Lesley selected for Pathway Coach Development Programme 2018

A group of 17 coaches have been selected for the Swim England Pathway Coach Development Programme for 2018. These include Lesley Batson of Putteridge Swimming Club.

The aim of the programme is for coaches of age group athletes (10-14yrs) to get together, share best practice and develop their technical and soft skills. They will then be able to take what they have learned, and use it to benefit their swimmers. They will also pass the knowledge on to other coaches in their club, and the local club network.

Five workshops will be delivered over the 14 month programme. These cover topics such as self-awareness and reflective practice, coach athlete relationships and more.

Swim England Coach Development Manager Joanna Jones said: “We view the Pathway Coach Development programme as an integral part of our coach development pathway.

“This programme will provide the opportunity for coaches to discover, discuss and develop their coaching philosophy and practice within their coaching and competition environments amongst their peers.

“It will also give an awareness of the important issues that we need to address to enable us to have a successful and sustainable talent development system within England and Great Britain which we hope ultimately will lead to national team success.”

Lesley Batson, Head Coach at Putteridge SC, said: “I feel extremely privileged to be chosen to join the programme. I’m really excited by the prospect, and feeling slighting nervous by what will come.

“I hope to gain more knowledge of coaching practices that I can pass on to my swimmers and club coaches. This should also help to develop my confidence and belief in myself as a senior coach. I am also looking forward to working with other, like-minded coaches.”

Full list of coaches selected for 2018

  • Marc Foster (Ellesmere SC)
  • Chris Littler (City of Birmingham SC)
  • Joshua Atkins (Wycombe)
  • Matthew Smithurst (Sevenoaks SC)
  • Rachel Aldington (Millfield School)
  • Greg King (Mount Kelly)
  • James Richards (City of Gloucester SC)
  • Catalina Arasa (City of Leicester SC)
  • Jess Wilkie (Preston SC)
  • Karen Pinniger (City of Norwich SC)
  • Matthew Williams (Hillingdon SC)
  • Gavin Povall (Waltham Forest)
  • Kevin Schofield (Leeds)
  • Marc Williams (Bristol)
  • Lesley Batson (Putteridge)
  • Emily Dart (Truro)
  • Craig Oliver (Aylesbury)

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