Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New stroke for Scottish Swimming - Young Leader Squad

Thirty two young swimmers representing seventeen clubs across the West of Scotland have been selected for a new and exciting partnership between Scottish Swimming, Youth Scotland, and Scottish Sports Futures, supported by the West District Swimming. 

The young leaders are attending a residential training event at Carronvale House in Larbert with the aim of up-skilling the leaders to enable them to address retention issues in their sport.  They will be developing their own project and programmes to take back to their own clubs to engage other young swimmers and keep them involved in the sport.

Speaking ahead of the event, Paul Donald, Regional Development Manager of Scottish Swimming said:

“With support from Education Through Cashback, Youth Scotland and West District Swimming, we have designed this new and exciting pilot programme to empower young individuals to take ownership of their clubs and encourage their fellow club mates to stay in the sport.  Sustainability and retention in clubs is a major priority for Scottish Swimming and we hope to gain learning from this new pilot programme”

Ian Reid OBE, Chief Executive of Scottish Sports Futures stated:

“Education through CashBack are delighted to be co-hosting this unique event.  Investing in our young leaders is the critical step to ensuring a meaningful legacy for Scotland and we thank the Scottish Government for their on-going support of this initiative.  Partnership working is key and we will continue to develop dynamic relationships that maximise impact for all.”

Ian Fleming, President of Scottish Amateur Swimming Association’s West District, also endorsed the programme,

"This is an exciting new initiative to encourage our experienced members to continue in the sport for years to come. The course will develop their skills to pass on their wealth of knowledge to the benefit of those around them. The West District is pleased to be associated with this initiative”.

By adopting a youth work approach and utilising Education Through CashBack modules Youth Scotland and Scottish Sports Futures aim to share the knowledge from this exciting new pilot programme with other Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport. Having young people at the heart of this training will allow them to build confidence to go back to their clubs and organise activities to keep young people involved in swimming, with a view to lifelong participation in physical activity.