Be familiar with and follow the required procedures in the document, Swim Ireland rules and Regional and Club rules
Carry out your duties and responsibilities understanding that the welfare of children is paramount
Where relevant you should be qualified for your position and have obtained up-to-date knowledge and skills as required by Swim Ireland
Create a safe and enjoyable environment for children by:
Planning and preparing appropriately and be positive during sessions
Making sure all levels of participation should be enjoyable and fun,
Prioritising skill development and personal satisfaction over highly structured competition.
Setting age appropriate and realistic goals
Avoiding favouritism – each child will need attention according to their sporting needs
Praising and encouraging effort as well as results
Showing respect for all involved, children and adults
Recognise and ensure the welfare of children by:
Keeping attendance records
Not exposing a child to criticism, hostility or sarcasm
Never swearing at, ridiculing, shouting unnecessarily or arguing with a child
Being aware of a child’s developmental needs and how a child may be psychologically or physically affected (if relevant for your role)
Working in an open environment
Ensuring there is adequate supervision
Involving and updating parents, especially if a problem has arisen
Respecting a child’s sensitivity to their height and weight
Never using physical punishment or force
Not using verbal or physical punishments or exclusion for mistakes
Do not allow or engage in bullying behaviour, rough physical games, sexually provocative games, never allow or engage in inappropriate physical contact of any kind or make sexually suggestive comments about or to a child
Co-operate with the recommendations from medical and ancillary practitioners in the management of a child’s medical or related problems. You may request a certificate of medical fitness to ensure safe continued participation
Avoid carrying out any medical testing or giving advice of a personal or medical nature if not qualified to do so or undertake any form of therapy (hypnosis etc.) in the training of children. Any such activity, if qualified, must only be with parent/guardian consent and the understanding of the child
Keep any information in relation to a swimmer of a personal or medical nature strictly confidential unless the welfare of the child requires the passing on of this information.
Never exert undue influence over a participant in order to obtain personal benefit or reward.
Acknowledge the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco is incompatible with a healthy approach to sporting activity and must be discouraged. Avoid the use of alcohol at all times whilst responsible for young people e.g. training sessions, events and on trips with young people
March Water Polo Skills Camp & Match
Swim Ulster Skills Camp U11 & U13 (2009 – 2008): Skills camp followed by matches at the Grove Leisure Centre, Belfast on Fri 8th March from 7.30 – 9.30 pm. Cost is £10 on the night. Forms for the skills camp are available at the club desk. The camps are ideal for our swimmers and are facilitated by qualified water polo coaches. PASC coaches will be.
This year PASC proudly host the PTL South Heats at Cascades on 2nd March. This is the first time we’ll host this competition so we’d really appreciate all our PTL swimmers attending. We’ll see many of our strong swimmers competing at this event and if you aren’t competing please come along and cheer on your friends! Closing date for entries is 20th February.
This week PASC will host the Armagh Championships at Cascades for the last time. Next time, we’ll be in the new South Lakes Leisure Centre! We look forward to welcoming Armagh, Lurgan and Newry to Portadown. With 4 clubs competing, it’ll be a busy gala so we’ll be needing lots of parent volunteers on the day to help with timekeeping and catering. Girls warm up will be 8.15 am, followed by the boys at 8.30 am. Thanks to all our sponsors who have made this event possible. Please show them your appreciation by supporting these businesses all year round. A list of business sponsorship and companies who have donated prizes for the raffle can be found in the programme which will be available for sale at £2. Further details can be found in this week’s newsletter.