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Sport: Swimming

Volume 705: debated on Wednesday 19 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Swimming Forum represents a cross-section of interests in swimming-related matters. [HL6077]

The Swimming Forum comprises a wide cross-section of organisations with an interest in the development of swimming. The forum recognises that there are many aspects to swimming as a sport, including recreational swimming, disabled swimming, and swimming's educational aspects, as well as its many associated disciplines. The forum can consider all matters that can influence the delivery of its core objectives, specifically: swimming teaching and coaching, the development of volunteer and professional structures, facility strategy and management, and health and safety.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Swimming Forum's business is conducted so as to ensure that the Amateur Swimming Association exercises only appropriate influence. [HL6078]

The Swimming Forum is an independent forum and all member bodies have equal rights. Membership is open to any recognised body in the United Kingdom concerned primarily with the delivery of swimming activities in swimming pools, and which contributes towards the provision of swimming activities for the community. The forum is currently chaired by the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management, with the Amateur Swimming Association providing the secretariat.