Toe in the water. Face in the water. Staying afloat. Touching the bottom. Me and the water.
We are committed to nurturing and supporting our young people and being at the forefront of introducing innovative schemes which recognise the many facets and roles that young people play as athletes. We seek to empower and engage with the young people in our sports through our Club Captains in Youth Sport and Club Youth Award Programmes.
Simply put, we want you to be the best you can be in every walk of life!
Young People policies and procedures can be found in the Safeguarding section.
Supporting yourselves and young people
Are you a listener? Would you listen to a young person, or anyone if they wanted to talk or looking for help. Do you know how to respond or where you might go to get help for yourself or others?
If someone talks to you about a difficulty they have, be reassuring, ask how you might help, acknowledge how hard it might be for them to talk, offer them a continued listening ear. Most of all be willing to listen. You have taken the first step as a being trusted as a ‘one good adult’.
We have some supports that you can use, and you can help others use if they are struggling with something, or just need someone to talk to.
Club Captains in Youth Sport
Club Captains in Youth Sport (CCYS) is an Erasmus+ funded project co-ordinated by Swim Ireland in partnership with Sport NI to look at the role of captains in youth sports. Through young people’s feedback we have defined the roles, responsibilities, characteristics and skills of a club captain. This feedback formed the basis of a training program for club captains in the aquatics. Facilitators have been selected and trained to carry out the workshops training our club captains. The final element of the project was to create a framework for all sports to use and develop their own captains training. All of the content we have developed is open source and can be found HERE
You can get further info on this project by emailing Kate
Club Youth Awards - #CYA
The Club Youth Awards (CYA) have
been designed to recognise young people’s achievements outside what they do as
part of their sport i.e. the CYA are not linked to PB’s, times, competition
success, medals achieved etc. CYA concentrates on young people’s involvement
with their squad, team and club and are aimed at identifying and recognising
the effort and commitment young people show in other areas connected with being
in their club.
There are 4 award categories Team Work, Helping, Effort and being a Role Model. To get involved please get in touch with your CCO. Successful athletes will receive the Swim Ireland CYA pin and certificate.
Youth Engagement Toolkit
The purpose of the Swim Ireland Youth Engagement Toolkit is to equip anyone working with young people with the tools to effectively and organically gather the views and voices of young people in sport.
Gaisce, is a self-development programme for young people aged 15-25 and is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people to dream big and realise their potential. Gaisce is a great way of boosting confidence, communications and leadership skills – some of the most valued skills by employers and is a great addition to a young person’s CV.
Swim Ireland is proud to be a Gaisce Challenge Partner. This means that a lot of your activities in our organisation is recognised by Gaisce as a relevant activity that counts towards achieving a Gaisce Award.