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
Enniskillen are hosting a gala on Sun 3rd Nov which would be suitable for any swimmers not eligible for Arthur McDonald Gala the day previous or who were not able to attend the alternative Larne Sprint Gala the day previous also.
Swimmers with previous gala experience in Red Squad and above would be a suitable level for this gala.
Male and Female, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14/Over
11 and Under – 50m Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly
12 and Over – 100m Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly
We now have dates for the SU Autumn Junior Blitz series. There are 3 separate categories each held on a different day as shown below:-
U9 (born 2010 or younger) – Friday 8 November 7.30pm to 9.00pm
U11 (born 2008 & 2009) – Friday 15 November 7.30pm to 9.30pm
U13 (born 2006 & 2007) – Friday 22 November 7.30pm to 9.30pm
All matches will take place in the Grove Leisure Centre, Shore Road, Belfast.
This year the Coaches will be selecting squads based on training and attendance at previous galas and will be approaching swimmers and parents directly. Notwithstanding this if parents/swimmers are particularly keen to take part then they should make this known to the coaches.
Your support in attending these galas is appreciated to help maintain the excellent momentum PASC has achieved with the mini-polo initiative. If you have not attended one of these events before then we recommend coming along to one of these. The buzz and excitement amongst the swimmers taking part has to be seen to be believed! The camaraderie within our polo teams in training and competitions has been great and the coaches really appreciate your continued support.
Please confirm your attendance at the Club Desk on Wednesday.
The unmissable Arthur McDonald Novice Gala is coming up on Sat 2nd November 2019 and we want ALL eligible swimmers to be at this gala – DO NOT MISS this gala!
This is our baseline gala for future Aquasprint galas later on in the season, and is one of the most fun & exciting galas of the season in a 4-way tie against hosts Newry & Mourne, Armagh, Lurgan and Portadown clubs.
All races are 25m (1 length), location is Newry Pool, and there will be mixed Medley & Freestyle Relays (2 Boys & 2 Girls) in each age group.
Group A – Born 2011
Group B – Born 2010
Group C – Born 2009
Group D – Born 2008
Entry forms coming soon!
Check at the desk on Wed nights for further information.
You are not able to compete in this gala if you are:-
Armagh Champs individual medal winner
Overall age group winner at previous Arthur McDonald gala (medal winner in individual strokes & relays are eligible to enter).
Individual medal winner at Swim Ulster Schools Gala (Bangor) (including this year) or the Swim Ireland Schools Gala (Dublin).
If you are not eligible for the Arthur McDonald you can enter the Larne Sprints which are also being held on the same day, further information will be on Club desk or Swim Ulster website.