At the start of the 2018/19 season, we will be looking to appoint new Club Captains. As previously undertaken we will go through an application and interview process. The application process will involve swimmers writing a brief statement stating why they feel they should be Club Captain and what they would bring to the role. The applicants will then be short listed and invited to take part in an interview where they will be given the opportunity to expand on their application and any ideas that they may have for the role.
Role of the Club Captain
The Club Captain provides a central point of contact, and is the vital link, for athletes within the club. The role of the Club Captain is to represent the views of the athletes and contribute to the development of the club by providing thoughts and comments from an athlete perspective.
Duties of the Club Captain
- Be a person that all athletes can contact and talk to about any comments or questions they may have.
- Provide a voice for athletes at the club and raise any issues to the committee when necessary. •
- Be a positive role model for all members of the club.
- Communicate with fellow team members and provide support and advice where needed.
- Encourage club members to be involved in social and voluntary activities.
- Welcome new members to the club.
The duties and responsibilities of a Club Captain will vary, but the ideas above can be used as guidance for you to think about what your role should be and what you can oﬀer to your club as Captain.
Skills and qualities required
- Enthusiastic with a good knowledge of the club and athletes.
- Be approachable and friendly.
- Have the ability to seek and represent the views of others.
- Be an excellent communicator with good verbal, written and IT skills.
- Be a good listener.
Level of commitment required
This will vary from club to club, but being a positive role model is something you can do all the time! Discuss with your club what they expect from you in terms of other duties before taking on the role to ensure you are able to fully commit.
Being a Club Captain means that you will be seen as a role model at all times and will be someone that other athletes in the club may look up to. Here are some tips that might help you to become a great role model:
- Always be on time or even early for meetings, training or events.
- Oﬀer to help and support others, e.g. help to set up lane ropes, help other volunteers at events, etc.
- Find time to speak to and listen to the views of others at your club, e.g. attend a squad session of younger athletes to let them know who you are and find out what their needs are at the club.
- Be positive and constructive in your views. In raising ideas and suggestions to the Club Committee or to others, always try to focus on the positives and the outcomes of the point you are trying to make.
What opportunities does a Club Captain role oﬀer?
Some of the benefits of taking on the role of Club Captain include:
- Having fun and working with others.
- Learning and developing new skills and ideas.
- Representing the views of young people.
- Developing personal skills, e.g. confidence, teamwork, social skills.
- Learning about the administration and structure of a voluntary organisation.
- Adding this position and experience to your curriculum vitae (CV).
- Knowing that you are helping others.
- Progressing towards a qualification/award in volunteering and leadership. This could be:
- Sports Leadership Awards and Young Leader awards (Sports Leaders UK).
- ASA qualifications in teaching, coaching, oﬃciating.
- Young Aquatic Helper Course or Young Aquatic Leader Certificate.
- Duke of Edinburgh Award.