A partnership between ASA and British Gas

Who we are

At the ASA we aim to support swimming at every level, from the paddling pool to the podium. We are passionate about helping pools to survive and thrive by providing guidance and information so we can help to keep pools at the heart of local communities.

However, we are not against all pool closures. We understand the need for some rationalisation to make sure that the pools left in service are better at meeting the customers' needs. We also need to look closely at failing pools to improve their programmes as this should improve their popularity, income and help them survive.

The ASA has been in existence since 1869. It was the first governing body of swimming to be established in the world and remains the English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water and synchronised swimming.

Swimming is deeply embedded in our communities and has been for over 150 years. So it's hardly surprising that with the threat of closure hanging over many well-loved pools, people are coming together to keep pools at the heart of the community.

Swimming pools bring communities together and keep Britain healthy

Pools are constantly being replaced, but the current economic climate means that local authorities are under increasing pressure to cut costs. Rising costs of operation, maintenance and increased energy bills mean that difficult choices need to be made, and this often leads to cutbacks and closure.

At the ASA, we want to see more people continue to enjoy swimming in their local pools where they are able to socialise and meet friends whilst getting the most out of the sport.

We feel the best way to support pools is by supporting people at a local level and by giving them the tools and information they need to make key decisions in support of their pools.

Before you start, you may also contact The ASA Facilities Department who will be able to give you advice and guidance. This will also help you decide if and what action is appropriate.

Email facilities@swimming.org.

How we can help

The current economic climate is leading some local authorities to close a pool for a range of reasons. We want to encourage these authorities to find ways to keep pools running, even if it means running them in a completely different way.

Who is this site for?

  • Pool saviours. These include people who have an interest in keeping a pool operating that might otherwise be closed and where it can still be of value to the community. This group includes potential trusts and community enterprises, schools with a pool, entrepreneurs looking to run pools, those campaigning as individuals and those looking for support information such as local newspapers.
  • Pool operators. We can provide useful information for current ‘in-house’ pool operators looking to run pools in a different way in the future.
  • Swimming clubs. We can provide useful information for ASA, Swim Wales and Scottish Swimming’s Clubs that are looking for funding.

This is not a campaigning site with the function of petitioning for local pools to stay open, but we can provide support and guidance to campaigns where there is a clear need and demand for the pool and that financial viability can be established.