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Somerset County Pathway Programme 2018 - Development Opportunities

Following the success of the pilot scheme of the County Pathway Programme in 2017, Somerset ASA has signed up to deliver the Programme again in 2018 under the guidance and with the support of the Swim England Talent Team. 

Programme Outline (as before)
  • Aimed at top 11 yr olds male and female swimmers as at 31st December in year of County Championships.  Number - 36, split 50/50 male and female. 
  • Parent/Guardian workshops (28 January 1pm to 2pm during break in County Championships) 
  • County Coaching and Team Manager Conference (17 March) - all coaches and team managers involved in the programme - organised by the region
  • 3 x One day camps - 29 April, 21 July and 14 October 2018 - all coaches, team manager and assistant team manager
  • Build a team around the swimmers consisting of Head Coach assisted by Skills Coaches, plus Team Manager and Assistant Team Manager.

The next step in the programme will be our Parents Workshop on Sunday 28 January 2018 during the County Championships (previously emailed to Clubs).

We ask Club colleagues to remind parents about this and encourage those with swimmers in the respective categories to attend.  Please can parents let Fiona Bowen know if they hope to attend so we have an idea of numbers. Some have already which is great.

Both last year's Head Coach Rachel Aldington and Lead Team Manager Stacey Millett will be leading the programme again in 2018 in those roles.

We need Clubs to help us start to build our Programme delivery team by finding 6 Skills Coaches and an assistant Team Manager. Please share this announcement with Club and network colleagues and amongst your workforce.  We need to appoint the rest of the team by the end of February so anyone interested needs to complete the appropriate expression of interest form below by 10 February 2018.  

Fiona Bowen will send those interested an application form for completion and return by 24 February 2018 so that we can confirm the team by early March.

We have to ask that anyone interested must be able to commit to ALL three dates of the camps.  The England Talent Pathway Programme County Conference is on 17 March 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Taunton. Free places are booked for the appointed Head Coach / Skills Coaches, Lead Team Manager / Assistant Team Managers for each County delivering the Pathway Programme. 

Please email any expressions of interest to Fiona Bowen.

Please note there will be an excellent development opportunity for any coaches and team managers not on the team to observe at the three camps. We will advertise the content of each camp beforehand. The County Conference is also open to all other Coaches and Team Managers in the Region at a cost of £10.00 per head SwimMark accredited clubs or £20 per head for non-SwimMark clubs. 

Thank you for helping to promote this fantastic development opportunity not just for your swimmers but our aquatics workforce too.

If you have any questions or require further information, please email Fiona Bowen, Somerset Secretary & Development Officer (fiona@bowenfamily.me.uk)

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