Swimmers Charter

Chirk Dragons

Swimmers Charter

Chirk Dragons Swimming Club is affiliated to the Welsh Amateur Swimming Association (WASA) and, as such, is expected to conduct our activities within the rules of the Association. These rules include the WASA Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics and an Equity Policy. Full copies of these documents can be obtained from the Welfare section of the website or from the Swim Wales Web Site. The club presents the following as a summary “Swimmers Code Of Conduct” which we ask all our members to follow. This is not presented as an “all inclusive” list, but as one that highlights some of the major areas as a guideline. You will see that the charter is broken down into a number of categories and while as a member you may fit into one main category, from time to time your role may change and you will find yourself fitting into another. We would ask you, therefore, to read each category carefully so you know what is expected of you as a member of the club.

General rules of behaviour for all members of the Club:

As a member of the Chirk Dragons Swimming Club, you will be expected to meet the following requirements with regard to your conduct during any activity held or sanctioned by the Club:

  • Maintain high standard of personal behaviour at all times.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others, regardless of their gender, abilities, cultural background or religion.
  • Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others.
  • Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, your actions.
  • Make a commitment to being a member of a club whose objective is to provide a quality service in a safe environment for the conduct of the sport.
  • Be aware of and maintain an uncompromising adherence to the standards, rules, regulations and policies of the sport and, at all times, operate within the rules including National and International guidelines, which govern the sport.
  • Do not use your involvement with the Club to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of the Club.
  • Refrain from any acts of aggression towards or harassment of others.
  • Refrain from any behaviour that may bring the Club into disrepute.

Swimmers’ code of behaviour

As a swimming member of the club, you are expected to meet the following requirements with regard to your conduct during any activity held or sanctioned by the Club:

Respect for others:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of fellow swimmers, coaches, officials and spectators.
  • Respect the talent, potential and development of fellow swimmers and competitors.
  • Abide by the rules and respect the decision of officials, making all appeals through theformal process and respecting the final decision.
  • Do not tolerate acts of aggression.

Personal conduct:

  • Be honest in your attitude and preparation to training. Work equally hard for yourself and your team and cooperate with coaches and staff in their endeavour to prepare you for competition at the highest level.
  • Be frank and honest with your coach concerning illness and injury and your ability to train fully within the programme requirements.
  • Conduct yourself in a considerate manner relating to language and temper. Language in a public place or relevant group situation must always be appropriate and socially acceptable.
  • Alcohol and smoking is totally forbidden for athletes under age as defined by law.
  • The use of performance enhancing drugs and illegal substances is totally forbidden.
  • It is your responsibility to check that any medication you take, does not contain a bannedsubstance. The W.A.S.A. continually updates their list of banned substances so you must be vigilant. When away with the team, all medication being currently taken must be reported to the team staff prior to traveling.

Personal appearance:

  • Take pride in your appearance. At all times, your appearance shall be appropriate to the circumstances as indicated by the team staff.
  • Team kit shall be worn as directed by the team staff.

Team requirements:

  • A willingness to adopt, develop and sustain a “positive attitude” towards team goals and objectives is required, together with a high level of team co-operation with other team members and team staff.
  • Punctuality on all occasions is a desirable quality.
  • When away with the team, members must attend all team meetings and other functions asdirected by the team staff and any team curfews must be observed.

Team sanctions:

Breaches of this code shall be dealt with in the first instances by the team staff. Where necessary, the team staff will follow this up with a report to the Committee of Chirk Dragons Swimming Club who shall take further action as deemed necessary.





Chirk Dragon


ChairpersonDave Watts – chair@chirkdragons.co.uk
Club SecretarySarah Bird – secretary@chirkdragons.co.uk
Membership SecretaryNikki Sawford – membership@chirkdragons.co.uk
TreasurerLisa Williams – treasurer@chirkdragons.co.uk
Gala SecretaryNeil Worthington – galas@chirkdragons.co.uk
Welfare OfficersNatalie Ibbitson – Welfare@chirkdragons.co.uk

Kim Collins – Welfare@chirkdragons.co.uk

Equipment OfficerLisa Carrington
Committee MembersHeather Williams

Kate Walmsley

Phil Kynaston

Brian Lewis

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As a club we rely heavily on fundraising and this is an important part of the day to day running of our Club.

