It is in the interests of both the coach and the North East Region to ensure high standards are maintained through the continual professional development of coaching practices. Keeping abreast of ever-changing ideas inevitably leads to better coaching and consequently a brighter future for aquatics.

Swim England and England Programmes have a dedicated team of people whose main purpose is to provide support for coaches within a range of aquatic discplines, not only to help them qualify, but also to develop, flourish and achieve their personal goals. Along with the Institute of Swimming (IoS) they have subsequently development a number of continued profession development (CPD) seminars and workshops ranging from learn to swim, advanced land training and health and safety.

For a full list of seminars and workshops provided by the Swim England please click here.

Swimming coaches and teachers are also encouraged to sign up to British Swimming’s Off the Blocks Coaching resource which is a free, online resource available to all teachers and coaches working with swimmers within Britain. The resource includes video examples of elite Male and Female swimmers, plus age group Male and Female exemplars, as well downloadable factsheets for coaches to use on poolside. More information can be found here: Off the Blocks.

Coach Development doesn’t just come through attending coaching courses or seminars. Observation of other coaches and coaching practices, within and outside of aquatics can expand your coaching knowledge.

Within Northumberland and Durham, swimming coaches are encouraged to attend the Northumberland and Durham Performance sessions at the Sunderland Aquatics centre to work and learn from each other and Fred Kirby. Coaches are also invited to attend the County Durham Swimming Hub, Tees Valley Swimming HubTyne and Wear Swimming Hub and Northumberland Swimming Hub sessions to work alongside other coaches and swimmers to gain experience and knowledge.

By working together as a network of clubs and coaches, the knowledge within the region can be shared and expanded which enhances and benefits everyone within the region.

UK Coaching

As a UK-registered charity,UK Coaching are inspired by the belief that good sports coaches not only enhance sporting experiences, but increase and sustain active lifestyles too. They actively work with National Governing Bodies such as Swim England to recruit, develop and retain a network of coaches and provide a wide range of CPD opportunities for coaches looking to broaden their knowledge across a range of topics.

Visit the UK Coaching website or UK Coaching workshop finder for more information.

UK Anti-Doping – Coach Clean

UK Anti-Doping, Sports Coach UK and Coachwise Ltd have been working in partnership to develop ‘Coach Clean’, an interactive e-learning programme designed for Level 2 Coaches. The programme aims to provide all lead club coaches with essential anti-doping information to coach athletes to be clean and stay clean.

Coaches undertaking their UK Coach Clean Level 2 can use this e-learning programme as evidence against the anti-doping criteria in their qualification.

The e-learning module covers:
•    Doping-free sport.
•    The role of WADA and UK Anti-Doping.
•    Good practice
•    Testing procedures
•    The health, social and physical consequences of doping.

 Visit the UK Anti-Doping website for more information.

The UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA)

Strength and Conditioning (S&C) plays a critical role in a balanced training programme for all athletes, underpinning the development of strength and power. Fundamental movement patterns are developed and reinforced and there is significant evidence for the prevention of injury through an appropriate and routine S&C programme.

The UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) is a membership organisation that was established to develop and maintain high professional standards for UK strength and conditioning.

Visit the UKSCA website for more information.