Swim 21 Accreditation

Swim 21: What is it?

Swim 21 is the ASA Club Development model, 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 the athletes – striving to provide the best possible support environment. Swim 21 is not just endorsed by the ASA but also by Sport England; Swim 21 Accreditation includes Sport England Clubmark, a kite mark set across all sports.

Swim 21: What is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)?

Long Term Athlete Development is about achieving optimal training, competition and recovery throughout an athlete’s career, particularly in relation to the important growth and development years of young people. For more information on LTAD please visit: British Swimming.

Swim 21: Who can apply?

Swim 21 Accreditation is available to ASA clubs of any aquatic discipline – diving, swimming, synchro or water polo. Each club is encouraged to sign up to Swim 21 and are positioned at one or more of the 4 areas:

  • Teaching – where the emphasis is on quality teaching using a multi skill approach, underpinned by sound governance;

  • Skill Development – where the athletes develop their technical skill within a quality programme of coaching and competition, supported by sound governance;

  • Competitive Development – where, supported by sound governance, athletes are part of a quality training and development programme, which consistently enables athletes to compete successfully at regional and national levels;

  • Performance – where athletes can access training and support services in a performance development environment that is focussed and coach driven and supported by sound governance.

City of Southampton Swimming Club are accredited for Swimming at Teaching and Skill Development level.

Swim 21: How do I know if i am at an Accredited club?

All clubs who have achieved Swim 21 are allowed to use the Swim 21 logo on their letterheads, promotional material, and website. They also receive a certificate from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) to display at their training venue in order to promote their achievement. For City of Southampton this information is available on our club noticeboards at the Quays.

Swim 21: What are the benefits of City of Southampton being a Swim21 club?

  • The club is implementing the ASA Child Protection policy and the coaches/teachers and volunteers have been CRB checked in line with national guidance;
  • The club’s coaches/teachers and volunteers are appropriately qualified and access continuous professional development to ensure they are up to date with current teaching and coaching principles/methods;
  • The club is accessing sufficient pool time to ensure swimmers are able to develop in line with the Long Term Athlete Development model;
  • The club is pro-active in developing a swimmer pathway to ensure swimmers can continue to progress and develop;
  • The club will have more opportunities to access additional funding through the ASA, Sport England and other agencies.
For further information, please view the:

Club Equity Policy Document
Swim21 Accredited logo accredited clubmark logo