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Bingham Penguins Swimming Club
Bingham Penguins is a family-orientated swimming club supporting people with disabilities and their families. The club meets during term-time at Bingham Leisure centre on Sunday evenings at 5:30pm.
The club aims to provide an atmosphere where swimming is an enjoyable and sociable experience. Swimmers are tutored in small, similar ability groups. Qualified swimming teachers run all of the groups, supported by volunteers and assistants in the water. We take pride in the achievements of all our swimmers, whether it is their first strokes unaided in the pool, or they are representing the country at international swimming events.
Bingham Penguins also organises social events for members and their families such as organised sports events, an annual awards evening and Christmas party.
Swim 21 Registration
We received confirmation in January that Bingham Penguins was successfully accredited by the National Swim21 panel in December and is now a Swim21 club.
On Sunday 23rd March the former President of Nottinghamshire ASA, Bill Hopkins, presented the Swim21 certificate to Mike Pollard during the Club swimming session. The session was attended by Committee Members. We were pleased so many could join us on poolside to join in. Once the formal presentation was over we held a fun session from 6-7pm and were joined by a number of brothers and sisters!
Swim21 is a quality mark for the development of effective, ethical and sustainable ASA affiliated swimming clubs. It is the ASA's Club Development model - a planning tool, based on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, enabling clubs to help athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to achieve their full potential. For the last few years the Bingham Penguins coaching team and Committee members have been working behind the scenes to gain Swim21 accreditation. The Swim21 programme was modified in 2013, and the ASA informed us that we are one of the first clubs in the country to achieve the new Swim21 Essential club mark. We are also checking with the ASA as we believe we are the only Disabled swimming club in the UK to be Swim21 accredited.
Swim21 promotes good governance and ensures the quality of swimming provision within the club as well as promoting club sustainability. Mike Pollard has been leading Bingham Penguins towards Swim21 for a number of years and it truly has been a team effort, with most of the poolside team and committee involved at various points. Policies have been written, training plans created, staff development plans put in place, as well as a four year development plan and financial plan. It has been at times, a seemingly never ending task, however the commitment of Mike and the team to see it through for the benefit of the club is outstanding – as it is more than just a paper exercise and having Swim 21 accreditation gives us access to club development tools, network and funding opportunities, as well as discounts on training and equipment.
BLDSA Postal Swim 2014
This was followed on Sunday night when several of the younger swimmers did their bit and swam continuously for 40 minutes. Several of them have also got sponsorship and we would like to congratulate them for their efforts:
That’s a total of 24,375m (over 15 miles) - the equivalent of swimming from the centre of Nottingham to Bingham and back. Thanks to all the swimmers and parents/encouragers who helped out on the two evenings. Congratulations to you all and if you are using the event to get sponsorship for club funds, we hope your sponsors recognise your achievement in their generosity!