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Record total of seven swimming coaches selected for development programme

A record number of swimming coaches have been selected for UK Coaching’s Performance Foundation Coach Support Programme.

Seven coaches from across England will receive one-to-one support over the next 18 months and benefit from a blended learning approach.

Chris Littler (City of Birmingham), Greg King-Limb (Mount Kelly), Kevin Schofield (City of Leeds), Lewis Dunford (Guildford City), Matthew Smithurst (Loughborough University), Rachel Aldington (Millfield School) and Roberto Pavoni (Plymouth Leander) were all successful in their applications.

Lindsay Trimmings, Swim England’s Coaching Development Manager, said: “Each of the successful coaches have had extensive prior involvement in Swim England pathway activities and have shown themselves to be fully committed to their aspirations of becoming high performance coaches in the future.

“I am personally looking forward to supporting them along this journey in partnership with UK Coaching.”

‘UK’s most promising coaches’

A total of 47 coaches from 17 sports will take part in the UK Coaching programme.

The swimming coaches will work with their counterparts from sports including athletics, boxing and gymnastics.

UK Coaching’s Head of Coaching, Nick Levett, said: “We are excited to welcome this new batch of coaches onto our programme, the aim of which is to provide talent coaches with outstanding coach support.

“At UK Coaching, we are here for the coach, so I am proud that this piece of work is helping some of the UK’s most promising coaches feel more confident and competent in their abilities to help our very best athletes achieve their goals and ambitions.

“Once again, it is pleasing to have such a variety of coaches from different sports on the programme.”

Five diving coaches and one water polo coach have also been selected for the programme.

Swimming coaches selected for UK Coaching’s Performance Foundation Coach Support Programme

  • Chris Littler (City of Birmingham)
  • Greg King-Limb (Mount Kelly)
  • Kevin Schofield (City of Leeds)
  • Lewis Dunford (Guildford City)
  • Matthew Smithurst (Loughborough University)
  • Rachel Aldington (Millfield School)
  • Roberto Pavoni (Plymouth Leander)