Search set to begin for new coaches to join development programme

An innovative programme to help develop the skills of coaches working with age group athletes on the Swim England Talent Pathway will soon be launched once again.

Following on from the success of the inaugural Swim England Pathway Coach Development Programme in 2017-18, the search is on to find the second cohort of 15 coaches from across the country.

Coaches interested in applying for the programme must have completed their senior coach certificate or be qualified to Level 3.

They will predominantly be coaching age group profile swimmers, aged between 10 and 14 years, who are competing at the British Championships or Swim England summer and winter meets.

And they must also be engaged with Swim England Talent Regional and or National Pathway Programme as a coach within the 2017 or 2018 programmes

Applications for the scheme will open on 1 July and close on 22 July.

Those successful will take part in five one-day workshops over the 14-month schedule, receive up to three peer coaching learning sessions and have opportunities to observe and participate in coaching sessions at Performance Swimming Environments across England.

Help coaches be the best they can

The programme will culminate in the coaches attending the National Coaching Conference in November 2020.

Joanna Jones, Swim England Talent Coach Development Manager, said: “This is an exciting and innovative coach learning programme for those individuals who are open minded and have a strong appetite for learning.

“The content delivered through the workshops and learning sessions will be a blend of technical and skill delivery.

“We want to help our coaches be the very best they can and use the knowledge and expertise they will gain from this course to develop their swimmers further.”

The cost for the five workshops, peer mentoring sessions and attendance at the National Coaching Conference 2020 is £300.

To find out more about the Swim England Pathway Coach Development Programme, email joanna.jones@swimming.org