As a volunteer your contribution to our sport is vital to us. Our goal, which is aligned to Swim England’s objective of improving the skills and technical capabilities of the aquatics workforce and its ability to innovate, is for the County to have a skilled and sustainable workforce of volunteers who enjoy, feel proud and are recognised for their achievements. So your County makes every effort possible to help you to assist us, without giving more than your time, to ensure our future sucess.

Young Volunteers

Nominations are open for the Sarah Pusill Young Volunteer Award 2018 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.

We provide lots of opportunities to develop the skills of Young Volunteers who 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.

We publicised and are supporting this year's Swim England South West Young Volunteer Programme which is aimed at 15 to 25-year-old volunteers from clubs (aged 15 in school year) and congratulate these YVs on their selection.



We are delighted that the achievements of Club and County volunteers have received wider recognition:

Volunteer Now!If you would like nominate a club member for Swim England South West Volunteer of the Month, click here.

What we do

Kelly Podbury, Sue Dors and Alyson Bashford sit on the Swim England National Volunteer Forum which engages with the Swim England Volunteer Engagement team.

To learn more about what our key County or Regional volunteers do, download Role Descriptions for: 

At the 2014 Somerset ASA AGM, Kelly Podbury took over the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator from Fiona Bowen to support our clubs and fantastic volunteers.

Emily Taylor gave a presentation to the General Meeting of Somerset ASA affiliated clubs on behalf of Kelly on 28 Nov 2015 at Ring O'Bells, Ashcott. Please let Kelly know how we can help and share your suggestions to recruit, develop, recognise and retain volunteers in your Clubs.

Bursary Funding

Somerset ASA is pleased to be able to offer Bursary Funding! Bursary application

Funding is available for UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 Teacher and Coach Education Courses for all disciplines by submitting this application form to the County Development Officer Fiona Bowen.

Click to obtain information on Development Funding for Clubs.

Why not make contact with Fiona (01275 877412 / fiona@bowenfamily.me.uk) or Kelly (kellypods07@gmail.com) for help with your volunteering need?


Workforce Diagram

The following resources may also be of use to you:

Visit the Swim England Volunteering Hub

Download Resources:


Volunteers are the life and soul of our clubs and communities and it is important that they receive the support they deserve.

From understanding your volunteers' motivations, through to helping them develop in their roles, there are lots of things you can do as a club to support all of your volunteers and deliver a fun, rewarding and meaningful experience to them.

Click on the buttons below for insight and practical tips which can help you manage your club's volunteers. And on behalf of the County Management Committee - a big thank you for giving up your time!

Finding Volunteers


Explore resources on the Club Matters website.

Keeping Volunteers


Explore resources on the Club Matters website.

Developing Volunteers


Explore resources on the Club Matters website.