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STA to launch new school swimming academy
- 10 March 2016
Unlike other award schemes, the eight-stage programme encompasses skills in strokes, distance, lifesaving skills and water safety, and encourages learners to go beyond the requirement to be able to swim 25 metres by the time they leave primary school.
“We have long maintained that the 25-metre aim is too low a target for youngsters, so in our School Swimming programme, we’ve set this achievement at level 5,” explained Claire.
“This means that learners have the chance to further develop their skills and become better and safer swimmers through levels 6-8.”
For free, STA will provide schools with all the downloadable and printable resources and tools they need to manage the programme, which is also supported with a colourful range of new School Swimming Academy branded certificates, which show the outcomes for each level, plus “well done” certificates and stickers to help keep struggling learners motivated.
Other STA support being offered to school swimming providers as part of the free package includes:
- Helping to make the operational and managerial aspects of organising school swimming easier by providing site-specific information, assessments, templates and information for both schools and parents.
- A system that will enable swim schools and academies to provide schools written documentation on pupils’ progress, which can be used as evidence for Ofsted.
- Providing swimming teachers with a comprehensive range of practical and easy-to-use resources, from comprehensive 30- and 60-minute lesson plans for non-swimmers, beginners, improvers and advanced learners through to progression tick sheets, games ideas, downloadable certificates and disability awareness advice.
“We are confident this unique programme will transform how school swimming lessons are managed and delivered,” continued Claire.
“We’ve used our extensive experience in creating a wide range of learn to swim programmes over the last 80 plus years to come up with a transparent and exceptionally well-thought-out scheme that will bring huge benefits to swim schools, to teachers and, most of all, to learners.”
The School Swimming Academy was officially launched at STA’s Link4Life Swim Academy in Rochdale on 8 March 2016, and they will become the first in the country to roll-out the new programme.
Speaking at the launch, John Matson, Head of Sport and Leisure at the Link4Life Swim Academy said: “Link4Life is committed to providing an excellent School Swimming programme and is delighted to be launching the School Swimming Academy in partnership with STA.
We have invested in the training and development of many new teachers. STA’s new programme will ensure that school children in the Borough are given the best opportunity to develop their swimming and water safety skills.”
Pictured here at the launch from L-R: Zoe Cooper, Director of Sales and Marketing, STA, Kevin Costigan, Facility Manager, Rochdale Leisure Centre, Link4Life, Gillian Bishop, Chief Executive, Link4Life, children from Alice Ingham RC Primary School and STA mascots.