We are committed to nurturing and supporting our young people and being at the forefront of introducing innovative schemes which recognise the many facets and roles that young people play as athletes.

We seek to empower and engage with the young people in our sports through our Club Captains in Youth Sport and Club Youth Award Programmes.

Simply put, we want you to be the best you can be in every walk of life!

Young People policies and procedures can be found in the Safeguarding section, where you can also find our Safeguarding Report 2022-23.


Here to Listen

We all need help sometimes, and at times it can be the last thing we think of asking for. We should try to make sure we have ‘a trusted person’ to talk to, in good and in difficult times. Knowing who that is, is one step closer to getting help.

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Recognising Achievements

Club Youth Awards - #CYA

The Club Youth Awards (CYA) have been designed to recognise young people’s achievements outside what they do as part of their sport i.e. the CYA are not linked to PB’s, times, competition success, medals achieved etc. CYA concentrates on young people’s involvement with their squad, team and club and are aimed at identifying and recognising the effort and commitment young people show in other areas connected with being in their club.

There are 4 award categories Team WorkHelping, Effort and being a Role Model. To get involved, please get in touch with your CCO. Successful athletes will receive the Swim Ireland CYA pin and certificate.

Find out more about Club Youth Awards

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Gaisce Award

Gaisce, is a self-development programme for young people aged 15-25 and is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people to dream big and realise their potential.

Gaisce is a great way of boosting confidence, communications and leadership skills – some of the most valued skills by employers and is a great addition to a young person’s CV.

Swim Ireland is proud to be a Gaisce Challenge Partner. This means that a lot of your activities in our organisation is recognised by Gaisce as a relevant activity that counts towards achieving a Gaisce Award.

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