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Somerset ASA Young Volunteers 2018/19

The Sarah Pusill Young Volunteer of the Year Award 2020

Thank you for submitting nominations which closed on 30 June. View details.

Young volunteers like those in the 2018/19 cohort pictured above 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.

The 2020/21 Young Volunteer programme will be launching very soon, aimed at 14 to 18 year olds. It will have a different look for this coming year and aim to keep those athletes who may have thought about not returning to training involved in their club along with those who may have limited training availability. All workshops will be hosted online with club based project work. Further details will follow.

Volunteer Now!Nicky Taylor co-ordinated the 2019/20 Swim England South West Young Volunteers Programme in Somerset aimed at 15* to 25 year old YVs from clubs (* aged 15 in school year), supporting their personal development. The programme will support 22 Young Volunteers from from Chard, Clevedon, TeamBath AS, Taunton Deane Water Polo, Weston-super-Mare and ANT Swimming from October 2019 until the end of July 2020, with 25 hours of volunteering and a log book to be completed by end of July 2020.  View 

Please contact Nicky if you have Young Volunteer training needs and contact Fiona Bowen (fiona@bowenfamily.me.uk) to enquire about Club Development funding.

Volunteering can give you skills and experience which could be valuable for your future career.

Additional  volunteering opportunities within Aquatics may be offered outside of the club environment. If you are  interested please contact us for further details

Our 2018-19 Young Volunteers are already emulating their 2017-18 YVs and inspiring colleagues with their enthusiasm and thank 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.


Video: For Volunteer's Week 2019, SASP also highlighted some of its great volunteers that help with all sorts of sessions around the county. Meet Charlotte who helps teach Swimming to kids.

Somerset Young Volunteer of the Year

Thank you for submitting nominations for The Sarah Pusill Young Volunteer of the Year Award 2020 which closed on 30 June. View details.

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. Winners were announced at our 2019 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.

Ila Brandimarte

Young Volunteer of the Year: Ila Brandimarte (pictured)
Runners Up: Joe McLachlan and Katie Chambers. View Gallery from AGM.

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).

Jane   Grace Cook
Winner 2016/17   Runners Up 2016/17
Libby Aldridge (Taunton Deane)   2. Grace Cook (Bath Dolphin)
3. Evan King (Weston-super-Mare)
Elliott Lewis   Georgia Vause
Nominee 2016/17   Nominee 2016/17
Elliot Lewis (Norton Radstock)   Georgia Vause (Norton Radstock)


Young Volunteer Awards 2015/16

YV of the Year Nathan Clarke

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 Network

We 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.