Support for existing teachers and coaches
Teachers and coaches face daily challenges and with the fast pace of the swimming industry today, it is important that they get all the support they need to be the best they can be.
The ASA have a dedicated team of people whose main purpose is to provide this support, not only to help them qualify, but also to develop, flourish and achieve their personal goals.
This is the message that the Workforce department at the ASA are spreading with the implementation of a programme of support for teachers and coaches. With the Development Framework for Teaching and Coaching as its backbone, the programme represents a significant shift in the way coaches are recruited and developed.
"The ASA coach development plan will focus on changing their behaviour, as opposed to simply increasing their knowledge," - British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss"Developing a high performing coach takes more than just education," said Bill Furniss, British Swimming head coach and former coach to double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington.
"It involves a wide range of activities that help the coach 'develop' and achieve their potential.
"The approach of the ASA is now focusing on giving coaches ownership of their decisions and the ability to choose what they are going to do. This will then create greater self-belief, allowing the coach to better understand and manage themselves, which in turn will positively impact upon the participants they work with.
"The ASA coach development plan will focus on changing their behaviour, as opposed to simply increasing their knowledge. The ASA's approach to coach development will facilitate a participant-centred approach to coaching, which will continue to make this system truly world class."
The Workforce department work is to co-ordinate the planning, delivery and quality assurance of the framework and also to have a national lead in specific areas.
The framework effectively provides their work plan and operational objectives from 2009-2013.