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.