The ASA fully believe that young people can overcome barriers to volunteer in the sport they love. The volunteer training we offer is inclusive and we strongly encourage all young people to start volunteering.
The ASA runs a dedicated programme to increase the number of young disabled people volunteering in the swimming community. Young Disabled Volunteers Back Swimming (powered by V) has seen 44 young people aged 15-25 become actively involved in the swimming community and are taking full advantage of the opportunities available to them. So far the young people have been involved in:
- Young Officials Award
- Judge Level 1
- Young Aquatic Organiser Award
- Volunteering at their local clubs
- Volunteering at the DSE Regionals
- Volunteering at the DSE Juniors
- Writing articles for the website
- Sharing their experiences with their peers
- Planning to volunteer at the British Championships in March and the British International Disability Swimming Championships in April.
Jonathan Aldridge – ‘Young Disabled Volunteers Back Swimming’ at Reading Cygnets
I am currently volunteering with the ASA as a young volunteer on the above programme. As part of the programme I am working towards gaining my Level 1 Judging and Timekeeping qualification that will allow me to officiate at local and national Galas. In the summer I am booked to do the Level 1 Swim Teaching qualification as well. That’s not all you can do with this programme. There are loads of opportunities available from working towards being a team manager to becoming a technical official or even making the announcements at the swim meets. It’s great fun, you get to meet new people and develop new skills that will help you career. Plus it looks good on your CV! I joined the programme because I am keen to pursue a career in sport and to develop and improve my social and organisational skills. So far I have done my first timekeeping course and been able to practice as a volunteer at two local swim meets in Reading. I am really enjoying the experience.