Tees Valley Swimming Clubs Launch New Swimming Hub

December 7th 2015
Clubs within Tees Valley this weekend launched a new swimming programme for young swimmers.

The Tees Valley Swimming hub has been established by swimming clubs in the area who believe that a local group training programme outside of the swimming clubs will have a positive impact on the level of swimming in the area.

The area has historically produced a number of swimming champions including 2014 Commonwealth Games medallist Aimee Wilmot who started her swimming career in Middlesbrough Swimming Club. By combining and sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience of the coaches within the area in the hub, it is hoped that this level of success can be replicated in the near future.

The Tees Valley hub programme has received funding and support from Sport England, Tees Valley Community Foundation, Tees Valley Sport, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) North East Region and the Northumberland and Durham Swimming Association. This has enabled them to purchase equipment, organise coaching courses for workforce development and programme in regular sessions at pools within Tees Valley as well as long course training at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre.

The hub programme supports the ASA award winning Northumberland and Durham Sunderland Beacon Programme, where performance swimmers supported by a range of club coaches from across Northumberland and Durham train regularly as a group.

Chris Leighton, head coach for Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme said “It’s taken a lot of work from all involved but now as Tees Valley we are working even harder to get back to the level we have seen in the area in the recent past. With everyone pulling in the same direction we stand every chance of achieving that and more”.

Alison Middleton, head coach for Aquaforce Swimming Academy, who was leading the session on Sunday night said “The hub sessions are a great opportunity for coaches as well as swimmers as they enable us to develop our skills and techniques and provide us with an opportunity to learn from each other. The programme is really great for swimming in the area and the funding from Sport England and the Tees Valley Community Association will really help us develop further”.

Danny Andrews, a 17 year old Middlesbrough Club Swimmer echoed Alison thoughts saying “The hub is a great opportunity for the swimmers as it enables us to work with different coaches and experience what their training is like. We are able to learn things from a different view point which is great as different coaches see different things. I really enjoyed the session”.

Swimmers and Coaches at the Neptune Centre in Middlesbrough ahead of the Hub session on Sunday evening which was attended by 47 swimmers and 8 coaches.

For more information on the hub session, please contact your head coach or contact Sarah Small on sarah.small@swimnortheast.org.