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Mark Gregory with ASA SW Region President 2009/10 John Bird

Mark Gregory with ASA SW Region President 2009/10 John Bird

ASA South West Region Request for Officials 2012

Request For Officials

Please download, complete and return this form to Lynne Elliott by Monday 12 March 2012.

ASA SW Region would again like to request officials' help to run our own events in 2012 and also other events at which we are asked to provide officials.

Last year we had more officials helping, which was very welcome. This year we look forward to welcoming even more! It is essential that this continues as with two new 10 lane pools this year, it means we will require more officials on poolside.

There will be a CPD Seminar at the end of April for both those officials who need to renew their license and the newly qualified officials. Details will be available soon.

Become qualified as a poolside helper

Young people and volunteers who wish to assist on poolside can now undertake a new ASA qualification, appropriate for any aquatic environment.

An updated version which is now more suitable and accessible for volunteers in clubs, the ASA helpers certificate will provide an introduction to teaching and coaching as well as how to help a more senior coach or teacher and to be safe on poolside.

Consisting of three hours in the classroom and three hours practical work, the helpers can practice what they have learnt during the course schedule.

ASA Learning Week 2011 - Club Day Workshops

17 September 2011 (9am to 2pm) - Somerset College of Arts & Technology, Taunton

Free Online Training for Workforce Co-Ordinators

This FREE online training is designed to help aquatic clubs undertake a volunteer needs analysis of their club. It provides a way to manage and motivate the volunteer workforce and sustain volunteers.


It is recommended to undertake further personal development relevant to your role and regularly refresh your memory on the content included in this course. By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Review the role and priorities of a Workforce Co-Ordinator at your club
  • Assess and evaluate your club's workforce
  • Identify methods for recruiting, managing and valuing volunteers at your club
  • Design a volunteer training plan for your club

South West Learning Week 2011 - over 50 Learning and CPD opportunities for swimming teachers, coaches and volunteers

Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 September 2011

Step by Step Guide for Club Bookings

In order to book and pay / be invoiced for any places you wish to book for your club members for ASA South West Learning Week, please download and use this step by step guide. This process needs to be followed to gain one free place on a CPD of your choice once you have made 5 bookings.

Be the best you can be.

Invest in yourself / your Club workforce. Download and unzip the file below for advert and brochure.

Book your places TODAY at www.theiosonline.com.

ASA SW Region Young Aquatics Volunteer Programme 2011/12

Lots of young people enjoy being involved as organisers, coaches, officials and administrators, and clubs benefit from their essential contribution.

An exciting initiative is set to help young volunteers gain an insight in to the role and structure and management of a voluntary sports club.

The programme is open to young volunteers from all aquatic disciplines and will only be hosted by clubs identified by ASA South West Region as being Swim 21 accredited or, as ‘actively working towards Swim 21’ and therefore, we feel, well equipped to provide a quality opportunity for a new young volunteer.

Please download and unzip file below for

  1. project description
  2. application form
  3. club terms of reference

Closing date for applications 30 September 2011.

For more information contact Jackie Hilleard, Sports Project Officer/ Designated Child Protection Officer (0117 328 6261 / 07919 211749 / Jackie.Hilleard@uwe.ac.uk).

Interview with John Rhodes

Newly appointed President of Cornwall ASA, John Rhodes, explains how he got back into swimming as a masters swimmer, coach and volunteer in this video, recorded at the ASA SW Region Open Water Championships at Weymouth on 3 July 2011 where he was on hand to present awards. (flashplayer required)

Interview with Maureen Dunbar

In between handing out awards to swimmers at the ASA SW Region Open Water Championships at Weymouth, newly installed President of Wiltshire ASA, Maureen Dunbar, explains how she got involved as a synchronised swimming volunteer in this video, recorded on 3 July 2011 (1m 23s flashplayer required)

Nominate your Club volunteers for the wider recognition they deserve

With the deadline for the Aquaforce and Coaching Awards nominations looming, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you to actively promote the awards in your Club and County. The Aquaforce and Coaching awards are a fantastic way to show not only local but regional and national recognition of our coaches and volunteers so please take the time to circulate the details.

If your County is collating the nominations instead of asking the volunteers to send them in nationally that is fine, please keep us in the loop.

Click to download and then unzip the file below for the nomination form and the briefing note for regions. Please note the deadline for nominations in the West is 31 July and not 30 June 2011 as advertised, to tie into our upcoming regional Learning Week campaign.

Volunteers’ Week 2011

Time to give volunteers recognition

Nominate a volunteer for an Aquaforce award

1 to 7 June 2011

Is your club involved in Volunteers’ Week 2011, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, an annual celebration of the huge contribution and impact of volunteers in the UK? Nowhere is that impact seen more than at the ASA where more than 30,000 volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation taking up countless roles. Head over to the ASA's Case Studies page where volunteers from each of the eight ASA Regions say exactly what it is they love about volunteering.

The calendar of events for this annual celebration of Britain’s 22 million volunteers is an impressive one and includes:

  • A world record attempt by Badminton England to hold the world’s largest ever sports lesson at the O2 Arena
  • A week-long bus tour linking charities’ local volunteer opportunities with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Five days of volunteering features on ITV’s Daybreak breakfast show
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