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.
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.
We are again supporting the Swim England South West Young Volunteers Programme aimed at 15* to 25 year old YVs from clubs (* aged 15 in school year). It will run from October 2018 until the end of July 2019, with 25 hours of volunteering to be completed by end of July 2019. The deadline for applications was Sunday 30 September 2018. View and please share details of the Programme within your Club and networks.
Kelly Podbury organises two half-day events for Young Volunteers to cover Timekeeper / J1 training and Aquatic Helpers Course.
Our 2018-19 Young Volunteers will be hoping to emulate their 2017-18 YVs who are ready inspiring colleagues with their enthusiasm and to their Clubs for providing opportunities to develop their skills.
Young volunteers benefit 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.
Somerset Young Volunteer of the Year
Each year we ask who you feel deserves to be recognised for the work they do, on poolside or behind the scenes in your Club The Sarah Pusill Young Volunteer Award was introduced by our Past President as a way of rewarding talented and enthusiastic young volunteers from around the County. The perpetual trophy will be held by the winner for a year. This year's winners will be announced at our AGM.
Young Volunteer Awards 2017/18
Citations and names of nominees for the Sarah Pusill Young Volunteer Award 2018 and winners announced at our AGM on 26 May 2018 were published during Volunteers' Week (1 to 7 June 2018). We are very grateful for the work they do, on poolside and behind the scenes.
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 Volunteer Awards 2015/16
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.
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 has also been 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.