May 25, 2024
Koln Studie: Wie gut schwimmen unsere Kinder?

Wie gut können unsere Kinder schwimmen? Das untersuchen Experten in einer europaweiten Studie - eine Art PISA-Studie fürs Schwimmen. An der Kölner Sporthochschule sind 400 Kinder aus verschiedenen Schulen in Köln dabei. Von der ersten bis zur sechsten Klasse.

Sep 1, 2022 > Feb 28, 2023
Creation of the test battery

Creation of a test battery to assess the aquatic literacy levels of children aged 6-12 in the 7 partner countries.

Sep 27, 2022 > Sep 29, 2022
Lille, France First ALFAC transnational meeting

ULille hosted the first ALFAC transnational meeting from September 27th to 29th, 2022, in Lille, France. The partners had the chance to officially meet and present their ongoing and foreseen contributions to the project.

Sep 29, 2022
Lille, France Kick-off meeting of ALFAC

The kick-off meeting of ALFAC, hosted in Science Po Lille on September 29th, 2022, was a great success, with 97 participants on-site and 66 online.

Oct 15, 2022 > Oct 16, 2022
Leiria, Portugal 45th APTN Congress

Feedback on the presentation of the ALFAC project to the Portuguese swimming technicians and scientists.

Mar 1, 2023 > Apr 28, 2023
Test validation

Validation of the test battery through the evaluation of about 80 children in Belgium and France

Mar 14, 2023 > Mar 21, 2023
Online Test battery validation

During this online meeting the whole consortium worked on the design of the ALFAC test battery. What tasks should be proposed to measure children's aquatic skills? What are the scoring criteria? How can the instruments be adapted to different types of pools? This was the programme for these 2 days of work, which culminated in a first version of the ALFAC test battery for pilot studies.

May 2, 2023 > May 5, 2023
NYC, USA IPLC 2023

The ALFAC - Aquatic Literacy For All Children consortium's work on the test battery was first presented at the International Physical Literacy Conference in New York at the beginning of the month.

May 8, 2023 > May 12, 2023
Köln, Germany Data collection

The ALFAC consortium held a transnational meeting in Köln, Germany about the organisation of the data collection and record-keeping of children's results on the Aquatic Literacy test in each country and through Europe.

Jun 1, 2023 > Feb 29, 2024
Data collection in schools

Data collection of children aged 6 to 12 in schools in the 7 partner countries.

Jun 6, 2023 > Jun 8, 2023
Waterford, Ireland Lifesaving Foundation 2023

Kristine De Martelaer and Léa Mekkaoui presented the ALFAC project on behalf of the whole consortium.

Jul 4, 2023 > Jul 7, 2023
Paris, France ECSS 2023

Three speakers representing the ALFAC Consortium presented their research in the Invited Session “Swimming Education in Europe: State of Research towards aquatic literacy” at the 28th Congress of the European College of Sport Science.

Sep 6, 2023 > Sep 9, 2023
Leipzig, Germany BMS 2023

Our team attended the XIVth International Symposium Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming to present the advances in the project to international researchers in the field of swimming.

Sep 17, 2023 > Sep 18, 2023
Köln, Germany Sports event in Köln

The first sports event took place in Cologne's magnificent swimming pool. The ALFAC team welcomed over 200 children for a day dedicated to discovering the world of water. The programme included swimming lessons for the youngest, diving, water polo and team games.

Oct 14, 2023 > Oct 15, 2023
Viana do Castelo, Portugal 46th Congress of the Associação Portuguesa de Treinadores de Natação

We had a fantastic time at the 46th Congress of the Associação Portuguesa de Treinadores de Natação (APTN) in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, which also marked the XVI Iberian Swimming Congress.

Nov 3, 2023 > Jan 10, 2024
Porto, Portugal Time for pilot study in Portugal

First implementation of the European ALFAC project in Portugal with the participation of school groups from the greater Porto region, and hosted by the Faculty of Sport of the University of Porto.

Nov 11, 2023 > Nov 12, 2023
Jūrmala, Latvia Learn-to-Swim conference 2023

Last weekend, the ALFAC team was in Jurmala, Latvia, for the first edition of Learn-to-Swim conference organised by European Aquatics.

Dec 4, 2023 > Dec 7, 2023
Perth, Australia World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2023

Our ALFAC team travelled to Perth, Australia, to represent the project at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention.

Feb 1, 2024 > Apr 30, 2024
European database

Gather data in a database to create national and european reports on the level of aquatic literacy of children.

Feb 1, 2024
Oslo, Norway Data analysis

Organization of the data analysis and results interpretation.

May 1, 2024 > Sep 30, 2024
Creation of the pedagogical toolkit

Creation of pedagogical tools to help swimming instructors to raise the aquatic literacy level of children across Europe

May 1, 2024
Porto, Portugal Pedagogical toolkit creation
Oct 1, 2024
Vilnius, Lithuania Presentation of the pedagogical toolkit

A training session will be organized to train instructors to use the pedagogical kit. Children and swimming instructors will be invited to the Vilnius city aquatic complex to learn how to try the pedagogical kit.

Oct 1, 2024
Vilnius, Lithuania Toolkit dissemination

Organizing the dissemination of the pedagogical toolkit.

Nov 1, 2024 > Apr 30, 2025
Toolkit dissemination

Dissemination of the tools to the Norwegian and Polish swimming instructors. After an evaluation of the effectiveness of the pedagogical resources, modifications and diffusion through all the European partners

Dec 1, 2024
Wroclaw, Poland Improving the pedagogical toolkit

Work on the results of the feedback questionnaire on the use of the pedagogical toolkit by the swimming instructors.

Dec 2, 2024 > Jul 31, 2025
Impact measurement

Measure the effectiveness of the pedagogical resources. Conducting questionnaires with instructors to obtain feedback to modify and improve the efficiency of the tool.