Thirty young leaders from clubs across the Swim England North East Region took part in a development day on Saturday 27th January in Castleford. The day provided an opportunity to meet with other young volunteers from different aquatic disciplines, to share their experiences and learn from others.
The day included a presentation from Leesha Bentley from Adwick ASC, who attended the development day last year and now has a position on the Swim England National Youth panel. Leesha explained how she got the position and what it entails.
The young leaders took part in team building activities, Team Manager training and a Why Volunteer workshop. Rod Wardle, the Team GB Assistant Team Manager from the Swimming Team in Rio 2016, attended the day to share his experiences in volunteering at a local level in clubs through to the Olympic Games and provided an insight into his rewarding experiences.
The group also received a message of appreciation and support form double Olympian Ellie Faulkner, from City of Sheffield Swimming Club, on how much she values the role which volunteers play to support the sport.
Feedback from one young leader who attended said “It was a really enjoyable, interesting and well planned day. I learnt a lot more about volunteering than before I came along.”
The group were encouraged to go back to their clubs and, with the support of a local club mentor and try their hand at volunteering. The young volunteers will be kept up to date with volunteering opportunities which arise over the course of the year moving forwards.