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Para-Swimming Coach Development Programme 2021-2022

Swim England’s Para-Swimming Coach Development Programme provide coaches with a diverse and unique coach development programme specifically aimed at coaches who are working with para-swimmers within a mainstream club environment aged 11-16 years.

This is an exciting and innovative 12-month coach learning journey comprising of six online workshops, practical coaching experience at England Talent Camps, short submitted tasks as part of a coaching scheme of work, and an opportunity to join a coaching community of practice within our aquatics coaching family.

Each coach will be assigned a Para-Swimming Talent Coach as a mentor who will work with the coach to provide three bespoke 1-1 remote meetings and in situ support throughout the programme.

MonthTime frameDelivery method/content
SeptemberTwo hoursOnline Workshop
Induction and Coach Learning
NovemberTwo hoursOnline workshop
Planning and Periodisation for Athletes
DecemberTwo hoursOnline workship
Energy Systems and Impairment Physiology
FebruaryTwo hoursOnline workshop
Building Resilience and Winning Habits in Athletes
MarchHalf dayPractical Delivery Poolside and Land Training
England Talent Camp
MarchTwo hoursOnline workshop
Strength and Conditioning for Para-Athletes
JuneTwo hoursOnline workshop
Coaching Behaviours, Communication and Reflective Practice
JulyHalf dayPractical Delivery Poolside and Land Training
England Talent Camp


Criteria for consideration

  • Coaches who are working with Para-Swimmers within a mainstream environment aged 11-16 years.
  • Para-Swimmers who have at a minimum, competed at the 2019 Swim England Summer. Championships and/or 2020 National Junior Para-Swimming Championships.
  • Minimum Level 2 Coach qualified. Swimming Coach (level 2) or equivalent.
  • 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.

Further information

  • Up to 20 coaches will be selected for the programme.
  • Applications will be reviewed against the above criteria, together with insight gathered by the Swim England Coach Development Manager and Talent Team Leads/Officers.
  • The programme costs £50*, 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 please contact Para-Swimming Coach Development Lead Tom McManus [email protected].

*Swim England are fully committed to providing an inclusive Coach Development offer. Whilst we have set a cost of £50 for this programme, we ask that you contact us directly, in confidence, if this fee is presenting a barrier to your application.