Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the club. Over the past few weeks the number of volunteers coming forward has significantly increased – this is great for the club but presents us with some unique challenges due to COVID-19
Excluding members of the coaching team and those undergoing ‘training’, the club are limited to two volunteers per session on the viewing area. This limitation is to ensure that swimmers have enough space on the viewing area to drop off their belongings and get changed for sessions. The roles of these volunteers are to monitor social distancing and/or sign swimmers in for the session. This has been working well over the past few weeks and thank you to all who have come forward to undertake such roles. These roles are detailed on https://main.nasc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Volunteering-Team-One-Sider.pdf.
Whilst we appreciate that this methodology is different to swimming lessons, we have a duty of care over all of our sessions including spectators as part of the COVID-19 return. We cannot facilitate the space for the swimmers, numbers in the pool and an increased presence in the viewing area whilst adhering to the guidelines from the centre and Swim England in regards to cleaning and risk mitigation. Swimming lessons typically work with younger children and have a significantly lower volume of people at changeover times.
To help with volunteering there has been a rota set up https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16-RWbMqBKAlS5cgN8DgiLNhEeaG0FM3RMX_einTXHp0/edit#gid=603838163.
I will be updating the rota with sessions as detailed in the previous email over the coming week.
We are in the interesting position of more volunteers coming forward to enable them to watch their swimmers participate in training – something that as a club committee we have discussed at our committee meeting on Thursday evening, and feel we need to support as much as possible to allow more to come forward. We are going to be working like this for a prolonged period of time! Members of the committee will be speaking to parents who are volunteering and are planning on to try and balance out the roles further to allow more people to come and watch their children swim. This should result in people not being turned away from training sessions when they are prepared to give up their time.
To sign up to the rota please speak to a member of the committee or email the general club email address firstname.lastname@example.org where we will allocate people as fairly as possible. Unfortunately there may be situations where we are unable to allocate everyone to when they are available. Please check the rota before attending to ensure that you have been placed on the rota, unfortunately if you are not on the rota we will not be able to facilitate you at a training session..
Please could we finally remind all volunteers that social distancing must be observed at all times.
Thank you for your ongoing support regarding this matter.
The NASC Committee