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Nominate a volunteer for an AquaForce Award

Take a moment to stop and think about the volunteers within your aquatic community and nominate one for an AquaForce Award

It is no secret that volunteers are the lifeblood of our aquatic clubs, whether it is the volunteer who enthusiastically manages the front desk, or the volunteer coach who tirelessly runs training sessions. No volunteer contribution should go unnoticed!

In 2013 we asked you to take the time to stop and say ‘thank you’ by nominating them for an Aquaforce Award.

Nominations opened on 1 June, marking the start of National Volunteering Week, and closed on 15 July. 

The 2013 awards are in seven different categories, please click on each category below to view the selection and eligibility criteria.

Club Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises ASA volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution within their club.

  • A commitment of their personal time which has resulted in a positive impact on the club
  • Examples of inspiring and motivating others
  • The ability to be a role model and highly respected by their peers
  • Has made a significant contribution to supporting other club members
  • A willingness to share their experience and knowledge

Eligibility

  • Must be aged 26 years and over
  • Individual nominations only
  • Can perform any volunteering role as long as criteria is met

Outstanding Contribution by a Young Volunteer

This award recognises ASA volunteers who have already made a difference within the world of aquatics.

This award will be presented to an individual who best demonstrates the following:

  • A commitment of their personal time to volunteering which has resulted in a positive impact on the club
  • Examples of inspiring and motivating others
  • A role model and highly respected by their peers
  • Has made a significant contribution to supporting other club members

Eligibility

  • Must be aged 25 years and under
  • Individual nominations only
  • Can perform any volunteering role as long as the criteria is met

Outstanding Contribution to Swimming in the Community

This award recognises an individual or group of volunteers who have gone above and beyond to raise the profile of volunteering within aquatics, encouraging the widest possible participation.

This award will be presented to an individual/group who best demonstrates the following:

  • Had a positive impact on participation levels within aquatics
  • A commitment to providing accessible opportunities to a wide cross section of the community
  • Innovative ideas to combat the barriers of participation
  • Gone above and beyond to cause positive change
  • Additional credit will be given for nominees who actively engage underrepresented groups within their local community

Eligibility

  • ‘Widest possible participation’ could include: school, college, volunteering centres, youth groups etc.
  • Individual/group must be members of the ASA and an affiliated club which is swim21 accredited or working towards

Outstanding County or Regional Contribution

This award recognises ASA volunteers that have made an outstanding contribution to aquatics within their ASA region or county.

This award will be presented to an individual who best demonstrates the following:

  • A commitment of their personal time to volunteering which has resulted in a positive impact on the county/regional aquatic community
  • A commitment to supporting the personal development of the wider aquatic workforce
  • A willingness to share their experience and knowledge
  • A highly respected role model within the region/county

Eligibility

  • Individual nominations only

Services to Officials' Development

This award recognises ASA volunteers who have had a significant impact on the development of officials within any of the aquatic disciplines, at a club, county or regional level.

This award will be presented to an individual who best demonstrates the following:

  • A long term contribution to supporting the development of officiating
  • Contribution to increased/sustained participation of officials
  • Supports the development of young officials
  • A respected role model who demonstrates the values of officiating
  • A willingness to share their experience and knowledge

Eligibility:

  • Individual nominations only
  • All nominees must hold the relevant ASA/British Swimming officiating qualifications

Volunteer Teacher/Coach of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a volunteer teacher or coach within their aquatic discipline.

This award will be presented to an individual who best demonstrates the following:

  • A commitment of their personal time to teaching or coaching which has led to a positive impact on the club
  • Has had a significant impact on an individual or group of swimmers within the club
  • Is committed to developing each individual athlete/swimmer to reach their full potential
  • Makes a commitment to their personal development as a teacher/coach, always looks to implement new training techniques and commits to maintaining their professional development with ASA qualifications and CPDs

Eligibility

  • Individual nominations only
  • All nominees must hold the appropriate ASA UKCC Teaching or Coaching qualifications
  • Nominee must not receive payment for their services

Celebrating Excellence in Club Volunteering

This is a new club award for 2013. It is a special recognition highlighting the achievements of a club that provides an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all volunteers, demonstrates a clear workforce structure and offers development opportunities to ensure the sustainability of an effective volunteer workforce. 

This award will be presented to a club who best demonstrates the following:

  • A clear recruitment, development and retention plan for volunteers
  • A proactive approach to recruiting and retaining young volunteers
  • A clear volunteer recognition plan
  • An enjoyable and rewarding experience for club volunteers
  • A commitment to personal development for volunteers
  • A significant contribution to increased/sustained participation of volunteers

Eligibility

  1. Clubs are invited to self nominate
  2. Nominated clubs should have a workforce/volunteer co-ordinator in post
  3. The nominated club must be swim21 accredited or working towards
  4. Only a National Winner will be selected.  Representatives from the winning club will be invited to attend the Aquaforce Awards Ceremony on the club’s behalf.

National winners will be announced at the ASA Council Dinner in October.

  • Click here to find out more about the ASA Council Dinner
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