Masters Swimming competitions rely largely on volunteers to run events. Each club and district competition will require a minimum of 18 officials (for an 8 lane pool). The annual British short course championships in Sheffield needs 60 individuals.
The principal role of officials are:
- Chief Timekeeper
- Chief Inspector of Turns
- Inspector of Turns
- Judge of Stroke
- Control Room Supervisor
Black Country n Potteries Masters Swimming Club recognise and value officials. The club acknowledge their voluntary contribution to Masters swimming. To demonstrate this regard BCPM has two methods of support.
- Club membership for officials is £0
- To assist in the recruitment and training of officials, financial support for entry level training courses is available for competitive members via the Swim Officials Bursary.
Swim Officials Bursary
The bursary is available to Black Country n Potteries club members who meet the following criteria:
- You must be a Full Competitive Member
- You should have been a full club member for a minimum of 12 months before applying
- You will need to demonstrate a commitment to complete the practical elements required
- You should be prepared to volunteer (as timekeeper or judge1), at least once a year, for three years.
The bursary pays £5 for the timekeeping course or £10* towards the judge 1 course. (* course costs £20). Applications should be made to the club secretary.
The bursary is available until the end of 2023 or until the bursary has been spent (£100).