Dear parent / carer,
Welcome to the Croydon Amphibians Swimming Club Electronic Registration platform for the upcoming swim season!
We are pleased to offer electronic registration through our new Team Unify membership system, although please note that the payment option is currently for gala entries only and not membership and squad fees.
The registration process is simple for both new and returning members and provides access to your own private account with Team Unify which allows you to easily sign-up for galas, volunteer for jobs, and provide easy access to your children's swim times and gala histories. It also allows you to maintain and update your own contact information.
We hope that your swimmers have an enjoyable and happy time as a member of Croydon Amphibians and that they make many new friends and enjoy training and competing with us.
You have already been provided with details of the training times for your swimmer’s squad, but the following is information for your swimmer to read through and additional information you may find helpful now or in the future.
We realise that the world of competitive swimming can be a somewhat alien world to begin with. To this end the Executive Committee have put together a Guide to Competitive Swimmingthat is available on our website. We are looking to arrange presentations for parents, where we will talk you through this guide and answer any questions you may have, so please keep an eye out for an invitation in the coming weeks.
Finally, we would ask that you read through the below information about coaching and safeguarding and share with your swimmer for them to read as well.
Welcome to Croydon Amphibians Swimming Club!
As a Swim England SwimMark accredited club, we are committed to helping you enjoy training, learn to train hard and to reach your potential. The coaches and assistants are here to help them do that and have been trained to do so in a safe and proper manner. You should soon get to know your squad coach and if you have any concerns about training do talk things over with your coach or your parent.
Alongside our wish that you enjoy and succeeds at the sport, we want to ensure that they are safe and happy at the club and that we act upon anything that prevents that. That is what we call ‘safeguarding our members’. For example, we want to make sure that you are not being:
· Treated differently to others
· Hurt by another person on purpose
· Not being listened to
Preventing such behaviour is very important to us and to achieve that Croydon Amphibians have adopted Swim England's safeguarding process called Wavepower. If you want to have a look at Wavepower, you can read or it can be viewed and downloaded from the Child Welfare pages on the club website or from www.swimming.org/swimengland/wavepower-child-safeguarding-for-clubs/
We know that bullying or poor behaviour would make you feel unhappy, so please do not feel you have to just put up with it. While we will do all we can to prevent anything happening, it is important if something or someone causes you to be unhappy that you tell someone. Tell your parent, your coach, the welfare officer or any other adult you feel happy to speak to. Any issues you raise will be dealt with.
To assist you here are some helpful details of how you can raise concerns:
· Your welfare officer is Donna Spiller and can be contacted at [email protected]
· Swim England have a helpline called Swimline if you want to tell someone but not anyone in the organisation. The number is 0808 100 4001. You will be asked to leave a number at which you can be contacted in the next 48 hours. If you feel you cannot wait that long for someone to talk to you, hang on and you will be put through to the NCPCC/ ChildLine helpline number who will answer your call immediately
· Child Power is a Swim England initiative just for young people like you. As part of Wavepower there are resources including a Child Power Leaflet.
Codes of conduct
Just as we expect others to behave properly towards you, we expect all our members to behave in an appropriate manner to each other as well as their coaches, helpers & officials, and indeed all adults and young people you have contact with in competitions.
To help ensure this, like all swimming clubs, we have a code of conduct that you and your parents will be asked to sign electronically via the registration process.
If you are unsure about any aspect of the code of conduct, please feel free to ask.
We look forward to having you join Croydon Amphibians Swimming Club and are excited for another great season!
Croydon Amphibians Executive Committee and Coaching Team