Unique learning opportunity for regional coaches

Over 80 coaches from across the South West and West Midlands recently experienced a unique learning opportunity at a masterclass with British Swimming’s GB Development Coach Chris Martin.

The free masterclass, supported by the ASA Coaching Systems Team, was a forum to share ideas and best practice and supported the work of club swimming coaches in a competitive swimming environment with the skills and knowledge they need specific to their roles.

As well as giving an insight into his coaching philosophies, Chris provided a thoroughly entertaining and unique session on ‘How to develop your swimmers, for their best swim’ plus useful learning points around strength and conditioning, injury and illness and key priorities for starts and turns.

Chris said afterwards, “never before have we engaged so many coaches in such a short time. Feedback was 100% positive and the atmosphere and enthusiasm from all the coaches really showed how the ASA excels in targeted coach support.”

Rebecca Simkins, Head Junior Coach at Stourbridge SC said, “Chris Martin is an excellent speaker and the atmosphere in the room was one of mutual respect.  I didn't feel like I was being talked 'at' which can quite often be the case at these kinds of events. I felt that we were all involved in a group discussion of coaching issues.”

Future sessions are being planned to continue to support and develop the coaching workforce.  For further information on coach development in the South West or West Midlands, contact ASA Coaching Systems Officer Kelly Gaffney on kelly.gaffney@swimming.org

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