South East Regional Youth Advisory Group – Recruiting now

Swim England South East Region are launching a brand new Youth Advisory Group which will cover all disciplines and ensure the voice of the Young people are heard at Regional level from across the South East Region.

We are recruiting up to 12 group members aged between 16-21 who are prepared to engage and to represent the youth voice within the South East Region.  We are looking for representatives from every discipline and members from every county.

Members of the group will meet formally 2-3 times a year online as the Youth Advisory Group. Members may be also be invited to other relevant meetings to represent their views. For example, the discipline representatives may be invited by the regional discipline manager for that discipline.

The group members should be confident to share their ideas in both group and private environments and actively take part in projects outside of the meeting which support the whole region.

Why join the group?

  • To represent the view of young people participating or volunteering in aquatics within the South East Region.
  • Assist on projects within the South East Region such as the development of resources and training opportunities for young volunteers.
  • Play a key role in shaping the region for the next generation of athletes and volunteers.

Who we are looking for?

  • Young People aged between 16-21 years old who are members of clubs affiliated to Swim England South East Region.
  • Young People who are actively involved in aquatics sports as a participant, teacher, coach, official or volunteer.
  • We are looking for a representative for each of the following disciplines; Artistic Swimming, Diving, Open Water Swimming, Para Swimming, Swimming (including Masters) and Water Polo.
  • We are looking for representation from across the region and therefore aim to have group members from each county.
  • Have an awareness of the needs of young people in sport and be able to support the deliver on projects and activities to engage young people.
  • Be an effective communicator and team player, confident in advocating on behalf of young people.

How to apply:

The application process has two steps; an online application form and a video submission.

  • Step one – Please complete the online application form which can be found below
  • Step two – Please submit a video, no longer than two minutes, to (Ben.McDonald@southeastswimming.org)

Video tips and support:

  • Please make sure that you introduce yourself, so we know who you are and can match your video to your online application.
  • Tell us about an issue or barrier you would like to try to remove, why it is important to you, how it affects you or people your peers know and how you would advise it to be solved.
  • Think about where you are when you record your video, is it bright enough for us to see you? What is around you? Could someone identify where you are or see something you don’t want them to?
  • We are not looking for a well edited video, the video can be shot in one on a phone and no editing is required. We are more interested in the content of the video.

Both steps of the application should be submitted by 5th October we will then review all applications and get back to you within 2 weeks of the closing date. Your application may be shared with relevant sub groups.

If you have any questions please email Ben McDonald (Ben.McDonald@southeastswimming.org)

Swim England Youth Advisory Panel Recruits for new members

Swim England is looking to appoint several young volunteers (aged 16–25) to join their Youth Advisory Panel on a voluntary basis.

Commitment: Attendance at four meeting per year (minimum) in addition to completion of group projects outside of these times

This is an exciting opportunity working within the Youth Advisory Panel (overseen by the Sport Development Team) who are responsible for delivering projects that promote and prioritise youth engagement within aquatics. Members of the panel come from different parts of aquatics and different parts of England to provide a voice representing young volunteers on a national level. Their objective is simple – to use the power of the youth voice to make aquatic sports better for all. With honesty and compassion at their heart, the Youth Advisory Panel aim to be hugely influential in supporting Swim England achieve their vision of ‘a nation swimming’.

The Youth Advisory Panel seeks to grow the number of young people getting involved in sport and to show the value that sport can bring to local communities. The panel not only provides the opportunity to get involved in different volunteering opportunities across the country, but also to see talent from many different aquatic disciplines within Swim England.

For more information please click here. Closing date for applications is Sunday 07 November.

Swim England Youth Panel Members

Swim England are looking for Youth Panel Volunteers to join their current Youth Panel.

The Youth Advisory Panel is a group of young people aged between 16–25 years old. Collectively, they act as representatives for all young people involved in the sport of swimming, providing them with a voice.

