Partnerships

Coming together is a beginning

Keeping together is progress 

Working together is success

– Henry Ford (Founder of Ford Motors)

At Musselburgh ASC, we work closely with a number of partners to allow a flowing and free discussion about the development of our sport. We liaise with our partners to allow the best support possible for our swimmers, coaches, parents and volunteers. Our partners have a vast knowledge of their industry and their advice is invaluable. 

At MASC, we believe that we are a community and that we need to work together so each of us reaches our maximum potential. We are proud to serve Musselburgh and the surrounding areas in East Lothian and beyond. We have strong links in our local community in sport and outside this too.

Aquatic Partners

Scottish Swimming is an important partner to Musselburgh ASC. Scottish Swimming provides club support through designated points of contact (Regional Swimming District Manager (EAST) – Alan Reed and Disability Performance Development Manager – Paul Wilson), Development of our Coaches and Volunteers through education programmes (qualifications and CPD training), Wellbeing & Protection support, Membership and many more. Website
Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) is a great partnership – we support the development of swimmers with a disability by providing an environment to train/compete. SDS work closely with MASC through coach recruitment for the East of Scotland Regional Disability Squad. MASC voluntarily provides coaches to deliver sessions once a month to the most talented swimmers in the East of Scotland. Website
Lothian Disability Sport provide a link for MASC Swimmers to access appropriate disability-specific opportunities within the MASC training programme. MASC provides key volunteers to assist with Galas. We work together to make sure that our athletes with disabilities are supported and given the opportunities within the sport to thrive. Website

Lothian Racers refer disabled swimmers onto MASC when it is felt they would benefit from additional training and pool time (as a supplement their existing LR programme) or to transition newly classified or potential para-swimmers into MASC on a full-time basis where they are fully integrated into MASC’s training development programme with opportunities to compete in mainstream, para-swimming and disability events. 

 

This unique relationship allows disabled swimmers to excel through access to increased coaching sessions, competition readiness and supports development through the Para-Swimming pathway.

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MASC enjoys a strong partnership with Splash Start Ltd who are long term Learn to Swim partners of the club, they provide professional and experienced teaching to children in East Lothian and the surrounding areas. Trials with MASC are offered when children finish their swimming journey with Splash Start as are the services of other home clubs in the region. MASC deeply values Splash Start’s partnership and also their services to the wider swimming community – it’s a fantastic grassroots to club pathway (initial lesson teaching at Splash Start through to squad coaching  Musselburgh ASC). Website
Enjoy Leisure is instrumental in how MASC run as a club and their support is invaluable. Enjoy Leisure have brilliant facilities for our members to train and compete in. We also have a Learn to Swim partnership with the Enjoy Leisure. Recently enjoy won Learn to Swim Provider of the year at the Scottish Swimming Awards – this is testament to the hard work of its staff and swimmers in the programme. We have a great relationship with those who work in Musselburgh Sports Centre. Please see our Facilities page for more information about the work we do with Enjoy Leisure. Website
Stepping Stones is another of our Learn to Swim Providers. MASC supports their programme by offering a pathway into club swimming and works closely with them to ensure that those who wish to continue developing their swimming have the opportunity to do so. Stepping Stones provide experienced teachers in their locations across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Website
Next Stage Swimming is also a MASC Learn to Swim partner. MASC works with Next Stage to ensure progression within the sport readily available. Next Stage Swimming also runs swim clinics and skill training camps during the holidays which some of our MASC swimmers choose to attend. The organisation is focused on the technique and skills required to excel in swimming through its enthusiastic and motivated coaches and poolside helpers. Website

MASC also attends the following local aquatics forums to contribute to moving the sport forward and draw on our experience more widely;

  • East Lothian Aquatic Strategy & Review Forum
  • East Lothian Club Forums
  • East Lothian Chair’s Meetings
  • Scottish Swimming Chair’s Networking Meetings
  • Scottish Swimming Wellbeing & Protection Networking Meetings
  • Lothian Disability Sport Annual General Meeting

Community Partners

We work with Active Schools in making swimming available in Musselburgh and the surrounding areas. We work with MGS Active Schools to promote MASC swimmers achievements in school. Active Schools is one of our key contact for member recruitment and increasing MASC image in East Lothian.  Website
Along with Active Schools, we are a club partner with Musselburgh Community Sport Hub whose focus is providing quality, consistent provision throughout all sports clubs in Musselburgh. The strength of the hub has come from the diversity of clubs involved. We get involved with Community Days and play an active part in developing swimming throughout East Lothian. Website
Musselburgh Festival and Musselburgh Swimming Club have got a partnership that goes back many years in history. Musselburgh ASC actively takes part in the Musselburgh Festival every year. In past times this was through a swimming gala held in the celebration week in association with Musselburgh Sports Centre, now we take part in the Fancy Dress Festival Parade. In 2016 we took part in the Riding of the Marches through various events throughout the week. Website
East Lothian Courier is our local press partner – we liaise with the newspaper on upcoming press releases and provide comments when necessary on behalf of the club. We have a positive relationship with the Courier allowing us to communicate all our member’s achievements to the wider community.  Website
Image Scotland is our kit provider and is local to the area (located in Newhailes Industrial Estate, Musselburgh). We value their work to create our iconic branded kit including the bright yellow tops seen in both the swimming and wider community. We work with Image Scotland to further improve the experience of our members to get their hands on the MASC kit. Website

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to maintaining and developing our partnership for the years to come. If you would like to be a partner to Musselburgh ASC, please get in touch we would be happy to discuss in more detail.