Busy Weekend for North East Workforce Development

27th March 2017
Over the weekend of the 18th – 19th March, swimming coaches and Team Managers from across the North East attended a range of Continual Professional Development opportunities.

Coaches within Northumberland and Durham started the weekend with one of their quarterly coaches forum meetings led by Chair of the group, Ian Oliver where the 2017 county championship were reviewed, suggestions for the championships in 2018 were discussed as well as plans for the swimming hubs and continuation of the beacon sessions within Northumberland and Durham for next season.

After the forum, coaches headed to the Hilton hotel where over lunch, British Swimming’s Kevin Renshaw gave a very insightful presentation on the importance of the athlete pathway stressing how every club plays a part in an athletes journey within aquatics sport, and clubs need to recognise where they fit within the pathway. Not every club or programme is designed to do the same thing and clubs need to recognise this more.

On Sunday the 19th March, coaches and Team Managers from across the region travelled to Wetherby to attend a conference led by England Programmes Grant Robins, Lindsay Dun supported by City of Leeds coach Craig Robinson and Team Manager Ian Wilson. During the day, coaches attended workshops on planning; Developing a Race Model; Recovery and RMAP (Raise, Mobilise, Activate, Prime: a protocol for ‘warming up’ effectively on dry land), while led by a very experienced  Ian Wilson, Team Managers attended workshops looking at Managing Difficult Conversations, Sharing Experiences and the Role of a Team Manager. Coaches and Team Managers both attended a workshop on Effective Communication. Regional and county camp staff also had the opportunity to catch up with their head coaches and plan for the swimming camps starting in April and July.
Feedback from those who attended the day included ‘Some excellent scenario sharing’; ‘Excellent day. Very interesting, nice to share knowledge’; ‘Very well detailed, speakers excellent knowledge and experience’ as well as ‘Useful to meet other team managers and see how things work / what works well.  Scenarios in last session were good’.

The weekend was a busy one for workforce development however it doesn’t end there. If you or anyone within your club would like to attend the regional or county camps as an observer, please contact the County Programme leads or the Regional Development Officers who will be able to provide you with more information on these opportunities.