Your club needs YOU!
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
East Grinstead Swimming Club is a voluntary organisation which relies on the support and goodwill of its members to help with the many activities that are necessary to ensure that the Club runs to a high level.
Voluntary work can be good fun and extremely rewarding whilst helping to ensure the continued sustainability of the Club and your help, no matter how little, will be greatly valued.
We are always looking for people to join and strengthen the team. There are a lot of roles that you can get involved with. You can start slowly by shadowing a key role, allowing you to learn the ropes and decide if you would like to help out with that role or take over when the current volunteer steps down.
Any time you can offer is welcome.
You can give as much or as little time as you can spare.
To get involved speak to someone on the Club Desk or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer as an official
As a swimming parent, you spend a lot of time attending swimming meets. Becoming an official gives you an insight into how swimming meets work, provides you with something to do when your son/daughter isn't swimming and is a great source of free sweeties. From the Club's perspective, we need a pool (no pun intended) of officials inside the club to help run the Club Champs and our own open meet. You do not have to officiate at other club's meets if you don't want to.
Levels of an Official
There are 4 grades of officials, Judge level 1 (J1), Judge level 2 (J2), Judge level 2 & starter and referee. No prior knowledge of swimming rules is assumed at the start of training to become an official. All you need is a clipboard, a stopwatch, a pen and an enthusiasm for swimming. If needed clipboard, pen and stopwatch can be provided.
JUDGE LEVEL 1
This is the first level of British qualification for which the minimum age is 15. It encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns.
Timekeeper - You record the time the swimmer takes to complete the race using a stopwatch and record it on the heat sheets.
Chief Timekeeper to ensure the timekeepers perform their role. They collect the time sheets from the timekeeper after each event and work out the finishing times for the swimmers based on the order of the finish in agreement with the referee.
Inspector of Turns reports infringements, if you see them, to the Referee or Chief Inspector of Turns.
Chief Inspector of Turns is the link between the Inspector of Turns and the Referee.
Relay take-Off Judge reports infringements during the take-over when the incoming swimmer touches and the swimmer on the blocks dives in.
JUDGE LEVEL 2
This is the second level of qualification. It encompasses the role and duties in relation to all aspects of judging and the theoretical role and duties of Starter.
Judges of stroke officials are responsible for ensuring that all stroke rules are complied with.
Finish judge writes the lane order of swimmers as they finish and passes these to the Referee.
JUDGE LEVEL 2-STARTER
This role is the most visible and easiest to understand role. The starter's role is to ensure that the start is fair for all swimmers.
This role is the highest level of qualification in British Swimming and combines several theory sessions, an exam and assessed practical sessions. The Referee is in overall control of all aspects of the meet and is responsible for health and safety as well as ensuring that the competition is fair. It is the Referee that judges reported observed infringements and who decides whether these will be accepted.
Volunteer for the Coaching Team
We always require volunteers for our Coaching Team managed by our Head Coach. The more coaches and teachers we have poolside the greater the benefit to the swimmers. You can start as a poolside assistant helping our current coaches to deliver sessions and progress with experience and training. We will fund the required training to allow you to progress with the coaching/teaching roles.
Volunteer as a Team Manager
Team Managers are the custodians of our swimming talent when attending external galas. They are the matriarchal/patriarchal figure poolside. We need volunteers to support the club as Team Managers, they are instrumental in ensuring the swimmers are prepared for their races and in the correct place at the right time. We need Team Managers around the pool.
Volunteer to 'whip' at Club Champs
This isn't as bad as it sounds! 'Whipping' is the process where swimmers are prepared for their race and sent to an area close to the start position so they are ready for their race.
Poolside at Club Champs / Galas
There are many other jobs that we need help with at Club Champs and Galas. You could volunteer to sell raffle tickets or programmes, be the announcer for the evening, hand out refreshments to the Officials and Coaching Team or assist with processing the results.
Volunteer on the Club Desk
The Club desk is available during our weekend session and provides a point of contact for enquiries. You can also purchase Swim England award flashes, order kit or pick up lost kit. The current volunteers who 'man' the Desk work on a rota scheme and I'm sure they would be glad of some extra names to join the gang.
Take a role on the Committee
You might also want to stand as a committee member. Currently committee roles include: Chairperson; Club Secretary; Treasurer; Welfare Officer; Membership Secretary; Workforce Coordinator; Swim21 Coordinator; Gala Secretary.