Championships introduces dual age bands as a
progression from age group swimming in single age bands,
to open swimming at senior level. The relay events are
included in the four-day programmes to introduce the
concept that swimmers must be able to produce good times
in individual events and then reproduce these times in team
events, which may be in the same session.
The Age Group Championships follow the BAGCAT format,
but to discourage the “bash & dash” approach of one length
events, do not include 50m swims. As District/Regional
competitions are in long course pools the 50m events have
no turns, and do not offer the same opportunity to develop
skills as the 50m events in 25m pools. However, there are
100m events for all ages. These are included for the younger
swimmers at this level, to provide an opportunity for the
small number of early developers, who have the talent and
physiological development to begin to experience competing
at this event.
Entry at District/Regional (and National) level for the 100m
events for the 10 year old boys and girls and the 11 years
boys age group is only open to those youngsters who have
achieved the corresponding 200m qualifying time. This
recognises the majority of swimmers in these ages will not
benefit from competing over 100m, but those who have
the ability to achieve a District/Regional or National qualifying
time on the 200m will be able to swim down a distance and
experience competing in the shorter event.
There are only 4 Categories at District/Regional level and
so it is feasible to include some finals in the programme.
If Finals are to be in the programme, the suggested order
of preference for inclusion is as follows: 200m Individual
Medley, 200m form strokes, 200 / 400m Freestyle and 400m
Individual Medley, the 100m all strokes.
National Age Group, Youth Championships and
Multi-Regional Competitions
The National Age Group Championships (girls 11-13 years
and boys 11-14 years) are usually held at the end of July /
beginning of August, and the National Youth Championships
(girls 14 - 17 years and boys 15-18 years) follow straight on
from these.
The last opportunity to achieve qualifying times for National
entry will be the date of the last day of the District/Regional
Age Championships (mid June). (See Long Course / Short
Course Pools)
The Youth Championships include a full programme with a
3-race progression of heat, Age final and Youth final, which
simulates the 3-race progression of heats, semi-finals and
finals in major competition.through Swimming

The Age Championships follow the format of British Age
Group Category (BAGCAT) events with the BAGCAT points
being taken from the heat swims. At this level, all events
have finals (except 800/1500 free),and are used for the
selection of swimmers for the World Class programmes.
This addresses the skill of swimming fast heats and then
even faster finals.
It is practical to include finals in the BAGCAT programme
at National level because, with harder qualifying times than
for County and District/Regional events, an individual swimmer
will qualify in fewer events in each category. This allows
them, within the 4-day programme, to cope with the
inclusion of finals, and relay events.
From 2006, there will also be three multi-regional events,
one in the North, one in the Midlands and one in the South.
These will be for three age groups - Girls aged 13 & under,
14/15 and 16/17 years and Boys aged 14 & under, 15/16 and
17/18 years, who have not achieved any National qualifying
time for either the Age or Youth Championships. These
meets will take place on the weekend before the Age
Championships and will all have the same qualifying times.
This provides an extension of the competitive year for those
swimmers who just miss National qualifying times.
National Championships
British Swimming promotes the British Long Course
Championships. These act as trials for the major international
events (Olympic Games, World Championships, European
Championships, Commonwealth Games). Also, they act as
trials for the major international youth and junior events
(European Junior Championships and European Youth
Olympic Days) at which British Teams compete. The British
Long Course Championships normally take place 15 weeks
prior to the major international event. They are followed by
three competitions at 10 weeks, 7 weeks and 4 weeks out
from the major international event.
British Swimming also promotes the British Short Course
Championships, which act as trials for the major international
short course events (World Short Course Championships and
European Short Course Championships). The British Short
Course Championships are normally held 2/3 weeks after
the major international long course event for that year.
Therefore, there may be minor changes to the competition
calendar year by year.
The World Class Programmes
The World Class programmes provide training camps, and for
the older swimmers, competition opportunities for the top
swimmers in Great Britain. The programmes relevant to age
group swimmers are the National Age Group Programme
(formerly World Class Start) and the World Class Youth
Programme. The National Age Group Programme is for girls
11, 12 & 13 years and boys 11, 12, 13 & 14 years. It is selected
from performances at the National Age Group
Championships.
The World Class Youth squad is for girls 14, 15, 16 & 17 years
and boys 15, 16, 17 & 18 years. This squad is selected from
the GB Long Course Championships, the European Junior
Championships and the National Youth Championships.
All the Squads are selected against a set of published criteria
and the ages are based on the swimmer’s age on the last day
of either the National Age Group Championships or the
National Youth Championships as appropriate. Each squad
has a programme of training camps and some of the older
swimmers will also take part in representative competitions.
From 2004, a National Talent Identification & Tracking
Programme, Smart-Track will be introduced to identify and
fast-track talented swimmers through the World Class
Programmes.
The full details of all these programmes are on the British
swimming website www.britishswimming.org
Long Term Athlete Development

