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September 2019 saw the launch of the new Swim England North West Young Volunteer Award.
The award is designed to provide Young persons (between the ages of 14-17) from all aquatic disciplines, the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and experience to prepare them as Volunteers within Aquatic Sport.
The SENW Young Volunteer Award aims to:
Young Volunteers were originally required to attend a Face to Face Introduction Day and utilise their Workbooks to complete their Award. However, due to the pandemic, the Award was adapted once again to enable future Young Volunteers to attend online Zoom Sessions and allocate their work utilising Google Classroom.
All Young Volunteers are provided with a YVA T-Shirt which they are asked to wear when carrying out any practical activities to complete their Award.
Young Volunteers are required to speak to their home Club before registering on the Award – this is to ensure the club are able to provide the required support during the 12 months to assist YV’s to successfully complete the Award.
Face to Face Young Volunteers (Nov 19-Mar 20):
Young Volunteers will have 12 months from their chosen Introduction Day, to complete the course, which must be completed prior to their 18th Birthday.
YV’s completing the Face to Face Award will:
Online Young Volunteers Courses (Nov 2020 – present):
Young Volunteers will have 12 months from the date of their 2nd Zoom session to complete the their Award, which must be prior to their 18th Birthday.
The content of the YVA is the same as the Face to Face courses, however set out as follows:
Following the 2 x Zoom sessions – YV’s will be allocated their work at various intervals during the 12 months of their Award through their Google Classroom. Work includes:
We have produced two documents to provide Parents/Clubs a more detailed overview of the ‘Online’ YVAward
SENW have been recognised by The Duke of Edinburgh as a DofE Centre which means that as an organisation we are able to offer the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sessions of the DofE Awards. Any person wishing to complete their DofE Awards will need to find another centre (alternatively through school) who can offer the Expedition section of their Award.