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Youth Forum - 1st April 2012 update

The Youth Forum met on the 1st April 2012 with a very busy agenda!

First up for discussion was the National Young Coaches Academy, which is a multi-sport camp, led by the Youth Sport Trust. The focus of the camp was on coaches of the future. Megan from the Youth Forum attended and said it was a fantastic event in which she learnt lots of valuable skills which she will take on board in her coaching.

One of the benefits of the Young Coaches Academy is that you are given a mentor for the programme. With this in mind we created thought showers in reference to what skills a mentor should have and what we would want from our mentor as a Young Coach. Our feedback will then be passed to the Volunteer Officer and taken into account for future programmes.

Next up was the Club Captain E-learning course. This is a course that is being designed to help Club Captains develop their skills and a plan for what they want to achieve in their 12 months as a captain. We went through the initial draft of the course and highlighted what we thought were the positives and negatives in the hope of making it even better for the young people who will use it.

We then sat down to pull together some thought showers for the ASA Informatics – Research and Insight team. They wanted us to focus our ideas on 4 main topics:

  • ASA/British Swimming Events
  • Supporting the Volunteer Workforce
  • Encouraging young people to swim
  • Ways in which we group society

Hopefully we will see some of our ideas come to life over the next 12 months!

We finished the meeting with a discussion about the Olympic and Paralympic Games, thinking about the ways in which we can get more young people involved in organising local events in the celebration of London 2012. Steph introduced us to a number of programmes including Local Leaders, aimed at people celebrating the Games, and Sport Makers.

Update written by Laura a member of the Youth Forum

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