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English Talent Development for Swimming

The England National Talent programme for swimming has undergone a remodeling process to integrate the programme within the evolving World Class structure.

This has been carried out with the aim of creating a clearer and more aligned pathway for English swimmers moving through the system, towards the achievement of the long term goals and potential. A major feature of this emerging pathway is the implementation of swimmer profiling based on world class and research based skills, attributes and characteristics.  This profiling process will include athlete tracking and monitoring, with the introduction of individual athlete appraisal and development planning at relevant stages in the pathway.

England National Programme Overview

The objective of the England Programme is to identify, select and support the development of English swimmers who show potential to achieve future success at senior international level. The programme will be Click here to download the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) which explains the principles behind the training of young swimmersfocused upon the support of named individuals who feature within the swimmer pathway and identified coaches.  Specific activities and interventions are designed to prepare athletes for progression to World Class Programmes and to further performance coach development.

Swimmer Development Programme

The 2013 selection policy for the programme can be found here.

The England National Programme from the 2013-2014 season will operate in three phases:

  • Phase One (September - December)

35-50 swimmers from each of the eight regions will be identified through a competitive result, ranking or via Programme Officer discretionary selection. These swimmers will be invited to attend an England Performance Profiling and Development Day (EPPDD). On this day individuals will be profiled on physical, technical, physiological and historical factors. This will populate a profile database of 280-400 athletes.

  •   Phase Two (January  - March)

120 swimmers will be identified through their phase one profiles or through nomination by World Class Programmes staff. They will be invited to a three day training and development event camp. Activities on the weekend will include further screening and assessment, specific training, educational interventions and forward planning activities.

  •   Phase Three (April - July)

30-40 swimmers will be prioritised on the basis of overall profile, and where relevant competitive performance. They will be selected to travel as an England team on a training camp and international competitive experience. There will be an open water specific group within phase three, in addition to a pool swimming group. Guidance notes on the process of identifying swimmers for this 3rd phase of the programme can be found here.

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

In addition to coach development opportunities through attendance at swimmer centred talent programme activities and though club visits and informal mentoring, England Programmes will deliver three levels of performance coach development activities from the 2013-2014 season:
 

  • Annual Symposium (November)

A one day event to which coaches of all swimmers invited to a Phase One EPPDD 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.
 

  • Coach Development Workshops (3x weekends Oct - Jan)

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. Coaches will also be supported through access to an online community of practice where they can engage in discussions out of session to assist in their further development.

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

  • Performance Coach Development Programme (1x Workshop, plus individual development plan)

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 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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