Media Release: KA Leisure to launch new national framework for swimmings


KA Leisure, in partnership with Scottish Swimming, will launch the new National Framework for Swimming in Scotland in the area in August ahead of the new academic year.

Learning to swim is one of the great opportunities a parent can offer their child and Scottish Swimming’s new National Framework is a fun, progressive programme for swimming, which highlights the importance of learning to swim at an early an age as possible and showcases the pathway, which encourages the parent and the child to continue in the sport to develop essential life-saving skills, become a strong swimmer while opening up further opportunities in other aquatic disciplines such as diving, synchronised swimming and water polo.

The National Framework is an all-inclusive pathway providing opportunities for everyone to participate in any aquatic discipline they choose at whatever level they aspire to.

Alison Craig, senior sports development officer of KA Leisure, said: “KA Leisure will be launching the new National Swimming Framework in its four pools from Monday 17th August.

“This provides a fantastic new structure for learning to swim in North Ayrshire, increasing the capacity of the programme and giving swimmers the opportunity to benefit from the most up-to-date teaching methods and content.

“The Framework also includes improved training for teachers via regular update sessions, and new administration systems making learning to swim better for customers.

“Swimming is an important life skill and a fantastic sport – one that, unlike some others, can be pursued lifelong, whether for competition or fitness.

“The Scottish Swimming Framework will help swimmers of all ages – from baby upwards – to develop water confidence and competence.

“The teaching programme also links to club swimming, providing a pathway to competition. “

The Framework is fully endorsed by national coach, Alan Lynn, who commented: “Developing and delivering a progressive learn to swim programme is critical for the continued success of aquatics in Scotland.

“This new framework develops fundamental aquatic literacy skills before developing stroke technique and proficiency in other water-based activities.

“Swimming is a sport for all and a sport for life and adopting this framework will encourage individuals to remain in the sport, whether as a competitor or for the fun, fitness and friendship element, as well as producing new role models on the world stage.”

KA Leisure has four swimming pools in the area that run Learn to Swim lessons.

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For further information please contact Fiona Paterson, participation development officer, Scottish Swimming: or 07720 738 020


Aliso Craig, senior sports development officer, KA Leisure:  or 01294 317458 

About Scottish Swimming

Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in Scotland. Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, coaches and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway. We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: learn to swim, participation in aquatic activities, club development, coaching partnerships and performance.

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About KA Leisure

Our vision is:’More than just sport’

KA Leisure has been established to provide access to recreation and leisure facilities for the community of North Ayrshire and our vision is to: Provide opportunities for the local community and individuals to be more active, more often through access to facilities and delivering programmes for sport, entertainments, recreation, social activities and more.

KA Leisure is a non-profit making organisation recognised as a Scottish charity and has been established to deliver a sport and leisure service to the community residing in North Ayrshire and visitors to the area.

A board of directors, who are all active supporters of local leisure facilities, manage KA Leisure. Directors are drawn from the local community, local business, sport, North Ayrshire Council and employees of KA Leisure. Members of the board contribute knowledge and expertise to the operation of the services, which will allow for future development. Day-to-day management experience is devolved to an experienced senior management team.

KA Leisure works in close partnership with North Ayrshire Council, NHS and other relevant public and private sector organisations to develop the highest possible level of service to customers enabling access by all sections of the community.

Since the company was established, we have invested in facilities and services and launched a number of successful new products. We pride ourselves on having high standards in our customer service and have in place a range of mechanisms to ensure that we capture our customers’ comments, wishes and complaints.

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