Altrincham Swimming Club coaching team 

Chris Tarry

(Head Coach)

Swimming History

I have been involved with Altrincham for many years. I joined the club back in 2001 as a 9 year old swimmer straight from swimming lessons. Since then I have gone on to compete for Altrincham under several great coaches, meeting so many great friends along the way! I was fortunate to have the chance as a swimmer to captain the club, and to compete for Swim Trafford. 

I completed my coaching badges in June 2008, and began to get more involved onpoolside rather than in the pool. I first became a squad coach in 2010, where I had great fun working with Rising Stars. I worked as Rising Stars' Squad coach for the duration of my Undergraduate degree in 'Sports Health and Physical Education' obtained from Bangor University, North Wales.

Once finishing my degree in 2013, I took on the challenge of Junior Stars, and in June 2014, I became Head Coach of Altrincham S.C. To become Head Coach of a club where I have essentially worked my way up from the bottom is a real personal achievement, and one I hope can inspire swimmers in the club to work hard, and who knows .... we may have a future head coach on our hands! 

Coaching Philosophy

Swimming is a highly demanding sport, which requires a lot of commitment and dedication from both swimmers and parents. I truly believe that speed is enhanced through the development of good technique. I coach a range of styles of sessions, ranging from technical drills - to high intensity sprint sets. I regularly encourage a positive moral within all groups, and I feel the development of friendships is key for motivation. Swimmers need to enjoy their training, and this come through their hunger to want to compete - and their hunger to win! 

"Fun Facts" about me

I am a  Manchester City fan.

I am a primary school teacher - and work with year 4.

As a 4 year old, I was terrified of water.

Qualifications and Experience

ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher and Coach

NPLQ lifeguard

Safeguarding Children in Sport

BSc Sports Health and Physical Education (Bangor University)

PGCE Primary Education (Edge Hill University)

Swimming teacher at Swim Well (Trafford Leisure) 2008-2014



 Kate Offord

(Deputy head coach and development squad lead)

Swimming Background

My earliest swimming memory is when I was aged six. During the assessment for my 400m badge I refused to stop. I swam and swam until they closed the assessment session and I achieved my 2000m badge instead.

From that point onwards, swimming was a major passion.  I trained hard for a variety of different coaches achieving County, Regional and National success until the age of 16.  Predominantly I was a Fly and Freestyle swimmer, but I have raced at pretty much every race distance, even representing Berks and South Bucks County Team at 200 IM when they were really desperate!

At School, our relay team won the English Schools Nationals Freestyle and Medley relays over a couple of years, beating close rivals Millfield School.  A great achievement for a state grammar school with no swimming pool of its own!

Coaching Philosophy

Having experienced a wide range of coaching styles in my own training, as a coach, I see one of my main roles being to motivate and encourage my swimmers to be the very best that they can be.  I work hard on technique to make sure that when the work gets harder as the swimmers grow older, their strokes don’t fall apart.

My approach is based on getting my swimmers to do some of the thinking themselves, so that they really understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. Engaging swimmers in the sport is largely about empowering swimmers to take ownership of their progress. I am always researching new approaches and ideas both through academic routes and via networking with my peers.  I am open to new thinking and happy to try new approaches. It keeps the learning process fresh.

I am strong believer in keeping kids involved in sport for as long as possible.  Keeping swimming structured as well as sociable and fun is a great way to encourage kids to keep swimming.

‘Fun’ Facts about me

 ·         I have green eyes

 ·         At the time of writing I am twice Megan’s age!

 ·         I like swimming in lakes.

 ·         I like running in the rain.

 ·         I have never been able to do a cartwheel.

Qualifications & Experience

 ·         Amateur Swimming Association Level 2 Swimming Teacher

 ·         British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach

 ·         National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches

 ·         Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport

 ·         BA Honours Politics (2:1) University of Nottingham

 ·         Assistant Head Coach, Manchester Triathlon Club

 ·         Swimming Instructor & Mentor, Swimming Matters




 Andrew Walton 

(Rising stars coach)





Megan Bishop

(D1 coach)

Megan Bishop has just completed a year on the very prestigious National Young Coaches Academy which is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust and funded by Sport England. This is a 12 month program of mentoring and support development in partnership with the ASA.Megan was selected to become one of only 20 coaches identified by the ASA as being a promising young coach who has the potential to be the most talented in the sport. Megan was selected for having good communication and organisation skills, being compassionate and open, demonstrating leadership skill, having the ability to inspire young people and being motivated to pass her knowledge to others.
Megans email from the ASA - The NYCA programme received an overwhelming number of applications in what has been a very competitive year, but the selection panel strongly believes that by being part of the NYCA this will lead to a high level of personal and professional development in your journey as a young coach.
Megan attended the Youth Sports Trust National Young Coaches Academy 4-6th January 2013 at Loughborough University. This camp was for aspiring performance coaches from a variety of sports, so she attended along with the other successful candidates from swimming and 9 other National Governing Bodies. Megan then enter a 12 month development program with the ASA where she was supported through to December 2013, with the opportunities to attend England Talent Programmes including development camps and Regional Beacon Programme training and activities. She met some very inspirational people such as Jo Jackson - Olympic swimmer, Fred Furniss - England Talent Development Officer, Neil Booth - British Swimming official and the head coach from Millfield. She also attend a Coach Development Session at the British Championships.
Megan was support through the program by Wendy and receive Mentor Training from James Stannard at Swim Trafford. Megan applied for this program because she wanted to act as an ambassador for coaching and inspire young swimmers.