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Nigel Redman’s plan to raise the standard of coaches

19 June 2014

British Swimming’s elite coach development manager Nigel Redman tells Swimming Times about his career as a rugby international, his plans to raise the standard of swimming coaches – and why you wouldn’t want him in your relay team.

British Swimming’s elite coach development manager Nigel Redman tells Swimming Times about his career as a rugby international, his plans to raise the standard of swimming coaches – and why you wouldn’t want him in your relay team.

"Swimming is fundamentally a terrific sport with some great coaches, and the opportunity to work with those coaches and help them develop was too much to turn down."

Read the full interview in the July issue of Swimming Times.The recently appointed Redman explains his first impressions of swimming are that the coaches are incredibly ‘hard-working’. 

"I find them open to learning and there is a desire to improve as coaches. Even the best swimming coaches have a desire to improve, and that approach, I believe, is something that’s key to development. I am a big believer in an open mindset."

He further clarifies his job with swimming is to ‘develop our podium potential coaches through challenging and supporting their coaching process’.

"At the moment, there are 25 coaches. They were selected by Bill [Furniss, GB head coach] and Chris [Spice, national performance director]. As we are halfway through an Olympic cycle, I asked them if they would select the groups for me and I would work with these groups. 

"The first group consists of coaches with swimmers who all rank highly within their class and coaches who have high potential. The second group are younger coaches with potential for the future."

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