swim21 Club Performance Case Studies

Below you can learn more about clubs who have achieved the ASA’s swim21 Performance accreditation in 2016.

The first diving programme to achieve swim21 Performance Accreditation – City of Sheffield Diving Club

City of Sheffield Diving Club, based at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, recently became the first diving programme in the country to achieve swim21 Performance.

swim21 Performance Environment provides a benchmark for clubs coaching high level athletes across all four disciplines.  The kite mark is awarded to clubs who can demonstrate that their pathways, physical environment, coaching practices and support services are in place to ensure athletes reach the pinnacle of their sport and demonstrate that the club has historical evidence of athletes regularly achieving success via their performance programme.

City of Sheffield Diving Club caters for all abilities from their Learn to Dive programme and caters for nearly 300 children. Their performance squads include Freddie Woodward, who recently finished 14th at the 2016 FINA Diving World Cup to secure Great Britain’s Olympic spot for Rio later this year.

Head Coach Tom Owens moved to Sheffield in 2008 and has worked tirelessly alongside Programme Manager, Nikki Smith, and Assistant Coach, Nigel Mills, to ensure that there is a healthy stream of talented young athletes progressing through the programme. In 2015, Sheffield Diving made an impact at every level of competition, winning an impressive medal haul at the National Skills Finals, the National Age Group, the Junior Elite and the British Championships.  

City of Sheffield Diving Club also run one of our nation’s most successful Beacon Programmes, led by Nikki Smith, the objectives of which are:

  • To increase the performance of athletes within the Beacon programme, demonstrating an increase of junior international representation
  • To increase the number of athletes in the region receiving a high-quality coaching experience
  • To act as an agency to increase the number of highly skilled coaches delivering within the region.

In addition to the high quality coaching and sport science support provided to elite divers in Sheffield, the Beacon programme has provided CPD and mentoring support to other local coaches to ensure delivery of high quality coaching in the surrounding programmes in Maltby and Barnsley.

A further recent success for the club has been the roll out of a Talent ID programme across primary schools in Sheffield, where club coaches have worked with over 2500 pupils within their PE lessons to identify potentially talented divers of the future.  As a further outcome of the programme all children have been invited to join taster diving sessions and join the clubs ‘Learn to Dive programme.

The club aims to continue to grow and develop, providing an environment for the people of Yorkshire to get involved with diving at all levels, as well as continuing to produce success at the highest levels.

The club is very proud to be the first swim21 Performance Diving accreditation in the country, which reflects all the hard work undertaken by the coaches and committee.

To learn more about swim21 Performance accreditation click here or contact the ASA Clubs team.

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