We pride ourselves on the low membership fees we offer which give fantastic ‘value for money’. These low fees can only be maintained due to the fundraising achieved throughout the year.

Our fundraising team are always looking for new ideas and encourage parents to attend their meetings.

Next fundraising event: Tesco Bag Packing – Saturday 18th November. Contact fundraising@chirkdragons.co.uk for more information

The сhаrіtу’ѕ аіmѕ іnсludе thе рrеvеntіоn оr rеlіеf оf роvеrtу, war оr nаturаl саlаmіtу, or the аdvаnсеmеnt of thе education оr healthcare system, or рrоvіdіng аѕѕіѕtаnсе to оrрhаnѕ оr the elders.It hаѕ tо be еѕtаblіѕhеd еxсluѕіvеlу fоr that іt іѕ knоwn аѕ a рublіс benefit which means іtѕ оnlу purpose muѕt bе сhаrіtаblе: іt can’t аlѕо hаvе thе aim of mаkіng a рrоfіt оr doing ѕоmеthіng thаt іѕn’t dеfіnеd as сhаrіtаblе.

The Wаѕhіngtоn Pоѕt reported іn Dесеmbеr 2017, that еxtrеmе poverty also is a fеаturе of оnе of thе rісhеѕt аnd mоѕt роwеrful nations in thе wоrld, thе USA.Fіndіngѕ have dосumеntеd homelessness, unsafe ѕаnіtаtіоn аnd ѕеwаgе dіѕроѕаl рrасtісеѕ, аѕ wеll аѕ роlісе ѕurvеіllаnсе, сrіmіnаlіzаtіоn, аnd hаrаѕѕmеnt of the рооr. Thе rіѕе in роvеrtу, they fоund, dіѕрrороrtіоnаtеlу аffесtѕ реорlе of соlоr аnd wоmеn, but also large swaths оf white Amеrісаnѕ. Thе report concluded thаt the реrvаѕіvеnеѕѕ оf роvеrtу аnd іnеԛuаlіtу аrе ѕhосkіnglу аt odds with the United Stаtеѕ іmmеnѕе wealth аnd its founding commitment to human rights. It’s nоw vіvіd thаt, wе don’t lіvе іn a perfect wоrld, аnd thеrе’ѕ nеvеr going tо be a реrfесt tіmе tо gіvе but thеrе аrе always people оut there in nееd of hеlр.

Nаtіоnаl Cоunсіl оf Nоn-Prоfіtѕ rероrtеd Nonprofits аrе ѕіgnіfісаnt соntrіbutоrѕ tо thе Amеrісаn economy. In thе Unіtеd States, the nоnрrоfіt ѕесtоr соntrіbutеd $878 bіllіоn tо thе economy іn 2012, or аbоut 5.4% оf thе nаtіоn’ѕ GDP.

Nonprofits аrе also оnе оf thе grеаtеѕt sources оf еmрlоуmеnt асrоѕѕ thе соuntrу. According to thе Burеаu оf Labor Stаtіѕtісѕ, the nonprofit ѕесtоr employs 11.4 mіllіоn реорlе thаt’ѕ 10.2 % оf thе Amеrісаn wоrkfоrсе so next time you think about participating on a GoFundMe charity event, make sure to keep all these things in mind!

Why Join Us

A couple of reasons to join Chirk Dragons Swimming Club.


The Coaching Programme

The role of the coaching programme is to develop the training and competition programmes, and to coach the swimmers on a day to day basis, based on the Long Term Athlete Development methodology adapted and endorsed by British Swimming and incorporating the latest developments in technique and training methods. Coaches are also responsible for team selection and support for swimmers at relevant meets, the education of coaches, swimmers and parents, and the associated development and administration of the programme.

The Club's Role

The Club’s role is to support the coaching programme, and to assist with matters including membership, records, competition entries, transport, accommodation, social events, publicity, fundraising, sponsorship, merchandising, policy formulation and welfare.

We are an entirely amateur club run by volunteers dedicated to the health, fitness and swimming development of our membership.