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We are extremely proud to announce that we have the Swim21 'Club' accreditation (and have held an accreditation continuously since 2009). We were the first club in South Tyneside to hold this accreditation. We also hold Sport England's Clubmark accreditation.

Following our 4-yearly renewal in March 2013 we received a letter from the ASA region's Swim21 panel stating:

"The regional panel were extremely impressed with the standard of your file and the good practice that you demonstrated within it"


About Swim21

What is Swim21 accreditation?

Swim21 Club Accreditation is the ASA’s ‘quality mark’. It 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 not just a badge of honour. It 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.

 As a parent it is your guarantee of quality provision for your child. Swim21 is a development tool that allows swimmers, teachers, coaches and those responsible for developing programmes to continually improve.

So, why should I look for a Swim21 club?

Every Swim21 accredited club provides high quality, safe, effective, child-friendly services for the benefit of their swimmers and non-swimming members. It’s about putting the swimmers first and ensuring young learners follow the pathway the ASA recognises for training and competition.

Every Swim21 accredited programme is offering the best way to learn how to swim. Specifically it’s about ensuring the programme is delivering quality lessons based on the BG Learn to Swim Framework (LTS) run by fully qualified teachers in a safe and appropriate environment.

What do clubs have to do?

Clubs aiming to achieve Swim21 standards complete an audit of their swimming programme and structure and then develop an action plan to address areas needing attention.  Evidence is collected to demonstrate achievement all of the measures and submitted to the ASA for approval by a Swim21 panel.

Each year clubs are required to maintain and update their action plan and submit 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 Swim21 panel.

Further information can be found on the ASA's website.



Swim21 gives our club a progression pathway. If we have a swimmer who we believe could benefit from a more competitive environment, we have established links with other Swim21 clubs to enable us to move them onwards and upwards in consultation with the swimmer, their parents / guardians and our head coach. Any swimmers following this path will go through the normal entry procedures for the club that they move to.

This pathway also works the other way around. A swimmer in one of our partner clubs may be signposted to our club if they leave and are looking for an alternate club. In this case, they will go through our own waiting list / assessment system. 



About Clubmark

Sport England recognises and values the commitment made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants. The development of clubs that encourage young people to take-up sport, improve their talents, possibly play a leadership role and give them the option to initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport is an essential part of supporting the sporting infrastructure in England.

Clubmark was introduced in 2002 by Sport England to:

  • Ensure that accrediting partners apply core common criteria to ensure that consistent good practice and minimum operating standards are delivered through all club development and accreditation schemes.
  • To empower parent(s)/carer(s) when choosing a club for their children.
  • To ensure that Clubmark accredited clubs are recognised through a common approach to branding.
  • To provide a focus around which all organisations involved in sport can come together to support good practice in sports clubs working with children and young people.

Clubmark accreditation is awarded to clubs that comply with minimum operating standards in four areas:

  • The playing programme
  • Duty of care and safeguarding and protecting children and young people
  • Knowing your club and its community
  • Club management

Further information can be found on Clubmark's website.