Swimming WA is proud to be affiliated with more than 80 local swimming clubs right across Western Australia. From the metropolitan centres to the smallest regional towns, WA's local clubs are some of the strongest in Australia.
Swimming clubs in Australia are made up of swimmers, coaches, parents, officials and administrators providing a fun and safe environment for kids and parents alike, many offering or having links to learn to swim schools, coaches and training, fun club race nights, and a strong social program. If you are a member of a local club, you know how important your club is in supporting your ambitions in competitive swimming, while keeping swimming fun.
Here at Swimming WA, we can provide a range of resources and programs that can help your club grow.
Swimming WA's Club Resource Guide is the definitive information resource that provides everything your club needs. You can download a copy of the guide part 1 or part 2, or alternatively you can contact Swimming WA.
Swimming Australia has two applicable policies; Member Welfare Policy (MWP) and Child Welfare Policy (CWP). The Member and Child Welfare Policies are an essential part of Swimming Australia’s proactive and preventative approach to tackling inappropriate behaviour. We are committed to ensuring that everyone associated with Swimming Australia complies with the Member and Child Welfare Policies and ask all members and stakeholders to assist us in promoting these policies wherever possible. It is the responsibility of everyone involved in swimming, to be aware of these new policies, as they are applicable to all Swimming Australia stakeholders, directors, employees, contractors, volunteers and members, whether they are in a paid, unpaid or voluntary capacity. The Member and Child Welfare Policies and Behavioural Guidelines, assist in ensuring that every person involved in the sport of swimming, is treated with respect and dignity, is safe and protected from abuse (see Policies).
As a sport, we are proud to lead the way in ensuring a safe and harassment-free sport for all members and are providing a free online course to assist in educating all swimming personnel. The purpose of this course and the new Member Welfare Policy is to define acceptable behaviour and what we can all do if unacceptable behaviour does occur. To sign up for the free online Member and Child Welfare Course click here.
The documents mentioned above can be found at Policies and Procedures.
Swimming is the highest participation sport amongst kids in Australia, but the success of swimming relies on local clubs. If your community is interested in starting up a new club, there are a number of steps you need to take. Contact the Club Development Coordinator at Swimming WA and request a Club essentials checklist as a guide for setting up your new club. Don't forget, the team here at Swimming WA is your greatest resource, so don't hesitate to get in touch with us and discuss how we can help you get your club started.
Sport 4 All is a new $20 million state government initiative, which aims to build stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities! The initiative has four parts, KidSport, Community Volunteer Project, ClubTalk and Nature Play WA.
KidSport will assist eligible families to receive up to $200 annually for each of their children aged between 5 – 18 years, to subsidise fees to join a sport and recreation club.
Eligible families include those with health care cards or pension concession card, or those referred by other community groups, such as schools, juvenile justice teams, government agencies and health practitioners. These groups are known as referral agents.
The process for accessing KidSport is simple!
For more information regarding KidSport and the Community Volunteer Grants go to the Department of Sport and Recreation website http://clubsonline.dsr.wa.gov.au/sport4all or contact your local government.