Monday, January 27, 2014

Graduates from Swim 4 Change at Launch of Sport Relief 2014

“The social skills the young people have developed from being part of the Swim 4 Change programme are fantastic. Jamie Tait, Youth Worker at South Ayrshire Council

Sport Relief 2014 was officially launched at Dumfries House in Ayrshire by HRH Prince Charles, or the Duke of Rothesay, as he is known in Scotland.

The first Sport Relief Mile of the 2014 campaign saw around 100 young people from local schools and Sport Relief-funded projects set off on the run, which took them around the estate, near Cumnock in East Ayrshire.

Among those taking part were Dione Dickson and Tony  who are recent graduates of Scottish Swimming’s Swim 4 Change programme, which is funded by Comic Relief.  Swim 4 Change is a swimming leadership programme for young people aged 16 – 24 years who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or are in danger of falling into this category.  Young people taking part will gain nationally recognised qualifications with mentoring support which will provide entry level qualifications into the leisure industry or a sport and leisure further education course. 

Speaking about the programme, Jamie Tait, Youth Worker at South Ayrshire Council, said: “The social skills the young people have developed from being part of the Swim 4 Change programme are fantastic. These skills now give them the confidence to stand up in front of a group and coach other people, adding to their employability.”

Since graduating from the programme both Dione and Tony have secured employment as Glasgow Life Assistants providing frontline services including front of house and lifeguarding. They are also given the opportunity to continue their personal development and as such are currently working towards their UKCC Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics.

Sport Relief is one of the biggest fundraising events in the country, having raised over £195 million since it began in 2002. The campaign aims to get the UK active, whilst raising money for charity, which is then distributed by Comic Relief to causes in the UK and abroad. For more information see the following links: