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British Swimming and the Amateur Swimming Association

British Swimming is the national governing body of swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming, diving and open water in the United Kingdom. British Swimming is a federation of the national governing bodies of three of the home countries: the Amateur Swimming Association (England), the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association (Scotland), and Nofio Cymru, Welsh Amateur Swimming Association (Wales).

British Swimming is a member of FINA, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, and has responsibility for elite performance, doping control and international relationships and events for the sports within the United Kingdom. The three Home Country National Governing Bodies are affiliated to British Swimming and are responsible for all other management of the sports in their respective countries from the learn to swim programmes up to performance development. It supports 1,569 clubs in England, Scotland and Wales.

The current Chairman of British Swimming is Alastair Gray.

The asa (acronym in lower case) traces its history to the formation of an association of London swimming clubs in 1869 at the German Gymnasium. It adopted its current name in 1886 after a dispute over amateurism (a frequent source of conflict in English sport at the time). The asa's income for the 18 months to 31 March 2006 was 11.2 million, its largest sources of income being government grants (e.g. from Sport England) and revenue from its swimming award scheme.

The asa supports 1,220 affiliated swimming clubs through a National/Regional/County structure and is split into 8 regions:

Swim North East
Swim NorthWest
West Midland Swimming
ASA East Midland Region
ASA East
Swim West
London Swimming
Swim South East

The current Chairman of asa is Mel Goldberg, a new Chairman will start his/her tenure in October 2009.

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