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English Programmes - Talent Development for Swimming

The ASA Talent programme for swimming is planned and delivered in alignment with the British Swimming World Class Pathway. The strategic goals of the programme are the development of a system that will support and enhance the development of high quality senior athletes for the future, and to seek to identify individuals with the potential to achieve senior podium success.

The England Programmes team deliver a range of swimmer and coach development activities aligned with the overall programme aims.

Swimmer Development Activities

The 2014-15 selection policy for the programme can be found here

The programme of activities for the 2014-15 season will involve three principle phases of activity, each targeting a key stage of the athlete pathway.

In October and November, eight Education and Development Days will take place delivering a specific syllabus to a wide cohort of aspiring young swimmers throughout England.

Three Stoke Camps in early January will provide event specific education and training to a targeted group of emerging performers across the range of Olympic events.

The third phase of the programme will involve exposing small pool and open water teams to a camp and competition experience as one part of the process of preparing them to meet their future performance aspirations.  Swimmers selected to attend a single phase of the core programme will also be invited to participate in a nationally based Aspiring Performance Swimmer seminar.

Throughout the season, England Programmes Officers will carry out visits to club programmes on a targeted basis where various elements of swimmer performance, training expectations and programme structure will be discussed, with an aim of identifying and agreeing actions for the ongoing development of performance within the programme.

Coach Development Programme Overview

England Programmes will deliver three levels of coach development activities from the 2014-2015 season:

  • Annual Symposium

A one day event to which, as a minimum, coaches of all swimmers invited to an Education and Development day are invited. Speakers will include members of England Programme staff. The aim of the day is to share current information and good practice, and to provide specific information regarding trends seen in athlete profiling along with specific input which aims to assist coaches in addressing areas of weakness.

  • Development Coach Workshops

15 coaches will be selected based on an initial application process to attend three coaching workshops. Speakers will include England Programmes staff, current coaches and speakers from other sports/industries.

An expression of interest form for this programme can be found here

  • Performance Coach Development

Eight coaches will be selected following application and interview to participate in this programme. Candidates will attend one workshop where coaches from swimming and from other sports will present. In addition they will participate in an appraisal process to identify individual development needs. England Programmes will then contribute funds to the delivery of the development plan. Coaches who have already benefitted from programmes such as UK Sport’s ECAP or Sports Coach UK’s Inspire/Aspire programmes are not eligible for this programme.

An expression of interest form for this programme can be found here

The Beacon Programmes

The ASA continues to support a number of Beacon Programmes throughout the country. Invitations to attend Beacon Regional Sessions will be made following ASA Nationals in line with the published policy which can be found here

The AASE Programme

England Programmes staff lead play a lead role in the technical aspects of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence for swimming. For more information about the AASE Programme click here.

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