Swimming

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) funding his Department has allocated to and (b) discussions his Department has had with (i) the Amateur Swimming Association, (ii) the Royal Life Saving Association, (iii) the swimming and water safety website, (iv) the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents, (v) the Institute of Swimming Teachers and Coaches, (vi) the British Swimming Coaches and Teachers' Association, (vii) the Swimming Teachers' Association and (viii) any other swimming organisations in relation to (A) teaching people to swim and (B) coaching competitive swimmers in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

My Department keeps in regular contact with various bodies to increase participation levels in swimming and promote the coaching of competitive swimmers. A list of these meetings could be assembled only at disproportionate cost.

Sport England has advised that the following funding was allocated to the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and other swimming organisations in each of the last 10 years. However, to extract information pertaining to teaching people to swim and coaching competitive swimmers could be provided only at disproportionate cost:

£
Amateur Swimming Association Other bodies
Financial year Lottery Exchequer Lottery Exchequer
1997-98 0 0 0 0
1998-99 0 0 0 0
1999-2000 0 0 0 0
2000-01 2,348,698 0 0 0
2001-02 217,84 0 0 0
2002-03 16,292,070 50,000 0 0
2003-04 295,157 0 8,250 0
2004-05 924,279 0 0 0
2005-06 149,293 216,000 38,082 0
2006-07 0 0 0 0
2007-08 3,099,008 0 0 76,000

Sport England has no record of providing awards to the following bodies or projects in respect of teaching people to swim or coaching of competitive swimmers:

Royal Life Saving Association, the swimming and water safety website, Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents, Institute of Swimming Teachers and Coaches, British Swimming Coaches and Teachers' Association, Swimming Teachers' Association.

Sport England has provided awards to support Community Sports Coaches (CSCs) in a number of sports over the period 2005-09. It is not possible to identify the exact amount of investment to swimming as many awards will be for coaches working across more than one sport. However, Sport England estimates that a total investment of more than £1.1 million will have benefited swimming coaching. CSCs will normally provide coaching to non-competitive swimmers, and their work may include introductory and taster sessions for new swimmers.

The lottery awards to the ASA include an award of £3,020,437 for the ASA Club and Coach Programme 2007-10. This supports the establishment of talent pathways, including the provision of coaching for swimmers at grass roots level.

UK Sport has funded elite swimming competitors over the same period, but to disaggregate the element spent on coaching could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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