Stocksbridge Pentaqua swimmers used their lockdown time away from the pool productively. Six junior members of the club signed up to complete a Swim England Young Leader Development programme in their own time.
Run over 3 sessions, the swimmers participated in Leadership, Coaching and Events modules which developed their ability to become better swimmers and coaches of the future, as well as building their confidence and communication skills. This oversubscribed programme also enabled the members to build and develop relationships with swimmers from clubs around the North Eastern region.
The Zoom sessions were lead by regional development officers and provided both practical and theory based learning. The swimmers are now in the midst of completing leadership and coaching based assignments to prove the effectiveness of the zoom-based training and put their newly found knowledge and skills into practise. All the swimmers felt the communication skills will be useful away from the pool in normal life, as well as supporting the swimming skills of the younger members of the club and the coaching team.
Stocksbridge Pentaqua Head Coach, David Wright, is pleased with the dedication of the swimmers, giving up time to complete the course and support the club and keep swimming a priority whilst not being able to actually swim! He is looking forwards to the Young Leaders sharing their knowledge and skills with fellow swimmers and the coaches too!