October

Parents - please read

Hello to all swimming parents.

I am the am the workforce coordinator at Crawley SC and I am continually on the lookout for how we can empower our Club through Continual Professional Development (CPD) of our parents and swimmers.

There are many of you parents who regularly enter your swimmers into competitions and I would be grateful if you would consider the role of Team Manager or the role of an Official. The swimming world survives through the network of parent and swimmer volunteers and these roles are essential in helping the Club survive for future generations.

Many of our existing Officials and Team Managers are experienced and have been involved in these roles for some time now but won’t be here forever and they currently do the majority of this work and unfortunately the number of officials we have within our club has reduced so low that we are in danger of not being able to run any of our own L4 meets for Club Championships and Time Trials which have been going for over 50 years. These L4 meets enable the young swimmers to gain times to enter bigger Meets. It is important that parents of the younger generation at the Club now become involved.

I know we live in a hectic world but the Swimming Club is so important in bringing enrichment to our children’s lives. Please don’t let this be the first time in 50 years that parents have chosen not to be involved.

In an ideal world, every family of every swimmer would have one representative who volunteers. This will give the Club a strong basis for future Meets and Galas.

Please look at this summary below. There is one local course coming up in January for TM1. If we get enough volunteers for the TM1 or the Officials training we can get a course run at K2.

I would be grateful if volunteers could now step forward. You can contact me directly on coordinator@crawleysc.co.uk

Thank you very much.

Lisa
Workforce Coordinator
Crawley SC

Team Manager 1
Team Manager 1 training is designed to ensure any volunteers who are taking groups of athletes to competition locally are fully equipped to do their role. There are no pre-requisites for the workshop, and it is recommended for anyone aged 16 or over, although it should be noted that an individual cannot take the role of a Team Manager fully until they turn 18.

It is a three hour course, following which, the Club will organise a DBS check. You would then need to take a Safeguarding Course (three hours) when you are able. The role reaps rewards poolside with the fabulous swimmers we have.

Team Manger 1 on 7th January 6.30 – 9.30pm @ Guildford Spectrum, Parkway, Guildford GU1 1UP

If there are enough parents interested we can run a course at K2

Timekeeper
This is an introduction into the world of the swimming official. It covers the practical aspects of what is required of a timekeeper by means of a short theory session followed by a practical assessment.

The minimum recommended age for candidates to undertake this training is 14 years, and all need to be registered members of a British Swimming affiliated club or member of the Institute of Swimming (IoS).

If there are enough parents interested we can run a course at K2

Judge Level 1
This is the first level of British qualification. It encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns.

The minimum age to start training is 15 years. Candidates will be required to undertake some formal theory instruction and gain practical experience working on the poolside with a mentor. This can be done at Meets where your swimmer is participating so you would be there anyway. You choose when you can do this. A course workbook is provided for completion after which there will be a practical assessment. The practical assessment is also done at a Meet where your child would be swimming so there is no extra time required outside the swimming commitments you would already have.

During the practical assessment, candidates will be required to answer questions orally. Upon qualification candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 1 on the British Swimming Database and will be encouraged to become a Licensed Official.

If there are enough parents interested we can run a course at K2

https://www.sussexswimming.org/get-involved/volunteer-training/

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