City of Milton Keynes Swim Club has successfully achieved the standards of Swim 21 for:
. Skill Development
. Competitive Development
We are now one of more than 300 accredited clubs nationally.
What is Swim 21?
Swim21 Club Accreditation is a 'Quality mark', specifically designed for all ASA clubs, which recognises nationally and regionally the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members.
Swim21 Club Accreditation is the ASA's Club Development model - a planning tool, based on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, enabling clubs to help athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to achieve their full potential. It focuses particularly on the needs of athletes - striving to provide them with the best possible support and environment.
Clubs work steadily towards the attainment of a series of outcomes all of which are seen as essential if the right level of support is to be provided at each stage of an athlete's development.
What do Clubs have to do?
Clubs aiming to achieve Swim21 standards must first complete an audit of all their programmes and structures against a series of questions that are linked to nationally determined outcomes of good practice.
Then, based on their findings clubs must then produce an Improvement Plan that details the steps they need to take to address the gaps in their provision.
Finally, when they feel these have been addressed, they then apply to become an ASA swim21 Accredited Club by contacting their Regional Swimming Co-ordinator.
How Are Clubs Assessed?
Clubs are then assessed against three distinct criteria:
. Compliance (emphasis on good club management)
. Workforce Development (focus on training and development of people within the club)
. Athlete Development (concentration on the needs of the swimmer)
Initially, clubs went through a process of self-assessment against a range of ‘elements’ against each of the above criteria and were required to score themselves against these criteria. Evidence was also collected to demonstrate achievement all of the measures and submitted to the ASA for approval by a Swim21 panel.
However, the criteria for swim21 has been overhauled nationally and the process for obtaining accreditation has completely changed making it far less paper based more practical, and more rigorous; involving an 'Inspection' of the club's programmes, procedures, coaches, health & safety etc., in which swimmers, coaches, helpers and parents are asked to participate and each year clubs are required to maintain and update their action plan and submit it to the ASA for approval.
After four years clubs are required to apply for re-accreditation and go through the full process of audit and evidence submission for approval by the Swim 21 panel.
What level has City of Milton Keynes Swim Club Achieved?
There are four levels for accreditation, Teaching, Skill Development, Competitive Development and Performance and this enables Clubs to be assessed according to the main focus of their activities. Although the levels are of course different, the standards required in terms of planning and operational excellence are equal.
CMKSC has ASA Swim 21 status at Skill Development and Competitive Development levels.
What is Sport England’s Clubmark?
Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections, and signifies the Club’s commitment to being a safe, effective and child-friendly sports club.
swim21 is recognised by Sport England as a Clubmark accredited scheme and therefore all clubs gaining swim21 accreditation now automatically receive Clubmark status.
Further information can be found on the Clubmark page >>
Where do we go from here?
City of Milton Keynes Swim Club is very proud of its Swim 21 achievements but it doesn't just end there. Swim 21 is now fully embedded within the Club and is simply part of what we do; the everyday job of providing a rewarding and challenging environment for our 150+ swimmers; supported by our valued volunteers.
Our aim is to continuously improve and develop our swimming programmes and Swim 21 provides the framework for that development.
As part of its commitment to work towards Swim 21 annual approval, the City of Milton Keynes Swim Club subscribes to the following policies and practices:
. Child Protection (Wavepower) ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures (webpage)
. Code of Ethics This Code of Ethics was written with specific reference to swimming teachers and coaches. (PDF document)
. Equity Policy Statement ASA Equal Opportunities Policy (PDF document)
. UKAD anti-doping in sport 100% ME - guidance for a generation of sportsmen and women who know they don’t need to use prohibited substances or methods to be successful (webpage)
. Anti Doping Rules British Swimming Anti Doping Rules (PDF document)
. Internal Club Disputes There is an internal procedure for CMKSC to ensure any internal disputes are handled correctly from the outset. Most clubs from time to time have disputes and these can usually be resolved amicably between the individuals concerned (webpage)
. City of Milton Keynes Swim Club Constitution - Adopted 10 July 2011 The Constitution contains the club rules (PDF document)
A copy of all the Job Descriptions can be found here >>
Public Liability Insurance
A copy of the club’s Public Liability Insurance Certificate can be found here >>
A copy of the parent and swimmers guide to swim21 can be downloaded HERE alternatively you can visit the swim21 area of the swimming.org website.