Applications are open for this year's Swim England South West Young Volunteer Programme supported by Somerset ASA which is aimed at 15 to 25-year-old volunteers from clubs (aged 15 in school year).
Young volunteers have benefited greatly from their experiences and mentoring. Past Programmes have given wider recognition of our Young Volunteers' achievements and seen a boost to cv's for young people embarking on future careers.
Young Volunteer Awards 2016/17
Congratulations to Somerset ASA Young Volunteer of the Year Libby Aldridge (Taunton Deane) who was presented with the Sarah Pusill Trophy by 2016/17 President Paul Sartain (pictured below).
|Winner 2016/17||Runners Up 2016/17|
|Libby Aldridge (Taunton Deane)||2. Grace Cook (Bath Dolphin)
3. Evan King (Weston-super-Mare)
|Nominee 2016/17||Nominee 2016/17|
|Elliot Lewis (Norton Radstock)||Georgia Vause (Norton Radstock)|
Young volunteers are the future of our sport. Your County promotes, supports and offers grants for programmes which help Clubs to develop the skills and experience needed by Young Volunteers, Coaches and Officials.
Somerset ASA Young Volunteer of 2015/16 Nathan Clarke (Burnham-on-Sea) is pictured with 2015/16 President Les Debenham and team mate Chris Wood who was second runner-up.
Visit The Good Club Guides on Swim England website to download Engaging Young Volunteers
Contact Kelly Podbury, County Volunteer Co-ordinator (email@example.com) if you have training needs. Contact Fiona Bowen (firstname.lastname@example.org) to enquire about Club Development funding.
Volunteering can give you skills and experience which could be valuable for your future career.
A Talent Camp to Remember
Chris Wood of Burnham-on-Sea SC and George Symonds of Clevedon ASC have great memories of the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp they attended from 18-21 Dec 2015 for young athletes, coaches and officials. Hear what Chris had to say in a video Burnham-on-Sea commissioned below.
Read about George's view of the experience.
Liam Willcox - A Young Volunteer's Story
Norton Radstock Swimming Club's Captain shares his journey as a Young Volunteer in the videos below.
Liam has has not only received deserved recognition for services to aquatics as a Young Volunteer at the 2014 West of England Celebration of Sport Evening , but also at 2014 ASA Aquaforce and Sports Officlals Uk events. Liam joined the Management Committee in May 2015 and also sits on the ASA National Youth Forum.
Youth Forum NetworkWe are keen to see young people involved in the actual process of making decisions which affect them. They are more likely to engage with all aspects of their club as a result, and develop as capable young leaders, with guidance and support from experienced club members.