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Youth Forum Meeting – September 2011

Hi everyone! The Youth Forum met over the weekend with quite a few things to discuss on the agenda.

Firstly, we reviewed the success of the open water event at Rother Valley in Sheffield analysing how we felt the event went for the Youth Forum and the young volunteers that attended. The Youth Forum concluded that the event had been successful in meeting most of the objectives we wanted to achieve; we all felt that both the Youth Forum and the young volunteers got a lot out of the weekend. We also believed the volunteers benefitted from having the Youth Forum involved at Rother Valley. One area would consider improving at similar events in the future would be to introduce a buddy system to support the young volunteers involved even more.  

Some of the Youth Forum met earlier in the day to begin planning and organising our part in the upcoming ASA annual swimming conference, and this was fed back to the rest of the group. The Youth Forum has been given the opportunity to deliver the keynote speech and run two workshops for the delegates, so plans were being finalised for both.

We then went on to discuss the ASA Volunteer Support Working Group, which one of the Youth Forum members Alishia is involved in. The group is working to improve volunteer opportunities and the way the Amateur Swimming Association communicates to ensure overall satisfaction for all volunteers involved in aquatics. 

The Youth Forum were asked to give their opinion on the ASA’s Aqua Zone magazine, a magazine aimed at young people (under 17) involved in all aquatic disciplines similar to that of the Swimming Times. We felt that there were lots of good aspects to the magazine, but we also suggested some of our own ideas for extra features which could perhaps be included in future issues.  

The final task on the agenda was to decide this year’s winners of the Aquaforce Awards. It was extremely difficult as all of the nominees are amazing volunteers; the winners will be announced at the ASA’s Annual Conference Dinner in October and so at the moment that information is very confidential!

If you have any questions or comments about anything the Youth Forum have discussed or have anything you would like to add to our agenda’s for future meetings, please feel free to contact us on asa.youth.forum@gmail.com

Book Now For the ASA Swimming Conference 2011!!

The free to attend Conference is taking place on Saturday 22nd October at the Crowne Plaza, Nottingham. The Conference will provide the perfect opportunity for young people to learn more about volunteering within the sport, becoming involved in club activities and the Youth Forum.

The Youth Forum will provide the keynote presentation about their work and will also be running two workshops for the delegates to attend on Developing Young Leaders and Young Volunteers.

Don’t miss out on this chance to feedback, engage with us, get involved and help shape the future!

Click here to book your place at the ASA Swimming Conference 2011.

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