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Swim England Youth Advisory Panel looking for new members

The Swim England Youth Advisory Panel are looking for new members as it looks to continue sharing the voice of youth throughout aquatic sports.

The panel is made up of a group of young people between 16 and 25 who meet four times a year and work on projects to promote and discuss youth engagement.

Its members come from different parts of aquatics and provide a youth voice, representing young volunteers on a national level.

Their aim is to help Swim England to achieve the vision of a nation swimming and to use the power of the youth voice to make aquatic sports better for all.

They are currently looking for young people with a passion for volunteering in aquatics to join their panel.

Applicants need to have an awareness of the needs of young people in sport and be an effective communicator and team worker, confident in advocating on behalf of young people.

It is also great if applicants have experience of the aquatics club environment, but this is not essential.

An opportunity to learn new skills

Charlotte Durham, a member of Redhill and Reigate Swimming Club, joined the panel aged 17 and is now the Media Engagement Lead within the panel’s leadership team.

She said: “Being a panel member has been one of the highlights over the last few years.

“I’ve been so supported by Swim England staff and grown in confidence, leadership and teamwork skills beyond what I thought I ever would!

“It has hugely impacted other areas of my life in the best kind of way!

“My favourite project has by far been working as a part of the Cross-Sport Youth Leadership team. Not only have I made friends for life but together we were able to present to Sport England, and over thirty other sport governing bodies, the resources we created to support young people volunteering in sport and getting involved with sport governance.

“Some of my other highlights include attending national events where I was able to work with the Swim England Communications Team to provide online coverage of events and attending Swim England’s National Awards and the Sport and Recreation Alliance Awards has been such great fun.

“I can’t encourage young people enough to apply for this role. They’ll love being a panel member more than they’ll know!”

To find out more information and apply, click here.

Learn more about the Swim England Youth Advisory Panel