Swim England utilises the GoVox platform to monitor and support the wellbeing of two different squads: the Performance squad, comprising of elite athletes, some of whom compete in the Commonwealth games, and the England International Junior squad, predominantly composed of athletes who are under 18. As well as mental health and wellbeing, Swim England are able to sense check training and performance through the platform.
Due to the nature of swimming as a discipline, most athletes are scattered across the country, as such, it is difficult to support the squad members with their wellbeing. GoVox is a very easy way of identifying any individuals that may require some support, and in what key areas.
The team currently use the Check Ins on a monthly basis to support athletes through the COVID-19 pandemic; typically Swim England prefers to Check In once every two months, but during these uncertain and difficult times, an increased frequency is a much better way of providing proactive, effective wellbeing support.
With regards to the Performance squad, GoVox means that squad members can simply ask if they would like to chat with someone which has been very useful. Additionally, particularly useful for the Junior squad is that the platform can help to highlight to parents that their children may benefit from some support.
“We have found GoVox really valuable in being able to monitor people that we don’t see every day, understand and sense check their mental wellness and highlight any issues. It’s a really helpful platform for picking out people that may benefit from a chat and is a very useful tool in terms of managing and supporting wellbeing.”Diane Elliot, Sport Science Sport Medicine Manager