Posted: 13 December 2018

Scottish Swimming - Aquatic Developer Programme Invitation to Tender

Scottish Swimming
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Closing date:
03 January 2019


Scottish Swimming is the Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, High Diving, Masters Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Synchronised Swimming and Water Polo. Swimming is a sport for everyone and we are committed to developing the sport in an inclusive, equitable and fair way.

Our Vision is simple and clear: Everyone can Swim!

To achieve this we want to inspire our members and partners in the development of aquatics, providing leadership and expert support, to ensure that more people take part and reach their full potential.

Our Strategic Objectives are:

  • To increase the number of people of all ages and abilities participating in swimming for health, fitness and fun.
  • To support and develop stronger, sustainable clubs that will provide increased and quality opportunities for people to participate at all levels.
  • To enhance the aquatic pathway, ensuring high performance results through effective athlete development and quality coaching.

Our main areas of work are teacher and coach education; club development; learn to swim; participation and performances programmes; events and member services.

For further information on Scottish Swimming, please view a copy of the Corporate Plan (2015- 2021), found on the Scottish Swimming website:


Scottish Swimming support learn to swim providers, clubs and performance programmes to understand and meet the needs of their customers and members through the delivery of a quality environment that provides:

  • A clear, progressive and inclusive pathway offering opportunities for all
  • A culture of safe, enjoyable and challenging experiences
  • An effective workforce that has the right skills and knowledge to lead, develop and support the delivery of a quality environment through a child and athlete centred approach.
  • Strong and sustainable structures that deliver effective support systems
  • Effective and balanced water management programming
  • A platform for sharing best practice and improving communication and links between all partners

National Framework for Aquatics in Scotland

Club Framework

Through consultation with our members and partners, an overarching framework to support the development of quality environments has been established. The framework identifies six components which are critical to developing quality environments that are applied to Learn to Swim, Clubs and Performance. Each of the three areas further are further defined and developed through the individual Learn to Swim Framework, Club Framework and Performance Framework.

Each of the frameworks provide guiding principles within each key component that are designed broadly in order that any aquatic provider, club or performance programme can use them to meet their specific needs and aspirations. Members and partners can access the appropriate framework resources, as they require, with additional support available from Scottish Swimming.

HIVE, a new online education, learning and development platform will host the resources available including templates, videos and toolkits to support learn to swim providers, clubs and performance programmes to develop in any or all of the key components of the framework.

The framework aims to help members and partners reflect on how they operate and builds on the existing support and resources available across Scotland.


Project Brief

Scottish Swimming believe ‘People Development’ is critical to delivering a quality environment. Teachers and coaches play a pivotal role in this process, assisting children/athletes to fulfil their potential. Scotland has approximately 2000 swimming teachers/coaches delivering across the country and Scottish Swimming continues to offer a blend of learning opportunities to the workforce.

Qualifications, courses and workshops have provided the traditional backbone of teacher/coach education and development. More recently, Scottish Swimming has introduced digital learning opportunities to both recognise the importance of encouraging self-directed learning and to provide flexible, on-demand access to information.

To build on learning and development opportunities and to support our qualifications, Scottish Swimming is seeking to identify a suitably qualified and experienced person/business to design, deliver and support an innovative Aquatic Developer Programme. In addition, the successful contractor will work with Scottish Swimming to identify and support individuals through the Aquatic Developer Programme. The selected individuals will be working in the local environment and the Programme will provide them with the knowledge and skills required to support and develop the local teaching and coaching workforce.

Project Requirements

This Invitation to Tender (ITT) invites interested persons/businesses to submit a proposal that includes:

  • Design and construction of an ‘Aquatic Developer’ Learning programme with three key themes: Leadership, Mentoring and Coach Observation.
  • Delivery (or engagement with experts to deliver) of the programme, including project management
  • Supporting 17 identified “aquatic developer” candidates for a 12-month period.
  • Review of all aspects of programme content and delivery
  • Alignment of the programme to current t Scottish Swimming qualifications and learning development opportunities.


Invitation to Tender                                                                                                                                                    Timeframe

The closing date for applications is 3rd January 2019 with the appointment of Scottish Swimming’s preferred provider being ratified by 25th January 2019. Your proposal should be based on an agreement commencing on 1 April 2019.


Please provide indicative costings as part of your proposal. Please note all costs or expenses incurred in the preparation of any proposal must be borne by the tenderer.

Individuals and organisations are invited to tender their outline proposals and costings for this project.

Evaluation criteria

The evaluation of each Tenderer’s proposal will be assessed against the Scottish Swimming Project Brief. The selection criteria and weighting to be used in consideration of selecting the most economically advantageous tender is a score of 60% on qualitative aspects and 40% on pricing as follows:





The Tenderer can show a clear understanding of Scottish Swimming requirements as outlined in Project brief this ITT and has provided a clear indication of how the Tenderer intends to meet those requirements.




The Tenderer clearly demonstrates a level of expertise (providing examples of previous practical experience and credentials of personnel proposed to be directly involved in the contract). The Tenderer further provides clear evidence that they will be able to support all elements of the Scottish Swimming programme.




The Tenderer is able to offer examples of how they could add value to this programme and demonstrate Corporate Social Responsibility.


Contact us

If you have any queries about the project, please contact Fiona Paterson, Participation Programme Manager: 07720 738 020