ASA National Volunteer Forum
The ASA National Volunteer Forum is a group of proactive volunteers aged 26+ from across the country who come together to feed into the ASA Volunteer Engagement Team.
The current ASA National Volunteer Forum was formed in August 2013 and the first meeting was held at the ASA head office in Loughborough in September 2013.
Meet the Volunteer Forum 2015/16
Chair - Russell Gardner
Russ is a Masters swimmer at Louth SC, a swimming teacher and coach, qualified official and is the Duty Manager at the Meridian Leisure Centre. Russ has just graduated from our Event Volunteer Programme and continues to volunteer at our national events. As chair, Russ would like the forum to inspire those that don’t currently get involved to volunteer, and get the buzz of helping the sport and its competitors!
Vice chair - Sue Dors
Sue is currently Chair of Weston-super-Mare SC and has recently been appointed a Trustee of The West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) which is a County Sport Partnership and Charity. She was the Chair of the ASA South West Region Regional Management Board for eight years and is now Trophy and Awards co-ordinator for the Region and also serves on its Open Water committee. Sue was a poolside official for almost twenty years and has been a teacher and coach in her club. She feels that the recognition, personal development and retention of volunteers is vital to our sport. She would like to see communication between volunteers across the aquatic disciplines to be encouraged and also experiences shared with volunteers from other sports.
Secretary - Trevor Knight
Trevor was until recently the Secretary of the City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming Club, and prior to that was a committee member at Leeds Kingfishers SC. He is also an assistant coach and qualified scorer. Trevor would like the forum to identify, reward and recognise volunteers in the sport, and to provide assistance to support clubs and competitions by drawing upon the talents of volunteers across all aquatic disciplines.
Roy has done just about every role going in the Nottinghamshire area! From poolside helper, swimming teacher, judge, chairperson, through to mentoring officials and sitting on the Nottinghamshire ASA board. Roy has a wealth of knowledge to bring to the forum. Roy would like the see all volunteers within the sport given a chance to air their views at a regional and national level.
Sue is the Secretary of Waterlooville SC and swims in the Masters squad. Sue is also a qualified official and Level 1 Swimming Teacher. Sue would like the forum to allow volunteers to be able to easily understand the roles and structure of the ASA, allowing them to develop a greater affinity with their governing body.
Find out what the Volunteer Forum is up to
Click here to see the minutes from the latest Volunteer Forum meeting.
If you have any ideas of how the Forum may be able to help volunteers in your area, would like to utilise the expertise of the Volunteer Forum or are interested in becoming a member, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com.