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Pathway Coach Programme 2021-2022

Swim England’s Pathway Coach Programme 2021-2022 provides a unique coach development opportunity specifically aimed at coaches who are predominantly working with age-group and early youth level athletes within the Swim England Talent Pathways for Swimming, Para-Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Artistic Swimming.

This is an exciting and innovative 12-month coach learning journey comprising of six workshops, immersive fieldwork and an opportunity to create cross sport communities of practice within our aquatics coaching family.

The programme content will include a seamless blend of technical and non-technical information, delivered through both online and face to face interactions.

Each coach will be assigned a mentor from our Swim England Coach Developer team who will work with the coach to provide bespoke, in situ support guided by the initial creation of an Individual Development plan.

MonthTime frameDelivery method/content
SeptemberHalf dayOnline Workshop
Programme Induction and Creation of an Individual Development Plan
SeptemberOne dayFace to face workshop
Developing Self- Awareness and Reflective Practice
OctoberHalf dayCoach developer visit to your programme
NovemberHalf dayOnline workshop
Creating and Nurturing an Effective Talent Development Environment
NovemberHalf dayFace to Face Immersive Fieldwork
Visit to a Talent Development or Performance Environment
JanuaryHalf dayOnline training course
Promoting a Positive Mental Health Environment
JanuaryHalf dayOnline workshop
Fostering Resilience: Caring for Ourselves whilst Supporting Others
FebruaryHalf dayVisit to your Coach Developer’s programme
MarchHalf dayOnline workshop
Planning your Session: The Coaching Practice Planning and Reflective Framework
MarchHalf dayFace to Face Immersive Fieldwork
Visit to a Talent Development or Performance Environment
MayOne dayOnline Workshop
Effective Leadership; Delivering Results, Staying Connected, Setting Direction, Engaging People and Maintaining Credibility
JulyOne dayFace to Face Immersive Fieldwork
Visit to a Talent Development or Performance Competition Environment
JulyOne dayFace to Face
Graduation Evening

 
Date above will be confirmed prior to successful candidates accepting their place. In addition to the programme outlined above you will also receive approximately 90 minutes per month with your Coach Developer either individually or with your mentoring group.

Criteria for consideration

  • Aimed at coaches who are predominantly working with age-group and early youth level athletes within the Swim England Talent Pathways for Swimming, Para-Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Artistic Swimming.
  • Qualified as a Swim England Coach (level 2) or equivalent at minimum.
  • Coaches who are open-minded and have a strong appetite for learning; demonstrating a willingness to engage with coaching peers and make an active contribution to the group dynamic.
  • Be able to commit to the full learning programme over the 12-month period.

Swimming:

  • Targeted at coaches typically working with age group/early youth swimmers aged 12-16 years, who are competing at Regional level or above.
  • Coaches who have worked within the talent pathway as a skills coach on either the Regional or National Development programme as a minimum.

Para Swimming:

  • Targeted at coaches typically working with age group/early youth para-swimmers aged 12-16 years, who are competing at Swim England National Summer Meet level or above.
  • Coaches who have worked within the Para-talent pathway as a skills coach on either the Regional or National Development programme as a minimum.

Artistic Swimming:

  • Targeted at coaches typically working with National Age Group and Championship athletes.
  • Coaches who have placed an athlete on an England Artistic Swimming Squad.

Diving:

  • Targeted at coaches typically working National Age Group or Elite level athletes.
  • Coaches who have an athlete on an England Talent Team Z programme.

Water Polo:

  • Targeted at coaches engaged with players typically aged 14-16 years, competing at regional level or involved in the National training programme.
  • Coaches who participate in or engage with the Regional and National training programme/squads as per the age groups outlined above.

Further information

  • 24 coaches will be selected from across the aquatic disciplines.
  • Applications will be reviewed against the above criteria, together with insight gathered by the Swim England Coach Development Manager and Talent Leads/Officers from across the aquatic disciplines.
  • £200* for the programme, payable on acceptance of your place.
  • Coaches will be responsible for paying their own travel/subsidence costs as a result of the visits/monthly meetings.

Apply now

Applications are now open and close at 5pm on Monday 5 July 2021.

If you would like and informal chat about this programme or any other coach development opportunities please contact the Swim England Coach Development Manager lindsay.trimmings@swimming.org.

*Swim England are fully committed to providing an inclusive Coach Development offer. Whilst we have set a cost of £200 for this programme, we ask that you contact us directly, in confidence, if this fee is presenting a barrier to your application.

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