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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 – email@example.com – or visit the Swim England South West website www.swimwest.org.uk for more information.
FAQ Information Views: 2516 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: 1846 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: 1811 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: 1761 Keywords: Created: 08.12.2017 Updated: 08.12.2017
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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: 1381 Keywords: Created: 30.11.2017 Updated: 28.12.2018
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: 1316 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: 1184 Keywords: Created: 12.03.2018 Updated: 02.07.2019