AquaZone is an interactive online magazine and community for 9-15 year old Category 2 ASA members at English clubs, whether they be swimmers, divers, synchro swimmers or water polo players. Packed with a great feed of news, interviews, features, reader letters and competitions, with a social community including timelines, a club hub, community chats, achievements and other great social stuff to help club members support each other, wherever they swim. 

The monthly Fave Raves competition gives readers a chance to get their hands on £25 of Google Play or iTunes vouchers – and readers should keep an eye out for a chance to win an iPad in a competition coming soon! Sign up at

South East Region Hardship & Start Up Funding Policies

ASA South East Region has recently put together new policies for Hardship Funding and Start Up Funding.

ASA South East Region recognise that aquatics can be a relatively expensive sport, in particular for top athletes and they may experience funding difficulties. The Region does not provide hardship funding, but encourages clubs, athletes and their families to actively seek external funding. Please click here to see the policy.

ASA South East Region is pro-active in the development of the sport within the region, in particular through the formation of new clubs and new sections of existing clubs in the disciplines of Water Polo, Synchro and Diving. In setting up new clubs or new sections, funding may be needed to pay in advance for pool time and other items, before any funds are accumulated from athletes paying membership and training fees, and any grants from funding bodies have been received. The Region will assist clubs through the Regional Development Officers and if necessary the provision of temporary funding to overcome cash-flow issues. To see the Start Up Funding Policy please click here.

England Programmes Development Day 6th March

• Are you a Level 1 or Level 2 Swimming Teacher or Level 1 Swimming Coach?
• Do you motivate children to swim on a day to day basis?
• Do you help your swimmers create great skills for the future?

England Programmes are running a Development Day on 6th March at Hilton Hotel, East Midlands Airport. For full details please click here.

Funding Opportunities for Coaching in the UK

The Funding Opportunities for Coaching in the UK provides details about funding available to support coaches.

Produced by sports coach UK in partnership with the England Coaching Network, Governing Bodies of Sport and the Home Country Sports Councils the interactive PDF allows the user to quickly identify the right funding for them

Research has found that 34% of coaches say they would feel more supported if they were provided with funding for CPD and this guide aims to provide that support.

Download the Funding Opportunities for Coaching in the UK guide here

Funding support for coaches continues via Twitter where the @scUKCoachFund account will provide up to the minute funding information for coaches.


Synchronised Swimming Coach Development Workshop

On Sunday the 28th February both Swimming and Synchronised Swimming coaches will come together for a development day at the River Park Leisure Centre, Winchester. The morning will consist of a joint workshop to be delivered by Dr. Julie Johnson, Sports Psychologist on the coaching processes and managing relationships.

During the afternoon, the Synchronised swimming coaches will be enjoying a workshop to be delivered by Biz Price on the choreography of routines. Biz was the former GB National Performance Director and Head Coach.

To book on to this workshop please complete the booking form.

Synchro Workshop Feb 16

Calling all volunteers – have your say!

The ASA’s annual Volunteer Satisfaction survey has launched and will remain open until the 14th November.

The survey will take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Click Here To Complete.

The ASA value each and every volunteer contribution, and your experience as a volunteer is important to us. We encourage you to take this opportunity to provide us with details about your current experience, any additional support and training as an ASA volunteer you would like to receive, what we do, or perhaps don’t do currently which you think would make a real difference.

We welcome and value your thoughts and opinions on how we can improve and your comments will help to shape the future work and priorities of the ASA Volunteer Engagement department. We would like each and every volunteer to complete this survey, it’s about your own experience and what matters most to you. Most importantly the survey is confidential so we would welcome you to be honest with us.

Last year, responses from the survey influenced the development of the volunteering hub, the new look and feel of the ASA Volunteer Engagement Department, the creation of the Volunteer Engagement Handbook to name just a few. Your feedback really does make a difference and will continue to do so.

If you have any queries about how this information will be used please do not hesitate to contact

ASA South East Region Young Volunteers Programme 2015/2016

Are you aged between 15 and 25 years and looking to access training opportunities to volunteer within aquatics?

Following the successful 2014/2015 Young Volunteer Programme in the South East Region, the Region is again looking to increase the number of trained young people and to improve accessibility to formal and informal training opportunities.

Find more information here or contact Helen Mack on 07780 332279.

Level 2 Coaching Course for Synchronised Swimming

Fees reduced

Venue: Cobham Hall School, Kent DA12 3BL

Start on-line learning 29 January 2016

Face to Face learning 25 – 29 March 2016

This is a blended learning programme that allows candidates to complete the core units via on line learning before attending the technical units for your qualification.

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Helen Mack receives President’s Plate


Helen Mack, the Regions lead on swim21 and Young Volunteer Programme was awarded the President’s Plate by Regional President Roger Prior at the Region’s Annual Council Meeting in September.

Well known to all clubs in the Region as a ‘go to’ person, Helen’s work also includes organising training courses and keeping us all up to date with our sport in the Region through the monthly Club Update.

She is also involved in looking for funding opportunities to support clubs and volunteers. In addition Helen works with the SER Development Group and has recently started working with discipline groups.

On being presented with the award Helen said: ‘It was a total shock, I had no idea. I thoroughly enjoy my role with the SER and working alongside some amazing and committed volunteers. It is great to work within the sport which gave me so much enjoyment and fulfilment as a swimmer during my time at City of Sheffield SC and I still love to teach as a volunteer for my local club and schools’.

The President’s Plate is awarded annually by the outgoing President.