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Somerset ASA 2015 Championships

Is there something you need which you think will make a difference to your members, swimmers, volunteers, parents or families? And you are ready to make a case for it?

Read on...!

County Development Funding is for those times when a club or a group of clubs is ready to Grow, Develop, Improve some key aspect of what they do; when some additional financial support will help promote, kickstart or help to make it happen.

In most applications we are looking for additional or new opportunities you think will make a difference short term and which can be sustained beyond the initial project. A lot of the planning, preparation and financial thinking has already been done.

We like projects where several clubs are involved and we look at how many swimmers, coaches, parents etc will benefit from the project or the equipment.


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.

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

View the Swim England Talent Team update on their plans presented to Regions for 2022/2023 on 10 Jan.


Areas for 2021/22 Funding

Click on a tab below for more information or to close it. Each tab content includes one or more colour codes to highlight the appropriate Application Form and related Guidance Notes to download below. 

County Pathway Development



Delivered by the County for and under guidance from Swim England.

Please see related opportunities in the Developing Coaches section below.





The stuff that effective committees do to ensure the club is fit for purpose and the future; having a constitution, setting out and maintaining required standards, policies and procedures, looking after the financial side and the needs of its members - being accountable for the club's actions and decisions, and so on.


Volunteer and Workforce Development



Please see details of our support for the Young Volunteers programme - but we will look favourably on initiatives involving parents, helpers and indeed anyone involved in the smooth running and the success of the club and Somerset swimming.




We are pleased to contribute towards the regional Bursary scheme for Swim England L1 / L2 Teaching and Coaching qualifications (all disciplines).

Please return the completed Bursary Application Form to our nominated County Officer, Mark Wells and remember to cc Colin Christmas, Development Officer (contact details) and also 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 should you require assistance.


Athlete Development



Activities, programmes and events which enable clubs to develop the potential of their swimmers. Projects typically involve developing skills, knowledge, behaviours and performance at every stage on the swimmer journey.

Please see related opportunities in the Supporting the Developing Age Group Swimmer section below.


Network Development



We want more clubs to work together and offer opportunities and benefits to a wider ‘group’ of swimmers, coaches and parents.

This is usually as part of a formal agreement or partnership arrangement but sometimes it applies when a few clubs see the advantage of a joint enterprise and initiative and agree to work together to achieve it.


New Member Recruitment Fund (1 Apr to 31 Dec 2021)



To reward eligible affiliated Clubs for their qualifying new member recruitment over 1 Apr to 31 Dec 2021 of

  • Category 1/2/3 Memberships (via funding pot A), and
  • Swim England based Learn to Swim / Awards schemes, artistic swimming, masters, open water and water polo (via funding pot B)



Application Forms and Guidance Notes to Download

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Development Funding:
Application Form &
Guidance Notes
New Member Recruitment Fund:
Application Form &
Guidance Notes
Teacher/Coach L1/L2 Bursary
Application Form.


Swim England South West Funding

Swim England South West also supports development. Download their Funding Matrix overview and details of funding options for volunteer training.


Supporting the Developing Age Group Swimmer

In 2021 we have publicised Applications for 2021-2022:


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


Developing Coaches

In 2021 we have publicised Coaching Applications for Swim England’s 2021-2022:



Institute of Swimming Video: Become a Swimming Teacher.

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.

Development Archive

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Nov 2019


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


Nov 2018
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)