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Team Manager Training

Team Manager training is designed to ensure any volunteers who are taking groups of athletes to competition or camps, locally or abroad, are fully equipped to do their role.  Ensuring athletes arrive at and return from sporting activities unharmed is a big responsibility, and this training will ensure volunteers have all the necessary skills and knowledge to do this with confidence.

Who is Team Manager training for?

Team Manager training is ideal for those individuals who are already doing the role of a Team Manager, or those who are due to take on the role.  There are no pre-requisites for the workshop, and it is recommended for anyone aged 16 or over, although it should be noted that an individual cannot take the role of a Team Manager fully until they turn 18.

Course Structure

Team Manager training is delivered in two parts - Module 1 and Module 2. You must complete Module 1 and then spend some time to gain experience at that level before being able to progress to Module 2.  Each module is 3hrs long and delivered in a classroom environment.

Module 1

Module 1 is an introduction to the role of a Team Manager and covers the responsibilities of being a leader, administrator, travel agent, substitute family, disciplinarian, friend and nutritionist among many other things. You will discuss and practise risk assessments, and share common scenarios you may encounter in the role. 

Module 2

The second module of Team Manager covers overnight stays and travel abroad, and takes similar themes to a different environment. You learn about vetting host families, what to do on arrival at a hotel or airport, and how to ensure dietary requirements are met, among other issues. There will be the opportunity to share experiences with other Team Managers and discuss scenarios that you may encounter on trips abroad with athletes. 

Learning to manage a team can take a lifetime. The course is designed to ensure you have the right toolkit from the start. As a team manager you will gain updates from the ASA when necessary to allow you to fulfil your role to the best of your ability.

Great, where do I sign up?

Most Team Manager courses are run by the ASA regions, so if you are interested in attending please contact volunteering@swimming.org, and we will put you in touch with your relevant contact who will be able to advise if and when any suitable courses are due to run.  A list of upcoming courses for the North East region can be found here, and the North West here.

If there are a few of you who need the training in a similar area (either within one club or a number of clubs in a network), you can actually apply to run your own course. To do this just follow these simple steps:

  • Arrange a suitable venue and date
  • Download a registration form - click here. Complete this and return to lesley.burton@swimming.org.
  • The workshops must be delivered by a registered presenter - if you don’t have one to deliver the course, when you return the form just leave the presenter information blank, and you will be sent a list of presenters in your area to contact.
  • Once the course is registered the presenter will receive the course PowerPoint and course leader notes.  They will also receive a candidate workbook and certificate to print out for the required number of delegates.  There will also be an evaluation form and registration form which must be completed and sent back to The ASA by the presenter after they have delivered the course.

As the organising club of a Team Manager course you would be responsible for the cost of the venue hire (if applicable), and the travel expenses of the tutor, but there are no other costs associated with running or attending the training.

Becoming a Team Manager Presenter

If you are interested in delivering the Team Manager modules and training up the next generation of Team Managers, you can deliver your own courses as long as you are registered as an official Team Manager Presenter.  To do this you must meet the following criteria:

  • Click here to download the presenter specification for Module 1
  • Click here to download the presenter specification for Module 2

To register yourself as a Team Manager Presenter, please complete the above form(s) with written evidence and return to volunteering@swimming.org.  We will then inform you of your suitability and support you to get started as a Team Manager presenter!

If you have any questions about Team Manager training please contact us on volunteering@swimming.org.

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