ASA National Volunteer Forum
The 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 2013/14
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 - Jenny Demont
Jenny is an ASA Accredited Tutor, a Level 3 Senior Swimming Coach, a Referee and a Technical Disability Classifier. Jenny also swims as a Masters swimmer at Broomfield Park SC. Jenny currently sits on the Middlesex County ASA Swimming Officials Committee as the Minutes Secretary, and would like the forum to aid team-building and develop networks within the volunteer taskforce.
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.
Rene has been a club volunteer for the last three years and is currently Fundraising and Social Officer and assists the Kit Officer. Rene would like the forum to improve the recruitment and retention of volunteers into aquatics, and allow volunteers with a platform to share best practise between clubs.
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.
Lynda is an ex-swimmer, and currently holds the post of Club Chairperson at Morpeth SC. Lynda has held many volunteering roles including coach, team manager and even volunteer – having been a Games Maker in London and is hoping to volunteer at Glasgow 2014. Lynda would like the forum to come up with ideas to help retain young volunteers in the sport.
Jane is an active volunteer within the West Midlands, and currently holds the role of Shropshire ASA County Secretary. Jane is also currently training to pass her Judge Level 1 qualification. Jane’s main aim for the forum is to encourage and promote ideas for a younger generation to come to the front and support the ASA to move forwards.
Sarah is currently a committee member at Chelsea and Westminster SC, and is also a Masters swimmer, swimming regularly in Tooting and Brockwell Lido. Sarah would like the forum to be able to provide technical and skill support to club volunteers in order to improve their effectiveness in this area.
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, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.