Last night, 35 swimmers from across swimming clubs in County Durham including Wear Valley, Peterlee, Chester-Le-Street, City of Durham and Derwentside attended the second Durham Swimming Hub training session of the 2015 – 2016 season.

The first session in October saw Newcastle Physiotherapist Darren Wigg start on the screening of the hub swimmers which will enable him to highlight strengths and weaknesses which can be worked on in their training programmes. After the session he then delivered a well received workshop on shoulder injury prevention. At the second session last night, Darren returned to continue screening the swimmers and after the session Kaye Stevenson from Durham County Council delivered a talk on nutrition. Funding has been provided this season for this additional support to the hub from the ASA North East Region through their regional funding scheme.             Commenting on the sessions, Paul Woodley, head coach for Derwentside ASC and lead coach for the Durham hub said ‘It was great to see so many swimmers at the sessions. With the pool being busy, the atmosphere and effort seemed to be even higher than normal. The swimmers were focused on their skill work, and were also pushing each other on the main set’.

‘I would like to thank coaches Chris Dove (Derwentside), Martyn Cook (Derwentside), Ben hatchet (City of Durham), Chris Hulme (Peterlee) and Tom Wakelam (City of Durham) for helping out at the sessions so far. Their effort and motivation has been fantastic, along with their attention to the skill development of the swimmers. The sessions don’t run smoothly without them and the swimmers really enjoy working with them’.