The Youth Advisory Panel meets up to 4 times per year, usually for a 4 hour meeting at a weekend, and typically in Loughborough at the Head Offices of Swim England. Meetings are led by the Youth Advisory Panel chair, who is supported by a vice chair, with both being elected from the Youth Advisory Panel membership, by their peers. In addition to attendance at meetings, there may be a small amount of work required between meetings, and some online surveys sent by Swim England to seek more immediate feedback on a particular topic. Youth Advisory Panel members’ expenses for travelling to and from meetings are covered by Swim England to ensure that these are accessible to all.

Who are we looking for?

  • Young people who are actively involved in the sport as a participant, teacher, coach, official or volunteer
  • Young people who are between 16-25 years old
  • Young people who are active in one of the following disciplines:
  • Diving
  • Water Polo
  • Synchronised Swimming
  • Open Water
  • Para Swimming
  • A non-swimming volunteer
  • Young people who are ideally a Swim England member (Cat 1 – non-competitive, Cat 2 – competitive Cat 3 – other)

What are we looking for?

We are looking for dedicated new members who will be committed to attending meetings, contributing to discussions and working collaboratively with their Youth Advisory Panel peers. We are looking for passionate young people who want to positively influence the experiences of other young people involved in the sport and to act as representatives for them. If you think this could be you then please apply!

Applicants can be active in swimming but one of the disciplines listed above must be their primary focus.

Applications will be considered from individuals who are not members as long as the application demonstrates significant experience of sports participation and/or volunteering.

How to apply

The application process has two steps – an online application form and a video submission

Please complete the online form by clicking on this link:- click here . Please complete the online personal details form and submit a video no longer than 2 minutes to the email address below.

Your video should focus on:-

Discussing an issue in sport which is important to you

Video Tips

  • Tell us what the issue is, why it is important to you, how does it affect you or people you know, how would you solve it?
  • Please make sure you introduce yourself so we know who you are and can match your video to your on-line application.
  • Think about where you are when you record your video – is it bright enough for us to see you? What is around you? Could someone identify where you are or see something you don’t want them to?
  • Two minutes goes by quicker than you think when you’re recording so plan what you want to say.
  • Think about how quickly you speak.
  • Make the video as interesting as you can but remember it’s about you.

Who will review the applications?

Applications which meet the criteria will be reviewed by the current Youth Panel who will decide on who should join as new members.

Contact email

volunteering@swimming.org

Closing date for applications is 30th September 2018

Annual Council Meeting and Development Morning – 16 September

This years Swim England South East Annual Council Meeting will be held on Saturday 16th September at Holiday Inn Guildford.

To complement the Annual Council Meeting this year we will be running a development morning for club personnel. This will include a choice of workshops:

  • Club Structures – Incorporation and Charity Status
  • The use of Social Media within Clubs
  • Swimming Officials Forum – FINA rules update, Training, Mentoring and Information flow

For full details and a copy of the booking form please click here.

Annual Report 2016 / 2017

Full details about the Annual Council Meeting can be found here.

Future Sport Leaders opportunity launched

The Youth Sport Trust are working with Sporting Equals to actively support more young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to take on decision making roles within sport.

Future Sport Leaders will provide a platform for approximately 80 young people to develop and grow their skills as young influencers in their local schools and communities.

Future Sport Leaders aims to:

  • secure a pathway for this group of young people to actively contribute in school and community sport decision making processes
  •  inspire them to retain their active involvement in sports management and governance into adulthood

The programme will kick off with an inspirational conference in early February, followed by local support as each young person takes on a decision making role on a local group, board or panel.

These local roles will be based in a variety of settings from schools, to faith groups, to sports clubs. In each setting the young person will be influencing the sport and physical activity offer to ensure it is relevant and accessible to their peers.

What does the programme involve?

The Future Sport Leaders conference will take place on the 10th February in Manchester, offering interactive workshops to develop communication, decision-making and influencing skills as well as motivating and inspiring key notes, delivered by speakers from across the sporting landscape.

