Titans Coach Awarded Place on the Amateur Swimming Association Advanced Coaching Programme

Jon Pardoe

With only 80 places nationally available and just 10 places in the West Midlands, an Ellesmere College Titans Coach has been awarded a place on the new Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Advanced Coaching Programme.

Competing against hundreds of the UKs top coaches, the Ellesmere College Titans Senior Coach, Jon Pardoe, has become part of an ambitious new coaching programme developed by the ASA Coaching Systems and Talent Development teams. In the words of the ASA The programme offers a structured process of mentoring, support and development through access to the ASA Beacon centres and the ASA Talent Development team.  At absolutely no cost to the coach or club, it will provide coaches with the opportunity to shape their future in coaching with a programme of observation/analyses of coaching sessions, one to one discussions, coaching at regional Beacon programmes and attendance at talent camps. 

Colin Huffen, ASA National Education Officer, said: The aim of the Advanced Coaching Offer is to provide targeted support to the most proactive, talented, developing coaches across England over a four year period. The ASA are investing approximately 10 million in coach education, development and support to ensure gold medal success in London 2012 and the legacy beyond.  This programme will provide essential support for coaches to develop and flourish and help us to achieve this.  This is the first programme of this type for developing coaches and is an excellent opportunity for them to really push their careers forward.  It will also provide future benefits as afterwards they will provide support to other coaches within their locality.

There are currently 22 competitive swimmers aged 10 and above in the Ellesmere College Titans, with a further 20 swimmers aged between 8 and 10 years in the Junior Development Academy.  Commenting on the news of his selection Jon Pardoe said This award is a big boost to the Ellesmere College Titans and recognition of our growing reputation in the region for developing and nurturing exceptional young swimming talent.

To learn more about the opportunities for the development of swimming talent alongside academic achievement at Ellesmere College, families are invited to visit the School on Saturday 10th October 2009, between 1pm and 4pm.  

6th October 2009  Back to News