FINA recently presented the final report of the FINA Development activities from 2013 to 2016. The report provides an overview of FINA’s investment and effort towards the development of its aquatic disciplines.
Two distinct Programs, Schools and Clinics, were put into place with an aim at increasing the number of Technical Officials, enhancing the quality of existing officials, and to create a uniform interpretation and application of rules.
These programs enable officials, judges and referees to be certified to officiate at FINA events such as the FINA World Championships. In addition, the programs have provided a platform to develop and promote swimming, open water swimming, synchronised swimming, diving, and water polo programs further.
The Schools are run by a panel of 30 experts from more than 20 nationalities. In order to facilitate and encourage participation, the schools are held in a central location and the program content is created by the respective FINA Technical Committees of each disciplines. To ensure the content is kept current, it is continuously updated according to new aquatic rules.
Further, FINA also runs Clinics that train coaches and officials as a part of the FINA Development Program. The program’s goal is to provide basic training to coaches and officials of all levels, thus providing a platform for aquatic professionals to develop their skills.
Both the Clinics and the Schools as an implementation the Development Program have proven successful. A total of 276 Clinics have been organised since 2013 and 10668 coaches and officials from the five continents have taken part in them.
With the help of participating National Member Federations, FINA has financed and organised a total of 161 Schools between 2013 and 2016– a total of 3670 people have benefited from these Schools.