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Swim England Diving Pathway Coaching Conference 2023

Coaches have a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to pick up some expert advice and top tips as the Swim England Diving Pathway Conference returns for the first time in four years.

The three-day event, which was last held in 2019, takes pace from 26-28 February at the Leonardo Hotel (formerly the Jurys Inn), East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derby.

A number of presentations, workshops and practical sessions will be delivered throughout the conference by key coaches, Swim England and British Swimming management and sports science staff

The conference will also cover a wide range of topics including a specific conditioning and acrobatics training for a diving session, a technical session from British Diving head coach Alexei Evangulov and a Swim England Diving Pathway update.

Suzie Collins, Swim England diving programme lead, said: “The conference is a fantastic opportunity to bring together coaches from all levels of the sport to share best practice and pick up some top tips.

“There will be expert advice from our leading coaches and performance support staff from the Swim England and British Diving teams – as well as looking at some of the challenges.

“We haven’t run a pathway conference since 2019 so we are really looking to seeing everyone and sharing knowledge from across the sport.”

The conference will start at 1.30pm on Sunday 26 February and conclude on Tuesday 28 February at 2pm.

How much does it cost?

  • The cost for the conference is full cost £100, and places can be booked online.
  • The cost for Coach Members is £90.
  • The cost for Coach Plus Member £80.

Day one – 26 February

TimeWorkshop
1:30pmWelcome and Scene Setting

Speakers: Connie Ford – Talent and Inclusion Officer – Diving
Julian Bellan – Olympic Diving Pathway Lead
Swim England Coaching Team

2:30pmAn introduction to Strength & Conditioning for Diving

Speaker: Cameron Owen – British Diving Strength and Conditioning Coach

3:30pmCoffee break
3:45pmBritish Diving Techincal Update Part one

Speaker: Alexei Evangulov – British Diving Head Coach

5:15pmConference close

Day two – 27 February

TimeWorkshop
9:15amDiving Pathway Update

Speakers: Connie Ford – Talent and Inclusion Officer – Diving
Julian Bellan – Olympic Diving Pathway Lead

10:00amPsychological Safety in Diving

Speakers: Emma Wood – British Diving Performance Psychologist

11:00amCoffee break
11:15amCompetition list development and List construction considerations

This session will look at how many of the tools created by the pathways teams in England and BD are a vital resource to help progress your divers on a well know and navigated path to success. The ultimate goal is to create robust well rounded, technically strong divers. At each stage of development, what are the key considerations to ensuring divers stay on track and what should your ultimate goals be.

Conversely, building a competitive list may mean you need to stray of course or deviate your long term plans for some short term success. Success builds confidence, drive and belief. So building a winning list requires an understanding of the competitive field, the International landscape. If you are new to a competitive level, say junior internationals you may well approach with trepidation. This part of the session will deal with working back from your end goal and building list consistency and a comfort buffer. It will pull upon a few golden rules. This part of the session will be a little more interactive for the audience.

Speakers: Julian Bellan – Olympic Diving Pathway Lead

12:30pmLunch
1:30pmSpecific Conditioning and Acrobatics for Diving

Speakers: Tom Owens – City of Sheffield Diving Club and British Diving Coach

2:15pmInfluence of social, environmental factors on training and performance in female diving pathway athletes

Speakers: Victoria Downie – EIS

3:15pmCoffee break
3:30pmThe Swim England Coaching Plan 2022-25 – Transforming Lives through Inspirational Coaching

The launch of our Swim England Coaching Plan which will outline our direction of travel over the next three years.

Speakers: Lindsay Trimmings – Swim England Head of Coaching
Jo John – Swim England Coach Development Manager
Lisa Wright – Swim England Coach Engagement Officer

4:30pmSummary and day two close

Day three – 28 February

TimeWorkshop
9:30amSetting Standards and Supporting Coaches

One of the key objectives of our new Swim England Coaching Plan is that our coaches are held to the highest standards of best practice and that they feel valued and supported in their role. Lindsay will use this session to explain the key Swim England governance policies and procedures that all coaches need to be aware of, including how to work effectively with your club committees. Clarity will also be provided around how you as coaches can get support from your National Governing Body.

Speakers: Lindsay Trimmings – Swim England Head of Coaching

10:30amCoffee break
10:45amBritish Diving Techincal Update Part two

Speaker: Alexei Evangulov – British Diving Head Coach

12:30pmLunch
1:30pmThe Coach Learning Journey

The Swim England Coaching Team will lead you through the suite of Coach learning opportunities available to Swimming Coaches over the next few years.

Speaker: The Swim England Coaching Team
Lindsay Trimmings – Swim England Head of Coaching
Jo John – Swim England Coach Development Manager
Lisa Wright – Swim England Coach Engagement Officer

2:00pmConference Round up and Close
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