MASC Achieve SwiMark Plus Accreditation

By | 18/05/2020

18 May 2020

A year ago, MASC’s Management Committee and Coaches held a planning meeting with Scottish Swimming to establish the steps required to be completed in order to achieve SwiMark Plus – Scottish Swimming’s highest level of accreditation.

A small voluntary project group embarked on reviewing, revising and signing off our extensive swiMark criteria before engaging in consultative activities across the club, implementing revised/new policies and procedures, analysing data, producing our 3-year development/action plan etc.

As Project Manager, it gives me great pleasure to announce that despite the difficult times/ transition our MASC family has faced over the last year, our Club was awarded SwiMark Plus accreditation on 14 May 2020 by satisfying (to acceptable levels) the criteria listed below:

  • To have affiliated to SASA

  • To have achieved SwiMark

  • Three-year club development/action plan

  • Volunteer and Coach recruitment strategy

  • Disability awareness training

  • Policy for the disadvantaged

  • Annual budget and report

  • Team Manager

  • Evidence of Community Partnerships

  • All coaches licensed

  • Coach performance reviews

  • Athlete recruitment and retention strategy

  • Disabled athletes able to access appropriate training and competitions

  • Exit strategy for swimmers

  • Ongoing education for swimmers, coaches and parents

  • Doping information

Plus either SwimSkills, Training to Train or Training to Compete (criteria available from your Regional Swimming Development Manager)

This accreditation confirms a commitment to encouraging sustainable growth within the club structure and to support all aspects of club development, whilst fully embracing the principles of a community club.

Many thanks to the project team heavily involved in delivering this huge task through endless hours of blood, sweat and tears – it really is a remarkable achievement illustrating MASC’s resilience, drive and passion to lead the way in terms of setting exceptional standards and swimming programmes within the County.

This lays the foundations for an exciting year ahead – we all look forward to welcoming everyone back to training when it is safe to do so.

With best wishes,

Gill Downie

MASC Club President