Volunteers are essential to the running of all aquatic sports, from club training sessions to competitions to officials’ training. Quite simply, our sports would not run without a large number of dedicated volunteers covering a wide range of roles.
Volunteering is very rewarding and a great way to build on existing personal skills. It also provides opportunities to learn and develop new skills and to meet new people.
Below are some commonly asked questions about volunteering. You can also find out more information on the Swim England Volunteering Hub.
What volunteer roles are available?
Clubs are always looking for volunteers, such as:
Committee positions: chair, secretary, treasurer, welfare officer, website/social media administrator, competition secretary, kit sales.
Poolside roles: coaches, teachers, team managers, poolside helpers (some coaching and teaching roles are paid but most are voluntary).
Competitions: event helpers (e.g. balcony staff to take spectator fees), announcers, registration desk admin, runners, officials.
Do I need previous experience?
No previous experience is required, clubs just want individuals who are willing to help and be trained up for a role. However, many people have experience that easily carries over into an aquatic volunteering role, e.g. a teaching assistant who trains as a team manager, or an accountant who takes on a club treasurer role.
How much time will I need to give up?
That all depends on the role, some may be just at competitions (e.g. a team manager), some might be weekly (e.g. a coach or teacher). The wide variety of roles means there is always something you can do to help with the time you have available.
How do I get involved in volunteering?
Contact your club who will be able to provide you with more information about the volunteering vacancies they have. They will also be able to provide you with more information about training opportunities, such as coaching courses, officials’ courses and team manager workshops.