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First Derbyshire Disability Swimming Development Day a Success!

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12 Mar 2012

The inaugural Derbyshire Disability Swimming Development Day was held at Alfreton Leisure Centre on 19th February, and brought together around 12 swimmers and 21 teachers and coaches from around the County.

The day included a pool session for the swimmers, giving them the opportunity to train with other swimmers with disabilities, and also acted as a talent spotting opportunity for Playground to Podium Officer Carl Cooper. Carl also delivered the CPD Integrating Disabled Swimmers into a Mainstream Coaching Environment, to empower coaches to work more effectively with any swimmers with disabilities within their clubs.

The Development Day showed just how much work has been done within Derbyshire on Disability Swimming over the last 12 months, with a Disability Swimming Forum being established and Chesterfield Swimming Club becoming the first disability hub club for the County, hosting a “Swim-link” bridging session for the County. Disability swimmers from across the county also swam the BLDSA One Hour Postal Swim as a group, and the highlight of the year was the county hosting the DSE Regional Disability Swimming Championships.

There are visions to see this developing further over the next year, with the forum continuing to highlight areas where support is required across the county. One area for development is to extend the opportunities for swimmers with a disability across the region to meet for county training sessions, where their development can be monitored and teachers and coaches can meet to support each other and develop plans for the future.

Thanks go to Alfreton Leisure Centre, the Derbyshire Disability Swimming Forum, Derbyshire ASA and James Cook at Derbyshire Sport for their help and support before and on the day.

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