England Programmes Talent Development

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.

Information about the Synchro England Programmes, Water Polo England Programmes and Diving England Programmes can be found on their respective ASA Hubs.

The England Programmes teams also support the work of the ASA Beacon Programmes and Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE).

Select a discipline below to find out more information about the England Programmes schemes for that sport, including the latest selection policies and coach development information.


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

The programme focuses on two key areas: swimmer development and coach development.

Swimmer Development

The 2014/2015 swimmer development programme was based around education and develpoment days throughout England in October and November.

There were stroke camps held in early January before the third phase of the programme later in 2015 which saw small pool and open water teams head to camps and competitions.

These competitions included the Energy Standard Championships in Italy in May 2015 and Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September 2015.

Coach Development

The England Programmes Swimming team run a number of conferences and training events to support coaching development.

2016 Events

  • 17 July 2016 - Land Work For Age Group Coaches Session
Land Work for Age Group Coaches day

This development day is for Level 2 or 3 Coaches working with age group swimmers and takes place at xercise4less Gymnasium in Milton Keynes.

The day will feature exclusive workshops covering subjects including 'growth and development', 'mobility, stability and fundamental movement patterns', and 'use of the BIT in age group swimmers'. The day includes lunch and refreshments and costs £30.

Click here to sign up to the Land Work for Age Group Coaches day.

Please contact diane.elliot@swimming.org for further details.

  • 13 November 2016 - Coach Development Symposium

The popular annual ASA England Programmes Swimming Coach Development Symposium will return to Millfield School for 2016.

The Symposium is for teachers, coaches or tutors who work with, or aspire to work withm county, regional or national level age group swimmers between 10 and 14 years old.

The Symposium will involve a Technical Workshop on 'Coaching Effective Stroke Technique for Age Group Swimmers' and feature tips and expert advice from key speakers John Watson, Amanda Booth, Lindsay Dunn, Euan Dale and Josh Williamson.

Please contact lindsay.dunn@swimming.org for further details.

2015 Events

The 2015 Coach Development Symposium took place at Millfield School on Sunday 15 November.

You can view presentations from the 2015 Symposium below:



The ASA England Programmes Para-Swimming team helps support young English swimmers who show the potential to compete for Great Britain at Paralympic level.

The Development Programme provides athletes with home programme vists, camp opportunities, regular coach communication and support at identified competitions throughout the year.

There is also a Spotlight Programme featuring support for athletes who show the potential to progress along the athlete pathway and achieve Development Programme standards in future years.

  • Click here to find out more information about the England Programmes - Para-Swimming pathway.
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