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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 based key coaching development activities in the 2014/2015 season around workshops for both development coaches and performances coaches, and a Symposium featuring presentations and demonstrations from England Programmes staff.

2016 Events

  • 6 March 2016 - Advance to First Race Development Day
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This development day is for Level 1 or 2 Swimming Teachers or Level 1 Swimming Coaches and is designed to enable teachers and coaches to unlock the potential of young aspiring swimmers. The day will feature exclusive workshops entitled 'Falling in Love with Swimming (Creating the Right Environment)', 'Starts and Getting Off the Blocks', Fundamental Breaststroke and Butterfly', 'Streamlining, Turns and Underwater' and 'Skills of Freestyle and Backstroke'. The day runs from 10:00 - 16:00, includes lunch and refreshments and costs £25.

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  • 20 March 2016 - Physiotherapy and Strength and Conditioning Conferences
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These conferences are for highly motivated physiotherapists or strength and conditioning professionals with aspirations to progress to World Class through the Sports Science and Sports Medicine pathway. The conferences will feature presentations on ‘Movement Requirements of Elite Swimmers’, ‘Technical Impact of Swimming’, ‘Physiotherapy Screening and Load Management’, and ‘Strength and Conditioning Screening’. The conferences run from 09:15 – 16:30, include lunch and refreshments and costs £25 - or free for those currently working with an ASA affiliated club.

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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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