Altrincham Swimming Club coaching team
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!
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
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
(Deputy head coach and development squad lead)
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!
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
(Rising stars coach)