Young people excel at the Step into Sport Camp

On Wednesday 20th April 2011 the ASA took part in the Youth Sports Trust organised Step into Sport Camp.

This camp focused on young people aged 16 to 19 years and aimed to encourage them to undertake an involvement in sports leadership and volunteering. Various national governing bodies including swimming held a day where these young people had the opportunity to develop their leadership and teamwork skills.

The Aquatic Competition Managers Award was undertaken by 19 lucky individuals who in two teams spent the day planning and delivering an Aquasplash festival.

The morning saw the young leaders learn the process of planning an aquatic event from scratch, choose their own events, the timings and scoring plans for each event and get to grips with the role they would play in helping to deliver the event.

The afternoon sessions were split into two parts. Each team had the opportunity to deliver the event they had planned in the morning with each person undertaking a role such as announcer, time keeper and event marshal in the successful delivery of the festival. The teams then came together to reflect on their performance as a whole and their own individual performance before evaluating their experiences.

The feedback from the young leaders about the camp was very positive, the course exceeded their expectations, they felt they had learnt a lot about what goes on behind the scenes of a competition and by undertaking a role in delivering their own competition now had enough experience to take the skills learnt and plan and deliver a festival for a local school when they return.

The Aquatic Competition Managers Award is part of the school engagement plan to get more young people involved in the workforce side of school swimming.

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