2019 Development Camp swimmers & Coaches
2019 Development Camp Dates are 31st March, 21st July & 20th October 2019.
Shropshire ASA Development Programme
As you may be aware, British Swimming introduced a new scheme in 2017 in an attempt to improve the prospects of future success at international level. The new scheme was produced following a major review of swimming in the UK after the 2012 Olympics. This review was conducted by Swim England/British Swimming staff, Home Nations Performance staff and former Olympic coaches and athletes and a few of the outcomes were:-
A fundamental lack of technical excellence within our developing young swimmers.
Stopwatches being the main driver rather than technical skill development.
Too much focus on junior outcomes.
Inability of our best senior swimmers to perform skills to a high level under pressure.
In order to address some of these issues the England Programmes team introduced a new performance pathway to help all swimmers to reach their full potential whilst also giving an opportunity for coach education and development.
The first step on the pathway starts at county level. All counties are now standardising their County Championship format, and Shropshire ASA have made changes to the programme over the past 3 years so that this year we have captured all essential requirements within the scheme.
With the County Championship structure in place the next stage is to follow the England Programmes Pathway for the swimmers and coaches. At County level we are required to target the 11 year olds (age at 31st December 2019) and invite the top performing boys and girls to three development camps during the year. The selection is based solely on Swim England Rankings data following completion of the County Championships.
I, as Shropshire ASA’s Head Coach for this scheme, have attended training sessions with England Programmes staff so that again all counties are effectively singing from the same hymn sheet. The development camps are aimed at technical skill promotion for the swimmers and also an education opportunity for the skills coaches who will come from clubs within the county, with an aim of taking the messages back to their home club.
This will be the third year that we have run this programme in Shropshire. All those involved in the 2017 & 2018 programmes found it very useful and interesting according to the feedback from swimmers, parents and coaches. The 2019 programme will, in the main, follow the same structure with only minor changes, and so will hopefully be as successful as in previous years.
To explain in further detail we will be having a Parents Workshop during the first day of this years County Championships on Sunday 20th January at 12:15pm. This will also give an opportunity to ask any questions about the programme. This workshop is solely for parents of the current 11 year olds within the county (age on 31st December 2019) including any parents of swimmers who may not be competing that weekend.
Should you have any questions regarding the Performance Pathway, Development Camps or any other related matter you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or look out for me during the County Championships.
Gary Barnes Shropshire ASA Head Coach
2018 - Swimmers & Coaches with Mr Dave Corbett - President of Swim England West Midlands region.