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Swim England South West introduced the Volunteer of the Month award to recognise and promote the hard work and dedication volunteers provide within aquatics clubs in the South West.
The award can be presented to any volunteer from a young or new volunteer just starting out on their volunteering journey to a more established volunteer. Nominations are assessed by a Volunteer Panel against the following considerations. Not all of the elements have to be fulfilled but the nominee does have to be a member of a Swim England affiliated club.
Consideration is given to whether the nominee has
- been an inspiration to others (volunteers, participants, members) in the club.
- successfully used initiative, creativity or innovation in undertaking their volunteer role to have an impact on the club, participants or other volunteers.
- provided excellent support to others in the club and
- achieved impact through determination under challenging circumstances. However long the volunteer has been with the club, be it a few months or a few years, they must have had an impact on the participants, the volunteers or the club.
Download nomination form.
If you think you know of someone in the South West Region who deserves this award please email Jackie Hilleard, Regional Development Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit the Swim England South West website www.swimwest.org.uk for more information.
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Visualisation is a technique used by many of sporting’s elite, following evidence showing that it is important to train not only the body, but also the mind. It is about creating a mental image of what you want to happen or feel in reality and practise ‘visualising’ it in your mind’s eye. Visualising yourself winning will make it more likely to happen, the theory goes.
Visualisation like this will help improve your child’s swimming performance if done correctly. But as with any skill training is essential, as is rehearsal and repetition.
As a parent of a swimmer, it is useful to have an understanding of why visualisation is key and how you can help your child to build visualisation in to their training programme. Here are the six steps to visualising.
- Your child should find somewhere comfortable and quiet where they can concentrate and relax.
- Encourage them to take long, slow breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth to slow the heart rate and help to relax.
- Next step is to close the eyes and create the image. This could be creating a winning experience or going through the routine of a successful race where a PB is achieved. The subject of visualisation depends on the required outcome.
- Encourage your child to make the image as detailed as possible. Tell them to think about sights, sounds, feelings, smells and tastes, to make sure all of the senses are aligned to the image and it’s a real as possible. They need to think about what are they wearing, what can they hear, and how they feel. Detail is vital.
- If they get distracted, or the image doesn’t go the way they want, they can open their eyes, take some deep breaths and restart the process. It may take some practise to develop the focus and skills that visualisation requires.
- Ensure the visualisation ends on a positive image, to help boost confidence and self-belief, and to reduce any feelings of anxiety.
More than competing
Visualisation doesn’t always have to be specific to competing. It can also be used as a relaxation technique.
If your child is getting wound up about an upcoming competition or an exam, or is even struggling with the work load from school, you can encourage them to use visualisation to help.
Use exactly the same technique, but imaging a peaceful setting, such as lying on a deserted beach, with the waves lapping the shore. Just a few minutes of this, paired with long, deep breaths, will encourage calmness.
It can also help your child recover from injury by keeping the mind focused and motivation levels high. Read more in this Recovering from Injury article.
FAQ Information Views: 2202 Keywords: Created: 01.12.2017 Updated: 01.12.2017
To help ensure your children’s safety at swimming clubs here are a few questions you can ask
- How do I contact you should I need to?
- Is the club SwimMark accredited? If not, why not?
- Can I see the club copy of Wavepower and specifically section six which is written for parents?
- Are there any procedures in place for dealing with concerns, complaints and disciplinary issues and who do I need to approach to raise such issues?
- Are all coaches and teachers suitably qualified and experienced?
- Does the club follow Swim England guidance in Wavepower on away events?
- Does the club follow the Swim England anti-bullying policy?
- Does the club arrange for all appropriate coaches, teachers and volunteers involved with the supervision of children at the club to attend approved child safeguarding training?
- Are parents encouraged to watch or become involved in the club and their child’s training in an appropriate manner?
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To develop an athletic swimmer requires more than training in the swimming pool. Although exercise in water has a certain amount of resistance against the pressure of the water, it is not nearly as great as can be achieved with exercising on land. Mobility, stability and learning the correct way to perform fundamental movement patterns is an essential part of swim training at an early age. It is also key to injury prevention and body conditioning. To increase the strength of the body it is therefore necessary to have a land training regime which initially should include the fundamentals of movement and body weight exercises.
Swim England have produced this guidance for clubs..
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As a Masters swimmer, you may be interested in taking part in open water swimming events or competitions.
Download this document which should help answer any questions you may have about open water swimming,
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When looking to reward your volunteers it is important to be aware of any implications this may have to both your organisation and also to the individual.
The general view from HMRC is that only out of pocket expenses are allowed, and where there is any potential for benefit or reward involved, there is the possibility of tax implications and forming employment contracts, i.e. reward could be classed as benefits in kind and then individuals having to be subject to being paid at the national minimum wage with additional employer obligations.
The links below are a good starting point, noting the rewards part as noted in example 4 of the first link and then what’s included as an incentive award in the second link, which although employee related, is still applicable.
In English law any relationship between a volunteer and volunteer manager has no legal definition. However, volunteer co-ordinators should be careful when deciding whether to use incentives to attract volunteers, as providing these could imply that ‘consideration’ exists and that there is a contract between co-ordinator and volunteer. This is problematic as it could lead to the volunteer co-ordinator being judged to have broken the law.
As a club you can also contact the DAS helpline for advice - 0117 934 2111.
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