Open Meet Licensing
Levels of Open Meets
There are four tiers of structured competition. Open Meets
are licensed according to the purpose of their competition
as Level 1, 2, 3 or 4.
_ Level 1 is aimed at National qualifiers and swimmers
close to National qualification looking for opportunities
to achieve National qualifying times. These meets will
have qualifying times for entry, which will be just below
the national times (see Section on Qualifying Times and
Upper Limit Times).
_ Level 2 is aimed at District/Regional qualifiers and
swimmers close to District/Regional qualification. They
have qualifying times and upper limit times. Access to
the ASA ranking information can be used to enable meet
organisers to verify entry times submitted by swimmers
who fall within the stated range.
_ Level 3 is for Club swimmers who seek County qualifying
times. They have qualifying times and upper limit times
set at an appropriate level. These meets will provide
a programme throughout the year to support the
requirements of swimmers below District/Regional level.
_ Level 4 is for Club swimmers and those beginning to
enter individual open competition.
National qualifying times will be accepted from meets
licensed at Levels 1 and 2. District/Regional qualifying times
will be accepted from meets licensed at Level 1, 2 and 3.
Championships & Inter Team Events
Championships at Local, County, District/Regional and
National level (as defined in ASA Law) are expected to
conform to the technical requirements of licensing as
appropriate to the Level of competition (e.g. officials,
results, electronic timing etc). However, these competitions
are open to all qualifiers i.e. there are no Upper Limit Times.
This principle is the same for any inter-team events that
are granted a Licence (e.g. Inter-Counties galas or Speedo
League Final).
Qualifying Times and Upper Limit Times
These are times set by meet organisers for each event in
the programme in order to control the number of entries
in a meet. A Qualifying Time is the time that a swimmer
must have already achieved in order to enter the
competition.
However, some meets will also have an Upper Limit Time
(ULT) for each event, which means that swimmers who have
previously achieved times faster than the ULT are not eligible
for this event. The effect of having Qualifying Times and
Upper Limit times for a meet is to target swimmers in a
particular time range.
Qualifying Times are set for National, District/Regional and
most County competitions and these also provide a standard
which coaches can use to indicate the level of their swimmers.
For example, within a club, swimmers may be selected for
particular training groups if they have County, District/Regional
or National qualifying times.
The requirement of having achieved a Qualifying Time in
order to enter for an event relies significantly on the integrity
of coaches, swimmers and parents to submit correct, truthful
information. This is a clear expectation within the ASA Code
of Conduct. However, with more times being submitted into
the National Ranking system it is also possible for times to
be checked for accuracy.
Licensing
The National Licensing Panel, is responsible for:
_ Ensuring compliance with the “Mission Statement”;
_ Issuing the licenses;
_ Applying of any sanctions for non-compliance;
_ Developing Common Standards;
_ Promoting Best Practice.
The District/Regional Licensing Panel is responsible for:
_ Influencing the content of meets within their
District/Regional;
_ Monitoring and influencing the provision of adequate,
appropriate competition for all levels of ability;
_ Influencing compliance with Calendar Planning;
_ Making recommendations, regarding Licensing
Applications, to the National Licensing Panel;
_ Monitoring the Process (Quality Control).
The issue of a license means that swimmers, coaches and
parents can assume that the meet is a “quality competition”
which complies with a standard set of requirements.
_ The Level definition will identify the purpose of
competition, for example, a swimmer seeking
District/Regional qualifying times will be looking for
a Level 2 meet;
_ The competition will include an appropriate schedule
of events, consistent with level definition, for example
a Level 2 meet will not include in an age group, events
that are not in the District/Regional Championships for
those swimmers;
_ The venue is appropriate, with particular reference to
the pool length (25m or 50m);
_ There will be appropriate warm up arrangements
available and all Health and Safety Procedures will
be in place;
_ The meet will comply with a maximum total length of
programmed competition per day. (7.5 hours);
_ The Officials will be of an appropriate standard of
qualification;hrough Swimming
_ An Electronic Timing system will be used;
_ There will be a computerised results service to enable
the data to go into the national ranking system.
Acceptance Criteria for Entries
There will also be a requirement for a clear statement to be
included in the meet information regarding the acceptance
criteria for entries. Even with qualifying and upper limit
times, some meets will be over-subscribed i.e. there would
be too many swimmers for the pool time available. All meets
should, therefore, inform entrants what criteria will be used
to control the number of swimmers accepted. This could
include one or more of the following:
_ Top (x) number taken in an event, based on the
submitted entry times. This is a standard procedure
for regulating the number of swimmers in an event,
even if some of the other options below are adopted.
_ Entries only open to swimmers from a restricted area
(eg County, group of Counties, District/Regional)
_ First acceptances to swimmers from a particular area
(eg County), then the remaining places filled from
outside the area.
_ First come – first served. This ensures that an individual
swimmer is accepted in all the events for which they
have the qualifying time, even though they may be
slower in some events than those who are rejected.
This is a useful procedure with the younger (BAGCAT)
swimmers who are being encouraged to compete over
a range of events.
Long Te
rm Athlete Development
Monitoring
Meet organisers are expected to send the computerised
results to the ASA within 5 days, to enable the data to be
used for athlete tracking purposes. In addition, in order to
help ensure the meet has continuing high standards, there
is a Quality Control questionnaire. This is completed by an
official observer, if one has been appointed, and also a
random selection of the clubs taking part in the meet.
Planning
In order to provide the appropriate opportunities for
swimmers to qualify and to ensure there are competitions
at the right time in the training cycle, a national calendar
has been developed. This determines which periods during
the year should be competition-free as well as periods when
competitions are needed.
District/Regional panels will monitor the competition
opportunities in their area and are responsible for filling
any gaps in provision.

