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Somerset ASA 2015 Championships

Bursary Funding!
Somerset ASA is pleased to contribute to bursaries which support development.Bursary application

Funding is available for ASA / UKCC Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Teacher and Coach Education Courses for all disciplines by submitting Swim England South West's application form to our nominated County Officer, Colin Christmas (and remember to copy in the Regional Finance Officer) . Please indicate on the form in which year you completed a Somerset ASA Young Volunteer Program if you wish to be considered for an additional £50 County bursary for those who did so. Please get in touch with Colin (contact details) should you require assistance.


Somerset ASA's commitment to Development

This is detailed in the 'living' County Strategic Development Plan Summary for 2021/22 (v1) which was agreed at our 2021 AGM. Any updates will be published on this page.

Bursary application Areas for 2021/22 Funding are:


  • Governance
  • Volunteer Development (including Young Volunteers)
  • Workforce Development (Bursaries)
  • Pathway Development (County Programme)
  • New member recruitment - a funding pot for all Categories, and a separate pot to ensure support is also available for recruitment in LTS, artistic swimming, masters, open water and water polo.


Apply for funding
What would help develop your club?

  • Equipment
  • Courses
  • Mentoring
  • CPDs
  • Joint ventures with other clubs
  • Workshops
  • Additional training
  • Resources


Clubs are still encouraged to apply for support if, individually or jointly they have a project or initiative which meets the County objectives and priorities. 

Download Development Funding Application Form (published 2 July 2018). To support clarity and to make the application process easier, new guidelines will be available soon and published here.

Don’t forget to apply before the 31 March deadline for funding.

Please get in touch with Colin Christmas (contact details) for more information and to apply.

Swim England South West Funding

Swim England South West are supporting development. Download their Funding Matrix overview and funding options for volunteer training.

Development Archive Updates

Nov 2019

Development Plan for 2020/21 agreed at our 9 Nov 2019 General Meeting of Clubs.

Nov 2018

Development Plan for 2019/20 and 2019/20 Presentation (Powerpoint).

Nov 2017

Development Plan 2018/19 Presentation given by then Development Officer, Fiona Bowen. 

Part One (includes Alan Withers' feedback from the Regional and County Pathway Forum event.

Part Two

Proposed Development Plan 2018/19

Nov 2016

Development Plan presentation - with apologies to Keynsham for omitting them from Young Volunteer Programme - now amended.  (Slide timings in pop-up window)

Development Plan 2017/18 (adopted).

Nov 2015

Edited clip highlighting use of Somerset ASA Development funds (powerpoint presentation)


Supporting the Developing Age Group Swimmer

Download Presentation given at Millfield on 30/31 May 2015 by Lindsay Trimmings (née Dunn), England Programmes Officer for the ASA England Talent Programme.


Developing Coaches


Interview with Dave McNulty, Head Coach, British Swimming NTC, Bath who discusses what it means to be a real coach and how to inspire others so they can reach their full potential and fulfil their dreams of winning an Olympic medal.

Download England Programmes Presentations from Nov 2015 on


Our Partners

SASP logo   Wesport logo   Active Partnerships logo

Active Partnerships SASP and WESPORT help support development activities in addition to the Region and the National Governing Body of our sport. Our County Development Officer is responsible for Sports Partnership Liaison

SASP covers the administrative County of Somerset whilst WESPORT covers the Districts of Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset.