Swimming Trust seeks funds to roll out National Young Teacher Development Programme

6 February 2012

The Swimming Trust is seeking funds of over £10,000 to roll out their National Young Teacher Development Programme, which aims to encourage young people into the sport and begin a career in swimming, by providing access to nationally recognised qualifications.

Following the continuing success of a pilot project in Milton Keynes, running from January 2011 to December 2012, the national charity is hoping to deliver new projects across the country in a number of targeted areas.

The Young Teacher Development Programme is aimed at individuals aged 16 to 24 years and supports them through the Level 1 and Level 2 UK Coaching Certificate for Teaching Aquatics and Coaching Swimming.

Candidates are mentored by experienced and fully qualified swimming teachers or coaches, ensuring that they receive the high level of support required to develop their skills and experience.

The programme has been designed specifically for existing swimmers who would not otherwise have access to the resources required to begin a career in teaching. It predominantly targets young people from hard-to-reach, vulnerable, BME and disadvantaged groups, and is open to both able-bodied individuals and those with a disability.

Once qualified, the candidate will be fully equipped to support a qualified and licensed aquatic teacher or coach and provide much needed teaching assistance to their local swimming clubs and other groups. As this is the first step towards a career in swimming teaching and coaching, the programme offers the opportunity for individuals to develop their skills through further training.

Kris Hunt, a participant on the Level 1 course in Milton Keynes said, “The bursary scheme was crucial in allowing me to get involved with the programme. It offered additional opportunities, for example, Disability Continual Professional Development and mentored sessions. This quickly enhanced my confidence and ability to work with groups of children. It also opened the door to job opportunities.

“My swimming career is now taking a new route, I currently work two sessions a week, plus cover work, and I will shortly be attending the Level 2 course in order to be even more actively involved. I hope this scheme is able to continue, in order to give others the same opportunity it has afforded me.”

The Swimming Trust is a national charity that aims to increase opportunities for everyone to learn to enjoy the health, fitness and well-being benefits of swimming. They work closely with the ASA and other partners to encourage participation in all aquatic sports by helping young vulnerable and disadvantaged people to develop to their full potential; and to promote positive change by working with communities to develop the sport.

It is the Swimming Trust’s ambition to roll out the Young Teacher Development Programme nationally. To do this, and build upon the success in Milton Keynes, they require funding.

Working with Local Authorities, the ASA’s Regional Offices and local organisations, the Swimming Trust is aiming to recruit 20 young people aged 16 to 24 for each target area, from schools, swimming clubs and community groups. To fund 10 candidates for Level 1 and 10 candidates for Level 2 the Swimming Trust requires an investment of £11,825.

Donating towards this project would mean that you are making a positive contribution towards establishing career opportunities for a new generation of young people in the sport. The Young Teacher Development Programme provides quality training, experiences and skills that last a lifetime.

For details on how to donate please visit www.swimmingtrust.com or www.virginmoneygiving.com. For more information on the programme please contact James Male, james.male@swimming.org or 07768 288014.

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