Points Systems
What is the points system?
In order to support the multi-event approach to age group
competition for the younger competitors, it was necessary
to introduce a point scoring system into British swimming.
These points are used to identify talented swimmers for the
first level of the World Class programmes and to track their
progress.
The system comprises two elements:
_ British Comparative Performance Tables;
_ British Age Group Correction Factors.
Comparative Performance Points Systems
Comparative Performance Points Tables have been used
in the UK since the 1970’s in order to compare swimming
times across the standard range of strokes and distances.
British swimming has used LEN (the European Governing
Body), and more recently, FINA (the World Governing Body)
tables. Both of these are based on world performances and
reflect the parity between events at the top level of the
sport. These tables have been used for scoring major open
team competitions, such as the GB Club Teams and are
accepted by the swimming community as provision of a fair
comparison across the range of events. Unfortunately, when
these tables are applied to age group swimming, especially
at the younger ages, the value of the comparisons across
events becomes less valid. This is a direct consequence of
the different rates of growth and development between
individuals.
In light of these findings it was clear that a mechanism
was required to establish a fair comparison across the
genders, events and ages, and to satisfy the needs of
multi-recognition awards.
Requirements were for:
_ A mechanism for comparing performances across the
range of events;
_ A method that reflected the different achievement levels
as a consequence of age-related physical development;
_ A method related to world standards;
_ A method that recognised the achievement levels at the
younger ages in British swimming.
British Comparative Performance tables (GB points) were
developed in order to provide the sport with total ownership
of the stability and availability of quality comparative
performance tables. This arose as a consequence of the
shortcomings in both the LEN (now defunct) and FINA
systems.
FINA tables are published in both Long and Short Course
versions and are based on the average of the eight World
All Time Best swims.
The major problem with the FINA tables is that their
publication date and availability are not within our control
and the relationships between times and points can change
significantly between annual revisions.
British Comparative Performance Tables (GB points)
These have exactly the same upper end starting point as that
used for the FINA tables, (i.e. 1000 points corresponds to the
average of the world all-time top eight performances). The
essential difference being the lower end of the tables extend
to defined slower times in order to cater for the youngest
age groups and ability levels.
British Age Group Correction Factors
Everyone recognises that some events are relatively more
difficult for the younger swimmers. This observation is
proven by statistical analysis of the relative achievement
levels of British age group swimmers since 1995.
In order to relate the performance of two different events
within a single year age group a simple age correction factor
has been determined between events within each gender
and age group.
These factors are based totally on observations of British
swimming performance levels. For each age group the
reference times used are the average of the ten all time
top British performances in each event. The factors are
then determined by establishing the ratio between the
number of points for the highest scoring event and each
of the other events in each single year age group.
Information Technology Assisting Competition
It is important that the ASA records the maximum number
of validated times in their ranking system, from the widest
range of age and ability as possible. The development of
the various standards and qualifying times are obtained
through analysis of the data held on swimmer performances.
Qualifying Times for District/Regional and National events
currently use the data from the National Ranking system.
The GB points system is updated every two years with
reference to world data. However, the correction factors
used in conjunction with GB points to provide Age Corrected
Points for the British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) awards
system, are particularly dependent on annual analysis of the
times swum by 9-14 year old swimmers. It is important
therefore to record the maximum number of validated
times in the ranking system, from the widest range of age
and ability as possible.
The further development of the ASA IT systems will allow
access to the data in order that meet managers can verify
information and use the information to help plan their
meets and qualifying times.
Long Term Athlete Development
Training Camps
Throughout the Country there are opportunities for
swimmers to be selected for training camps at different levels.
Programmes based on County Sports Partnerships (collections
of local authorities) will provide training camp opportunities
for some County level swimmers. There are further camps
at Regional level. In addition, linked to the World Class
programmes, there are training camps at ASA
District/Regional level.
The basis of selection for all these camps for the younger
swimmers will be the British Age Group Category principles.
More detailed information regarding selection and training
camps for the World Class squads and other ASA information
is available from the ASA and are on the British Swimming
website (www.britishswimming.org)
Remember:
“Success is a journey not a destination.
The doing is often more important
than the outcome”
ASA competition and training camp opportunities are
designed to provide a pathway for ALL swimmers to
access the level that is appropriate to them. The long
term development of a swimmer provides success along
the way at different levels and in many different aspects
enjoy your journey



