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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.
FAQ Information Views: 2423 Keywords: Created: 17.02.2018 Updated: 17.02.2018
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: 1779 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?
FAQ Information Views: 1742 Keywords: Created: 10.02.2018 Updated: 26.03.2018
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..
FAQ Information Views: 1703 Keywords: Created: 08.12.2017 Updated: 08.12.2017
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Many leisure centres sell awards as part of their learn to swim scheme and generate considerable income by doing so. Here are some of the benefits:
– Awards motivate children thus helping you to retain them within your club.
– Parents/ Guardians can see that their child is progressing.
– Clubs can generate income on each award sold.
– Clubs can use the Adam Peaty campaign to promote the awards.
– There are awards for all disciplines and all levels up to competition.
– SwimMark accredited clubs receive a 5% discount on award purchases.
So is there a business case for selling awards?
If your club has learn to swim and pre competitive squads then yes. The average profit for every award sold is £1. There is also the additional income generated by retaining swimmers within your club programme.
FAQ Information Views: 1407 Keywords: Created: 19.12.2017 Updated: 15.01.2018
Whether you are a participant, teacher, coach or an officer responsible for running a club, you will find information in the Swim England Insurance Centre about the insurance, included within your membership affiliation to Swim England, to protect you whilst you are taking part in our sport.
All individuals who take part in swimming and other acitivites recognised by Swim England*, either as administrators, coaches / teachers or participants, have a Duty of Care to ensure they do not cause injury or financial loss to anyone or damage to anyone's property.
Swim England members are covered by Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance policy arranged with Hiscox. This protects affiliated members, teachers and coaches, officials and clubs if held responsible and are negligent for causing injury to someone else or damage to someone's property whilst undertaking swimming and other activities recognised by Swim England.
Swim England members also benefit from a basic Personal Accident insurance - This 'no fault' benefit provides cover to Swim England members for death and permanent total disablement injury whilst taking part in swimming, diving and aquatic activities recognised by Swim England.
Club committees also benefit from Directors & Officers Insurance and Commercial Legal Advice and Expenses to assist in the daily running of the club.
Below you will find a comprehensive list of FAQs answered in the Swim England Insurance Centre. If your query is not answered, please contact Howden ^.
- What is the procedure if an accident has occurred?
- What is the procedure if the club needs to make a Liability claim?
- What is the procedure if club member has injured themselves and needs to make a personal accident claim?
- Is a club member insured to teach within the club?
- Do we need to have a lifeguard present during a club training session?
- Is the club insured to run land training sessions?
- Are club members insured whilst participating in triathlon events or training?
- Are club members insured for loss or damage to personal items?
- As a club officer will I be liable for any financial loss that the club may incur?
- Does the insurance cover the clubs equipment?
- Are clubs insured for fund raising activities?
- As a Swim England swimming club are we insured to train and compete in open water?
- Does the club need extra insurance if they are paying staff?
- Is the club covered if the pool is closed for a period of time?
- What information do I need to record when an accident occurs?
- Do we need extra insurance to cover our swim / tuck shop?
- Are club members covered whilst training / competing abroad?
- Does the club need extra insurance to cover training camps / competitions either at home or abroad?
- Are we required to complete risk assessments for all club activities?
- Are spectators at events / training sessions covered for loss or injury?
- Are we able to make a claim if a club member injures a non-club member?
- If a level 2 teacher is unexpectedly not available (e.g. due to illness) are we able to hold our Learn to Swim Session with a level 1 teacher in attendance?
- Do we need to ensure the club has an accident book available at all times or are we ok to use the facilities accident book and request a copy of the incident report?
- Are members covered if injured by a member of the public whilst carrying out club duties?
- Why do we need Employers Liability cover if all our coaches are volunteers or self employed?
- Why do we need Abuse cover?
- Is there a time limit to make a Liability claim?
- Is there a time limit to make a Personal Accident claim?
- As a club member can I make a claim directly with Howden?
* Insured recognised club activities, include:
- training for and competitive swimming (including open water swimming/polo/diving)
- administrative activities
For full details, please view the Authorised & Recognised Activities page.
Please refer to the governing bodies for details of the approved activities or to establish if an activity you wish to undertake is acceptable. Some activities may need to be reviewed by the Swim England Safety Forum and referred to insurers.
^ Howden is a trading name of Howden UK Group Limited, part of the Hyperion Insurance Group. Howden UK Group Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of general insurance business. Registered in England and Wales under company registration number 725875. Registered Office: 16 Eastcheap, London EC3M 1BD. Calls may be monitored and recorded for quality assurance purposes.
FAQ Information Views: 1377 Keywords: Created: 11.02.2018 Updated: 11.02.2018
Download generic risk assessment questions for a team consiting of adults, young people and support staff going on a residential trip to play waterpolo outside mainland UK with parental, guardian or carers’ approval.
Remember discipline specific risks must also be assessed and mitigated.
FAQ Information Views: 925 Keywords: Created: 25.04.2018 Updated: 25.04.2018