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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..
FAQ Information Views: 171 Keywords: Created: 08.12.2017 Updated: 08.12.2017
It’s completely normal to become emotional when supporting your child at swimming events. It shows you care, are involved in their life, and keen to share the pressure with them as they compete.
But when supporting your child at swimming events it’s important to be calm and supportive, rather than turning in to an overbearing “balcony ogre” once your child hits the water.
We know the pool balcony can be a stressful area. Hundreds of parents all desperate to communicate with their child mixed with the stifling sauna-like atmosphere of the pool. It’s not easy to keep calm.
However, no matter what happens, or how tense things get, it’s important that you maintain discipline, poise, confidence and control. Your kids will thank you for it and it’ll help them perform better.
Ask your child how they would like you to be. While few kids like a balcony ogre barking negative comments, they may want you in the front row of the balcony, whooping and cheering for them as they line up to race. On the other hand, they may find it a bit off-putting and anxiety inducing, and would rather you remained calm and quiet. So, tip one is ask first.
Try to remember that although you’re sat within a crowd, your actions and words will still be noticed, most of all by your child. Think before you shout, and keep your body language, actions and your words positive.
If you’re starting to feel any frustration, try taking slow, deep breaths to keep calm. If something’s gone particularly badly, try counting down from 100 in your head, to give you time to form a rational response.
Try not to get sucked in to competing with other parents. Everyone wants their child to be the best – it’s natural. However, it’s your child’s sport, so try to just enjoy watching and be supportive. Leave the competitiveness to them. If you need to compete, join a Masters club and compete in the pool.
If you’re feeling particularly annoyed with your child’s performance, or are struggling to keep your cool on the balcony, try adopting relaxation skills. Imagine a relaxing scene, repeating a calming phrase, or putting some headphones in with some chilled music on may all help you to keep relaxed. Try some visualisation exercises before the race. You can find out more about visualisation here.
Video: Dr Camilla Knight talks about the support of parents of talented young athletes. The focus for young people at competitions is to enjoy it and perform to the best of their ability. Parents are important before and after training and competitions to offer support and help their child, reviewing with them what it going well and things they may want to work on. The most important thing is to make sure your child knows that you’re looking forward to watching them and that effort and performance is what counts – not winning.
FAQ Information Views: 157 Keywords: Created: 01.12.2017 Updated: 12.03.2018
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: 154 Keywords: Created: 10.02.2018 Updated: 26.03.2018
The Team Manager is vital to the well-being and success of any team. They are responsible for the smooth running of aquatic activities away from the club's home pool. For example at an evening gala all the way through to international competitions.
There are many different roles which a Team Manager needs to carry out. Some for example are to:
- Administer and coordinate aquatic teams
- Be the central point of contact for team, staff and parents and provide relevant information.
- Be responsible for the safeguarding and well-being of athletes and staff
- Arrange transport, accommodation and itinaries as appropriate.
- Be responsible for any lodged protests on behalf of the team.
- Organise kit as required.
- Prepare and submit event results and reports.
- Promote positive team spirit and behaviours.
What skills does a Team Manager need?
Do you have any Top Tips for Team Managers?
For more information on Team Manager roles and how to get involved, please visit the Volunteer section on the Swim England website.
If you are interested in becoming a Team Manager or running a course in the Region please contact Stacey Millett (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
FAQ Information Views: 152 Keywords: Created: 30.11.2017 Updated: 30.11.2017
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There isn't a 'one size fits all' package when approaching the topic of sponsorship.
Clubs may seek sponsorship for various different events and projects, such as Team Kit, Equipment or Training Camps.
Sport England provide a Sponsorship Toolkit through Club Matters. Swim England have produced their own Aquatic pack to be used as an extension to this.
Throughout the document there are samples, guidance and templates which can help you develop a sponsorship proposal specifically for your club.
The Swim England document includes:
- A step by step guide to compiling a sponsorship proposal.
- Templates, samples and top tips for clubs.
- Examples of companies to try and approach.
- Links to additional documents and contacts.
- Club case studies.
Along with the document you there are editable word document templates which can be downloaded and edited to suit your club.
Download the Swim England pack and editable documents
View Sport England's guide on Club Matters
FAQ Information Views: 110 Keywords: Created: 30.11.2017 Updated: 30.11.2017
Download the Swim England Overseas Travel and Security policy which provides guidance and advice to members and employees planning overseas trips, including staff travelling on business, National teams competing in overseas competitions as well as club training trips.
The NSPCC's Safe Sport Events, Activities and Competitions document provides guidance on planning safely for trips away. This document can be downloaded from Child Protection In Sport Unit website.
Key members of staff should have attended a Team Manager Training course before taking any club members away.
All team staff are required to have a valid Swim England DBS disclosure as detailed in Wavepower 2016-19.
Members, groups of members or affiliated clubs wishing to compete, officiate, coach or train in countries outside Great Britain must apply for permission to do so by downloading and completing an International Permit and Clearance Form available from the Swim England Rankings Team (01509 640761 or 01509 640120). Please remember to apply for an International Permit at least 28 days before leaving the country.
FAQ Information Views: 33 Keywords: Created: 04.02.2018 Updated: 04.02.2018
This briefing from the CPSU has been developed to assist pool operators, managers and staff to establish a consistent approach to decisions about the eligibility of pool lifeguards for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks as part of their recruitment. It‘s based on current legislation, DBS guidance and safeguarding good practice, and has been informed by the DBS policy team.
FAQ Information Views: 36 Keywords: Created: 12.03.2018 Updated: 12.03.2018