How you can help your club
The Club is run as a not for profit organisation, simply put all the money generated from Squad fees, Open Meets etc. or our Learn to Swim school are directed back into the running of the club for the benefit of the members.
There are two groups of people who ensure the smooth running of the club. Those you see on a regular basis and get to know, such as coaches and lifeguards, who are paid for their time and expertise. The second group are the volunteers who help to manage the Swimming Club on a daily basis and organise events.
The biggest group of regular volunteers is the committee – please visit the committee page for further information. We also have some non-committee based roles in the Communications and Competitions teams.
When we run events such as Club Championships, Open Meets and Galas we always need additional help. This may range from being involved in the planning stage to helping on the day and we will advertise the roles we need through the Events section of the Swim Manager website. Without this help the events cannot be run and the swimmers cannot compete.
Swimming Officials are also very important, these are the Timekeepers, Judges, Referees and Starters (the folks you see in white around the pool!). You do not need to have any experience before starting to train for any of these roles, just a passion to help children achieve their goals.
12 good reasons to become a Swimming Official
- Teams must provide them at meets
- The meets can’t run without them
- Get involved in your child’s sport
- Understand the sport better
- Full ‘on job’ training provided
- Makes the time go quicker
- First t-shirts for County and Regional meets provided free
- Cut the costs of attending Open Meets and Galas
- Free tea and coffee and usually food if all day
- Free programme
- Have fun on poolside and it’s cooler than the galleries
- Another string to your bow
Without officials the competition cannot be licenced and therefore times are not recognised on the Swim England database.
We would ask that all of you please give consideration to helping to support your club in some way. You do not need to have experience just a willingness to support your child in their chosen sport.
We all have busy lives but the more people who are available to help the easier for all concerned.
For more information about volunteering please speak to any Committee member, your squad co-ordinator or your squad coach who will be happy to help and pass on your details.