Gateshead and Whickham Amateur Swimming Club recently completed their swim21 essential accreditation. We caught up with their swim21 co-ordinator Andy Strickland to talk about their experiences.
Why did the club decide to do swim21 essential?
Gateshead and Whickham ASC realised that whilst we were still providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our swimmers and that we were enjoying moderate success in competition we were not being as efficient as we could be. The club saw that by doing swim21 essential, there was an opportunity to develop the club further and build in a business continuity plan to enable and ensure success for the club for many years to come as well as access potential regional and national funding and continued professional development (CPD) opportunities.
How long did it take you to complete all the elements?
From start to finish about seven months. This was effectively driven by the dates for the regional and national assessment panels but we used the time to forensically examine our four-year business plan and also update and improve some policies.
Tuesday 14 April 2015 at Energise, York from 1-5 p.m. An explosive and energetic workshop combining a mix of Martial Arts, Combat and Kick Boxing.
The ASA are looking for driven, passionate individuals who enjoy giving back to the sport and would like to develop the skills and experience required to be part of their Volunteer Event Management Team.
This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in event management and applications are now open for positions on the ASA 2015 Event Volunteer Programme which aims to develop the skills required to run events. More information on the programme along with the application form can be found on the ASA website by clicking here.
The deadline for applications onto the programme is 5pm on 18th March 2015.
Ray Gordon, Finance Manager of the ASA North East Region, member of the Northumberland and Durham Management Board and member of the ASA Sports Board, was presented with the Torch Trust Trophy Award by the Countess of Wessex on 24th February. The annual Torch Trust Trophy Awards recognise those who have dedicated themselves to volunteering insports at grassroots level, through working with clubs and community initiatives. This year's awards were held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London.
For more information on the awards, please click here.
City of Sunderland Amateur Swimming Club (COSASC) had cause for double celebration at the 2015 North East Disability Sports Awards, held at the Sunderland Stadium of Light on Wednesday 18th February.
18 year old Matt Wylie, S9 British record holder and double European junior champion, won the Male Personality of the Year Award. Meanwhile, Danny Thompson picked up the Coach of the Year award in recognition of his achievements and dedication as head coach of the City of Sunderland programme.
On Sunday the 21st June an open water festival will take place at Salford Watersports Centre, Salford Quays. As well as an fantastic opportunity for those new to open water swimming to try the sport, the festival will also see the North West and the Northumberland and Durham counties swimming association crown their open water champions.
More information on the event can found here: Open Water Swimming Festival 21st June 2015.
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