Aquasplash - aquatic festival aimed at 5 to 11 year olds
Aquasplash is an aquatic festival aimed at 5 to 11 year olds – developed by the ASA in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and Royal Lifesaving Saving Society UK.
Aquasplash caters for both non-swimmers and swimmers and is based upon recognising and celebrating the skills achieved at swimming lessons. It is a great way of getting children into the pool and keeping them coming back.
It is designed to encourage young people to demonstrate their skills as individuals and teams, and experience a fun-based festival in a coordinated environment.
Vicci Webley – Senior Competition Manager, Hereford and Worcestershire, said: “We’ve got very successful swimming galas here that are for pupils looking to join a club straight away for the competitive aspect. We decided to try and target different people to hit government targets of increasing more young people into school sport.”
All pool providers are being invited to work in partnership with their local clubs and schools to host their own Aquasplash festival. Aquasplash is a key to increasing the number of young people participating in swimming. It is intended to be an integral part of a pathway for a young person to progress from swimming lessons into other aquatic activities.
Karen Thorpe, ASA Synchro National Development Manager, said: “The children were learning even though they didn’t realise that they were because it was all encompassed in fun and games.”
The content for an Aquasplash festival is flexible and can be tailored to suit the environment and young swimmers involved. A resource pack has been produced to provide guidance on delivering a festival. It is practical, provides templates and ideas, plus additional guidance on how to include young people with a disability.
An electronic pack is available to download at www.aquasplashfest.org or you can buy a hard-copy resource pack with DVD, toolkit, poster and 50 laminated activities for £22.50 from the website.
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