ASA South West Region School of Swimming Development

In this section you will find information on and an application form for the course at Bryanston School, Blandford from 12 to 18 August 2012. You can also discover more below about the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 courses and view group photos below.

In the video Jim Saulter and Development Officer Paul Sartain discuss ways in which clubs can promote the Bryanston course to their athletes.

ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development Course - Bryanston 2012

Updated Info to Download

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.

British coaches named on UK Sport initiative

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I can’t wait for the programme to begin so I can learn as much as I can.

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ASA SW Region congratulates swimming coach Melanie Marshall (City of Derby) on her selection for UK Sport's Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP) over the next two years.

Melanie supported the ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development course at Bryanston in 2011, giving each group two skill sessions in the pool, plus a presentation to the whole course on motivation. Both the pool sessions and presentation were extremely well received!

Also selected for the UK Sport initiative which aims to accelerate the development of High Performance coaches in the UK are Richard Blackshaw (Stockport Metro) and diving coach Damian Ball (Southend Diving).

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.

Going, going....Bryanston 2011

14-20 August 2011 - Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset.

Although the closing date for the ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development course at Bryanston has passed, there is a still a chance for ‘skill development’ club swimmers who compete in county events but are not necessarily finalists in district events to fill the limited number of places which remain.

The opportunity to learn from Mel Marshall, one of the Britain's best swimmers of the last decade, means you will have to act fast and apply now if your late application is to be accepted.

Click for full details of the course and contact Neil Harper (n.harper@tesco.net) to confirm your interest before it's going, going....gone!.

Looking forward to Bryanston 2011 and back at Bryanston 2010

14-20 August 2011 - Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset.

In the video above (2m 59s flashplayer required) Marion Britton and Paul Sartain recap on the benefits and popularity of the annual ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development course targeted at ‘skill development’ club swimmers who compete in county events but are not necessarily finalists in regional events.

In the video below (2m 04s flashplayer required) Neil Harper and Marion Britton talk about the backroom support which not only caters for the welfare of athletes on the camp but also offers valuable mentoring opportunities for coaches and volunteers.

Bryanston 2011

News Flash

Mel Marshall, Commonwealth Medalist, Olympian, World & European Finalist and British Record Holder will be in attendance for 2 days.

14-20 August 2011 - Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset.

This ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development 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 year and over as at 31 December 2011 (No upper age limit) with emphasis on the 13 plus swimmers. Older swimmers are encouraged to apply

Special attention to core technique in the 4 strokes, IM and starts / turns.

In addition to the coaching set up Mel Marshall, Commonwealth Medalist, Olympian, World & European Finalist and British Record Holder will be in attendance for 2 days and work with all swimmers. In the video below Jim Saulter and Development Officer Paul Sartain discuss the impact Olympian and Commonwealth Games swimmers have had on previous participants (1m 33s flashplayer required).

That was the week that was .... Bryanston 2010 - Part 2

Jim Saulter discusses other sporting activities on offer during the ASA South West Region School of Swimming Development Course 2010 at Bryanston School, Blandford. (59s flashplayer required)

That was the week that was .... Bryanston 2010 - Part 1

Swim session overview with Peter Wilson-Chalon and Jim Saulter at ASA South West Region School of Swimming Development Course 2010 at Bryanston School, Blandford (1m flashplayer required)

Interview with Sophie White who delivered land training and conditioning sessions on the 2010 course (1m 47s flashplayer required)

Watch out for more videos and interviews from the course.

The team behind ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development 2010

The Regional camps rely on the support of a large number of volunteers and we would like to thank the team below for their contributions in preparation for and during the 2010 course at Bryanston School:

Course Director & Hon Secretary: Peter Wilson-Chalon
Course Development Officer: Paul Sartain
Welfare Officer: Marion Britton

Staff and Guests at Bryanston 2010

Staff and Guests at Bryanston 2010

Retiring Course Director Peter Wilson-Chalon: "We had a great last evening at the staff course dinner. I would like to thank the school and the course staff for their presentations to me. ASA South West Region President John Bird kindly made presentations to Marion Britton and Harold Richards in recognition of their contributions over many years - it was also their final year supporting the course."

ASA SW Region School of Swimming Development 2010 Course Report

129 swimmers ranging in age from 11 to 20 year olds attended the course which commenced on Sunday 15 and runs until Saturday 21 August. The course was supported by a team of 21, including coaches, PE, nurses and admin staff.

Interview with Angus Bailey, a Carn Brea swimmer at ASA South West Region School of Swimming Development Course 2010 at Bryanston School, Blandford (1m 43s flashplayer required).

Paul Sartain in his first year as Development Officer has enjoyed the privilege and challenge of following in Jim Saulter’s footsteps.

"First and foremost I would like to formally acknowledge the help and voluntary contribution of all the staff and say a big 'thank you' for making 2010 another successful year. This year we had 5 new members of staff (4 of which have previously attended Bryanston as swimmers) and 2 members rejoin after a short break due to personal commitments.

"My second personal “thank you” is to the ASA SW Management Board for their continuing support of Bryanston. The allocation of the development grant is a key factor in helping the ASA SW deliver the best possible service and value for money to the swimmers that attend (and their parents/guardians). Without the grant then either the attendance fees would have to increase by approx 10% (increasing the chances of reducing the opportunity for swimmers to attend) or the camp running but without specialists in attendance."

Following the 2009 camp a review was undertaken by the Coaching staff. Whilst keeping with the main successful aspects of recent years, a couple of minor changes were implemented for 2010.

Three specialists attended this year, funded from the course’s development grant:

  • Chris Cook - GB Swimmer, 2 x Olympian, Double Commonwealth Breaststroke medallist and record Holder. Chris concentrated on Breaststroke on Day 1 and the importance of consistent and effective core swimming skills (e.g. starts, turns, streamlining, transition phase, finishing) on Day 2. This involved demonstrations by Chris and practice by the swimmers. This is the 5th time a GB swimmer has attended Bryanston and worked with all groups each day. The presence of a swimmer of this calibre helps enforce the development and swimming skills emphasis of the camp to the swimmers.
  • Mark Holland, MSc Sports Psychology (final stages of completing his Phd). This is Mark’s 4th consecutive year at Bryanston and another interesting and successful series of lectures. Mark worked with the swimmers on focus and managing nerves through a combination of practical fun based exercises and “lecture talk.”
  • Claire Worgan, Senior Physiotherapist, BSC(Hons) MCSP. Claire worked with all groups over two days on Physiology Specific To Swimming and Basic Injury Management.
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