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Local and National Provision for Swimming.

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Donna Walters Local and National Provision of Swimming Local Provision There are many swimming clubs in the west midlands, some of those are: Broadway swimming club, this is situated in Walsall and the swimmers train at Walsall campus it is a competitive club and does quite well in galas (competitions). Bilston swimming club is also a popular club for people who want to learn to swim; it is quite a successful club as it is high up in the 1st division in the swimming leagues! Phoenix youth is an extremely good club for people who want to learn to swim and it at the top of the 1st division in the swimming leagues, some of the best swimmers in the local area train at this club. Wolverhampton Swimming club is a very local club and is situated at Central Baths in Wolverhampton, many people train at this swimming club, as it is a popular choice. All of the clubs above are competitive teams of young individuals, however there are swimming lessons available for people, mainly children who wish to just learn to swim and not become competitive performers. Here is and example of times for a local pool, (Walsall campus) which offers lessons for various types of people such as over 50's, moms and tots, and leisure times for people of all ages, none of these people wish to be part of a competitive team but all enjoy swimming so they choose to come in their own times. DAY TIMES ACTIVITY MONDAY 8.00AM-10.00AM Length Swimming " " 12.00PM-2.00PM - " " 7.30PM-9.30PM Broadway Swimming Club TUESDAY 8.00AM-10.00AM Length Swimming " " 12.00PM-1.00PM - " " 4.00PM-6.00PM Length Swimming WEDNESDAY 8.00AM-10.00AM Length Swimming " " 10.00AM-12.00PM Moms and Tots " " 12.00PM-2.00PM - " " 4.00PM-6.00PM Length Swimming THURSDAY 8.00AM-9.00AM Length Swimming " " 12.00PM-2.00PM - " " 3.00PM-7.00PM - " " 7.00PM-8.00PM Half Pool Lengths " " 8.00PM-9.00PM - FRIDAY 8.00AM-10.00AM Length Swimming " " 10.00AM-12.00PM Over 50's " " 12.00PM-1.30PM Length Swimming ...read more.

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20 m Sprint Work on the speed aspect of the training Team relays A relay is swum for each stroke and then for a medley 4 people in each team every time a swimmer finishes a length and touches the wall, another swimmer starts Relays are used to improve the swimmers timing The 3rd session is for the advanced swimmers of the club who compete in swimming galas for the team and also the swimmers may wish to enter competitions where they represent themselves but under the clubs name example: County competitions. The training sessions work on speed technique and stamina. An example of a training program in this session is: Session in a 20-meter pool 1:45-minute session Training Activity What is it? Why 1000m warm up Front crawl To loosen muscles to prevent injury 400m pull Put a pull boy (a float shaped to fit between the legs) between the legs and just use arms To strengthen arms for an improved pull 200m kick Hold a float out in front of the body and just kick the legs To strengthen legs and improve the co-ordination of the swimmers leg kick 10 x 40m of the swimmers best stroke 45 seconds per 40m 2 lengths of the swimmers best stroke in 45 seconds, the faster they do the length the more rest they have before 45 seconds is up. To improve the swimmers speed 4 x 100m front crawl from a dive Swimmers have to finish each set 4 seconds slower maximum than their personal best (70% effort) To work on improving the speed and personal bests of the swimmers 200m catch up The right arm is fully extended above the head and the left arm goes through the normal front crawl motion. Hold the stream line position for a 2 second count then the right arm does the motion Catch up is intended to lengthen the stroke of the swimmer so they have more distance for the pull action therefore they will have more power behind the stroke and they will travel faster. ...read more.

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The events are at a local, regional and national level. DSE West Midlands have an extensive programme of event, organised primarily by volunteers Sport Groups For The Disabled In Birmingham, there are a number of well-established sports groups available for people who are physically disabled. They all provide opportunities for people to participate in sport and leisure. Here are a few of the groups which provide swimming for the disabled athletes: Birmingham Meerkats Sports Club They provide swimming Wilson Stuart School in Perry Barr. Dwarf Athletics Association (West Midlands) This is a newly established group that provides sporting opportunities in Athletics and Swimming for people with restricted growth. Wobblers and Wheelies Sports Club This is a sports club for people who are physically impaired. They teach Swimming at their base in Foxhollies Leisure Centre. City of Birmingham Special Olympics This is a group for people with learning difficulties. It is based in Kingsbury School in Erdington. They provide Swimming lessons fort the mentally disabled at Stetchford Cascades in Stetchford. Awards for All Awards for All is a grants programme set up to help small groups. The Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council of England, Sport England, the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund support it. The main aim of the programme is to fund projects (up to �5,000) which involve people in their community; bringing them together to enjoy arts, sports, heritage and other community activities. Priority is given to applications targeting disabled people. You can apply if the group you represent have a constitution or formally accepted set rules, and a bank account. The funding can be used for the development of sporting activities, coaching, events, training, coach education, hire of facilities, equipment and much more. This could help with the provision of disability swimming as it can help some one start a group for swimmers with all different kinds of abilities within our local area. ...read more.

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