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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 and Water Polo 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.

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

You can view videos and download presentations from the 2014 Symposium below:


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)


The ASA’s England Programmes - Diving pathway provides a three-tiered squad programme to underpin British Diving World Class.

The tiers of the pathway follow a common system of selection based upon multi-competencies.

  • Click here for a diagram of the full pathway outlined by England Programmes and British Diving.

Diver Development

The three tiers of the England Programmes - Diving pathway are the Zone Squad, the National Talent Squad and the Talented Athlete Scholarship (TASS) Programme.

The Zone Squad is for divers between nine - 12 years old and is focused around developing core skills at weekend camps.

There is an increased technical and physical requirement for the two older squads as well as the opportunity to compete on an international stage.

In 2015, the England Programmes divers won 14 medals at the Trofeo Niccolo Campo in Rome.

Coach Development

The England Programmes - Diving team support diving coaches with mentoring initiated at the training camps.

This mentoring is enhanced by regular attendance at either the Beacon Centre or High Performance Centre Training Sessions.

Further Information

  • Click here to find out more information about the England Programmes - Diving pathway and the ASA England Programmes Diving Pathway Portal.


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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