As well as being a swimming club focussed on our swimmer achieving their potential – we also provide development opportunities for our coaches and volunteers. We work alongside enjoy leisure and Scottish Swimming to make sure the personal development of our workforce is catered for.
MASC proactively offer CPD’s to our coaches, educational and external coaching experiences (competitions, Disability & District squad sessions). We look at the SASA education & training calendar and highlight throughout the year key education and development opportunities for our coaches, volunteers or committee members to attend. We run an annual poolside helper course internally and every two years we organise an NRA course to renew the lifeguarding certificates of our coaches. Through our close links with enjoy leisure, we can request courses when and if we need them to put our new young coaches through their qualifications.
We ensure our MASC Coaches voices are heard and ideas shared on our committee via our Head Coach. We also run regular coach meetings with the Club President to ensure communication between coaches and committee is maintained.
Musselburgh ASC provides qualified team managers for competitions to assist coaches so they can focus on the swimmers’ racing. We have a competitive financial support structure for our coaches including expenses for competitions and travel or coaching courses.
We value all our volunteers in our club. The club can only run if we have enough volunteers taking on roles and helping the club move forward. In return for the kind donation of their time, we ensure that everyone is supported within their roles and have the opportunities to progress
We advertise volunteer roles across the club and encourage those people with suitable skills to come forward. We also actively talk to parents to gauge their skill set and suggest roles they may be interested in. We have a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator who is the point of contact.
We have great retention of our volunteers, this helps drive the club forward. We provide support in terms of training courses and mentoring through our partners to allow skills to be developed for the role. For example, we offer wellbeing protection training to all of our committee members and coaches.
We recognise the hard work of our volunteer workforce regularly throughout the club. This is done through our communication platforms, committee meetings and social events such as our Awards night. MASC also recognises the hard work of our coaches and volunteers by organising subsidised social gatherings.
Youth Leaders Programme
MASC has a young aquatic leaders programme for our Poolside Helper, Technical Officials and other volunteer roles. MASC also supports swimmers through Duke of Edinburgh and other volunteering initiatives through their respective schools. MASC Club Captains are encouraged to take on projects (e.g. MASC water bottle design & sourcing, Xmas trip) and represent swimmers at Committee Meetings. When a poolside helper meets set requirements they are offered a coaching qualification which MASC would aim to finance.