Young swimmers to be supported by new performance centresMarch 29, 2018
Swim England has launched a programme to support talented young swimmers through the creation of a network of new swimming performance centres.
The Performance Centre Programme will develop centres that link swimming clubs and universities to support the development of young swimmers both in the pool and academically.
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Up to four centres will be established across the country. They will be created using a partnership model to ensure long-term sustainability, with Swim England Talent providing support through funding, coaching, and technical advice.
By creating a new network of centres, swimmers will be able to move from the junior to senior ranks while also continuing their studies. It will also help to make the transition to the British Swimming World Class programme more accessible, leading to more English athletes reaching the highest levels of the sport.
Grant Robins, Head of the Swim England Swimming Talent Programme said: “The Performance Centre Project is a really exciting initiative that will expand and extend the Swim England Talent Programme and allow more young people to continue their training while studying.
“At the moment many talented swimmers are unable to continue their swimming because of the lack of opportunities through further education. This programme was a key element of our swimming talent programme funding bid to Sport England as it will provide a vital link between the Swim England and British Swimming pathway.
“With the development of a new network of performance centres, swimmers will be able to enter the next phase of their swimming careers with the confidence that they have the right coaching environment as well as academic support.
“We look forward to working with key partners to help with swimmers achieve both their sporting and academic aspirations.”
Swim England is asking organisations to become involved in the project by completing an application and demonstrating how they will work in partnership to create sustainable centres.
The application process is open until 25 May and investments are expected to be made by the end of July 2018.