The Youth Sport Trusts’ ambition following the conference is that each attendee will take on a decision-making role in their school or community with support from a local coach, teacher or mentor.

Young people from across all different sports are encouraged to apply.

I’m interested, how do I apply?

Applications are now open! If you fulfil the below criteria, click here to apply.

  • Aged between 15-18
  • Of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic Origin
  • Part of a club or group either in school or in the community. For example, sport club, faith group, school sport organising committee
  • Passion to influence the sport or physical activity opportunities available for young people locally
  • Motivated to make a difference in the school or community
  • Excellent communication skills

For more information, visit www.youthsporttrust.org/future-sport-leaders.

For all enquiries contact the Youth Sport Trust on 01509 226600. Applications are open until the 30 December.

ASA Strategy 2017-2021

Our vision is a nation swimming

And our role is to effectively lead, orchestrate and deliver initiatives that will encourage individuals across the country to use the water in the way that works best for them.

In the process of developing our new ASA 2017-21 strategy, we recognise that to achieve our vision we need to create an inspirational organisational brand. One that is meaningful to our colleagues and the general public, and with which our members, stakeholders and commercial partners are proud to be associated.

And this is where we would like to ask for your help..

Values are at the heart of a great brand and a successful organisation.

We’d like your input to define our values and bring them to life, shaping how we work and how we look going forward. We’d appreciate your thoughts and will be able to share the results in due course.

Take The Survey

Closing Date: 5.00pm Friday 30 September 2016

Thank you for your support.

Interim CEOJane M. Nickerson

ASA

National Talent Camp 2016/17 – applications now open

Are you a young coach aged 16-18 who is keen to develop, learn new skills and meet other young coaches? Are you a young official aged 15-18 who would like to gain more experience and develop along the technical officials pathway?

If you aspire to be a top coach or international official, applications are now open for the 2016/17 National Talent Camp!

 The ASA are looking for 15 young swimming, diving or water polo coaches, and eight young swimming officials for the aquatic open applications. The process is open now and applications will close at 5pm on 16 September 2016.

Late applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been successful during the week commencing 26 September. For more information please click here.

South East Regional Youth Forum

 What is a Region Youth Forum?

The Forum is an active group of young leaders aged 16-25 years who aim to support the involvement of young people

Members meet up on a regular basis to develop new ideas or discuss current youth issues in aquatics.

The forum works for positive changes in the sport and in their clubs, counties and region affecting young people

What will the Regional Youth Forum 
do?

  • represent the interests of young people participating or volunteering within Aquatics in the Region
  • develop a network of young people throughout the organisation and the sport
  • support the development of county and club Youth Forums
  • represent the views of young people across all of the aquatic disciplines within the Region including: swimming, disability swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and open water
  • consult on Regional campaigns, resources and programmes and feed information back to the SER Management Board and ASA National Youth Forum as appropriate
  • support the ASA National Youth Forum in projects as needed
  • act as ambassadors for the aquatic disciplines at all

If you would like to get involved with the Regional Youth Forum download an Information Pack here.

AquaZone

AquaZone is an interactive online magazine and community for 9-15 year old Category 2 ASA members at English clubs, whether they be swimmers, divers, synchro swimmers or water polo players. Packed with a great feed of news, interviews, features, reader letters and competitions, with a social community including timelines, a club hub, community chats, achievements and other great social stuff to help club members support each other, wherever they swim. 

The monthly Fave Raves competition gives readers a chance to get their hands on £25 of Google Play or iTunes vouchers – and readers should keep an eye out for a chance to win an iPad in a competition coming soon! Sign up at aquazone.swimming.org

ASA South East Region Young Volunteers Programme 2015/2016

Are you aged between 15 and 25 years and looking to access training opportunities to volunteer within aquatics?

Following the successful 2014/2015 Young Volunteer Programme in the South East Region, the Region is again looking to increase the number of trained young people and to improve accessibility to formal and informal training opportunities.

Find more information here or contact Helen Mack on 07780 332279.