Young Volunteer Training Makes an Impact at CADS

16th March 2017
Following the Young Volunteers Development days in January and February, the impact of the training has been reported by Cleethorpes and District Swimming Club as having a positive impact.

Elena Treadgold, Zach Clarke, Elizabeth Wells, Freya Davies and Ellie Buxton all received ASA Young Aquatic Leader training and a Positive Behaviour Workshop. Zach and Elena have previously attended the Regional Young Volunteer Development days and received training in Officiating and SportsCoach Uk First Steps into Coaching. They both have been involved in a volunteering role at their Club Cleethorpes and District Swimming Club for 3 years both assisting teaching and timekeeping. They found that previous development days boosted their confidence as it gave them the chance to learn new skills with a different group of people. As a result of their experience, they encouraged their team mates, who also volunteer at the club, to attend the latest training day opportunity.

Since, they have collectively initiated and organised a Time Trial for the swimmers from the CADS Development and Potential Squads. This was the first time many of the swimmers had experienced a race environment and was both a very rewarding experience plus useful for team selection for local competitions. The volunteers took charge of the planning and delivery of the event which involved them fulfilling various different roles. They also had to manage their time effectively at a period when they are all studying for their GCSE exams. In doing so they have improved their communication, organisation, leadership and planning skills. The support and assistance of mentors from the club have helped them overcome these challenges. They have been a role model to others by being positive and actively leading activities for younger swimmers. By doing so they hope other swimmers will volunteer at the club when they are old enough to do so.

In addition to continuing to volunteer in different roles within the club, several plan to take ASA Level 1 Swimming Certificates once they have finished their GCSEs. Zach has been selected as an ASA representative at the Youth Sports Trust National Camp for developing young coaches. Elena, loves working with young children and is hoping to become an Early Years Teacher when I leave school.

Callum Gladding, CADS Assistant Coach, who oversaw the Time Trial commented “Thank you to all the Young Aquatic Leaders and volunteers who helped set up the Time Trial and did so much work on poolside tonight as I know how much hard work goes into these events. It was very well planned and they showed great organisational skills. The swimmers loved it.”

David Parry, the ASA North East Regional Development Officer, added “The Young Volunteers from CADS are a great example of the impact that young volunteers in the region have made. The fifty individuals who participated in the development day showed dedication, commitment and enthusiasm. The impact of the opportunity has been felt across twenty nine clubs with numerous initiatives and events taking place lead by and organised for young people. Aquatics clubs need skilled and motivated volunteers. These young volunteers are making a significant contribution their personal development and ensuring their clubs benefit as well.”