North East Coaches part of New Programme to Develop Top Class Coaches

November 17th 2016
The ASA’s talent development team, England Programmes Swimming yesterday launched a new coach development programme, Coach 2024 with the aim of supporting the best coaches in the country to develop their coaching abilities.

James Richards (City of Leeds), Mike Taylor, (City of Sheffield Swim Squad), Andy Wallace, (Doncaster Dartes), Mark Lappin, (Borough of Kirklees) and Danny Thompson (City of Sunderland) are 5 of the 15 coaches who have been selected to take part in the exciting new programme.

The 14-month programme is aimed at coaches who are already working at the highest levels of the England Talent Pathway. It will cover all aspects of coaching, from enhancing their technical skills to developing a greater awareness of themselves that will enable them to better support their athletes.

Grant Robins, England Programmes Swimming Team Leader, said: “We are dedicated to supporting our coaches to fulfil their potential and become the best coaches possible, and we are extremely encouraged with the number and standard of applicants for the programme. Coach 2024 will help a cohort of 15 coaches become expert practitioners, both in the technical and soft skill aspects of their roles. The programme has been designed to test and challenge participants, embedding behaviour changes and technical improvements so they can support our swimmers at the highest levels.

With the support of internal ASA staff and a strong line up of external experts, we have produced an exciting and innovative programme. I am sure the group of coaches will benefit hugely from being part of this initiative and wish them all the best of luck.”

Coach 2024 has been developed to ensure it is closely aligned the British Swimming coaching pathway. Tim Jones, Head of Elite Development at British Swimming, said: “We are pleased to be working close together with the ASA to ensure a fully cohesive coaching pathway is in place, and this positive initiative can only help with the development of a new generation of coaches.”

The programme consists of a number of workshops and mentoring sessions that have been designed to test and challenge participants, embedding the British Swimming and England Programmes’ Team Coaching Principles into daily coaching practice.

The other successful Coach 2024 applicants are:
•    Kevin Brooks, Wycombe District SC
•    Josh Williamson, Guildford City SC
•    Dan Cross, Thanet SC
•    Janko Gojkovic, Hatfield SC
•    Amanda Booth, City of Oxford SC
•    Marc Spackman, Royal Wolverhampton School SC
•    Jo John, Exeter SC
•    Ben Negus, City of Peterborough SC
•    Barry Alldrick, Poole SC
•    Alex Pinniger, UEA City of Norwich.

For more information people can email England Programmes Coach Development Lead, Joanna Jones.