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The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has revealed plans for a legacy partnership with British Swimming and the University of East London (UEL).

The trio aim to ensure that benefits from the London 2012 Games to aquatics and related health, education, skills and employment are maximised.

The three partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which will see them working closely with key stakeholders of the London Aquatic Centre Steering Group.

As part of the agreement, the Olympic facility at Stratford will be made the centre for workforce development within the industry in an attempt to gain recognition as a world leader in this field.

The scheme aims to develop the workforce in the aquatics industry by providing them with the skills necessary and in doing so leave a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

David Sparkes, British Swimming chief executive, said: “Without doubt, the greatest legacy we can receive from the 2012 Olympics is to reinvigorate the aquatic workforce through a new training programme based around the UK Coaching Certificate framework British Swimming has put in place.

"This memorandum sets out our commitment with the University of East London, potentially within the Olympic venue, to develop a university for aquatics which can train the swimming teachers, coaches and technical officials of tomorrow while providing volunteers with the skills they need for the 21st century."

The agreement will be underpinned by strong collaborative links from a range of partners and, importantly, will be supported by the industry in order that change in the community can be driven through the sport of swimming.

In addition, the partnership will work towards the Aquatic Centre becoming part of British Swimming's performance network, will be regarded as a world leader in cutting edge aquatic research and will also carry the ability to host quality events at world level.

Commenting on the signing of the memorandum Professor Martin Everett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of East London, said: "The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games offer an historic, once in a lifetime opportunity to create long-term legacy benefits for London and the UK.

"Swimming and aquatics provide public health benefits for people from a range of backgrounds. The challenge for all of us involved is to learn the lessons of previous Games, and develop effective partnerships to ensure we can deliver the best possible legacy for our communities."

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