Swimming Development Plans

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Bryanston Swimming Course - benefit from an Olympian's experience

Closing Soon

Adam Whitehead (Commonwealth Medalist, Olympian, World & European Qualifier, Commonwealth Record Holder and Youth Sports Trust Athlete Mentor) will be in attendance for 2 days and work with all swimmers.

The closing date for this year's Bryanston course is fast approaching - 21 May 2012.

The ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development residential Competitive Training course from 12 to 18 August 2012 at Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset is targeted at the ‘skill development’ club swimmers who compete in county events but are not necessarily finalists in district events.

Places are available for swimmers 11 years (as at 31 December 2012) and over, with emphasis on the 13 years plus swimmers. Older swimmers are encouraged to apply.

Download and unzip this file for Course Advert, Infomation Sheet, Application and Medical Form.

England Talent and World Class set to integrate

The ASA Board has agreed to join up England Talent and the World Class programme to ensure that the ASA Whole Sport Plan (WSP) - the ASA strategy outlining priorities, key projects and budget for 2013-2017 - will be aligned with British Swimming Project Rio, the strategic performance pathway for success at Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The joining up of Talent and World Class Programmes will ensure that these areas of strategic importance are aligned to improve performance, co-ordination, targeting of resources and communication.

An Implementation Group for Swimming has been set up to oversee the integration of Talent Development into World Class.

British Swimming club and development funds awarded

British Swimming has announced the clubs set to receive this year’s Development Club funding and the Athlete Pathway Club Recognition Award for 2012.

After positive performances at the recent British Gas Swimming Championships, Plymouth Leander, Millfield School and City of Manchester Aquatics achieved Development Club status for 2012-13 and will each receive a contribution of £10,000 to enable the head coaches to provide additional training provisions, such as training camps and equipment for their swimmers.

British Swimming Development Programme swimmers put through paces in Loughborough

While many of the country’s elite swimmers are focussed on the London Olympic Games British Swimming are ensuring the next generation of talent are as prepared as possible to take over the reigns in the lead up to 2016.

The British Swimming Development Programme currently features 43 athletes that have been identified as having potential and talent for the future. They receive extra support in their home programme and have the opportunity to experience national training camps and junior level competitions.

Mark Perry, British Development & Open Water Coach, selected 22 athletes to take part in a national training camp in Loughborough before the British Gas GBR Swimming Team flew out to Belgium to compete at the Flanders meet from 14 to 15 January.

ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development Course - Bryanston 2012

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Adam Whitehead (Commonwealth Medalist, Olympian, World & European Qualifier, Commonwealth Record Holder and Youth Sports Trust Athlete Mentor) will be in attendance for 2 days and work with all swimmers.

12-18 August 2012 - Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Course Fees £320 (1st child), £310 (2nd child) £300 (3rd/4th/etc child)

This ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development residential Competitive Training course is targeted at the ‘skill development’ club swimmers who compete in county events but are not necessarily finalists in district events.

Places are available for swimmers 11 years (as at 31 December 2012) and over, with emphasis on the 13 years plus swimmers. Older swimmers are encouraged to apply.

View video interview with Angus Bailey, a Carn Brea swimmer and volunteer at the ASA South West Region School of Swimming Development Course 2010 at Bryanston School.

Apply for an Information Sheet and Application Forms from the ASA South West website www.swimwest.org or from:

Neil Harper
22 Clarence Grove Road
Weston Super Mare
North Somerset
BS23 4AQ

or

P Sartain
43 Blackmore Drive
South Down
Bath
BA2 1JW

Application Closing Date: 21 May 2012

Download (updated 27 Jan 2012) and unzip file below for Course Advert, Infomation Sheet, Application and Medical Form.

It is essential to enclose a self addressed envelope.

ASA South West Region School of Swimming Development - Bryanston 2011

Neil Harper, Secretary ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development reports:

ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development is a skills course for swimmers aged 11 (age as of 31.12) and above of County / Regional standard. It is a residential course of six days duration. The course was held at Bryanston School, Blandford Forum in Dorset.

Staff and Guests at Bryanston 2011

Staff and Guests at Bryanston 2011

The course is designed to supplement the skills input that swimmers get from their home club. To achieve this there are five swimming groups, each group headed by a level 3 coach. Group staff is then made up by an assistant coach and chaperone. In addition to this qualified instructors provide land conditioning training. Medical provisions are provided by two qualified nurses(All members of staff are volunteers, and if paid would add another 20K to the cost of the course). See appendix below.

Sports science provides bird’s eye view of British Swimmers

The Sports Science team at British Swimming has worked with UK Sport’s Research and Innovation team to develop a new camera system in order to provide the coaching team with a whole new perspective on their swimmers.

The new overhead camera system, understood to be the world’s first permanent ceiling camera for use in a pool environment for performance analysis, was created in collaboration with Metreel, NakedEye Technologies and Bright Space Technologies.

Jodi Cossor, Biomechanist for British Swimming explains, “We like to introduce a new stimulus for coaches and swimmers each year. We started with an underwater camera, then a split view image and now with this we get a complete view of the swimmer’s stroke.”

The camera, attached to a trolley system on the ceiling of the pool at Loughborough University, home to the British Gas ITC Loughborough, follows the swimmers and can move at 4.5 metres per second. This enables coaches a different view of the strokes and can highlight changes through the stroke when fatigue starts to set in.

England Talent Develoment Programme - Age and Youth Selection Policies 2011-12 season

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  • Southern Region Open Water Distance Freestyle
  • Level 2 Southern Youth
  • Level 1 South West Region Age

Cyprus warm weather training camp

The British Gas GBR Swimming Team will shortly be in action in the pool at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai. Athletes attended a 10 day warm weather training camp in Cyprus as part of their preparations (May 2011).

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ASA South West Swimming Development Plan 2011 - 2012

Download file for details of how Region intends to

  1. Run Competition Programmes
  2. Develop talent regionally below National Talent programme
  3. Encourage County Development Programmes
  4. Promote Team Manager Training
  5. Develop officials
  6. Administer swimming
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