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England Programmes

The England Programmes teams aim to identify and develop the best aquatics athletes in England in order to achieve more medals on the world stage.  We operate across all disciplines: swimming and para-swimming, diving, water polo and synchro.

England Programmes Swimming

Aligned with the British Swimming World Class Programme, England Programmes run a talent programme that is designed to encourage and develop the most promising athletes of the future and to identify individuals with the potential to achieve Olympic podium success.

Our programme focuses on 2 key areas : swimmer development and coach development.

Submit Details Of Your Support Staff

England Programmes are looking to provide education and information for support staff working within clubs in England.

If your club has a physiotherapist, S&C coach, nutritionist, lifestyle advisor, psychologist or sports scientist working with you we would like to know about them.

Please email Diane Elliot with their details at diane.elliot@swimming.org

Swimmer Development Activities

  • Click here to download the 2014-15 selection policy for the programme.

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 Stroke 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.

  • Click here to download the selection statement for the phase 3 development competition; the Energy Standard Championships 2015 in Moscow, Russia on 2 - 3 May.
  • Click here to download the selection statement for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2015 in Samoa on 5-11 September.

Coach Development Programme Overview

Coach Development Symposium

Sunday 15th November 2015, Millfield School

“Coaching Effective Starts and Turns with Age Group Swimmers”

Suitable for teachers and coaches currently working with or aspiring to coach County, Regional and National level Age Group swimmers between the ages of 10 and 14 years.

The day will be comprised of practical water and land based activities covering the key technical components of starts and turns. The speakers will also highlight commonly observed faults and simple corrective strategies.


Lindsay Dunn – ASA England Programmes Officer
John Watson – British Swimming Strength and Conditioning Coach (Bath National Centre)
Euan Dale – Assistant Head Coach (Millfield School)

The workshop will run at Millfield School swimming pool on Sunday 15th November 2015 from 09:30 - 16:30.

09:30 – 09:45        Welcome
09:45 – 11:00        Session 1
11:00 – 11:15        Break
11:15 – 12:30        Session 2
12:30 – 13:30        Lunch
13:30 – 14:45        Session 3
14:45 – 15:00        Break
15:00 – 16:15        Session 4
16:15 – 16:30        Closing Remarks

The workshop is free of charge and there will be refreshments available for you to purchase at the venue.

Click here to sign up.

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.

You can watch back the five presentations from the day below or click the links underneath to download the presentation slides.



Key observations from the 2013/2014 season (Lindsay Dunn, Fred Furniss, Mike Parker)

Creating the team behind the individual (Dr Julie Johnson)

Effective principles for warming up and cooling down (Diane Elliot)

A framework from which to contrast effective warm up procedures (Evan Jenkins)

Land Warm Up Exercise Inventory (Evan Jenkins)

Dry land movement screening (Paris Payne)

  • 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 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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