Call for Volunteers

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017

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Dear parents and supporters of Leyland Barracudas.

We are a thriving club, but with the ambition to achieve even more, for all of our swimmers as well as for the club as a whole.

We are now formally licensing at ASA Level 4 all of the internal club galas that we are able to, and intend to extend this to also include the time trials in the near future.

This gives all of our swimmers a number of opportunities through the year to gain official times for entry into North Lancs and other competitions.

We also continue to enter two teams in Micro League, North West Swim League (“Seniors”) and Arena League.

But in order to sustain this, we need a constant throughput of new officials and helpers.

It can require as many as 16 officials, and the same number again of helpers, to run each session of an internal gala. In addition to this, we have an obligation to provide officials for Microleague and other team events – or face a fine if we don’t.

At the moment, we are only just self-sufficient in terms of qualified officials. This puts a significant expectation on those who are already qualified, and little room for manoeuvre in the event of unavailability.

Ultimately, if we fail to report a full quota of officials for an internal gala, then the licence is void and the times cannot be used to enter external events.

And as many of the current officials are parents of older swimmers, we are increasingly having to ask them to support team events that do not involve their child.

So please, if you have ever wondered what you could do for the club, or considered becoming one of the volunteers that the club simply could not function without, then now is the time to take the plunge and speak to Gill, myself or any committee member.

It can take a little time to become a qualified official, so the best time to start is now, especially if you are the parent of a younger swimmer, maybe just starting on their Microleague adventure? This will give us the best chance of continuity over the next few years.

And whilst it might seem a daunting proposition, none of the current officials and helpers started off any different from you – most people just start with a willingness to contribute a little of their time, a curiosity to understand a little more of how swimming and the club ‘works’, and a complete lack of understanding of what they are letting themselves in for.

Even if you do not see yourself as an official, then please still volunteer for other helper roles, on or off poolside. It may be that you can become a marshal, that will then allow one of the current marshals to spend more time timekeeping so that they can fulfil that role at future events.

Apologies for the length of this notice, but we thought it appropriate to provide a little more background in terms of what the club needs and why, rather than just a short statement to ask for volunteers.

If you’ve read this far, then hopefully it has sparked some interest, and you have started to think whether it could be you? If this is the case, then please come and have a chat in the near future. The club will be extremely grateful, but it is your child and all the other swimmers that will feel the real benefit.

Thank you

Jon Ward

(Comp Sec, on behalf of the committee)