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DATA PROTECTION


The Amateur Swimming Federation of Great Britain Ltd has registered with Data Protection on behalf of the three Home Countries to hold personal data of members. and all affiliated clubs, counties and districts. There is no need for any club, county or district to register independently. However there is a requirement for all clubs, counties and districts to comply with the principles of the Act which are listed below:
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  4. 4. accurate;
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The Data Protection Act also now include restrictions on the use of data for commercial and marketing purposes without the explicit consent of each individual.
There is also a requirement to obtain consent for the collection and storage of data.
However, this is less restrictive and implicit consent can be obtained by ensuring that members are given the opportunity to read the appropriate clause, for example by publishing it on a website, membership form or notice board at the club headquarters. This does not apply to health and medical details as explicit consent (ie a signature for this specific purpose) is required from the individual for these to be held. There is also a requirement to obtain consent from individuals if their data is to be transferred to a country outside the European Economic Area.
The data protection notice used by the ASA is below and clubs, counties and districts are encouraged to use the same wording on their own documentation and to ensure that all members are advised of this clause. It is posted on the British Swimming website; www.britishswimming.org, printed on the ASA membership forms and included on the enclosed CD-Rom.
The current Act also states that parental consent is required for the collection of data for children aged below 12 years of age. As a sport we feel that 12 years of age is too low and we have decided that we should obtain parental consent for the collection of data for anyone below 18 years of age. We feel this follows best practice under our child protection strategy.


Please ensure that your members are aware that this clause allows for the collection and use of the data to fulfil the objectives of the organisation only. It does not allow the data to be used for any commercial or marketing purposes.

The ASA will not use the data, or share the data with any third party for marketing or commercial purposes, without firstly obtaining the explicit consent from individual members. ASA Membership Returns – 2004 JMN Revised clause and explanation Page 1 of 1 ASA Membership Returns – 2004 JMN Revised clause and explanation Page 2 of 2

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Data Protection - Membership Data Collection - Consent

The Data Protection Act 1998 ("the Act") sets out certain requirements for the protection of your personal information (i.e. information about you) against unauthorised use or disclosure. The Act also gives you certain rights.
References below to the Amateur Swimming Federation of Great Britain Ltd (ASFGB Ltd) include a reference to the three members of ASFGB Ltd, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Scottish Swimming Association (SASA) and Welsh Swimming Association (WASA). By virtue of your membership direct or indirect to ASA, SASA and WASA you agree to your personal data being made available to ASFGB Ltd and its members, subject always to compliance with the Data Protection legislation. This does not include sensitive personal data such as health or medical conditions, which require the explicit consent of the data subject i.e. a signature for this specific purpose.
Except to the extent that your club or ASFGB Ltd is required or permitted by law, (the information which you provide in this form, and any other information obtained or provided during the course of your membership ("the Information") will be used solely for the purposes of processing your application and dealing with you as a member.
If you cease to be a member of the ASFGB Ltd, the Information will not be held for longer than is necessary, after which time it will be destroyed.

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So that we may use the Information for the above purposes and on the above terms, we are required under the Act to obtain your consent. Members are therefore requested to sign the consent clause on the reverse of the membership forms or by confirming to their Club Membership Officer that they agree to the above by providing their data for electronic submission to the ASA, SASA or WASA.


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