|The Management Committee of Somerset Amateur Swimming Association draws together knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm and collective commitment on behalf of approximately 5,000 members toward providing competitive opportunity through supporting and encouraging aquatic development across the administrative County of Somerset, the district of North Somerset and the district of Bath and North East Somerset.
The 22 members of the current management team provide County level competition for swimmers of all ages, water polo players, open water and masters swimmers. The committee also manage County representational teams, provide development level competition for those working towards County standard and support synchronised swimming at club level. This results in a busy annual commitment of around 20 full days for volunteers during the aquatic season plus all the activity to support such a diverse programme.
Development is also an important part of the group’s activities, whether through financial disbursement of member’s affiliation fee through bursaries for those wishing to train toward delivery of aquatic skills for the benefit of competitors or involvement in partnership arrangements across the County with particular focus on skills development, facilities and club activity.
We aim to recruit a balanced, inclusive and skilled management team that reflects the diversity of the community we serve. We draw on specialist expertise within the group for the benefit of the wider membership in areas such as communication, medical, financial, disability, officials, coaching and partnership working.
If you would like to know more about the management of aquatic sport in Somerset or take part in any of the Association’s activities please browse our website or contact:
Mrs Fiona Bowen, Secretary
Somerset Amateur Swimming Association
Tel. 01275 877412
|Somerset Amateur Swimming Association Management Committee was one of 103 UK volunteering groups in 2010 to win The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups.
The nomination promoted the Somerset Talent Development Pathway (now utilising Network Hubs at Taunton and Bath) which was quoted in the recommendation and showed how local clubs are working together to support it.
The submission hoped that the Somerset initiative would contribute to swimmers obtaining national times and we are pleased to say that they were indeed achieved.