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STA is Excited to Announce that Nominations and Entries for the 2024 Aquatic Excellence Awards are Now Open!

The 2024 STAr awards, are being sponsored by Konfidence for a second consecutive year, and will celebrate and showcase the achievements of all those involved in delivering learn to swim programmes and aquatics training over the last 12 months, in line with STA’s charity objectives.

This year there are 10 awards to be won and those wishing to nominate / enter should do so by Wednesday 31st July to be in with the chance of winning a coveted STAr award.

The first four are individual awards for Swimming Teacher, Tutor, Member and Water Safety Educator of the Year, and are now open for nominations.

NOMINATE YOUR:

  • STAr Swimming Teacher of the Year
  • STAr Tutor of the Year
  • STAr Member of the Year
  • STAr Water Safety Educator of the Year

The next six awards are open to all qualifying learn to swim providers who work in the given STAr criteria, and they are encouraged to enter directly with a written or video submission.

OPEN ENTRIES:

  • STAr STA Swim Academy of the Year
  • STAr Swim School Provider of the Year (under 500 participants per week)
  • STAr Swim School Provider of the Year (over 500 participants per week)
  • STAr Not-for-Profit Community Campaign of the Year)
  • STAr Approved Training Centre of the Year – (less than 50 courses delivered over the last 12 months)
  • STAr Approved Training Centre of the Year – (more than 50 courses delivered over the last 12 months)

A list of shortlisted finalists will be announced in September, and the 2024 winners will be revealed at an informal ceremony taking place at this year’s national conference on Friday 11th October at the Radison Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport.


In addition, during the awards evening, STA will also be presenting the 2024 Henry Pike, Cross of Merit and the Ross Eagle awards.

Dave Candler, STA’s CEO, said: “Following the success of our inaugural Aquatic Excellence Awards last year, we are looking forward to recognising and championing the achievements of all those involved in delivering learn to swim programmes again in 2024. Like last year, we’re really looking forward to seeing a diverse range of entries that highlight all the excellent work you do in grassroots swimming in helping participants of all ages and abilities learn a key life skill – here in the UK and internationally. We are looking for examples of leadership, creativity, innovation, diversity and excellence, in line with our charity objectives.”


Ali Beckman, STA’s President, who will be co-hosting the awards with Dave, added: “The Aquatic Excellence Awards celebrate the incredible work being achieved in grassroots swimming, and they provide recognition to the finalists and winners that they have been judged and deemed to demonstrate excellence in their STAr award category by STA, a national governing body for swimming. The STArs also provide the finalists and winners with a great opportunity to promote their award-winning achievements.”


Peter Regan, Konfidence’s Director, who attended last year’s awards, said: “We are truly honoured to be the official sponsors of STA’s Aquatic Excellence Awards once again this year. We have enjoyed a long partnership with STA, over many years, and by sponsoring these awards, we can continue to support their charity objectives and play a part in recognising all the people who have made a difference in grassroots swimming over the last 12 months.”

Dave confirmed: “The ceremony, which will be held on the Friday evening of this year’s conference, will follow the same format as last year, so that we can all come together in an informal setting and celebrate all that is great about our industry with our aquatic peers.

We are also delighted to have Konfidence on board again to support us in these celebrations, alongside our category award sponsors and first drinks sponsor Mor Solutions.”

click here To apply for the STA Aquatic Excellence Awards 2024 and read the Entry Guide

Entries must be submitted before the deadline on Wednesday 31st July.

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