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Five volunteers join Swim England Youth Advisory Panel

Swim England News

Five young volunteers have been appointed to the Swim England Youth Advisory Panel and will act as ambassadors for their sports both locally and nationally.

Leesha Bentley of Adwick ASC, Elysia Zdolyny and Ellie Conway of Trafford Metro SC, Charlotte Durham of Redhill and Reigate SC and James Tuke of Spenborough SC will join the current members on the panel for the next two years.

Swim England set up the Youth Advisory Panel in 2007. It has around 10-15 young people aged 16-25 from all aquatic disciplines. Their feedback and discussions at quarterly meetings feed directly into the Swim England Volunteer Engagement team.

16-year-old Leesha has been with Adwick ASC for eight years. She trains for six hours a week, swims in competitive galas and coaches under 10s on a Friday evening.

Leesha said: “Being part of Swim England, which oversees swimming across the country and helps develop swimmers to compete at international level, is such an honour. I will be doing my best to make sure that Doncaster swimming clubs get their full attention.”

Keeping young people engaged with our sports

Sports Development Director George Wood said: “I would like to congratulate the five new members of the Youth Advisory Panel. Making sure that there are young people engaged with our work is essential. They are the future of our sport at club and community level.

“Including young people in the decision making process helps keep us relevant. It allows us to understand the needs of the young people involved in our sports.

“I am sure these new members of the Panel will have lots of great ideas. The Swim England team is looking forward to working with them.”

Members of the Panel are in post for two years. The Swim England Volunteer Engagement team uses their skills and expertise to help develop volunteer resources such as the Good Club Guides as well and influence change within the organisation.