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Your opportunity to teach the teachers

8 April 2011

The ASA is offering individuals a chance to be part of the development framework to provide a world class coaching environment for England’s teachers and coaches by providing career development opportunities in tutoring, assessing and presenting ASA qualifications and seminars.

Colin Huffen, ASA Workforce Development Manager is keen to encourage new applicants to step forward.

 “The natural instinct of a teacher or coach is to inspire others to be successful, so it’s the perfect career step for them to take the plunge into tutoring. They provide a wealth of experience in their field and play an integral role in developing the next generation of aquatic professionals.  We are always looking to train more tutors – we will often support them financially and provide them with a buddy or mentor during their initial training.”

Career development opportunities are not limited to tutoring – in fact the network of support individuals is a mix of assessors, tutors and presenters.  Many support professionals carry out a mix of two or more of these roles to make the most of their available time and earning potential.

Colin added: “What many may not realise is that you don’t necessarily need extensive experience and qualifications – aquatic technical skills and a swimming qualification would be a good start, but applications are increasingly being considered from individuals from non traditional backgrounds and recognition is awarded for prior learning.” 

ASA tutors Lorraine Hitchen and Claire Woolaston are part of the network that effectively ‘teaches the teachers’.   Lorraine explained why she enjoys the role. “No day is ever the same, the people you meet are all very different and someone always teaches me something new.” 

Claire said,

“tutoring means I can do everything I love and share my experiences with others. For me it’s just the best job ever“.

Read more about the experiences of Claire and Lorraine in the May 2011 edition of Swimming Times.

To get involved simply email your contact details and what kind of role you would be interested in to tutortraining@swimming.org and we’ll get in touch to take it further.

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