pool wins UK Swim School Of The Year award
Swim and Sports Academy has won the coveted title of the UK's
Swim School of the Year.
announcement was made at an awards ceremony in Sheffield on Saturday
night (October 20th), attended by over 300 people and run by the
sport's governing body.
academy's owners, Mark
and Sara Cox-Conklin, told Burnham-On-Sea.com they are thrilled
with the news. "We are absolutely over the moon to have won
and very honoured," said Mark.
facilities in Berrow Road, Burnham were short-listed with two
other swimming schools for the sought-after award in the annual
Kelloggs ASA Swimtastic Awards.
Holt, the Burnham academy's Swim School Manager, collected the
award on Saturday, and told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was an
exciting evening, held in the style of an Oscars ceremony, and
it was absolutely amazing to win - we are so elated and very proud!"
the pool's future was threatened in 2008, it just shows what can
be done with drive, enthusiasm and investment. Full credit goes
to Mark and Sara for all their work and the great team we have
added: "The glass trophy we have received will take pride
of place in the entrance to the academy." He thanked the
academy's customers, the ASA and the teaching staff for all their
Swim and Sports Academy was up against Havering & Hornchurch
School of Swimming of Essex, and Quackers Swim School of Nottingham
for the award. The award is given to a swim school which provides
an excellent service to its members and assists the development
of its swimmers and staff, while continually striving to achieve
and Sara saved the 30 year-old pool from closure in 2008 and re-launched
it as the privately-run Burnham Swim and Sports Academy. During
its first year, the academy saw 350 children take lessons each
week and it now has 967 students.
From top, Andy Holt receiving the award, given by Olivia Fererici,
Team GB Synchronised swimmer alongside the two runners-up; Andy
and Nicola Holt with Keri-Anne Payne, Olympic Silver Medallist
Team GB; Mark and Sara Cox Conklin; the award