Social Benefits

By building on its strong heritage and moving forward with the times, Carlile Swimming Club provides swimmers and their families the opportunity to embrace a club which is setting the standard for innovation and personal development.

Benefits of Membership include

  • Swimmer focused, coach driven and parent supported philosophy
  • Technical, emotional and financial support to developing and elite swimmers alike
  • World class, innovative coaching methods and training techniques
  • Family friendly and community responsible club activities
  • Workshop and camp opportunities for all levels of swimmers
  • Fully supervised competitive/educational trips to out of town locations
  • Regular educational and informational meetings for parents and swimmers
  • Regular communication through newsletters and website
  • International study scholarship opportunities
  • Complete gear packages for national level swimmers
  • Financial support initiatives for families of swimmers competing in metropolitan, state and national championship meets

Parental Support

The coaching staff and parent support group provides outstanding encouragement and assistance for members at all levels. A significant part of this is the education of parents and their important role in their swimmer’s development and progress.

As is the case in most community organisations, families are expected to participate in the running of carnivals in which their children are swimming and in club fund-raising activities. This not only shares the club responsibilities amongst everyone involved, but also helps to create an atmosphere of social interaction, which has been a cornerstone of the club’s success over the years. Parental participation provides an excellent example for children.

Communication is the key to successfully helping families become part of the excitement and success of the Carlile Swimming Club, and this is achieved through the website, email, newsletter and coach and parent verbal communication and encouragement.

Swimming still most popular sport for kids: ABS

Swimming is still the most popular sport for kids, followed by soccer and Aussie Rules, according to a survey of children’s cultural and leisure activities released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.
Almost one in five children (19%) between 5 and 14 years old participated in swimming, while 13% played outdoor soccer and 9% played Australian Rules football outside of school hours.

The participation rates for swimming and outdoor soccer have not changed significantly since 2006, while participation in Australian Rules football has increased from 8% to 9%.

The ABS found that nearly two-thirds of all children participated in organised sport, with more boys (70%) playing sports than girls (56%). Children participated in organised sport on average 70 times during the year to April 2009.

One-third of children (34%) participated in at least one cultural activity such as playing musical instruments, dancing, singing or drama. The most popular activity for boys was playing a musical instrument (19%), while for girls it was dancing (26%).

Just over half of all children had visited a public library in the previous year, with children between 5 and 8 years old more likely to visit a museum or art gallery than older children.

While TV, DVDs or videos were watched by 97% of all children, other screen based activities such as using a computer and playing games on games consoles and mobile phones were also very popular (83%).

Of the 2.2 million children who had accessed the Internet in the previous 12 months, more used the Internet at home (92%) than at school (86%), with the most popular Internet activities at home being educational activities and online gaming.

Almost one third (31%) of children had a mobile phone, and they used them mostly for contacting family than friends.

Further details can be found in Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, April 2009 (cat. no. 4901.0), available for free download from the ABS website – www.abs.gov.au