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Youth Forum - July 2012

Laura Cotton started off our July 2012 meeting by telling the group how she has set up her own local Youth Forum at Lancaster City Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club.

Laura informed us that there has been a lot of interest from the younger swimmers to be a part of it. Every meeting that has taken place so far has gone well and everyone is enjoying being a part of the group.

Our long term aim is to set up our own Youth Forums in our clubs and get encourage other ASA Clubs to do the same. The overriding aim is to create a network of young people feeding from the clubs to the counties and regions then into the National Youth Forum.

We want to encourage young people to volunteer in aquatic sports and to help them voice their opinions and views.

Following this Matt Greenwood and David Fortescue both had the chance to be a part of the Olympic Torch Relay; they brought their torches in to show the group and tell us about their experiences.

They told us about how friendly everyone had been, and how exciting it was when everyone wanted photos with them. Whilst they were running they didn’t realise there were thousands of people watching them as they were caught up in the moment!

Next we looked at the volunteering newsletter which we will be giving a redeveloping over the next few months. We split off into groups to discuss the; layout, design, colour scheme, format (PDF / E-brochure) regular articles, content, PR and marketing.

We want to make the newsletter more eye-catching to engage more readers. We also want to add in regular fun articles alongside the news which makes it appeal to both older and younger volunteers. We also looked at how we could get our readers more involved within the magazine.

For the final item on our agenda we were joined by members of the British Swimming Resource Development team; James Blackburn and Rob Matthews. They introduced us to Pebble+ and some of the materials their department have been working on.

We looked at how the Youth Forum could use Pebble+ and ATLAS with our own Youth Forum activities. We learnt more about creating blogs, making plans or posts, adding experiences or reflections, we also learnt how to review resources created by the team, and feedback our thoughts using the Pebble+ programme.

We were also introduced to Audioboo a website where users can post or share audio files. All of these resources will be really helpful when working on ongoing projects such as the Volunteering Newsletter.

Daisy Bond

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