Herts ASA Conference report

25 February 2013

OVER 100 swimmers, coaches, learners and athletes benefited from the Hertfordshire ASA Conference held at Hertfordshire Sports Village on February 16/17.


ON the weekend of the February 16/17, 2013, the Hertfordshire Sports Village was filled with a multitude of people keen to develop, share ideas, or simply to support the county in delivering a fantastic Hertfordshire ASA Conference, which launched the County Sports Partnership 'Herts Coaching Week'.


Herts Sports Partnership funded the cost of all the rooms and water-time over the weekend, as well as supporting the organising team.


The weekend began with a day of finding out about the world of disability in aquatics.


Rob Aubry – the Great Britain Development Coach for swimming – led a session on Low Classification, and, to support the theory in the classroom, the 19 coaches who attended then got to see a dry land session and a pool session led by Rob.


Around 20 swimmers, with a variety of physical impairments, supported this event by attending to demonstrate their needs from their coach to enable inclusion.


At the same time, there was a seminar delivered for our teachers wanting to gain an understanding on how to include swimmers with severe physical impairments into a mainstream environment.


Ten learners attended this session and, again, it was followed by a poolside session to demonstrate the theory learned.


Carl Cooper, Playground to Podium Officer for British Swimming, organised both the presenters and all of the athletes, bringing them from various parts of the country.


Carl also supported the county and its members by negotiating funding for the day through British Swimming.


The second day started with a masterclass on butterfly techniques, as well as starts and turns. There were 30 attendees for this session, with a waiting list in place.


This fantastic session was delivered by Kevin Ayres – a highly skilled coach who regularly travels to America to listen to the latest technological advancements.


The learners also got the chance to put theory into practice in the pool, thanks to Berkhamsted Swimming Club swimmers.


During the morning there was also representation from the young people of our clubs when 10 14-25-year-olds attended the second Herts Youth Forum.


This gave the ASA a chance to find out the opinions and ideas that our young people within our clubs have, and from this event we can move forward in developing them into our ground delivery.


On Sunday afternoon, the Head of Volunteering Engagement – Francesca Kelly –  travelled down from Loughborough to deliver a session on volunteering and gave a really informative presentation to 22 attendees.


There was a great talk led by the County Sports Partnership on Sport Makers and the opportunities available to clubs.


Everyone then received a Sport Maker T-shirt and sports bag which rounded off the weekend nicely.


In all, the event was really well received by the clubs of Hertfordshire. Representatives from other counties also attended. They will be able to take the event format home with them to roll out in their own counties, including Derbyshire!


Over one hundred swimmers, coaches, learners and athletes benefited from a fantastic weekend, but without the help of the County Sports Partnership (HSP) and all the volunteers involved in the planning and delivery of the event, it could not have happened. THANK YOU.


Leanne Brace, ASA East Region Club Development Officer

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