Author: Mark Procter

Head Coach of Launceston Swimming Club Vacancy

Launceston Swimming Club Seeks a New Head Coach

 Head Coach – Launceston, North Cornwall

Launceston Swimming Club is currently seeking a Head Coach to lead our existing team of coaches and poolside assistants in developing and enhancing the high-quality swim programme currently delivered to our talented and enthusiastic swimmers.

This position offers an exciting opportunity for a new Head Coach to establish an optimum development and competition swimming programme across the club. We would welcome new ideas and thinking to deliver an inspirational programme that our committed members deserve.

We are a competitive development club, offering all swimmers, from Swim England Level 7 through to our successful regional swimmers, the opportunities and skill development to progress their competitive swimming careers.

As Head Coach you’ll be enthusiastic about advancing swimming throughout the club with an ability to inspire all ability levels, communicate and work effectively with swimmers, coaches, parents and committee.

The successful applicant will be required to attend most galas to encourage and support all our swimmers, who range from first time entrants through to swimmers at county, regional & national level.

The Club is Swim Mark accredited and you will be supported by our existing committed and enthusiastic coaching team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan and deliver, in conjunction with the coaching team, a coordinated training programme across all swim groups in line with LTAD
  • Plan a competition calendar, ensure attendance and support of swimmers at these galas
  • Take an active role in team selection
  • Organise regular coaching team meetings to ensure swimmer progress and continuity across the coaching team
  • Manage the coaching rota
  • Develop a positive working partnership with all swimmers and parents, providing feedback to parents at regular progress meetings
  • Attend committee meetings, as required, by the Club Committee
  • Follow the Swim England Child Protection Policy and ensure it is promoted
  • Comply with the Club Policies


You will be up-to-date with current swim coaching techniques to develop swimmers to their individual maximum potential.

You must be qualified to ASA Level 2 or above in Coaching Swimming.


A competitive rate is on offer to the successful candidate.  To be discussed at interview.


Launceston Swimming Club is based in North Cornwall and trains at Phoenix Leisure Centre, Launceston.

To view our current training times, visit

 How to apply

Please submit your C.V. and a short summary of why you are interested in this role to Helen Ward, LSC Chair at

by Monday 21stMay 2018.


Level One – Coach Assistant

Hi everyone

I have forwarded this e mail as I would like to get an Assistant coaching course running in the region and you have either expressed an interest or you are involved in club swimming.  Please pass this e mail to anyone you know who might be interested.

The likely venue is Saltash leisure centre which is easily accessible from Devon or Cornwall.  The course will be blended which means the learner does most of the theory in their own time on the computer and then we have a few face to face sessions to do the practical.  The most likely times are 2 x Friday evenings and 2 x Sundays, probably lunchtime until about 7pm (TBC), these would fit in with the club swimmers for us to coach.

The 2nd and the 4th and the 23rd and 25th November look like the best dates for this.  Check your diary’s and see if this works for you and your clubs.

Please would you e mail me to confirm your interest (not a binding commitment) so that we can get this going by Monday 21st May.  If you want to do it but the venue doesn’t suit you please let me know where you would like a course to be held.  It may be that we can get 2 courses running.

Kind regards

Wendy Dalton

Swim England Tutor/Assessor/L3 Coach

Devon ASA Talent Camp

The first of the talent camp days was held at Mount Kelly on the 22ndApril 2018. The event was attended by 24 swimmers that had been selected following the Devon Championships and 8 staff to support the swimmers. In total 12 clubs from across the county were represented.

The day consisted of a one hour gym session which focussed on Fundamental Movement Skills such as coordination, throwing, jumping and balance. There were two one hour pool sessions, held in the 25m pool, where the focus was very much on skills such as streamlining, aquatic alignment, underwater skills and transition into the stroke, although there was still time for a very exciting skills relay at the end of the second session. A one hour presentation was given in the afternoon on Effective Stroke Technique by Head Coach, Neil Shire, which was attended by both swimmers and parents.

The objective of the day was not only to pass on high standards of skills and behaviours to the swimmers that can be taken back to their home programmes but also to develop the skills and knowledge of the support staff of coaches and team managers. British Swimming very much see these days as the first step along the development pathway of both swimmers and support staff. Two further talent days with the same swimmers and support staff is planned for July and October.


Katie Trist and Rob Harvey selected for the Police South West Water Polo team

Rob Harvey and Katie Trist from Newton Abbot’s water polo section represented Devon and Cornwall this weekend at the 2018 Police Sport Championship in Liverpool. The team played well but lost out to the Met (7-3), Scotland (7-5), the North West (8-3) and the West Midlands (10-6) but did overcome a ‘Nomads’ team 6-5. The team unfortunately didn’t have enough players to compete for places in the tournament’s overall standings but remained competitive with Rob scoring 14 of the teams overall goals.

Newton Abbot Waterpolo Club claims national title

Newton Abbot Under 17 girls’ Waterpolo team followed up last year’s Under 15s to win the 2018 National title.

Newton Abbot defeated a strong London Otter side 9-6 to take the title in front of a full house at the Manchester Aquatic Centre last weekend. Otter, who beat the Devon side 2 years ago to take the under 15 title could not match the speed, power and superior technique of the Newton side.
The improvement in the Newton Abbot team shocked the opposition throughout this year’s competition.  The players and team improved throughout the rounds and although not having lost a game in the qualifying rounds still went into finals weekend as underdogs for the title.

The Newton team sent a strong message to the other semi finalists with a convincing win over Cheltenham in the semi-finals, whilst in the other semi-final round Otter beat a strong Tyldesley team.

The final took place on Sunday with London Otter at full strength with five England players in their starting seven. Newton took an early lead which they held to half time in a very tight first half. In the third quarter Otter came back to lead the game 6-5 for the first time. Going into the final quarter the  Newton coaches refocused the team on their defensive structure and the transition in to offence.

This resulted in Newton Abbot scoring four unanswered goals in the last quarter to take the title 9-6.

Coaches Sue Webb and Phil Shears were delighted with the team’s performance and the national title, and joined players in the pool as the final whistle blew.

Phil said: “It is impossible to single out any one individual as all 12 players were outstanding throughout the competition. The support and encouragement they gave each other was incredible and proved invaluable in the early rounds when they ground out hard fought victories against Sheffield, Rotherham and Cheltenham.

“Although South West players had been largely overlooked by the England coaching set-up, following this weekend’s competition all the Newton players have been invited to trial for the England squad in either May or June – only one of the players having been previously selected for the squad.

“As a club, Newton Abbot has been building towards this for four years, and the support of sponsors three years ago allowed the club to invest in the players and enter the competitions. Special thanks must go to Ian Woolley IW dental laboratories, Centrax Gas Turbines and Ian Manley of SafeMark Roadmarking Limited, without whose support we would never have achieved the national titles.”

Regional Masters

Congratulations to Kalon Veale of Totnes SC, the winner of the Regional Masters Trophy for 2017. Kalon scored 6240 points to take 10th slot in the National Decathlon competition.
Totnes men’s team consisting of Kalon, Levin and Simon Veale and Dan John also had a successful year nationally, coming second in the men’s team event.